Friday, 31 July 2015

Olympians and Technocrats Martian factions

Here's the Technocrat aerial hero, riding on a wave of energy that comes from the Martian surface, especially where it breaks through in rivers and in patches. I plan on doing a terrain board in a couple of weeks. It will feature Olympus mons as the centre of the board and of the energy. The Technocrats all have energy weapons (basically dark, then light blue and a bit of white).

Technocrat magicians - or if you like Onslaught avian shamans.

one of the two Technocrat airboats. I added a couple of avian war chiefs to give more of a crowded feel, and because I bought a pack of them and needed to use them somewhere. The plastic dome is theoretically where the Technocrats live and grow food, protected from the Martian radiation. You can see the model railway lichen inside.

Flyers. Also the only base I am really unhappy with, because it looks wrong. I should have used smaller sections of lolly stick to form the aerial base, rather than a whole base.

Shooters. Looking good.

Technocrat knights. Two bases. They are actually onslaught exo suited (Stygians?). I almost used them as artillery for my HOTT rules, but the guns you can choose to attach aren't quite big enough for artillery in my view. It occurs to me that artillery is needed for this army and I will probably have to invest in some Microworld guns on dinosaurs, which I nearly did this time.

Technocrat knights in profile.

sisterhood speeder bikes, or in my world, Technocrat riders.

A favourite base. That's a behemoth with point defence escort. The giant is a Microworld dwarf golem. The escorts are irregular (non) daleks. If you do a sci-fi army in 6mm, you have to have (non) daleks.

sideways on you can see the dome better.

Paint the rear of your armies, because when you play, you'll spend longer looking from that angle.

Technocrat beasts - I think they are OTC probe robots with a handler. They absolutely work.

I could have used these for lurkers or sneakers, but I already have a bunch of avian serpent warriors set aside for that.

sisterhood spears or Technocrat spears. Lovely, bunched, ranked, ready for trouble.

The afore-mentioned lurkers / sneakers.

Technocrat hordes. I have enough to make about 16 bases of these before the summer's over.

blades or warband - the players can decide which. I think they'll serve as either.

riders / light cavalry - sisterhood bikers.

swerving to avoid running over their house.

The Technocrat faction

The Olympian hordes. Microworld flame demons whipped on by the fallen.

Love those tortured flame demons. Twisted and tortured by the Martian energy.

Abyssal rambeasts - knights of Olympus. Looking a lot like the creature that nearly eats Natalie Portman in attack of the clones.

I don't thimk any of these bases stands up to close inspection. Well, that is ok, since the impression I want is the massed 6mm look in a big HOTT army. I am afraid that I haven't the time or patience to improve on this standard at present.

This is about one quarter of what I hope the finished army will have. I likke to do test paints, to figure colour schemes and such like.

More to come. Next up are some crater dweller creatures and airboat.

6mm fantasy Martian Alliance army 1st go

This is a trial post. More will follow tomorrow. I have now completed my first elements of the three factions in a new 6mm fantasy army - I call it the Martian Alliance. These are the elements I have painted so far.

And here's a slightly better photograph. The whole collection is made of three factions; the surface dwellers, or technocrats, who use domes to grow stuff and protect themselves from the Martian radiation. They wear exo suits and never go to the surface without them. They use energy weapons (blue and white glowing types) and make the most use of technology. Most of these are onslaught miniatures from various factions, as it suited me, although the behemoth is a microworld dwarf golem and they use (non) daleks from irregular miniatures as hordes. (I think I have to say they are non-daleks, even though they look remarkably like them).
The second faction is the Olympians, who live in and around Olympus mons. They use some energy weapons and after massive exposure to radiation have changed the most. These are all Microworld demon miniatures.
The final faction came out of watching the pilot episode of big bang theory - so I call them crater dwellers - they remind me of the morlocks. They live in the craters of Mars, so have avoided some radiation, but have become wierd. They are all Microworld, from the wildlands alliance faction.

In general the photos will not stand up to close inspection, which is ok, as they are intended for mass effect in large HOTT games.

However, the above crater dweller hero (the only one with a stolen energy weapon) scrubs up nicely.

A variant hero looks even better. 

This is a warband base; the microworld silverback beserkers look fantastic in their wild poses.

The elephant men are among the strangest figures I ever saw, but they are just right for this Martian alliance.

The Crater hordes, with a silverback to urge them on.

The simian cohort makes a perfect crater blades unit.

Planet of the apes is definitely an inspiration for this faction. All I need is a damn dirty Charlton Heston figure.......

Rhinomen - that Martian radiation gets everywhere.

not enough light in this photo

Much better here.
So there goes one faction. The other two will follow shortly.