Wednesday, July 27, 2011
15mm sci-fi update & "Control Battalion"
I've managed to inch out a bit more progress on the 15mm sci-fi front. The group shot above shows a mechanized infantry platoon with a couple of tanks for support. The infantry are the "Federal Infantry" from Khurasan, and the vehicles are from Old Crow - "Claymore" APCs and two "Sabre" tanks.
The Old Crow vehicles are outstanding - you get a number of different options for turret styles and weapons. I did most of the vehicles with an auto-cannon style weapon in the turret, and one with a low-pressure cannon style weapon.
The bases are the good-ol' all purpose bases from Battlefront.
The photo above shows the autocannon armament close up. I figured each mobile platoon would have one alternate weapon of some sort to provide more varied fire support for the infantry.
You can also get a "com-cent" turret for the APCs - I painted one up for the commander's APC. This can represent a forward observer or forward air controller in Future War Commander. I still have another auto-cannon turret for the command APC to provide the option for more weapons instead.
In terms of command, my stands are more modest. I put white shoulder plates on the middle-rank officers and a white helmet and shoulder plates for the senior officer. These will serve as command bases in Future War Commander.
To supplement the "Federal Infantry", I am also painting some of Khurasan's awesome "Control Battalion" figures, to serve as heavy infantry. I have only finished four bases and a command base & support drone so far, but here are some pictures.
The "Control Battalion" are billed as sinister, likely altered infantry. Khurasan calls them "Riflethings". I love these figures. They look just a little off - you wonder what is concealed under the oversize face plates.
The "Control Battalion" brings to mind that old SNL commercial for "Happy Fun Ball". In the commercial, it looks like a very basic bouncing ball, but then a steady stream of more and more ominous disclaimers makes it clear the ball is not actually "Happy" or "Fun".
I get that same vibe from the Control Battalion. They look a little...off...a bit ominous...I can just imagine the disclaimers around the deployment of these troops - "Do Not Taunt Control Battalion"...I would love to see these models in 25mm.
The drone model is billed as a heavy weapons platform. I may use it as a command figure (monitoring the special control troops), or another type of FO/FAC type model.