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Recently I have built some dioramas for fantasy miniatures. But what about S-F ones? I always wanted to create futuristic setting for my figures. So here it is – inspired by Aliens movies dark interior of spaceship or space base/colony. I did not want to create neat environment like in Star Trek. I wanted it to look like something terrible just happened there (or is going to happen quite soon). Like Alien infestation or visit of “friendly” Predators.
To construct it I used pieces of plain plastic sheets and elements from Mantic Games Deadzone scenery. They did not have any skulls sculpted like GW ones 😉 After assembly I filled all the gaps with Milliput. Then I primed it and sprayed with base colors. After that there was a lot of drybrushing and washing. There was also a lot of “cleaning” of overspray (although I used masking tape to separate floor and walls), as well as painting scratches and rust marks. In the end I applied some leftover transfer sheets from various models. To make it more interesting I also painted yellow-black stripes in the front and red lighting using airbrush. The doors are removable. All of that took me much more than I anticipated and I  didn’t want to spend any more time on that. Overall I am glad that it’s finally finished and IMHO it looks quite decent.

SF board

SF board

SF board

SF board

I will treat it mostly as a display board for my S-F miniatures, like Aliens vs Predator from Prodos Games. The whole board is 37 x 30 cm – just to fit into my Ikea Detolf display cabinet. And there is enough place to park my M577 Armoured Personnel Carrier 🙂

SF board

Alien Infant Warriors

Here is my quick review of what can you expect inside Prodos Games Alien Infant Warriors box.
Again, the box itself is really nice and has graphics that just ask you: “Please, open me!”



Inside you will find parts (bodies, heads and tails) enough to make 5 miniatures with round 30mm bases. Did I say 5? In my box there are enough parts to make 6 miniatures 🙂 That is a nice bonus! I was really pleasantly surprised with the quality of miniatures. Even tiny elements, like claws or tails, are cast perfectly. There were no miscasts and almost no mould lines. There are 3 body variants and 2 head options (with or without the secondary jaws). The tails should be heated with hairdryer and shaped so it set just the way you like. This allows to create unique warriors, with combinations of bodies, heads and tail shapes. I don’t know how the subtle resin tails would survive higher temperatures in Summer season (especially in warmer climate zones) – maybe I will not take risk of finding it out after painting them.

Aliens
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I managed to paint the first Alien Infant Warrior. After spraying with Vallejo German Panzer Grey surface primer I applied black wash. Highlighting was made with blue color only, starting from dark blue add substantially adding white to the mix for final highlights.



Will you hug them?

…Or will they hug you?
Here is little inbox and photos of painted Facehuggers – sweet creatures that you probably know from Aliens movie series.




The miniatures produced by Prodos Games are for the game Alien vs Predator: The hunt begins. They come in boxes decorated with stylish pictures that resemble posters from Alien movies.



The figures are cast in light grey resin – something like GW Finecast, but without bubbles or miscasts 😉 They are a little oversized, but producing (and painting) them in real scale would be a nightmare (they should have about 5mm instead of 10mm they now have).

Aliens

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The quality is really good. Assembly was straightforward. Wait! There was no assembly 🙂 Every miniature was cast as one piece together with the base (or two miniatures on one base). The only problem was cleaning the miniatures from film between legs (a lot of them) and base ground.

Painting them was quite pleasant, something like painting bases only. So 5 (or rather 9) Alien Facehuggers are finished.

Aliens

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These are not the only Aliens I am going to paint – just look at the picture below. There is going to be a serious Alien infestation, so stay tuned!