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Reaper Bones Colonial Marines

Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

 

Working on a couple of figures at a time, assembled from two different Reaper Bones Kickstart campaigns as well as a MOUSER action figure, I have completed my unit of Colonial Marines.  I think they came out rather well.  With the sniper and the drone they are starting to look like Deadzone Pathfinders and with Warzone around the corner I can always use more science fiction figures in my collection.

 

Scout and leader

Scout and leader

Leader2

Leader3

 

I was really trying to avoid some of my usual color choices and since I really wanted to use some of the Blasted Wetlands (http://www.secretweaponminiatures.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=79_30_59) bases from Secret Weapon Miniatures I chose earth tones.

 

Trooper12

Trooper13

Trooper11

 

As I have mentioned in past posts, I have a habit of painting a couple of any unit or project at a time.  While this may seem to slow progress I have found it suits my limited attention span actually increasing my productivity.

 

Trooper10

Trooper9

Trooper6

Trooper7

Trooper5

 

There was a nice variety of poses though some of the goggles had some mscasts they were easy enough to work around with either carving or green stuff.

 

Trooper4

Trooper3

Trooper2

Trooper1

Stay frosty, boys.

 

The special weapons offered some interesting opportunities.

 

That's a big gun!

That’s a big gun!

Cannon2

 

I tried to weather the flamer thrower supply tanks.

 

Flamer10

Flamer9

Flamer8

Flamer7

When the second Bones campaign rewards arrived and could clearly see the details and could tell it was  medic I knew I had a squad on my hands.

Medic1

Such a determined look.

Medic!

Medic!

Medic3

 

Once the figures had been sealed they just needed something more.  Taking inspiration from the title “Blasted Wetlands” I added some of Secret Weapon’s  water effects and clumps of small plants.  It’s a small change, literally, but it really makes a difference in my opinion.  Just places them a little more into their environment.

 

Flamer1

Not quite there…

Flamer10

That’s better.

 

I didn’t initially plan on them actually being a unit, I just wanted a cohesive look.  The second Reaper Bones campaign had a few more similar figures that seemed to unify them all into one squad, especially when Tom gave me the MOUSER action figure and suggested I match the colors.  The sniper was actually the first figure I painted in the color scheme though I left her on her “high tech” base as I figure she is perched on something keeping a protective eye on the squad.

 

Group3

Group2

 

All in all they make a rather entertaining squad.  The drone rounds them out nicely.  In fact, I like it so much I picked up a pack of seven.  I have this image of the squad hitting the drop zone, sending the bipedal droids in all directions, moving like hunting velociraptors, to flush out the enemy and reconnoiter objectives. Of course they are way down on the painting priorities so for now I’ll entertain myself with this squad.  Now back to the table glacier.