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.
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.
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.
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.
The special weapons offered some interesting opportunities.
I tried to weather the flamer thrower supply tanks.
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.
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.
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.
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.