Thursday, February 6, 2020

Retro Future Rides Again

Presenting another batch of retro sci-fi figures from Hydra Miniatures. I tried to do eyes on some, but gave up and fell back on just slightly shaded eye sockets.

The "Rocketson" family (as listed in their catalog) - I based the paint scheme on the obvious inspiration.

"Galaxy City Gals" - for the 2 on either end I roughly based them on Star Trek women, as is probably evident. The one in the middle reminded me of people like Marcia Brady and Laurie Partridge, so I tried to capture that sort of look with the colors.

"Cosmic Kids" - the girl made me think of Alice in Wonderland, the boy in the middle made me think of a young Wesley Crusher ("shut up, Wesley"). I didn't have any ideas for the other boy; not sure if he was meant to look like anyone in particular.

A pair of "Centurion" robots, and a "Galaxy City Guy" - I have some of the robots without capes/cloaks, painted in a gun metal color, as a squad of regular robots; these 2 are more elite. The "guy" is just a generic civilian.

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  1. Nice collection Fitz, on the eye's I know how you feel, but I've a little trick that I use sometimes, you can get these little pens that are like a marker with a very small nib & just put a dot for the eye.

    Can't think of the name of them off hand but if you want to know just let me know & I'll find out for you.

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    1. Thanks! I have some Posco paint pens, but I haven't tried using them to do eyes on minis. I'm quite happy to leave the eyes off. It's not like I will really see their eyes if I'm playing games with them, and these would mostly be "extras"/background figures.

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  2. Love the Robots! Great work with the brush.

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    1. Thanks! I like the robots, too. :)

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    2. "Alice", that little girl holding the ALF toy is rather creepy! Some sort of Alien Agent?

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    3. Ha! I suppose you could see it that way. And is it a toy? dun, dun, dun!

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  3. Another great selection. I love how you manage to keep the colours so clean and crisp.

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    1. Thanks, Michael! I honestly don't think mine are anywhere near the high quality of you miniatures, but good enough for me.

      My usual method these days is a basecoat of black gesso, followed by a heavy drybrush of white gesso, then block in the colors. For some things, such as flesh or entire figures in the case of orcs, for example, I will brush on GW flesh shade and/or sepia (or occasionally other shades). But when I want to keep the colors clean like on most of these figures I forego the shade. I also usually don't do much highlighting or blending.

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  4. Robots are my favourite. Your retro collection is growing very nicely.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I do like the robots.

      A lot of these civilian figures remind me of those used for model railways. I guess I have enough for a decently busy spaceport. ha ha

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  5. Love the elite robots! The civilians are excellent too and I really like the 1950s vibe!
    Best Iain

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  6. These retro-sci-fi minis are really fun. Do you have scenarios in mind for any of them? Just random civilians to get in the way of the REAL action?

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    1. The game, Core Space, does have options for civilians, so I could use them as stand-ins for that. Or just as background extras in sci-fi scenes. Joseph McCullough's Operation Last train rules are about rescuing civilians from "bugs", so that's another possibility. Mostly I just got them because they looked fun (especially the "Rocketson family"). I often buy and paint minis just because I like the way they look. And I don't always get around to playing any games with them. I guess I should just admit I'm more of a collector/painter than a gamer at this point. :) (still, maybe they will appear in a game some day)

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    2. Ha! Yeah, I too buy a LOT of miniatures just because they're "fun" and have no idea if I'll EVER realistically use them in a game... Oh, I like to dream about scenarios where they might see use... but a lot of them aren't really realistically playable "scenarios" for tabletop!

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    3. Oh, I like to TELL (i.e. "lie to") myself that they will all be used in some game, some day... but when I'm being honest...

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    4. Thanks, Tim! Yeah, often while I am painting minis I will think of characters and backgrounds and scenarios that never get much beyond flights of fancy. But I guess that is part of the fun for me, just letting my imagination play while I paint. :)

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