Friday, 20 July 2018

1st Void Marathon Painting Challenge: Thomas Head's Junkers

After the last couple of single mini painting challenges on the Void 1.1 Nexus Facebook group, we finally have the results of the Marathon painting challenge. That is, the challenge to paint up a 400-500 point force (purple book, force books, 4in1 - dealers choice) in two months.

A poll was taken, and the results are in. I'm going to post the results in reverse order. So, here we have Thomas Head's Junker Force.










Some classic minis, with areal Old School varnish look. Great job Thomas, looking forward to more from you!!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

2nd Void 1.1 Nexus Painting Challenge: Top Two

Ok, so here are the top two from the 2nd Void 1.1 Nexus Facebook group Fun Run painting challenge.


As can be seen from the screenshot of the poll, I voted for both of these, so I can't say I have a favourite of the two. Ok, you twisted my arm, it's the VASA minis! ;) Anyway, in reverse order, or course:

Florian Heller's The Girls of VASA:

Being of course, an Anchangel, Major Kali, and an original version Black Legion Sergeant. Some close ups would be nice. Florian, if you're reading, get in touch.


And finally, in a very well deserved first place,

Simon Bradley's Lieutenant Johnny G:

The smoothness of the colours on this are pretty amazing. The blending going on here is top notch. It really isn't a surprise that this mini won the vote.


Well done to all participants, and a special congratulations to Simon, who won a £10 voucher for the Scotia Grendel webstore.

Next up, the Marathon painting challenge armies

2nd Void 1.1 Nexus Painting Challenge: The Runners Up

The Void 1.1 Nexus Facebook group ran a second painting competition. Their second 'Fun Run', and the votes are in.

Here I'd like to showcase the runners up. Each a valiant effort and worthy paintjob. I'd be more than happy to face any of these across the table. Well, maybe not happy, as they'd put my bare metal minis to shame, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, here are the results of the painting challenge.


The more observant amongst you will see where my votes lay, but that does not really matter.

So, with no further ado, here are the runners up. The second place and winner will be posted seperately.

Tamas Lehoczky's Colonial Marines:

Classy paint job on some classy minis. I do like these.




Clarke Payne's Tactical Androsynths and Sergeant:

I love the different colours used here. Gives a bit of an old school 200AD look to the unit.



Renzo Crispieri's Arkterex "Spider Tank":

I don't think I'd ever seen this mini before, not having come across many Koralon forces back with Void. Man, this thing is a monster!




Hugh Duggan's Viridian Assault Marines and Guass Cannon:

Complete with Sergeant, Rocket Launcher and I think the Grenade Launcher. There's even one of Fenrir's Assault Marines hiding in there. Nice.





Thomas Head's Aurelian, Junker Champion:

I dunno what that is he's holding, but I don't want to get too close to it for sure!




Great work all of you. The top two in the poll will be posted shortly.

Friday, 18 May 2018

1st Void 1.1 Nexus Painting Challenge: Ben B's Sandrunner Lictor

The Void 1.1 Nexus Facebook group is currently running some painting challenges. One of which is a Fun Run. The rules are simple, paint and enter one mini or set of minis from the Void range of the following type: a specialist, hero, individual, vehicle, or squad. So that is pretty open and easy.

The prize was a £10 voucher for use in the Scotia Grendel webstore.

The second challenge that is currently running is the marathon painting challenge. To enter the Marathon challenge, you must paint at least two units totaling a minimum of 400 points, any forcebook or rules edition. The winner of the Marathon challenge will receive a £20 voucher from Scotia Grendel and their entry will be background image for the Void 1.1 nexus Facebook group two weeks.

The entries for the Fun Run challenge, of which there were two, were posted on the facebook group, and the members voted for their choice for winner. How very democratic.

Saving the best till last, here is the winning post, a Junkers Mounted Enforcer. A Lictor mounted on a Sandrunner. What a sweet model, and great paintjob. I especially love the detailing on the Sandrunner. Those eyes make it look particularly fearsome.




Congratulations again to Ben B for winning this round of the painting challenge. Don't forget, there is still time to enter the second Fun Run, and the deadline for this and the Marathon painting challenge is the 11th of June. So get painting, I want to see some painted Void Armies, and even more, i want to post them here for the internet to stare in wonder!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

1st Void 1.1 Nexus Painting Challenge: Florian H's Shock Marine Sergeant

The Void 1.1 Nexus Facebook group is currently running some painting challenges. One of which is a Fun Run. The rules are simple, paint and enter one mini or set of minis from the Void range of the following type: a specialist, hero, individual, vehicle, or squad. So that is pretty open and easy.

The prize was a £10 voucher for use in the Scotia Grendel webstore.

The second challenge that is currently running is the marathon painting challenge. To enter the Marathon challenge, you must paint at least two units totaling a minimum of 400 points, any forcebook or rules edition. The winner of the Marathon challenge will receive a £20 voucher from Scotia Grendel and their entry will be background image for the Void 1.1 nexus Facebook group two weeks.

So, without further ado, lets get to the reason you came here, to look at pretty pictures of beautifully painted miniatures. Here we have Florian H's version of a classic Void 1.1 miniature, the Sergeant from the Viridian Shock Marine unit. My love of this unit, eve though I am not a Viridian guy, has previously been stated.


I love the shading and detailing on this mini, and the battle damage is very well done, and importantly, not overdone. Congratulations to Florian for a superbly painted miniature. Coming second place out of 2 may not sound like much, but it was a closely run vote, and I for one am eagerly awaiting to see more painted minis from this army.

Don't forget, there is still plenty of time to paint up a miniature for the second Fun Run, with entries closing on June the 11th. Head on over to the group, and get involved.

Friday, 1 September 2017

VASA Militia

One of the weirder troop types you could field as a VASA force in Void and Void1.1, was a citizen's militia. Not even a militia that you had equipped with helmets and basic military hardware, but a militia in street clothes who had basically armed themselves. In many ways, these were the troops that I always imagined Suppressors were equipped to suppress, not the type of troop I imagined fighting alongside the technologically advanced Space-U.N. But there you go. VASA could field militia.

They were one of the first troop types the VASA got too, in BWM number 5, they were listed with the TAV MkIII, and the Knights of the Void. The reasoning goes:
The use of local militias conscripted by VASA in times of crisis goes right back to the Treaty of Vacillus, and is one of the central tenants of that august document. Because VASA was setting itself up as a diplomatic body rather than a military power, it had no absolute right to control the movements of Tripartate military forces. However, if VASA was to effectively act as a security force policing all of human space, then it had to rely on more than just its own legions, who are, to this day, thinly spread across the galaxy. A solution that was agreed to by all the major signatories of the treaty gave VASA security garrisons the right to conscript citizens of local populations when a state of emergency was declared.
Although, even here, it doesn't really say why VASA couldn't give these guys a uniform to distinguish them from the local rabble, and if they did want them to do proper policing, a uniform and the appropriate hardware wouldn't go amiss!

In the past, I actually fielded these guys a couple of times, since I had the miniatures. Man were they ever in the wrong place at the wrong time these guys. They were much better suited for scenario play, as folks that VASA had to protect, even if they didn't always want protecting.

Needless to say, as I was an avid collector of Void miniatures, I did buy a whole bunch of these guys. I even got round to painting a few of them. Here are some of the militia miniatures I painted about 15 years ago.


These four were pretty much the only ones I painted up at the time of playing Void, and I remember being very happy with them at the time (apart from Jed, he's clearly unfinished). I have however pulled these guys out of retirement to play a role in other Sci-Fi gaming projects, and so here is one of the same batch of minis with a more up-to-date paint job. If I do say so myself, I have improved slightly over the years. 

 

I've even put a brush to some of those older paint jobs to bring them more up to date. Maybe more of those soon.

EDIT:
I had previously wondered at the lack of this troop type in the Urban War game, until I was reminded on the Void 1.1 Nexus Facebook page that they were indeed introduced into Urban War. In the Urban War Battles With Miniatures number 3, we are introduced to the Militia troop type. This time, in a move reminiscent of the old Void rules, they were available to VASA, Junkers and Viridian forces. Players paid 17 points per model, then the fun begins.
In Urban War, Militia models are a problem:
"...commanders can never be entirely sure how the militia will perform under fire."
At the beginning of each battle, Payers had to roll to randomly determine 1: the Militia type (their stat line), 2: their CAL, 3: their equipment, 4: any additional equipment and finally 5: their Quirks. Quirks could be bad, or good.

Finally, Militia have a couple of special rules. Home Turf allows them to have a +1 initiative to the force they belong to for every 2 surviving Militia models, as they know the area, coupled with Militia Targeting, where there poor/absent military training means they are not great at selecting the best target to attack with priority.

Now I remember why I had forgotten about them. I'm not really someone who enjoys random selection of troops, even if they are cheap, though I can see that they do have a place with some scenarios.

In conclusion, the general Sci-Fi look and nature of these minis, means that you'll see them pooping up in many other games and miniature collections. So they do have a life beyond Void and Urban War, but they are a 'fun' troop type and make for good scenario play in both Void and Urban War.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Urban War Viridians


Back in 2004 or so, when I was a resident of Edinburgh. I used to wander in to the bricks and mortar Urban mammoth store, as it was literally right round the corner from my flat. I was quite the regular, and through my many visits, I amassed a pile of minis for most of the factions for Urban War. The faction I played most was the Triads, but I picked quite a few minis for the Viridians as well. Not that I ever wanted to play them, but just because they looked so damned cool.

Skip forward 12 years or so, and I've finally got round to completing this group of Viridian Minis. These have all been posted individually over the years on my blog, but I thought it would be fun to share them all with you here now that I am done.

I'm not sure who the sculptor was for these minis but I'm pretty sure Kev White was something to do with some of them, and I would be very interested to find out for sure. So if anyone out there has more info on that, please let me know.









I am currently getting these minis prepped and painted for a new game, Rogue Stars. This is a SciFi games tames a squad of 4-5 figures per side. A little smaller than Urban War in scale, but the Urban War minis for the genre perfectly. This will also be used as an excuse to bring my Triads back to the front of the painting queue. Any game that lets us use or re-use these wonderful figures has to be a good thing.