Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Army Showcase: Viridians (part 2)

Part 2: Light Infantry

A while ago, I posted some pictures of my Viridian mounted troops.  This was not one of my most successful articles, at least when measured in terms of the responses (there weren't any!).  However, I'm not writing this blog entirely for the adulation of others; it also serves as a record of some of my collection.  So, I'm not prepared to give up just yet.

This time, I present the light infantry from my Viridian force.  The Viridians are a science fiction army from the VOID universe and the models are still available from Scotia Grendel.  The infantry in this force are split into 2 separate categories: fully-armoured warriors ("not-Space Marines") and unarmoured grunts.

The light infantry have a distinctly Hollywood-Vietnam feel to them, especially as there are some non-standard pieces of uniform such as sunglasses, bandanas and stetsons.  Additionally, their mix of weapons is very traditional and would be very familiar in a Vietnam movie: assault rifles, rocket & grenade launchers, mortars and heavy machine guns.  No aerial drones, mass drivers or light sabres here!

In my mind, these are a relatively low-tech force, particularly well suited to being a generic army on a backwater planet.  As such, they have appeared in some of my battle reports as "Planetary Defence Force" militia, not particularly well trained or equipped:
 So, without further ado, I present the Viridian Light Infantry!

Infantry Squads

Strike Commandos

"Strike Commandos" is a very grand title for a squad who differ from the regular infantry only in having a minimal amount of body armour.  Oh, and lighter weapons.  One of them is carrying a box which could be used as any kind of gizmo needed in a scenario, such as a pulse generator, phase emitter or beer cooler.  This is an equal opportunity squad: there are 5 women and 4 men in it, which is as near balanced as you can get with an odd number.

Rifle Squads

The basic infantry squads have a nice range of different figures in them because I've mixed the official "marine" and "commando" figures together.  I really didn't see enough distinction between these sets to warrant keeping them separate.  There are a few odd poses, particularly among the "marines", but overall these are decent figures.

One other observation: I painted the Viridian infantry in 2 phases.  The first batch was done early in my painting career (at least, early for my 28mm figures).  These can be distinguished by the green trousers and the flocked bases, with a single sprig of plastic foliage stuck to some of them.  I'm slightly embarrassed when I look back on them now.

The later batch of figures have grey, camouflaged trousers and their bases are textured; static grass has been used for sparse ground cover.  There's also some shading on the clothing.  Much better, in my opinion.

Support Weapons

Chain Guns

I have 2 ground-mounted chain guns for my Viridian infantry.  Again, the difference in skill between my earlier version and the later one is very obvious!  I scratch-built a number of spare magazines for the chain gun on the left; the way these have been strewn about suggests that the weapon has been in action for some time.


My older support weapons had all the crew and the weapon itself on separate bases.  While this is very flexible for casualty removal or for fitting the figures into difficult terrain, I don't think it looks so good.

Here are a couple of newer mortars, each mounted on a single base.  This allows the addition of piles of ammunition, spare weapons or helmets and some interesting scenic elements.  It also permits more varied placement of the crew.

Still to do

I collected a lot of VOID figures from eBay at a time that they were becoming unfashionable.  This means that I have many more infantry to paint, if or when I find the time.  Ideally I'd start by painting up many more squads, since the support weapons above are at least company level assets but I only have enough basic grunts for a strong platoon.  Also I need some command figures, possibly some communication or medical specialists too.  Oh, well - maybe one day I'll get round to this...

[Update: Part 3 (Heavy Infantry) is now available]


  1. Great looking force and they'd do as proxie Catachan's to.

    1. Yes, I think the Viridian commandos were designed as "not Catachans". Lots of sleeveless vests and a high number of flamethrowers - which are a signature weapon of GW's Catachans, if I remember correctly.

  2. Very, very nice figures. A well balanced coy.

    1. Thanks, Irqan. Needs a few more figures to be a company, though :-) .

  3. I have to say I don't remember the post about the mounted ones. I think it is good to catalog your forces on the blog, they may not be as popular as other posts but not everything we do is a shameless grab for readers. Sometimes I just like to remind myself of something via the blog. And while your newer figures are better, your older ones are nothing to sneeze at. Pretty nice I'd say.

    1. Thanks, Sean. You're right, we need to remember why we're doing this :-) .

  4. I am not too fond of catchany anything, but those look nice. And thanks for the heads up on the mounted ones...those are really characterful and something one should have even if there is no real need for them!

    1. I agree that the idea of unarmoured, muscle-bound grunts looks kind of silly in modern times, let alone for a futuristic force :-) . My only justification is that they must come from a somewhat backward planet that is stuck with pseudo-1970s technology!

  5. They look great and will look very imposing altogether (including the mounted force). It's not somethingI'm generally interested in but your bat-reps are always great fun to read. One question though, who do these guys fight against ?

    1. These aren't my main interest, for sure. But they're quite useful nevertheless...

      In the VOID universe, I have appropriate enemy forces in the form of Junkers (brutal, lowish-tech industrialists) and Syntha (soulless technophiles/cyborgs). But I've also used my Viridians as generic hapless grunts to face hordes of bugs, or as a foil for my small Klingon landing party.