Many of my recent posts have been about "classic" Pulp miniatures: 1930s aircraft, archaeologists, Nazi agents and the like. However, I've always had a hankering to do some space opera as well. In this genre, Star Trek is probably my favoured setting (although Flash Gordon, Retro Raygun or similar has considerable appeal as well).
For quite some time, I've been quietly collecting miniatures that are suitable to represent a ship's crew or an away team. My Klingons come from Space Vixens from Mars; it's not a huge range, but still very useful. Other aliens are harder to come by, but I'll keep trying...
Of course, for a human-centric story, it is necessary to have Federation figures as well. I'm aware of just a few current sources of these (excluding legacy stuff from FASA and the not-yet-released Star Trek Adventures game from Modiphius):
- Victory Force Miniatures has a large range of "Spacefarers". I have a number of these still in their original packaging. One day, I'll get round to painting them...
- Matakishi's Tea House has a small collection of what are essentially 25mm crew figures, but with a more recent 28mm Captain/Admiral sculpt.
- There are small numbers of pre-painted, "Heroclix" crewmen available. Board games such as Star Trek Expeditions include these, though I understand they can be obtained separately as well.
I just finished painting up my Matakishi models, so here they are.
To represent the science division, we have Lieutenant Gupta and Doctor Forester. The former is using a tricorder to look up something, whilst the latter is talking urgently into his communicator whilst wielding a phaser. Evidently his Hippocratic Oath doesn't prevent him from at least threatening to use force on someone or something!
In the second picture are Captain Hunter and his faithful assistant, Yeoman Brookings. The captain clearly has his arms open in the universal gesture of welcome. He hasn't put down either his communicator or his weapon, though - so he's not completely trusting ("We come in peace. Shoot to kill"?).
Unusually, Hunter is an older gentleman with a grey beard and a bit of a protruding belly. It's not obvious whether he is wearing a visor for medial reasons or whether he just has some funky sunglasses as a style thing...
The relatively-small yeoman is dressed in the traditional mini-skirt & thigh-length boots and has an appropriate regulation beehive hairdo.