A while ago, I mentioned that I had found a couple of starfighter kits very cheap and that these were perfectly-sized for 28mm miniature figures. I wrote a work-in-progress article, though at the time I didn't have any firm plans as to how the models should be finished. Well, the pair are now complete; here they are!
Klingon Attack Shuttles
As you can see from the picture above, I've painted these craft in Klingon livery. They've come out slightly dusty-looking; that's my varnish not working as well as I'd like. I'll just have to claim that they have frost forming on them due to the cold atmosphere of the planet on which they have landed.
The first model I built had the canopy glued in place, but I did something different for the second kit. The canopy on this model has a tab attached to the back of it; it can be slotted into position either open (see above) or closed (see below).
It took me quite a long time to paint the first fighter. This was not because they are in any way difficult, but rather because I dithered over the colour schemes; I took weeks to decide. Eventually I settled for a very dark green, with dusty green and red oxide details. Of course, the second model was much simpler as I didn't have to go through this again!
So, how will I use these shuttles? I've no idea, really. They could be static, ground decoration in pretty much any science fiction game, but they could also be suspended above a game table and used for ground support. I'm sure there are many other ways they could be employed as well...
I think I prefer them in your Klingon colours. I must admit I have not seen the Star wars film yet! (I lost interest after Ja-ja Binks) But painted as they are suitable for most Sci fi wargames.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Clint. Having 2 of them also makes them much more flexible :-) .Delete
Those look really great. I think the Klingon style fits really well with the base model.ReplyDelete
I did debate whether to use Federation colours instead. However, whilst single-person craft don't appear in any canon for *any* race [excluding "Nemesis", of course], Klingons just seem more likely to me.Delete
Great choice in colours Colgar6. They fit in very well with your Klingon forces I'd say.ReplyDelete
Thanks. There's relatively little canonical data on any small craft in the Star Trek universe, so I think I'm fairly safe in doing whatever I like here :-) .Delete
They both look excellent and the colour choice you settled on suits them.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Simon. I'm a little disappointed in the slight frosting on the top coat, but that's just too bad.Delete
These look excellent C6, though I can't detect the green colour! (probably my eyes' fault - not yours!)ReplyDelete
I'm pretty sure you're already figuring out a way to use them in a scenario too (Doctor Who versus the Klingon base ?).
Doctor Who, you say? Hmm, I confess that I hadn't considered that - but the idea is worth thinking about!Delete
Strangely, I can't see the dark green either (looks dark metallic grey to me), but that doesn't take away how cool they look. Nicely done, in fact only one more word to say...Qapla'!ReplyDelete
I think a combination of the less-than-perfect varnish and the poor lighting has made the colour hard to pinpoint. Still, if you say they're cool then I'm very pleased!Delete
Indeed :-) .Delete