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“Delta Beta Two At Six.”

“Delta gamma three at five.”

This 28mm scale metal miniature of an alien invader is produced by “Tangent Miniatures” as code TN19 The Enemy from their Space Warriors range, and consists of a single cast figure. The model makes an excellent proxy for a Kodan from Nick Castle’s 1984 American space opera film “The Last Starfighter”.


As a result the figure was primed using a double-helping of “Vallejo” Heavy Red, shaded using some “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Red. I then picked out the aggressive extra-terrestrial’s visor and belt buckle with a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"Battletech" WIPs - A Stormcrow, Griffin and Wolverine

Finally, I applied a little “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna to the alien’s lower face, and later gave this area a splash of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade mixed in with some Strong Tone Quickshade by “The Army Painter”. I did consider using this colour combination on the model’s bare hands on, as per Lewis Galoob Toys’ abandoned action figure range based upon the aforementioned movie. However, the ‘official’ costume photographs and picture stills clearly have the soldiers wearing red gloves, so I stuck with that notion for this initial test piece.


In addition to my “Tangent Miniatures” sculpt I have also continued to make some progress on a handful more “Battletech” 1:285 scale plastic models by “Catalyst Game Labs” for my Weird War Two project. I have been recently focusing on three mechs suitable to represent the forces of Germany, Italy and Japan on the battlefield, but have since added a fourth formidably-armed machine to bolster my Soviet forces too.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - A German Machine-gunner and his Loader

The Stormcrow, Griffin, Mongrel and recently started Wolverine are all at different stages in their respective paint-jobs, but most are now in the position of having their metallic areas, such as weapons, exhaust ports and the odd joint, getting picked out. I’ve also decided to add some green to my Japanese Mitsubishi-class Medium war walker to help break-up its predominantly yellow palette.


Lastly, I’m just finishing off the last couple of figures for a MG34 and K98 Rifle Team for “Flames Of War”. These 15mm plastic Germans, produced by “Battlefront Miniatures”, consist of a Machine-gunner and his Loader, and will complete the first of six four-man stands I require to field a full German Panzergrenadier Platoon alongside my already painted Company Headquarters, Unit Leader MG42 Team and Panzerschreck Anti-tank Team…

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 23, 2021

Great work on the Koman Simon, do like the last starfighter, and even managed to get a copy on DVD on one of my trips to the US. Nice progress on the Mechs and Germans.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 23, 2021
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Yes was a fairly recent release, certainly within the pandemic . Not something I'm likely to buy as I have no use for them gaming wise.

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planetmut
Aug 22, 2021

I really like the way the red's worked on this one, not too bright but still a strong shade. The details on his helmet and belt contrast well too, and he's an interesting sculpt!


As always the mechs look great and the Germans are coming along nicely before being stomped into the ground :-)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 23, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. I really like the Tangent Miniatures sculpts, as they always strike me as being nice to paint. I've a few more coming from this company over the next few months, as their release schedule is quite prolific.


More mechs is always a good thing in my books, and there are definitely a lot more FoW Germans en route too.

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undercoat2670
Aug 22, 2021

The Last Starfighter! That's a blast from the past. I haven't seen that film for a while so my memories of the baddies are a little fuzzy!! Do recall the big Barry saying time to die or similar and his eye device thing coming down before his ship blows up. Still, he looks very nice indeed, good job. Nice progress on the mechs and Germans, both coming along rather well. The camo on the helmets is a particular standout for me, heading towards Golden Demon quality there te!!!!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 22, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. Just a test piece Kodan tbh, as I have quite a few sculpts from that particular range which would make a nice "The Last Starfighter" skirmish game. I may well paint up a few more when time allows.


In the meantime I do indeed have quite a few more Battletech mechs to complete, so I can concentrate on the large-sized war walkers over the next few months. Plus I want to have a finished platoon of Germans for FoW before the month's end to start playing some small level games and get used to the rules. I am rather proud of the camo I've come up with, and it will hopefully certainly shine when the finished unit is…

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