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“It Takes More Than A Sceptre To Rule, Xur...”

“…Even on Rylos.”

This 28mm scale metal miniature of an alien invader is produced by “Tangent Miniatures” as code TN23 The Enemy Commander from their Space Warriors range, and consists of a single cast figure. The model makes an excellent proxy for the evil Lord Kril from Nick Castle’s 1984 American space opera film “The Last Starfighter”.


The Kodan 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 extra-terrestrial’s boots, helmet, belt and the front of his officer’s tunic with “Citadel” Abaddon Black. To be honest, I wasn’t too sure about the footwear being non-red, but went with the colour as it made the Armada’s leader stand out a bit more, and matched the colours used on the movie’s never released line of action figures.

The Germans and Americans battle across a stretch of water and an area of woodland

For Lord Kril’s final steps I applied a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal” and “Citadel” Nuln Oil to his somewhat elaborate-looking belt buckles, as a little “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna to the alien commander’s lower face. This area was later treated to a splash of Strong Tone Quickshade by “The Army Painter”. Lastly, I went back and re-pigmented the veteran warrior’s retinal tactical screen with a bit more “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson.


Stepping away from painting, I have managed to get a couple of ‘quick’ games of “Flames Of War” in recently, simply to see just how the World War Two rule-set by “Battlefront Miniatures” works for infantry. We only used the “Hit The Beach” Starter Set Quick Start Core Rules, and ignored any formation rules to allow us to pitch several 15mm teams (stands) of German Panzergrenadiers against an American Parachute Rifle platoon.

Despite some fierce hand-to-hand fighting by the Panzergrenadiers, the Americans win the day

The first game was set up across some untraversable water, a small piece of rough terrain and an area of woodland, and was designed for us to try out the different effective ranges of our various weapons. Needless to say, I was rather pleased with the high number of dice potentially rolled by my MG34 teams, especially when they hadn’t moved. However, that didn’t save my Germans from eventually failing their motivation roll and fleeing the battlefield following a series of poor saving throws.


Disappointingly, my Panzergrenadiers continued to perform poorly under fire throughout our second skirmish, albeit we did manage to work through the rule-set’s very bloody Assault phase with a few units. Of particular note was a scrap just outside some woods, which almost resulted in a German win when a Panzerschreck anti-tank team successfully defensively fired into the face of some oncoming American paratroopers. However, the damn Yanks dodged the formidable discharge and somewhat shortly afterwards victoriously forced my forces from the field again.

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planetmut
Sep 11, 2021

Kril looks really good, and going with black boots was the best choice if only to give him a bit of colour variation. Don't you just hate those elaborate details? Quite a few Hasslefree minis have fingerless, backless gloves and they're a pain to get right.


Looks like you had fun playing the game, and thanks for doing a write-up on it!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 11, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. Super-happy with Lord Kril. I do wish that Tangent Minis did another sculpt of Kril without his retinal tactical screen as I could then use that one as Kril's sub-ordinate from the movie.


I always try to get an AAR posted whenever I can, as these days I don't seem to have the time to do a full-on BatRep. Plus I have an infantry vs tank AAR yet to come for FoW too.

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wsd50
Sep 11, 2021

Lovely work on Kril, I didn't know there was a action figure line (well there wasn't but you know what I mean, I'll have to go look that up now!


Hard luck in the games mate, sometimes the dice gods just have it in for you!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 11, 2021
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Thanks Roger. The toy line was uncovered only a few years ago apparently, with some painted proto-types etc. I certainly would have bought a few at the time the film came out if they'd be released, as they would have been added to my mish-mash of Star Wars & Battlestar Galactica figures.


I've another AAR to post concerning my German infantry tackling some American tanks which went a lot better. Albeit when we worked out the points I think my infantry had a significant advantage. But it was a good game to test out the armour and assaulting armour with grenades rules 😉

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Sep 11, 2021

Great work on Kril Simon, he's turned out really well. Sounds like you had fun with the games, sounds like you need a sacrifice to the dice gods to improve your rolls ! LOL

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 11, 2021
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Cheers Dave. I'm super-pleased with Lord Kril. One of my fave characters from The Last Starfighter, and badly under-used. Was truly a dire day for the Germans' saving throws, though as I say, there was a moment of potential glory with a panzerschreck team in close-combat which could have turned the day. LOL!!!

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undercoat2670
Sep 10, 2021

Great looking alien. I especially like the painting of the face, very nice.

Thanks for the FoW game. It was great fun and I enjoyed it enormously. Your Germans looked awesome on the table but your infantry armour saves were shocking! How can one person roll so many ones and twos? Can't wait to play the full rules!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 10, 2021
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Thanks very much indeed, Undercoat. Hopefully I can get some more of the Tangent Miniatures painted over the coming months. For now though it is full into FoW, as I'm keen to get my first Panzergrenadier platoon up to max strength for our next encounter.

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