(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Star Wars: Legion" May 2020
This month's themed attempt to reduce my mountain of metal, plastic and resin models will primarily focus upon five miniatures taken from the Fleet Troopers Unit Expansion for "Star Wars: Legion" by "Fantasy Flight Games". These figures have rather embarrassingly been sat on my painting table for the past eighteen months, having initially been assembled and based in preparation to be one of my submissions for the Ninth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC).
The set's box actually contains seven close-quarters combat specialists, including two heavy weapons experts carrying an MPL-57 and a deadly scatter gun, so should I make some prodigious progress on my opening five models I definitely plan on adding some extra Fleet Troopers to my tally. For now though I'm sticking with the squad's leader, Captain Raymus Antilles, and a quartet of DH-17 blaster pistol-carrying soldiers.
In addition to these defenders of Princess Organa’s starship, as well as cracking on with last month's unsuccessful goal of two Warhound Titans from the Adeptus Titanicus: The Horus Heresy starter set by "Games Workshop", I'm also hoping to make some progress on my plans to paint up enough "Heroclix" miniatures to play some Marvel Super Heroes: The Heroic Role-Playing Game by "TSR". I intend to dive straight in with the original starter set's introductory adventure "Day Of The Octopus", which features Spider-Man, The Thing, Captain America and Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) as the main super-heroes.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a model of Rambeau's definitive Captain Marvel, so have been waiting these past weeks for a figure of her to reach me from across the Pond. The early fights also feature at least one civilian victim and the potential for some Mandroid armour to be stolen, so I've re-based some of these miniatures from my collection as well.
Productivity wise, the past four weeks have disappointingly been one of my least successful stints ever, due to some significant burn-out following the Tenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge and a brief period of disillusionment regarding just how few games I'm playing in comparison to my persistent painting output. Indeed, I haven't had such a barren period in my hobby for almost six years.
Happily however, I did still manage to complete the last of my Gotham Police Department flatfoots using a couple of "Wizkids" plastic sculpts, and am now ready to get my twelve-man strong force for law and order on the tabletop. The New Jersey-based company have already dominated my painting queue this year, and with a consignment of Spaceknights, super-heroes and squirrels currently being assembled for future projects, I doubt they'll be toppled from being my favourite miniature company any time soon...