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"The Feathered Hopper Is A Native Of The Colony’s Southern Rainforests."

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

"The luminous feathers of this adorable amphibian are worn by the dilettantes of the Spires."

This 28mm scale metal model of a Feathered Hopper is produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought as part of their Alien Pets deal. The creature is only 15mm tall and is designed to be used with the company's other "Colony 87" sci-fi civilian miniatures "for any RPGs and tabletop wargames."

The animal was initially primed with two coats of "Vallejo" Turquoise, before being drenched in "Citadel" Asurmen Blue. It was then vigorously dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Turquoise before having its feathers pigmented using a combination of Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carrouburg Crimson.

The Liberator's Crew face Robo-Rodents and Mutated Scientists

I 'picked out' the tiny extra-terrestrial's eyes with some "Vallejo" Sun Yellow, and then thought I'd make the critter look even more 'alien' by spotting the two bumps in between them with the same colour - thus giving the impression that the cute pet has four eyes, similar to those of a spider. These areas were all later shaded using some "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.

Alongside finishing my first model from the "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" range of "Colony 87" miniatures, I have also managed to make another visit to the LVL Up Gaming Store in Bournemouth. Once again this was so I could continue to play-test some cooperative rules I am writing for my homemade brew entitled "M.I.S.S.", which uses some of the cardboard sections found inside the original version of the Alien Versus Predator Board Game by "Prodos Games" for its layouts.

Blake and Avon battle giant mutant monsters

Unlike last time though, the "Blake's Seven" scenarios we played predominantly involved Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Jenna Stannis and Vila Restal investigating a derelict Terran Federation Science Station, rather than Supreme Commander Servalan and Space Commander Travis. Although, Section Leader Klegg and his Federation Death Squad were still on hand when the facility's viral infection got particularly out-of-hand and needed some fodder...

We actually managed to get in a good handful of games during the afternoon, and actually encountered all of the new mutated scientists and robotic drones I had incorporated into the game. The Liberator's crew provided some particularly thematic moments, such as a cowardly Vila being run down by a pack of cute robo-rodents, and Avon outthinking an enormous mutant tank in a confined communications room just long enough for Blake to replace a broken databank and teleport the team out of danger.

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Oct 24, 2020

Cheers Roger. The Feathered Hopper is very cute imho. Hopefully you'll like the rest of the alien pets too, as and when I can get them painted. I was determined to get more gaming done this year, hence my enthusiasm to get the Blake's 7 collaborative rules working as smooth as possible. We can get a good handful of games in within the space of a few hours.


Oct 24, 2020

I thought that little chap at the start was a GW Lizard figure to start with, must have been the colours you used, cute little chap isn't he, I like him.

Good to see you getting some more B7 games in, and using your Krynoid proxies too!

Good stuff all round mate, Cheers Roger.


Oct 23, 2020

Thanks Undercoat. I have a few more of the alien pets to come. The Blake's 7 game has proved really popular, so I'm hoping to give it a bit more coverage over the next few weeks with a BatRep or two.


Oct 23, 2020

The cute little alien looks great. Nice mini well painted, good job. Your Blakes 7 game looks good too. Really nice looking minis!

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