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"When You're Up To Your Neck In Slime And Lasers, That's Everything."

"He gave the order. We just did the shooting."

These three 28mm FedSec Troopers were previously manufactured by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and are from their out-of-production Federated Security Starter Set. However, these days both the miniatures, and several other 'dead-ringers' from the BBC science fiction television series “Blake’s Seven”, are available from "Beast in the Broch".


After pinning their separate heads to their torsos each figure was primed in "Citadel" Abaddon Black and enthusiastically dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal. I then picked out their belt buckles and key chains with "Vallejo" Silver, and their hand-weapons with Gunmetal. All of these areas were later washed with two applications of "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

"Marvel Crisis Protocol" WIP - The Punisher has had his pavement painted, shaded and dry-brushed

I painted each model's helmet trim with a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green. This alternative to the now sadly out-of-production Thrakka Green is arguably a little darker in tone than its "Games Workshop" predecessor, but hopefully not too noticeably. As a final step I applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Red to the soldiers' visors and subsequently washed them with "Citadel" Nuln Oil.


With the last of my built FedSec Troopers now finished, I have been able to spend some additional hobby time assembling the five miniatures needed to fill out the ten-model roster required for "Marvel: Crisis Protocol" by "Atomic Mass Games". I had been hoping to use the two Black Widow variants the skirmish game has already made available to its comic book fans, but sadly the rule-book doesn't allow for any line-up to contain two of the same character.

"Atomic Mass Games" WIP - Daredevil's broken baton has been pinned together and attached to his back

As a result I decided to try and pick a few more street-level powered super-heroes to compliment Natalia Alianovna "Natasha Romanoff" Romanova, so built the Punisher and Daredevil. Frank Castle's formidably-armed alter-ego was very easy to glue together. However, I had some major problems with the Man without Fear, not least due to the hard plastic figure arriving with his elongated baton snapped in half.


Obviously my first thought was to contact the internet store where I bought it from and arrange for a replacement. But having seen just how the frail weapon looked in the company's 'official' photographs, I actually saw the breakage as an opportunity to attach its 'weaker' elements to the blind vigilante's body and ensure the gaming piece was debatably better suited to handling on the tabletop than simply looking good on a shelf.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 29, 2020

Cheers Roger. Daredevil's original pose is even more impractical imho, as the baton swings right around the entire model, and is only attached at one end, leaving the weapon to circle the figure freely (and fragilely). I always planned on attaching part of it to the body as a result, and the breakage enabled me to shorten the baton's cable and glue it to the body in two places for extra stability.

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wsd50
Dec 29, 2020

Really nice work on the "Fedsec" troopers as usual Simon, and those Marvel Protocol figures are both very nice too, I do like the pose on Daredevil, though it is a little impractical for gaming isn't it.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 29, 2020

Thanks Joe. I've another "Blake's 7" production line in the works, but that'll be for the new year now.


Hopefully, it was 2004 "Punisher" film you saw, as I really enjoyed that one, and is somewhat based upon one of the character's comic storylines. Glad you can't see the join on Daredevil. It's actually where his baton handle meets the cord at the back of his right shoulder ;-)

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joehcc
joehcc
Dec 29, 2020

Well done getting almost to the end of the Federation Trooper production line! Just to brag, I've heard of the Punisher (accidentaly watched the first film) and I like this character's pose = great sculpt and a fitting 'huge' weapon.

Daredevil on the orther hand I know nothing about, but what a delicate looking figure, even in metal he'd be a pain to cast. Well done pinning him - I couldn;t see the join !


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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 29, 2020

Cheers Phil. I've got some Mutoids I hope to paint in early Jan 2021, along with a couple of Fed robots too, so the "Blake's Seven" stuff isn't quite over yet, LOL.


The Marvel minis are excellent sculpts imho, and should be a lot of fun to paint.

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