Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3D Hoth battlefield part 2

Today I did some work on the hanger area. There's the main hanger entrance, then inner walls. The inner walls are only 30mm high, as all walls inside the base will be, so that they don't hide the miniatures or get in the way of them.

Monday, March 29, 2010

3d hoth battlefield part 1

I've been browsing 2D maps on free-to-download star wars map sites, and found a great, huge, Hoth map. I enlarged it slightly so it's a bit bigger than 1" grid, but the right size for Action Fleet starship models, and also big enough that when I add 3D walls to the base, figures can fit in the rooms and passageways.

So far, all I've done is print out and tape together the floor map. First though, I used PhotoPaint to edit out the drawings of space ships, so I can put whatever I want in the hanger. I also used PhotoPaint to remove the turrets from around the trenches, so I can sit Star Wars Miniatures turrets wherever I want, when using them in a battle.

Next I'll be adding 3D walls to the map, and a massive opened hanger doorway at the front of the hanger. Then I'll be adding 3D computer consoles and that sort of thing.

So, here's what it looks like with some scenery objects and a handful of figures thrown on as well. I like how it's looking so far, and the original artist who designed the map did a fantastic job (CPreska's map, downloaded from The Holocron: Star Wars Miniatures).

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Soliatire Star Wars Miniatures

I'm making a rules booklet for playing star wars miniatures by yourself, based on great Lord of the Rings solitaire miniatures rules another guy created.

Basically, you randomly assign counters to groups of figures. Unique individuals get black counters, non-unique groups get white counters. The counters are numbered from 1 upwards. They are shuffled and randomly placed face up beside each unique or group. Then the black counters get to move and act first, in order of their numbers. Then the white counters get to move and act next, in order of their numbers.

There's a few other rules and changes, but it's working great so far, and I'll add more to it as I do it.

Here's a pic showing counters on the table:

and another pic showing the view from the Rebel Platform, at the end of a turn.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Can your pet use the Force?

I just had to link to this as well! Today I was browsing Star Wars blogs, and came across... pet costumes! This link has photos of dogs and cats, outfitted to look like Star Wars characters! My favourite are the Ewoks :)

Stormtrooper and Rebel Hordes!

I had a handful of normal Stormtroopers and Rebel Troopers before, but now that I found that shop selling individual figures I have upgraded! Now I can have lots of forces battling it out over the table top :) I'm thinking of squad rules for moving groups of standard forces as a single activation, such as 4 or 5 troops as a 'squad formation' of troops.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

AT-ST and too big AT-AT

As you can see, the old 80's AT-AT is far too big compared with the star wars minis. About 1.5 to 1.75 times too big when I measured it. (It's supposed to be around 20 - 25 meters tall). However, the AT-ST looks about right with a stormtrooper beside it, so I think I'll download the rules information for the AT-ST and try playing with it to see what it's like. The AT-ST was a plastic model kit I got at some stage, years ago.

A secret rebel landing site

Here's some rebels with the old plastic Rebel Transport from the 80's. The transport opens up and allows the 80's star wars action figures to be put inside, so it becomes a carry case for them. I'm thinking of using it as a carry case for all my star wars minis now :)

Vader Arrives! Lambda Shuttle

I got out my old 80's toys to see if any were of a similar scale to the miniatures, and the Lambda Shuttle looks awesome with the minis!

Here's a scene using some of my scenery and the shuttle. Vader arrives!

For those of you familiar with Star Wars Minis, I wanted one more Stormtrooper, but didn't have one, so... Spot the Clone Trooper if you can :P

Monday, March 22, 2010

Paul's Star Wars Miniatures Blog Begins

Now and then I'll stick something on this page. Basically, I love Star Wars miniatures, and collect the game by Wizards of the Coast. I only just found a store in Australia that lets me purchase individual figures, instead of having to buy boxes (that have random figures in them). So now I can plan and collect armies as I see fit!

I've also started buying scenery from MilSims.Com.Au, so I'll show things I get and how they look painted as well.

At some stage I might post battle reports on here too. My brother has one of the giant Realms of Battle boards from Games Workshop, and is currently painting it up into a rocky wasteland. It looks amazing! So at some stage, Imperial and Rebel forces will likely clash on his board!

Here's a pic from my table at home, with a paper printed mat to play on. This is before I got my latest scenery items, but shows the HeroScape walls on the left, and numerous crates and barrels I got from MilSims, that were already assembled and painted! (Click on pictures for full size)

Next are shots showing terrain pieces I have now, and a click-together platform kit (only a small platform, still cutting out the rest of the pieces to make bigger ones). The power generator is shown unpainted and painted, so you can see just how crazy yellow the raw model was :)

Unpainted Power Generator

Painted Power Generator

part of the click-together Platform kit

Industrial Stacks

Barrels and Crates, pre-painted!