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Alien Legion, 1st Squad

First Squad, Alien Legion.Various Laserburn figures from 15mm.co.uk

Basic uniform is GW Shadow Grey with hats and body armour panels of Aeromaster US Blue Grey. Boots and some belts are GW Graveyard Earth while all weapons are Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black, drybrushed with Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey.

Colonial Militia

GZG Colonial MilitiaColonial Militia from Ground Zero Games.

I uniformed these figures with a base coat of GW Desert Yellow with a camo pattern of GW Graveyard Brown. The sanded bases were done in a plain Tamiya X-9 Brown.

Company Marines

Company Marines by Peter PigCompany Marines, previously from Peter Pig, now from Moonfleet Miniatures

These are very svelte figures, wearing SAS-like hoods and strange Samurai-like wicker shoulder and thigh guards. I decided to paint them up as Corporate ninja types. After undercoating, I finished the marine figures in Tamiya X-18 Semi-gloss Black and picked out helmet lenses and lights in either GW Beaten Copper or GW Skull White. Bases were coated with sand and then undercoated black and painted Tamiya XF-24 Dark Grey, and their rather odd looking weapons were finished off with Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey. The wicker shoulder and leg guards, and some belts and straps, were painted GW Graveyard Earth.


GZG CrustiesCrusties from Ground Zero Games.

Starting with a base colour of AeroMaster US Tan, I dry-brushed on a coat of Games Workshop Regal Blue. This was followed by a wash of GW Asurmen Blue and the hooves were touched up with a second coat of AeroMaster US Tan. Fangs were picked out in GW Skull White and the eyes/eye sockets were painted GW Blood Red. The Crusties' weapons were undercoated black and then painted Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey. This made the weapons look very dark so I decided to repaint them Gunzo Sangyo HS2 Olive Drab and then drybrushed GW Boltgun Metal along the fins, and also picked out the belt buckles, pouch locks and ammo canisters on the belts. The belts, themselves, were painted Tamiya X9 Brown.

Two of the Crusties were picked out to join the Alien Legion and had their bases finished with Tamiya XF24 Dark Grey while the rest of the Crusties had their bases finished with a wash of Tamiya X9 Brown. The Alien Legion Crusties also had their shoulder pads and parts of their guns painted GW Shadow Grey, one of the Legion's primary colours.

Earth Force Marine Infantry

Earth Force Marines from Rebel MinisEarth Force Marine Infantry from Rebel Minis

Twenty-one figures for $US10.95 is a great deal - two squads of Mid-Tech troopers in either armoured Combat Environment suits or light vacc suits.

The figures were lightly undercoated. A base uniform colour of Tamiya X7 Red was applied and then the backpacks were painted GW Blood Red. Weapons, belt pouches and helmet hoses were painted matt black, while helmet visors were painted GW Beaten Copper. Squad colour stripes were added to the helmets - GW Ice Blue and GW Blazing Orange. Bases were coated with fine sand and then painted black. A wash of watery AeroMaster US Tan was followed by a drybrush with Tamiya X-24 Dark Grey. Chunky green flock was applied with dabs of PVA to represent weeds growing through a hard surface. A green shoulder flash may be added to the troopers.

ESU Naval Infantry

ESU Naval Infantry from Ground Zero GamesESU Naval Infantry from Ground Zero Games.

Base uniform colour is GW Shadow Grey with an Aeromaster US Blue Grey helmet. Gloves and boots are GW Graveyard Earth and weapons and visors Tamiya X-18 Semi-gloss Black. All weapons were then dry brushed with Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey. Camo cloaks are Vallejo USA Uniform Green 084 with GW Graveyard Earth dot pattern and the grey pattern camo on the uniforms is Vallejo Light Grey 155.


Kurgan Infantry from Rebel MinisKurgan Infantry from Rebel Minis

Base uniform colour is a dull orange (actually an OOP Military Miniatures orange which must be nearly twenty years old) with Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black boots. Shoulder pads, ammo belt, trouser patch and "garter" are all Tamiya XF-58 Olive Green. Weapons are Flat Undercoat Black, drybrushed with Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey. Skin is GW Regal Blue with a Citadel Asurmen Blue wash. Bases were painted Undercoat Black and then given a wash of GW Terracotta. Two Kurgan were painted up for the Alien Legion with GW Shadow Grey jumpsuits and Aeromaster US Blue Grey patches and belts.


Ixx Warriors from Ground Zero GamesIxx Warriors from Ground Zero Games

The colour scheme for the Ixx was suggested by the numerous praying-mantis’ (mantisi?) we had in our garden during autumn. I started with a base coat of GW Dark Angels Green and then dulled this down with a second coat of GW Catachan Green.

The eyes were painted GW Amethyst Purple (not sure if you can still get it – it’s branded Citadel Colour and comes in a plastic, hexagon shaped bottle) and the fingers, facial groove and arm and leg spikes were done in GW Gore Red. As the Ixx are so much bigger than 15mm Humans, I mounted them on 30mm fender washers.


Octopods by 15mm.co.ukOctopod Infantry from 15mm.co.uk

I mixed GW Elf Flesh with Vallejo 957 Flat Red to create a rosé colour for their skin. I then retouched their facial cilia with more Vallejo 957 Flat Red to deepen the colour a bit. The Octo-squaddies got a GW Blazing Orange jump suit and Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black boots, power pack and hoses. Their weapons were started with Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black, dry brushed with Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey and had highlights of GW Beaten Copper. The Alien Legion Octos have a jump suit of GW Shadow Grey.

Phalon Infantry

Phalon figures from Ground Zero GamesPhalon Infantry from Ground Zero Games.

I decided to follow Allan Goodall’s ideas and make my Phalons an amphibian, or amphibian-related race and so wanted to achieve a tree frog-like skin colour. A base colour of Tamiya XF-67 Nato Green was laid down and then I dry-brushed Games Workshop Fiery Orange on in patches. The optic orb was painted GW Liche Purple with three dots of GW Blood Red to mark the infer-red sense pits. GW Codex Grey boots completed the main paint job, before I re-blacked and dry-brushed GW Boltgun Metal on their weapons. Belts and straps were touched up with Tamiya Nato Green.

Scandinavian Federation Troopers

Scandinavian Federation Troopers in winter gear from Ground Zero Games.Scandinavian Federation Troopers from Ground Zero Games.

I wanted to achieve a vaguely defenders-of-Hoth look so after undercoating in black, I painted the troopers Tamiya XF-24 Dark Grey and then drybrushed a coat of GW Codex Grey over the top. The fur edging of the parka hoods was painted GW Skull White to make it stand out.

Each of the troopers has a cloth mask over the lower part of their face, and wears some form of high tech visor over their eyes and the upper part of their face. I painted the cloth mask Tamiya XF-24 Dark Grey and the visors (and the officer's binocular lenses) AeroMaster 1015 RLM 24 Blue. I put a thin line of Tamiya XF-15 Flat Flesh between the visor and the face mask. Boots/leggings were painted Tamiya XF-65 Field Grey and weapons were painted Tamiya X-18 Semi-gloss Black and then drybrushed Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey.


15mm Xenomorphs from Ground Zero GamesXenomorphs from Ground Zero Games.

A base coat of either GW Storm Blue or Liche Purple (both paints dry to about the same colour - a sort of reddy purple) was followed by a drybrush of Boltgunmetal. I then tried to highlight the tooth-filled mouth in white (which wasn't completely successful) and added a red 'sensor' eye strip across the face. Small panels either side of the front of the head were picked out in blue as some sort of secondary sense organs.


Finished flitcars from 15mm.co.uk Flitcars from 15mm.co.uk.

One of the Flit cars was fiven a first coat of GW Enchanted Blue followed by a second coat of Tamiya X-13 Metallic Blue. The other Flit car received two coats of Bottle Green acrylic craft paint. The dashboards were painted GW Regal Blue and then just a hint of colour (red and white) gives the impression that the dashboards have lots of lights and dials. Seats were painted GW Graveyard Earth

Grav Truck, gun and crew from Ground Zero GamesGrav Truck from Ground Zero Games

I went for a very basic colour scheme for the Grav Truck - Tamiya XF-24 Dark Grey for the deck and Tamiya XF-65 Field Grey for the truck body. The grav plates, underneath the body of the truck, were painted GW Midnight Blue with a wash of GW Ice Blue. Like the flitcars, the dashboard was painted GW Midnight Blue and then finshed off with a little red and white. Seats were painted GW Graveyard Earth.

Titan Marine Mk.III Support HAMR Suit

HAMR Mk.III Support Suit from Rebel MinisTitan Marine Mk.III Support HAMR Suit from Rebel Minis.

I painted up the HAMR suits in the same fashion as both the Earthforce Marines and the Cyclopes suits - undercoat of black, then a coat of Tamiya X7 Red. The canopies were painted black and then dry brushed with Tamiya X-13 Metallic Blue and the base of the canopies was painted GW Beaten Copper. The heads of the energy weapons were also painted Tamiya X-13 Metallic Blue and then the model was finished off with a splash of GW Black Wash. The wash makes the HAMR legs and engine fins look all oily and smokey which is pretty much the effect I wanted.

Jetbike from 15mm.co.uk Jetbike from 15mm.co.uk.

The body of the jetbike was painted GW Midnight Blue while the trim, running lights and exhaust ports were painted GW Blood Red. The seat was painted GW Scorched Brown. The jetbike was mounted on a small GW flight stand with the shaft cut down.

Panzer-spähwagen, painted up a bit
An APC from the Siku range of toy cars, found in the local Toyworld.

The Siku Panzer-spähwagen received a dose of GW Terracotta camo splotches, and had its wheels drybrushed with GW Graveyard Brown for that muddy look, and the machine gun drybrushed Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey.

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