Here are the last two miniatures I'm painting up for pre-generated PCs for Saturday's Slipstream game. (I've got 9 different character sheets to choose from, now.)
Reaper Chronoscope #50138: "ALF-24, Robot Assistant"
This guy looks like he might belong better in the Star Wars universe than in something vaguely Flash-Gordon/Buck-Rogers-inspired, but I still really like the design of the miniature. I painted him up with a few odd panel colors, as I wanted to give the impression that he's been around long enough to have scavenged replacement parts along the way, but hasn't prioritized getting a new paint job to make sure it all matches. I regret to say that it took me an inordinate amount of time to paint the little "24" numerals on each shoulder-pad, and yet they look pretty blurry in the picture.
Reaper Chronoscope #50095: "Kyoko Silvers, Cat Girl" (converted)
For comparison to what I had to start with, here's the unpainted mini picture from the Reaper site:
This miniature is "classic Tim Prow," very evocative of the stuff he used to put out for Heartbreaker Hobbies back in the days of Chronopia and Warzone 1st Edition. Unfortunately, putting Tim Prow females next to Werner Klocke and Van Horne and Bobby Jackson minis makes them look rather chunky by comparison. I got this miniature primarily because it was so silly-looking
, but I figured I'd need to do some work on it to make it a viable player-character.
First, the "big stick" had to go. I started by cutting off the stick and attached mismatched hands (one was about a finger's width wider than the other) with a dull hobby knife. I then used a combination of scraping with the hobby knife and grinding with a Dremel tool to bring down the bust size (it was just a bit too big and pointy for the rest of the model, in my opinion), narrow the waist a bit, and also reduce the "bulby" look of the muzzle.
I used two gizmo items from #59026 "Deadlands Weapons & Accessories" to give the cat girl one newer, smaller hand holding a gun-thing ... and one ridiculously LARGER hand (but it's okay because it's a POWER GAUNTLET
). I found a cylindrical "bitz" piece that I put on her back for the cables to run to, to serve as a sort of "power pack" for the gizmos.
The legs on the original miniature were spaced too far apart for my liking, so I cut them both apart, re-pinned them ... and then stuck them back on, too close together
. Oops. It wasn't really evident until I had everything assembled, and at that point I wasn't sure I could really improve on things without tearing everything up further.
Both miniatures are based on War Cast Studios
resin bases (Industrial Round 25mm Bases
). The original Reaper minis came with the wider 30mm bases, but I've been putting my figures intended for Slipstream on the 25mm bases because: a) They look cool; b) 25mm bases work much better with tabletop terrain, especially Hirst Arts terrain that lends itself well to a 1" grid.