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Dust: Lil’ Stompy Mecha

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on February 24, 2018 by Sean

So, I’ll been lured into starting a small force for Dust 1947, the alternate history WWII game…

After watching several games, I was enamored with the Sino-Soviet Union’s Steel Guard. These are one-man mecha/powered armor troops with weedy arms and honking big guns, piloted by quadruple amputee veterans. Heroes of the Union stomp forth to blast the foe! I love these little guys’ design. As it stands, you can field a whole army of them, so I was sold.

I picked up the Steel Guard Fire Support Squad, a three-man shooty unit. I experimented with color schemes, from realistic Russian armor green, various camouflage, even winter whitewash. In the end I went with a scheme inspired by the artist Ashley Wood, he of the Zombies vs Robots vs Amazons series of comics. His robots typically have rusted metal and chipped/peeled paint, as well as a general industrial feel.

The base color for the armor is GW Baneblade Brown. I experimented with a new painting technique using sponges to layer colors over each other. This gives a nice effect of chipped and scraped paint, reflecting battle damage and wear and tear. The chipping was done with Rhinox Hide, Rakarth Flesh, and black. The left arm plate was done with a red-orange to add some color and designate the squad on the table.

These two are the squad leader, armed with a pair of machine guns, and one member with an autogun. While they have squad numbers, they are otherwise fairly anonymous. Some of the models allow the face lid to be lifted to show the pilot, but I liked the smooth faceless quality of the armor. The leader does have a few personal touches though- a small satchel on his back, and a trophy German helmet (with nice bullet hole), both from the Bolt Action German plastic sprues.

This color scheme will be used for the rest of the force. I do plan on using some camouflage designs for the planned Sniper unit. More to come.




Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on August 28, 2009 by Sean

Soviet Cossacks from a friend’s army for Flames of War. These are a few command stands to add to his already sizable Kazachya companies. I’ve painted tons of horsemen for his army, comparable to a medieval army! The sight of that unrushing cavalry on-table is pretty nice, and when they hit an infantry force, the carnage is immense.

Their bases are the same as for my own Soviets, with sparse grass covered by light snow. This is a different player than the friend with the huge Soviet force from previous posts, by the way. He doesn’t have any Cossacks, actually.

Soviet Tankovy 2

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on August 7, 2009 by Sean


More of my Soviet Tankovy force. The force has 3 platoons of 6-7 stands of Tank Riders, so these support infantry for my tanks actually outnumbers the infantry in my German armies. Their Commisar ‘leads’ them.

The scout cars have a camo scheme I found in a photo collection of the Eastern Front. From a good enough distance, the cars would just disappear into the background. The leader has a PT-RD anti-tank rifle that I converted up, just in case it’s ever needed.

The American recon jeeps and infantry are for a friend’s US Armored Corps army.

Soviet Tankovy

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on August 5, 2009 by Sean


T-34 Companies from my Soviet Tankovy force from Flames of War. 15mm scale WWII. I designed the army based on 107th Brigade and 1441st SU Brigade, 16-y Tankovy, which fought in the encirclement of the German forces in Stalingrad. The winter whitewash was applied by the crew, and washed off/rubbed off over the course of the winter.