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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Contraband Eggs and Flying Ships

Hey All,

Posting this news  few days late but I figured it was worth sharing nonetheless.

A while back I backed a Kickstarter for "Imperial Skies" a new VSF airship combat games written by that wonderful chap Robin Fitton who also brought us Gruntz 15mm. As soon as Robin announced the project, I was on board. His success with Gruntz 15mm was proven and I wanted to be in on the ground floor for this new game which happened to have the added bonus of being made in collaboration with Brigade Models and their extensive range of VSF airships.



So, July 30th, I received two gifts from the UK. The first was a tasty treat in the form of a Kinder Surprise egg. The other was my copy of Imperial Skies.

Imperial Skies impresses right out of the package. The cover is wonderfully thematic with striking cover art that announces exactly what it's all about. The interior is nicely formatted and laid out in a such a way as to be truly instructive not just on the rules of the game but the feel of the universe, the hobby and the craft of it all. Robin even include quite an extensive section on how to make the most of your gaming pieces with quite a few suggestions on how to take them extra mile.



After all of the rules and extensive examples, you also get full construction rules for those who, like myself, love custom ships or who may want to build fleets not in Brigade's colossal range of ship models which are full rendered in statistics for Imperial Skies.




I have only scratched the surface and already I am eager to build my fleet(s) and start to expand on the game.

Give it a try!

-Eli




Saturday, July 23, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - The Enemy Appears




A bit of an update on the spaceship project.

I recently received my exploratory order fromhttp://www.ravenstarstudio.com

These ships are from his Retro range's Earth fleet. I like the style of the ships and their sleek, supersonic age lines. The counter the powerful but bulky looking ships,of my scratch built fleet.

I have them arranged here in a general approximation of equivalency. I was not able to order all of the ships from Ravenstar's Retro Earth range, so there are some gaps.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - Out of Control Designs

It seems the more I go on with this project, the more ship designs I come up with. As of the writing of this update, I have designed no less than ten (10) different styles of ship ranging from battleship down to frigates and escorts.

I have yet to fully detail any of the designs and have only duplicated one of them. The techniques used in their construction have been evolving as I go on and gain confidence with the materials I have at hand and what works and doesn't.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - Group shot and parts

Here is a pic of the six different classes of ship I have developed for my fleet so far. I like how things are shaping up.

The second and third pics show a ship before any paint or detailing and a sampling of the materials I use to build them.







Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - Happy Accidents and Unwanted Decisions


  

While designing a cruiser as shown in the first picture, the rear part of the hull came off. Unexpectedly, it looked rather nice that way.

Without the rear section, the cruiser looks a lot like a smaller version of the battleship (also pictured). So, now I have to decide if I want to reattach the rear section or keep it as it is.



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - The Big Ships


The project continues...

After a couple of setbacks involving an unfamiliar brand of spray paint, I lost a couple of completed ship models. A light cruiser I had modeled up was trashed but will work for a wreck. The battleship, a brand new design for me, was toast beyond salvage. 

I have now rebuilt the battleship as well as a dreadnought design. After getting a handle on the new paint, I managed to get it work rather nicely for the models and so I now have all the ships in their red fleet color. Detailing remains but I have decide on whether these will be human or alien vessels and what sorts of markings they need.

  



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - On to Larger Vessels.



So in my side project to create my own scratchbuilt retro 70's style space fleet, I have started from smallest, working my way up to larger designs. After designing a frigate and two destroyer class vessels, I now venture into the bigger ships - a light cruiser.

This one was a bit more involved as I found myself challenged by the larger open spaces and a need to fit heavier weapons to the design. This design incorporates a substantial bow missile launchers, two medium cannons on separate turrets and four light cannons mounted primarily for defensive purposes.







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