...upon them models!
The Spec-Sec armored command truck has so far been brush painted with base colors and a little bit of ink. I've been waiting for some custom decals to arrive, but I'm starting to think they will not. Sad face. Well, at least I can get on with further detailing and weathering! figure from Blue Moon Manf is for scale. Love them dudes!
For the Puma and S'orhan I've busted out the old airbrush. It's been too cold here for it to work effectively, but I've done what I can! The Puma too is ready for weathering , though I've decided to skip the filter beforehand (the S'orhan is still drying from filter application. I wanted something red so had to use oil paints. Can't tell the result yet, but here's to hoping!). Again, I have been waiting for decals, but am now pressing on.
There is more to come, and updates as we go along! Remember, there is only 3 weeks left on the current pre-order. Get
Below is a size comparison shot of the Puma, S'orhan, and Armored Command Truck on a 1" grid mat.
From left to right: 15mm DSG S'orhan, plastic 1/72 scale PNZ III, 1/100 plastic BF M113 APC, 15mm DSG Puma, 1/100 Acheson Creations Stryker, 15mm DSG Talin, 15mm DSG Arm. Cmd. Trk.
Bottom row: 15mm metal GZG medium hover tank, resin/metal "1/100" BF M48 tank, plastic 1/100 PSC M4 Sherman, 12mm metal GZG Wombat II HAPC.
As you can see, these beasties are LARGE, as they should be!
The 15mm versions of the FD1- Puma and the VT2- S'orhan are now up for pre-order, as is the Spec-Sec Armored Command Truck. Check them out "in the buff":
15FD1- Puma LODAV GIFV:
Yup, that rear cargo door can act as either a pure ramp, or split ramp and have just the top open for ventilation when at rest or to provide a protected firing point. Note the countermeasure launchers to each side.
This thing is HUGE, just so you know. 14cm long, 5.5cm wide, and 3.2com tall. It dwarfs just about every other 15mm scale combat APC out there (that isn't a giant robot). Of course it has to be big, as it is meant to shuttle whole platoons of Federation troops about, not just a little section or squad, and from orbit no less.
This is a 3 piece all resin kit which includes the hull, turret, and plasma canon.
15VT2- S'orhan LODAV GIFV:
Not to be outdone, the Venturians have their own LODAV GIFV, shown here in "surface mode" with the top mounted aero-spoiler retracted, the point defense laser domes extended, the dual function verniers canted, and the turret mounted missile launcher popped up.
Like the Puma, the S'orhan also hauls a platoon of troops around, utilizing a very steep approach method when entering the atmosphere to decrease exposure time to enemy air defenses.
Note that the rear ramp also has a central door which can be used instead of having to expose the entire troop compartment.
The S'orhan is not as large as the Puma, being only 12.2cm long, 4.3cm wide and 3cm tall, but it is still a formidable fighting machine.
This is a 3 piece all resin kit which includes the hull, turret, and particle canon.
And here is the beast. The Spec-Sec Armored Command Wagon:
Yup, she's a big'n! 12.5cm long, 4cm wide, and 3.5cm tall, "The Wagon" can smash its way into any situation delivering a pair of the heavy Mastiff drive-armors or 6 Parma police battle-armors, as well as 10 Spec-Sec intervention troops, directly to the action in style and comfort. Go ahead, set up some burning tire and wrecked car obstacle, wee where that gets you when this baby come crashing through!
And you can bet you'll be seeing this beast all done-up Post-Apoc style very very soon. Got zombies or scavengers in the road? No problem. Alien combat droids blocking your way? Crush 'em. But no matter what you do, always remember to empty shi*ter at every opportunity. A clean potty is a happy crew!
The ship date for this pre-order is estimated to be February 21, 2014. If the orders are ready before that time they will be sent out so you can have your items as quickly as possible. Should production take longer, you will be notified by email with profuse apologies.
For this limited time the price of the Puma ($18usd), S'orhan ($16usd), and Armored Command Truck ($18usd) are reduced. After the pre-sale is over they will return to their normal prices.
Hope you like them!
Just thought I'd put up a teaser shot of the most recent print arrivals. Some fun things in the offing!
...and yes, the "Winnebago of DOOOOOOOOM!" is huge. About 12cm long or so. Crazy, neh?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
We begin shipping out the pre-orders of the 15mm version of the Talin today, and they look fantastic! I hope you're as pleased with those you receive as I am!
It looks like in a week or two we will be putting up the pre-ordrs for the 15mm versions of the Puma and S'orhan LODAV GIFVs. Just waiting for the test castes of the turrets (the hulls have already been test caste and are fantastic!).
Also, the 3d print of the 15mm version of the Federation Scorpion has arrived, as well as some other goodies. The 3d models of the Kh'Erian/Kh'Erasin have been completed and will be sent off to print just as soon as the other two models for the Kickstarter are finished. These "other two" models are the beginnings of the first new factions for the Dark Star universe in quite a while, and I can't wait to reveal them! (but, have to wait till the KS gets going...)
Should the Kickstarter we have planned really get rolling we have the Zirhan and Tiger LODAV GMBTs and the Kh'Lrion/Kh'Liran waiting in the wings as unlocks, and infantry begin sculpted up as well.
This is going to be an awesome year!
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