Welcome to the inaugural posting of "Spotlight On"! For this first posting I thought I'd give a brief rundown on the background of our Colony-15 miniatures line and cover a little bit about how it came to be.
I've always been a big reader. As I grew up, my uncle kept me well supplied with old novels from the 50's onward. A lot of pulp sci-fi, adventure, as well as a good dose of fantasy. Doc Savage, Lensmen, Little Fuzzy... the list is extremely long. We also had a friend of the family that was a writer, with westerns being his preferred genre, though he wrote about more than just Cowboys and Indians! Eventually I turned to the harder stuff, and by that I mean books like the Dune series, Ringworld, Hammer's Slammers and The Fleet. I also was playing the heck out of the Traveller RPG and D&D. But, I've always had a soft-spot for those old adventures.
When the opportunity to open Darkest Star Games came along I knew I wanted a line of miniatures that brought back the flavors of my childhood readings, and that was a bit less "hard" sci-fi than the Dark Star line. I had just reread Space Viking by H. Beam Piper for the uptinth time and it all clicked. I didn't want this new 'verse to be set inside any previously developed background, so I was off and creating!
The figures for Colony-15 are in essence a distillation of my old reads: The Magravate Militia are not the "minute man" force their name suggests, but more of a post Civil War US Cavalry analog. They not only respond to trouble in their troop's territories but also conduct long range patrols and maintain contact between the far flung settlements on the high plains
The Zonii could almost be considered Native American tribesmen, the planets first settlers "gone native" both spiritually and through genetic tinkering to survive in the original much more hostile environment.
And then there's the Star Marauders. Part viking, part bandido, all ruthless. A combination of many of the classic bad guy tropes from the old paperbacks.
Being as this figure line was meant to be something of a sci-fan sort of shindig I commissioned Bob Naismith to sculpt up some retro-ish figures in a throw-back sculpting style. He's not only been around for a while, but he is one of the few people out there able to sculpt in more than just his own style. He really gave the initial figures that "classic" feel without having to resort to time travel or necromancy.
Slowly but surly the Colony-15 line is being expanded, never you fear! In the works we have native fauna (mostly dangerous), civilian vehicles and farm equipment, and assault craft and conveyances for the Star Marauders so they can do their looting, burning, and chicken stealing!
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned!
Heya folks, it's update time! So what is coming up from Darkest Star Games? Well, the next release will be for the Spec-Sec line, those evil looking Pila type Battle-Armors previewed way back here. Should be along in 2 weeks or so.
We also recently send off the 15mm versions of the FD21 Python MBT and FD23 Griffon IFV to be printed, with separate tracks and hover skirt options for each. Still working on a 1st generation grav option, but it will not be long in the offing. Hopefully the turret for the the Cobra MBT can also be sent out soon and make it in time for the Python's release. In addition, 15mm stowage and tools have been reworked from the set that was included in some Kickstarter pledges waaaaay back when, and should be appearing soon as well.
On the 6mm front (haven't forgotten about you all!), the Garshaw GMBT and Paghgaw GIFV will soon be sent off for 3d printing! Rumor has it that there may also be more 6mm Garrhul vehicles in the works, as well as a lander. But that's a just well founded rumors, dontchaknow....
And finally, we will soon begin a series of blog posts called "Spotlight On ____" which will feature fluff and details of the various models and miniatures we produce and the universes they inhabit. These articles will include answers to such burning questions as "just what is that small inset box on the port side of the Puma?", "why did the Venturians just about nuke the colony of Neu Xeria over some coffee synthesizers?", "how many Federation Council Members does it take to screw in a light bulb?", "how come the Venties keep their vehicles free of knickknacks and external stowage?" and many other topics to boot!
Keep your eyes peeled, and happy gaming!
The Garrhul are now available for purchase! Get them HERE!
15GA01- Garrhul Merchant Prince and Body Guards (3 figures)
15GA02- Garrhul Pack Troops with helmets (10 figures)
15GA03- Garrhul Pack Troops (10 figures)
15GA04- Garrhul Lone Wolf Sniper (1 figure)
These bad dogs, painted by Leon Locke, can not wait to board their distinctive triangular grav tanks and APCs and raid and pillage settlements across the Expanse!
Castings of the 2 Garrhul squads, the Lone Wolf sniper, the nefarious Pirate/Trader and his pair of Body Guards are ready! (They just need to be sorted and bagged)
These space doggies will be released next week!
Hey all, we've released new 15mm stuff! Spec-Sec finally receives the first shipment of the long-awaited "Pugio" Combat Armor, and a whole slew (5!) of new cars and trucks (4!) have hit the market! Hit the Spec-Sec page for details and purchasing.
Time for another sneak peek!
The Garrhul are almost here!
The master mold for the new canine race arrived yesterday, as well as a set of castings from the mold. They are so hot out of it that I haven't even cleaned any of the flash off yet. Production molds will take some time just based on the sheer number of figures in this release. As you can see, there are both bare headed and helmeted poses, as well as a trio of "player character" types (at the top).
More to come on these beasts of war. Stay tuned!
Here's the news! Both the newest batch of sci-fi cars and the newest Spec-Sec battle-armor (now to be called the Pugio strike-type) are soon to be released! Very soon. Can't wait!
And what could go better with our valiant Spec-Sec defenders new high-power toys than something the "bad guys" can bring around to do a little "street rock tango"? The Think-Heads call this the Pila type battle-armor:
Designed by the nefarious (and talented!) Charles Oines, these nasty brutes are stripped down military-grade purveyors of destruction. Though a Landmate style armor similar to the Parma and Pugio, the Pila's operators "master" arms remain within an armored body rather than exposed. In the mostly urban environments where Spec-Sec is forced to operate, exposed "master" arms are not seen as a liability, allowing the Parma and Pugio to be both lighter and more agile than battlefield types of combat-armors. The Pila, however, has greater survivabillity when large explosions and flying shrapnel are the tune of the day. And rather than being weighed down with the normal military over-the-shoulder heavy weapons typical of battlefield deployment, this group has been modified with jets allowing for fantastic leaps and high speed ground-effect flight. All in all, a very effective weapon in the hands of a terrorist or enemy agent...
More on the Pila later! We just sent these beasties off to be printed. There are 4 poses, and 6 different pairs of arms. I know the images above shows only 6 arms, but there will be mirrors of those made so we have 3 right arms with guns, 3 left arms with guns, 3 right arms with claws, and 3 left arms with claws. Yes, you'll be able to make dual-wield pistoleers or double clawed smash-beasts! (and who wouldn't!)
More info as soon as we have the masters in hand and are ready to start casting. Stay tuned!
Hello all! I didn't realise it had been so long since we last posted...
But here's the news:
As you saw in our last post some new 15mm Sci-Fi vehicles are coming, and they really are! We are looking to release them next week!
Next in line will be the new Spec-Sec Battle Armors previewed not too long ago, just waiting for their heads to be 3d printed and then casting will begin! (in resin this time).
For those patiently waiting for the Parma Battle Armors to come back to the shop... the new molds didn't solve the problems with the final castings to our satisfaction so it appears we will have to put them into 3d and have new masters printed up. The originals were hand sculpted and did not survive having molds made, so there is now no real alternative. The bad news is that it's going to take a while longer before they are ready, but the good news is there will be more poses that will be available!
Keep an eye out for the release announcement for the new cars, it's coming soon!
It's preview time again! Below you see our crop of cars and trucks. 5 you will recognize as part of our current offerings, but the other 5 cars, as well as the trucks in the back, will soon be released!
The 15mm versions of the Zirhan LODAV GMBT ($20usd each or $54usd for a platoon of 3), the Tiger LODAV GMBT (also $20usd each or $54usd for a platoon of 3) and the Garshaw GMBT and Paghgaw GIFV (both $18usd each) are now up on the store and available to be purchased! Get them while they're hot!
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