Well, although I was only going to play/paint two main games this year. I’ve extended that (in a way).
I was searching for a couple of cheap plastic ships to use as counters for our Traveller CCG game. I came across some old Silent Death ships on eBay and got those. It was actually a plastic sprue of 12 ships for a few pounds. Anyway, I decided to have a look at the rules – and found a copy of the Silent Death The Next Millenium box set on eBay for twenty five pounds. 48 Ships, all the missile counters etc. Not bad for a game that came out in the 90’s – everything still in great condition and all models still on sprues. Having read through the rules and had a trial game, it seems to be a far more fun game than X-Wing for us.
Also, having read through the Gates of Antares first campaign, there was a lot of ship battles at the start. So we decided that we can alternate ship battles and Gates of Antares battles and link them into campaigns. The ships can fight over a planet then the forces can battle it out. Or any combination or battle scenario we fancied.
So, I grouped the ship types into ones I thought might look like the Antares factions, and tried to keep them fairly balanced. We now play Silent Death, with forces set up to be Antares factions.
Here’s what I’ve painted this Easter.
As usual, apologies as I only have an old (really old) camera and a couple of table lights, so apologies again for the poor photos, and the thing I notice the most, the poor colour representation – I sooooo need a decent set up.
Anyway, To link in with my games of ‘Beyond the Gates of Antares’, firstly are the Algoryn. In my SD Universe, these will be my Espan.
Conestoga and 2 Teal Hawks
2 Teal Hawks
3 Pit Vipers
The Whole Espan (Algoryn) Force (so far)
Still linking in with my games of ‘Beyond the Gates of Antares’, these are the Ghar
In my SD Universe, these will be House Colos
2 Night Hawks
Drakkar and 2 Night Hawks
2 Kosmos Ships
4 Spirit Riders
The Whole House Colos (Ghar) Force (so far)
These are the Concord. In my SD Universe, these will be the Kashmere Commonwealth.
2 Hell Benders
3 Thunder Birds
The Whole Kashmere Commonwealth (Concord) Force (so far)
For ‘Beyond the Gates of Antares’, these are the Isorian. In my SD Universe, these will be the Unkulunkulu.
2 Lance Electra
Talon (1 of 2 painted)
The Whole Unkulunkulu (Isorian) Force (so far)
I’ve also decided to collect a couple of dedicated SD forces. Sunrunners and Night Brood.
I’ve trialled a paint job for first Sunrunner Blizzard.
I decided that although the Sunrunners were Mercenaries, and were also busy fighting the grubs, their ships were fighting a lot and were going to be a little beaten up looking. This was my first trial of the paint job. I tried a free hand black circle with the 4 strokes of sunlight coming out, but the orange barely shows on the yellow in the photos.
If and when I buy any more Antares armies, I’ll use these with the yellow scheme as the Borites.
Trial paint scheme for a Sunrunner Blizzard
Also below are some of the Asteroids I’ve been painting. The first batch were cast from a white plaster for X-Wing by a company I found selling on eBay. Although they’ve painted up nicely, they are very heavy.
The second, less impressive batch, I made from some 2 different sizes of polystyrene craft balls, sprayed with Black car paint (to purposefully melt them). I had made some in the past from chunks of polystyrene but I based these onto some X-Wing templates. These ones turned out less well as the ‘hexes’ of polystyrene the balls were made of were really large and still visibile. The advantage, they weight virtually nothing.
Finally, I decided to make a ‘Black Hole’. I used a gloss black paint, then a couple of layers of the two tone metallic paints from Green Stuff world. As you turn it, the purple shines to blue, but overall, it has a black look. It’ll make some interesting games.
Now, I need to go and photograph the Antares models I’ve painted up and add them to the blog.
Thanks for looking.