Travller Imperial Marines

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I recently finished a few additional infantry for my growing 15mm collection. These are recasts of the original Citadel miniatures, produced by RAFM. If you want to know how I painted them, I did a tutorial previously.

My favorite of the group:

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And an action scene:

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Until next time,

– MinisMuse

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How to Make 15MM Tables

I had an idea in my head for several weeks to create tables to use with Traveller and wargames. After much thought I decided to try making the tables. The idea turned out to be better than I thought, in just 20 minutes I was able to turn out 12 tables for gaming with.

The first step was to create the table patterns I would use. This was accomplished with about 15 minutes in a digital painting program (such as Gimp or Microsoft Paint), though if you wanted to do a solid color for the tops of your tables, it would be much quicker.IMG_7384

The next step is to take old junk coins, in my case pennies, and then proceed to cover the head side of them evenly with glue, so that they would have a flat surface.

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Then on the backside of the paper with the table tops, I marked where to place the coins.IMG_7387

I then used a spray on adhesive, (as using glue would warp the paper) and attached the coins to the back of the pattern paper, heads side down.

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After that I cut out the table tops.

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Then I glued some Lego pieces (slices of dowel would work to) to the bottom of the coins to act as legs.

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I then painted the edges of the tabletops with black of make them look uniform.IMG_7392

As you can see, the tables add a great 3-D aspect to 2-D paper.IMG_7394

Until next time,

– MinisMuse

How to Paint Traveller Powered Armor Infantry

Along with the Marines that I got from RAFM, there were also “Powered Armor Infantry”. These heavy infantry will back up the rest of my troops with some more substantial firepower.

I started by priming them with white.

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I then washed them with a 1 to 1 wash of GHQ Sea Blue and water.

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After that I painted the legs and upper arms with GHQ Charcoal Grey.

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The next step was to paint the weapons and lower arms with a 4 to 1 to 1 mix of silver, brown, and black.

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I then started to detail the backpacks and jetpacks with Ceramcoat Black.

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After that I drybrushed and highlighted the black with Ceramcoat Hippo Grey.

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I continued by painting a red stripe on the right sholder pad with Pactra Flat Insignia Red for unit designation.

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To finish off the detailing, I painted each backpack with Ceramcoat Yellow, Testors Gloss Green, and Pactra Flat Insignia Red.

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I decided that the red stripes I had painted earlier looked bad on a blue background, so I painted the shoulder pads with a 1 to 3 mix of black and silver. I then started on the bases with GHQ Camouflage Brown for the “Desert World” look.

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While painting the bases I realized that the legs were not to my liking, so I did a heavy drybrush of FolkArt Metallic Silver to brighten them up. To finish I did several heavy washes of GHQ Dark Brown on the bases to tone them down and make them more interesting.
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I ended by spraying them with several layers of Dullcote to prevent the paint from coming off.

Picture of the finished squad:

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Until next time,

– MinisMuse

How To Paint Traveller Imperial Marines

I bought some recasts of Citadel’s Traveller RPG figures from RAFM. They are highly deatiled sculpts at 15mm and were designed for the deck plans that Games Designers Workshop made for Traveller.

I started by soaking them in warm soapy water and then scrubbed them to remove the mold release agent. Then I hot glued them on to nails to make them easy to handle when painting.

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I primed them white to start with so that the wash would show up.

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To give a blue color to the armor and pick out all the detail I gave them a 1 to 1 wash of GHQ Sea Blue and water. This works really well to provide color and definition to to models.

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I painted the visors with a Folk Art Bronze to give the visors a nice sheen.

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I painted the weapons with a 4 to 1 to 1 mix of silver, brown, and black.

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To give them squad markings I painted the right sholderpad and the line on the top of the helmet with Ceramcoat Opaque Yellow.

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Next I painted the backpacks and hoses with GHQ Charcoal Grey. To add defintion to the backpacks I drybruhsed with GHQ Ocean Grey

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I painted the bases with GHQ Camouflage Brown to look like the desert of a far-away world.

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To finished off the miniatures I gave them 2 washes of GHQ Dark Brown on the bases. I ended by spraying them with 2 layers of Dullcote to prevent the paint from ever coming off.

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Here are some images of the finished models:

Picture of the squad:

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My favorite of the group:

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Until next time,

– MinisMuse