Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ten More for 2010

Here they are, as the title says, these are the last (planned) figs for the 2010 fiscal painting year. After posting my Hordes of the Things Orc Army the other day (which I'm still pretty proud of by the way) and I realized I had logged 190 painted figs for the year. That leaves me with just ten more to go to hit 200. I didn't set out this year with a particular goal in mind, but I do like nice, round numbers, and 200 is just such a number, but what to paint?

World War II tanks are pretty easy, but I don't have any built right now. I just built those Sons of Minos space marines, but they're pretty detailed and I'd like to do them right. There's still 2/3 of my HotT army just sitting around, but I'll give them a rest for now. Looking through my minis cold storage I ran across some vintage gems, that just happen to be single-mold and should paint up quick and easy.

Back during all of my Fall-In! coverage I had posted pic with my loot, including an unopened Star Frontiers box. This is NOT the box, but I said in that post I'd follow-up and never did. The first minis I ever got were the same as the figs in that unopened box. That was around 1982, and might explain why I lean towards sci-fi instead of fantasy; unlike most I did not cut my teeth on Dungeons and Dragons, but Star Frontiers instead.

Well that box of player characters wasn't the only one, I also have this box of Star Frontiers Robots, and although it is opened it is intact (unlike my other original box). These sculpts are great and don't even feel that old-school, plus, they're robots so they should be a breeze to paint up, even if I go semi-elaborate.

Here's the back of the box with its contents, and their future bases

Well if my goal is to paint up ten figs, the Star Frontiers Robot box only get me a little over halfway. Poking around some more I found one of the original Star Frontiers figs from the OTHER box, a space-suited Sathar! I didn't think about it, but this also means I'm about to paint up one of the first figs I ever owned. Add this one to my first painted fig ever.

Alongside the Sathar are a few characters that should be familiar; Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a Mon Calamari. Mon Calamari George, really? You named them directly after squid, you didn't even try to disguise it? These are figs from West End Games' Star Wars line out of the late 1980's. Compared to the venerable Star Frontiers figs these guys feel downright modern!

This "crew" has a nice feel to it, kind of like those non-canon, classic pulp Han Solo novels. You've got Han and Chewie, doing their thing, plus some yet-named character Mon Cal, and a big ole Sathar in a space suit. The Mon Cal and the Sathar could be their own smuggler duo that had to team up with the crew of the Falcon to tackle some mutual goal. Maybe it's to fight all those Star Frontiers robots?

So there you have, once I get these painted, I should hit 200 figs on the year. It's not a done deal, I have to actually paint them, but I feel confident going into to it. As you can see from the bottoms of the bases here it's not every day you get to paint up 27 year old miniatures either! The fact that I'm the first owner of these dates me incredibly, but it's all good. So enjoy, and get ready for the new year.


  1. Congrats on painting 200 minis that is just awesome. I really need to get my butt in gear in 2011 as I would like to finish a few armies.

  2. Great post! Looking forward to seeing these painted up. Those classic Star Wars minis scale up nicely with the Star Frontiers figs.

  3. Sounds like it's all come together well, the number and the origins. It's meant to be! And well done on the number - as Meatball says, it's nothing to sniff at.

  4. Cool way to finish out your year of painting, way to go! I really like those robots and look forward to seeing what you do with them.

  5. They look rather cool, consider me jealous that you have those old gems! I've also always leaned towards sci-fi, probably a diet of Aliens, Total Recall and Robocop at quite a young age :)

    I look forward to you working your magic on them!

  6. Thanks everyone! The Brushes hit figs tomorrow! I'm surprised to have hit 200 figs on the year to be honest, that sets the bar pretty high for me, so I'll enjoy it while I can!

    @Papa JJ: I didn't pick the robots for speed...but I'll still try to do *something* cool with them.

    @Brutorz Bill: I thought the Sathar fit right in with the Star Wars guys, same style, size, the works...

    @Chris: "Magic"? I'll try!

  7. Have fun, they look awesome! :) Wish i had one, too!