BSG Miniatures – Cloud Nine

The next miniature up for painting is Cloud Nine, which is from the Re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series.  It is a massive luxury liner that has a huge pressurized dome attached to the main ship.  The dome provides a realistic simulation of a planetary surface including an artificial holographic sky.  It is similar in concept to the Agro Ships from the original Battlestar Galactica.

It eventually gets destroyed when an atomic warhead is set off on the ship. Here’s a couple screenshots from the series:

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The miniature itself isn’t very large, it’s mid size compared to some of the others, the shot below shows it next to a quarter.

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Here’s what is looks like after the second coat of white paint on the dome and with black applied to the ridges, haven’t attempting the lines between the ridges yet. I also haven’t decided yet if I want to do a very light blue wash on the dome, or if the portions of the grey primer still showing through give enough of the effect I’m looking for.

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Here’s a shot of someone else’s finished miniature that has blue on it, even if I do put some on I think I will go lighter;


Cloud 9 / Dome Ship - Ravenstar Studios

Got the lines put in, a little shaky but reasonably happy with them, only got one extra one in the wrong spot.  I think I will do a light blue wash once the lines are dry, might soften up the line edges a little.



I painted the main body Aluminium, painted the small landing bay white, then did a black wash on the the main body.  I painted the underside of the dome blue, then did a light blue wash on the top of the dome:




BSG Miniatures – Battlestar Columbia

My set of miniatures included two labeled “Columbia Class Battlestar”.  It seems that this is referring to the ship in the BSG – Razor episodes.

The Columbia in that episode is similar to the Galactica but has additional armour plating where the Galactica has ribs. It also has blue strips and markings rather than red, although there is another similar battlestar in the scenes which does have red markings.

This site has a clip of video that shows the scenes with the Battlestar Columbia:  Destruction of Columbia

This shot shows the armor plating and if you look closely you can see the blue markings on the nose

BSG Razor - Battlestar Columbia

In this shot you can see the blue markings on the landing bay:

Battlestar Columbia - Another shot showing the blue marking on the landing bay

And here you can see the blue ring on the dish with no symbol inside, and a couple of the gun turrets behind the ring:

Battlestar Columbia - Columbia's dish - no symbol and blue ring only:

One thing that you don’t see in any of these shots are all the extra gun turrets that have been added to the miniature on the top and the bottom, not sure why they were added:

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Here is a shot of the first finished miniature with the red markings next to the unfinished miniature:



And the second miniature painted with the blue markings, messed up the circle a bit but doesn’t look too bad

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BSG Miniatures – The Galactica (Reimagined)

I’ve now primed my fleet of miniatures and am ready to start painting. I figured I would start with a fairly easy one, and one that I had a good reference to work off of, so I picked the Galactica from the Reimagined series.

It looks like the mold was almost a direct copy of the Hasbro Titanium toys that were produced a few years ago.  Here is a picture with the Titanium toy on the left and my primed but unpainted Ravenstar Studios miniature on the right, first picture is the tops, second picture is the bottoms.

I was doing a bit of experimenting today and used Sharpie pens rather than model paint to put in the reds, yellow, and grey.  It works reasonably well on flat areas but if there is any sort of texture, it’s hard to get good coverage.  I then did a black wash to finish it up, which I may have done a little heavy but I’m happy with the result, I think it compares fairly well to the Titanium version.


Battlestar Galactica Ravenstar Studios Miniatures Fleet

I ordered a bunch of Battlestar Galactica Miniatures from Ravenstar Studios quite some time ago, a couple of Fleet packs and a few individual ships.  I’ve finally sorted them out and matched the miniatures to their names.  Most of them haven’t been touched yet with the exception of one of the new Cylon Baseships and the Raven Battlestar, which have been assembled and primed.  The ships are a combination of ships seen in the original Battlestar Galactica, the re-imagined series and the Blood and Chrome web series.

Today’s project will be to clean the flash off the ones that need assembling and glue them together.  I may create and individual post for each ship type as I go along, but for today, here is a picture of the whole set and a list of which ships they are, as much for my own use in keeping track of them as for anything else.  I’ve also pinned a bunch of photos to Pinterest to help me figure which ships are which and what some of them should look like when assembled and painted.

Battlestar Galactica Fleet

The ships from left to right are:

Cylon Basestar [TOS] [1]
Cylon Tanker [TOS] [3]
Nightstar EBS [1]
Nu Cylon Baseship [2]
Lightray Warcutter [4]
Raven Battlestar [1]
Crow War Tender [2]
Starweaver Tender [2]
Livery Ship / Mining Ship [2]
Astral Queen / Jail Ship [3]
Colonial Mover [3]
Gemini Freighter [5]
Celestra / Research Ship [4]
Rising Star [3]
Scorpia Salvage and Repair / Foundry Ship / Flat top [5]
Botanical Cruiser / Agro Ship [2]
Cloud 9 / Dome Ship [1]
Olympic Carrier [8]
Refueling Ship [4]
Goliath / Refinery Ship [1]
Sparrow Freighter [2]
Ring Ship [1]
Colonial One [2]
Nu Ribbed BSG [1]
Berzerk Gun ships [2]
Valkyrie Battlestar [2]
Osiris ­ Orion class [1]
Loki heavy cruiser [2]
Catamaran class [2]
Columbia class Battlestar [2]
Defender litestar [1]
Eros troop carrier [1]
Hebe support ship [1]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! 2014 was a pretty good year for me, although I didn’t do any posting to this blog, maybe I’ll post a few more things in 2015.

The sidebars on what I’m reading and my Fitness goals get more updates than anything else here.  As far as projects I worked on in 2014, it was primarily playing with Realm Works from Lone Wolf Development, and a little bit of work on Hero Lab, also from Lone Wolf Development.  Both of those are related to Roleplaying Games, which would normally get posted on my ICE Webring site, however, I’ve kind of let that site slip too.  ICE hasn’t really put anything new out in a couple years, other than one or two small items.  I’ve seriously considered dropping that site and just moving some of the best material from there over to this site, but to be honest, it would really be more work than I’m willing to put into it at this point.

As for this site and the upcoming year. I don’t have any major plans.  At some point I do want to go through and photograph all my old concert Tee shirts, then I’ll probably post them here and then pin them to a new board on Pinterest.  I may do the same with a bunch of the old cabaret posters I collected back when I was in University.  But, those projects have been on my list for a few years now and I still haven’t started them.

One project that is getting closer to completion is converting/replacing all my old cassette tapes with digital copies.  I was able to update the crappy recordings I created from my tapes with decent copies for a couple tapes I thought I’d never find.  One was for an 80’s Calgary band, The Kids, and another was for a short lived Canadian band called Minutes from Downtown, who had a five song mini album.  I also got a reasonable decent copy of an album by another short lived Canadian group called Men’s Room that I liked, although that one still has room for improvement

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Seventeenth Century Nun’s Prayer

Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other’s pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint-some of them are so hard to live with-but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.



Interplanetary UFO

In my previous post I talked about building the “Interplanetary UFO” model, which I has recently been re-released and which I had built when I was younger.  Well, I have since pulled out my bin of old models and located my original “Interplanetary UFO” as well as one a friend gave me that I subsequently modified.  There are several differences between the old version and the new version.  The first thing I noticed is that the old version is much more translucent than the new one and doesn’t glow as brightly.  It’s possible that this could partially be fading that occured over the years, but I don’t really think so.

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Another difference is that there are some peices that the new version comes with that the old one didn’t. Frank’s Home Page > AMT Leif Ericson Galactic Cruiser and U.F.O Mystery Ship gives a complete explanation of why this is but basically the parts that were in chrome in the original Leif Ericson kit weren’t included in the original U.F.O. kit but are included in the new kit, although not in chrome.  These include the “Phaser cannon” on the tip of the nose, a small ball peice on the top of the conning tower and three peices of landing gear for the small shuttle.

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Another major difference is the original release the upper and lower pieces main body and neck were each one piece.  At some point AMT decided to make the UFO fit into a smaller box and the ships neck was cut.  This is also the case with this newest release, although interestingly in the new version of the Leif Erikson the neck has been reconnected.

This adds an extra ring to the neck, but doesn’t look too bad:

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A friend of mine had also built the UFO kit but didn’t want to hang onto it so he gave it to me and I proceeded to paint it and start gluing extra pieces to it. It’s got some chrome parts from an R2D2 kit, some parts from a Klingon D7, a few parts from “USS Cygnus” from the movie “The Black Hole” and I think a few missiles from a random tank model. On the bottom is also a bridge piece from some sort of “USS Enterprise” There’s also a couple miniature stands that I thought made good sensors, and some straight sprue pieces. I think there are also a few “Space Shuttle” parts as well. It predates the Firefly T.V. series but could have made a good “Reaver” ship for that show.

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