Corsec Bases and Rods with tweaks

Over the years I’ve tried out several different types of stands and bases for my miniatures, but I think I’ve finally settled on the using the Omni-Stand system from Corsec Engineering.  What I like about it is that it is very versatile, especially when combined with a few accessories from a fine tool store like Lee Valley.

There are three main parts to the Omni-Stand system, the base, the supporting rod, and the mount, all of which are interchangable, which means you can use the same miniature for multiple games and just swap out the base, going from a round base with 30 degree firing arcs for something like Full Thrust, to square bases customized for use with the X-Wing Miniatures Game. Continue reading ‘Corsec Bases and Rods with tweaks’ »

Shapeways 3D Printed Miniatures

I decided to give 3D printing a try via Shapeways, so I ordered two batches of ships from them, mostly in the cheapest format, “White, Strong, Flexible”.  This post is a listing of the ships that I ordered for reference, I’ll describe how they worked out with painting in future posts. The “1/270” scale is the scale used in the X-Wing game. I ordered most of the Fighter ships I could find for Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers, with a couple Space 1999 ships thrown in for the second order.

This is the first order:

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Battlestar Galactica Starfighter Shipyards Miniatures – Part 2

I did some more work on my very tiny Battlestar Galactica miniatures.  I primed the rest of the ships and got the TOS Vipers and both sets of Cylons painted.   I used Tamiya Fine Surface Primer on them, which worked very well, and then I used some Sharpie Extra Fine Paint pens to do the black parts on all the ships and the red stripes on the vipers:

002002aThe next challenge was to get the decals onto the Cylons.  Once again, very big hands trying to work with very small objects. Continue reading ‘Battlestar Galactica Starfighter Shipyards Miniatures – Part 2’ »

D6 Space Combat Example

I have been working on adapting West End Games Star Wars Revised and Expanded Roleplaying game, along with D6 Space and a few other D6 related materials into a Battlestar Galactica Roleplaying game.

The fan based “Star Wars Revised, Expanded, Updated” project has been very helpful in this as it’s pulled in a lot of the D6 Space and other rules into the Star Wars game already.

One of the areas that I’ve always had a little trouble with is the Space Combat for Star Wars/D6.  It is fairly loosely designed and not really geared towards the use of miniatures or larger combats.  I’ve started work on a few enhancements and clarifications.  It’s definitely a work in progress, but I’ve got it to the point that I was able to run a test combat with a couple of Battlestar Galactica ships.

This is still a draft, I’ve used it primarily to highlight areas where I’m still unclear of the rules, or need to decide on some additional clarifications.  However, I decided to post it anyway in case it might be useful to others and to pick up any suggestions people might have.  I’ll be doing some additional clean up on the post later.

Sample Combat


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Battlestar Galactica Starfighter Shipyards Miniatures

I recently ordered some very tiny Battlestar Galactica Fighter Minatures from Starfighter Shipyards.

For Vipers I ordered the “TOS Vipers”, “Scorpion Early TOS Viper”, and I also got what looks like the “TOS Cobra Interceptor” although I don’t recall ordering that one and the page didn’t list it as being available at the time.

For Cylons I ordered the “Cylon TOS Raiders” and I also got some “Cylon Razor Raiders” which, again, I don’t think I ordered. But thanks for the extras!

The delivery showed up in a timely manner and was well packed.

The ships themselves had quite a lot of flash on them, but most of it was easy to remove.  There was however one set of Cylons where it was fairly thick and I had to use a modelling knife to get it off.

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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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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

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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

MinutesFromDownTown Kids MensRoom