Wednesday, February 26, 2014

From MilesR: 15mm All Quiet on the Martian Front Tripods & Union Artillery (64 points)



From Miles:
Some more test mini’s from All Quiet on the Martian Front and a gun and crew from the new 28mm Perry ACW plastic artillery set. First up a pair of Martian Grenadier tripods. These are resin and metal kits and have 15 parts each. The models are very easy to put together and there was no flash. Again these are test kist and may see a little future refinement before hitting the market.
Grenadier tripods are a type of long range artillery for the Martian forces. In test games they tend to be my favorite unit as they can deliver a punch from a good distance away. Each tripod is armed with a pair of launcher that can either fire explosives or black dust. They also have a pair of reaper tentacles for close combat. The one downside is their armor is a bit weaker than most other Martian tripods so they are easy prey from human infantry.
Side view of the models - those reaper tentacles look like nasty business.
Even though the scale of AQMF is 15mm, the Martian tripod models are fairly large with these grenadiers coming in at 4 inches high and 2.5 inches wide. I may end up mounting them on 60mm bases, but that decision will need to wait until the game comes out.
A pair of unprotected Grenadier tripods about to be assaulted by a human infantry company!
Next up, my first artillery battery from the new Perry plastic ACW artillery box. I’ve modeled a Union 10lb Parrot rifle with six man crew. These are pretty generic union paints so they fill in for any type of formation.
Each box has figures to build three guns (with four different barrel options each), 3 caissons, and 18 crew (6 per gun). I really like the box and think it’s both a great value and a good way to build out a fairly massive artillery park in 28mm scale.

I picked up 3 boxes from Ernie on Friday, so have eight guns and crews to use. I’m planning on using the caissons as ammo resupply markers for Fire and Fury Regimental.

Another wonderful entry Miles, and another tantalizing preview of what's to come for 'All Quiet on the Martian Front'. The Grenadier Tripod is very cool, and impressively intimidating next to the 15mm infantry, but I must say I'm not a big fan of the 'eye of Sauron' thing on the front. A bit too overblown for my tastes. I think the model would look more menacing if the 'turret' was turned around with the smooth, featureless carapace to the front. But that's me and I know most will cry me down as a heretic and wish me fed me to the Martian harvest walkers (which I'm sure are somewhere to come in the release cycle).

The Martian Grenadiers and the Union artillery piece with its crew will give Miles 64 points. Great work and thanks again for the preview.

15 comments:

  1. Unusual, interesting and fun.
    Great work.

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  2. Ooooh I like the models from All Quiet on the Martian Front. An excellent mix of entries!

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  3. Very nice looking entries! Apart from Curt I really like this "eye of Sauron" thingl

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    1. Weirdo. And I thought you had such a great sense of style Nick... ;-P

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  4. I am loving the look of the AQotMF.
    Great stuff Miles!

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  5. I really like those tripods and the Union artillery look pretty nifty.

    Now, if I could just get rid of the "ooooo-lon" earworm those tripods have started up ;)

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  6. Great looking stuff! I agree on the "Eye of Sauron" thing, but otherwise great looking minis. And nice to see some of the new ACW artillery built and painted!

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  7. I agree that the way I painted the "eye" is a bit jarring and kinda reminds me of Marty Feldman. I think I'll repaint the white with either green or just the steel color of the rest of the tripod and see how that works

    The Perry plastic ACW artillery is just superb (but then again I'm a big Perry fan). The only point of confusion comes with the crew as it can be hard to match the figures with their appropriate arm sets given the layout of the sprue. At one time I had a figure with two left arms!

    Thanks for the comments

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    1. Marty Feldman - that just kills me...

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  8. I have to agree with Curt. I like the tripods but the eye of Sauron is not my thing either. But I am getting used to being wrong. Big fan of the Jeff Wayne album art. Maybe I'm too focused on that. Having said that I do like them and would be happy to see more and more of them. Already forwarded a link to a friend.

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  9. I like them, they are very creepy, not sure taking the eye off them would make them less so

    Ian

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  10. Awesome work, and super lucky to have early access to those AQotMF figs. I can't wait to get a hold of mine when it is finally released.

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