I mentioned in an earlier post that last weekend I had started a couple f painting projects. One was to paint up the Reaper Bones science fiction figures that were part of the Bones I Kickstarter. For me, these are meant to be opponents for the Aliens-like space marines.
I suppose these figures are meant to be painted in Stormtrooper white and black. There is no situation I can imagine, other than embassy gate guard duty, in which white uniforms make any sense in a tactical environment. Regardless of how far future you get, we will always strive to camouflage ourselves. I opted for a brown theme to distinguish them from the green uniforms of my colonial marines.
Many of the figures (see top picture) are armed with something that looks like a reasonable assault rifle. Some have silly looking GW-like oversized weapons (see middle picture). Others are just ridiculous. I am not a GW basher; although, I’ve played almost none of their games that I enjoy, but one thing that really rubs me wrong are those crazy oversized weapons. They are stupid from a physical/tactical sense, and they are aesthetically painful. The good news, however, is that much of the rest of the industry has seen fit to follow suit in order to attract the hard-core Warhammer players.
I can suspend disbelieve with the best of them at times, and I really enjoy old black and white movies. There is a scene in a really good, old, WWII propaganda movie, called Air Force, in which John Garfield is firing a .30 cal machine-gun from his hip. Silly. That scene looks like real battlefield footage compared to the figures in the photo above. Even if you presume some sort of exoskeleton type of assist to carry and hold the Gatling Gun looking monstrosity, you’d look like a ballerina doing a pirouette as soon as you pulled the trigger.
Anyway, the figures are done, and I am ready to put them into a game.