Chris Palmer In a recent discussion on the Reaper Forum ,the topic came up of the old Sci-Fi miniatures game called “GALACTA”, which was produced by Heritage Miniatures. I got the basic game set for this game for Christmas in either 1980 or ‘81, and I can remember spending a good part of Christmas afternoon painting the figures.
|The orignal rules sheet that came with the boxed set.|
So, I was inspired to dig my old GALACTA figures out of a box full of assorted gaming stuff I never use, and look through some cabinet drawers to find where I had stuffed the old rules sheets; and spend a little while with my memories from the beginning years of my journey in the hobby of miniatures gaming. While not the first miniatures I ever owned (that would be 15mm ACW) , these were certainly some of the earliest, and in turn some of the earliest figure painting I ever did that I still own. Needless to say, my skills have improved in the past 35 years. And, I truly think there is a certain charm and character to these old sculpts. In fact, I’m happy to report some of these old warriors still are part of my current armies. The “Octopoid” figures that I got in that first basic set, still make up part of my force of Wellsian Martians for my VSF on Mars armies.
|Rebel Leader, Rebel Adventurer, and Woman Assault Leader|
|Stormtroopers and Storm Trooper Officer. These were the ones i got in the original boxed game set|
|At a later date I added another squad|
|A pair of Alien Squogs (Squirrel Dog) and a big lizard guy. One of the Squogs came with the boxed game set, the other was part of a later purchased Aliens blister, along with the big lizard guy.|
|Planetary Striker Officer and Planetary Strikers|
|2 Security Bots and Warbot|
|Octopoid Grenadier, Section Leader, and Cannonier. Note the updated bases to use with my current troops for Mars.|
|The original painting guide and scenarios sheet.|