Friday, April 27, 2012

New Sci Fi Stuff

Hi all

Here are some sci fi stuf I have been painting while I am in a lurch concerning motivation for painting DBA.

The first pictures represent Honorverse Ad Astra minis that represent Dissident world fleets in my Meta Human chronicles (I will try to get a write up on there at some point). They have been painted in the colors of three different Dissident polities vying over the asteroid mining operations in the Van Maanen System. Under the Treaty of the Moon, all military craft in Human Space must bear a clear polity recognition colors.

These ships represent the 4th Cruiser Fleet of the Defense Forces of the Union of Liberty, one of the biggest Dissident polities.

These ships represent the 2nd Cruiser Squadron of the Van Maanen Mining Collective, the collectivist worker regime that runs the Van Maanen mining corporation, a small Dissident polity.

These ships represent the Royal Expeditionary Force dispatched by the Kingdom of Eridani, another one of the biggest Dissident polities.

I also got a Didrenzi fleet box from the Dragons Table. See below a test paint scheme on one of the Frigates. Tell me what you think?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Scratch Built BFG miniature

Hi all

I have not had a chance to put pictures of the small BFG fleets I have. It is a small side-porject from DBA, just as most of my Sci Fi stuff. The fleets are a two cruiser Imperial one and two cruiser and two frigate Chaos one. The Frigates are scratch-built.

Now please find the newest scratch built addition. This ships probably will represent a light cruiser or cruiser in the service of the Adepts of Mars. It can also be used in other Sci Fi universes. In my meta-human chronicles it probably will play the role of the ships of some low-tech Dissident world.

DBA III/53 Dynastic Bedouin

Hi all

These are pictures of my newest DBA army, a III/53 Dynastic Bedouin army representing the Hamanid opponents of Nikiforean Byzantines. It also makes 1/3rd of my projected Byzantine Big Battle Army (the other two thirds are my Nikiforeans and a TBD Bagratid Armenian Army) . The army is Essex and thus probably not accurate in dress and weapons.

The army arrayed
The cavalry
Another look!
The Infantry
The Infantry
The Infantry
The Amir and his personal ghulams!
Tribal cavalry
Tribal Cavalry

Friday, April 6, 2012

Ad Astra Once More!

So I have decided to get back to sci fi gaming.

Essentially I will use the BFG rules with proxy spaceships.

I found at the Dragons Table a pack of Minbari tanks for GROPOS which will work as alien ships.

Rules wise I will probably proxy them for Eldar craft.

I do have a general idea in mind about a science fiction setting and in that setting these represent ships of the Gliesen Xenomorph Polity, the human-space name for a not well know alien civilization that blocked human expansion in the Loop Bubble, almost overrun all of the Dissident worlds and was only stopped by the active intervention of the meta-human Enlightened Way and the Autokrator. By the Treaty of Cygni, the Enlightened Way created a barrier area closing off all star systems from LHS 288 to Gliese 832, prohibiting human expansion into them or use of Gate22 at the TZ Arietis System. In return the GXP agreed to not destroy Gate23 and Gate24 in their journey through that stellar region.

Not much is known about the GXP. The metahumans that conducted the negotiations with the GXP during the Treaty of Cygni have said that they met at least three different species of xenomorphs during the negotiations, of which one, the most humanoid, seemed to act as an intermediary for the others, one of which was an energy based life from, invisible to non meta-human perception. The other seemed to be some kind of parasite that used human and human-space alien vessels. It is believed that this specie was responsible for the massive abduction of humans during the war. Under the Treaty the Enlightened Way (EW), after a severe political debate, provided the GXP with human DNA in return for a pledge by the GXP to not kidnap humans from human-space.

The GXP keeps to its space, There are no official exchanges between human-space and the GXP. Sometimes GXP technology ends up in the hands of Dissidents and almost invariably the end result is either Jihad, Crusade or Enlightened Way attempts to get the technology or destroy it. The Jihad and Crusade do not recognize the Treaty of Cygnis (since xenomorphs must either be eradicated or shown the path) and violate GXP space. This leads to battles with EW peacekeeper forces, as leading to skirmishes and battles with GXP ships. Many times when they retreat back to human-space hunted down by GXP space a tense situation and sometimes battles erupt with Enlightened Way Peacekeepers. Even though such events have happened numerous times in the 30 years since the Treaty of Cygnis, neither the GPX nor the EW have escalated to war. It is unknown if the GPX have any contact with Autocrat Space.

These ships represent the most common type of military star-ship used by the GXP. They are organic vessels that seem to travel via some kind of Newtonian drive. The propulsion system seems to center of the two side fins, which move around to change the ships bearing. Like human-space ships it seems that they need to apply equal amount of force to change direction. There turnaround times though are way faster than that of human-space ships even meta-human designs.

Size-wise they are as big as meta-human Star Cruisers and have comparable levels of firepower. Their weapons seem to be of two types. One is a powerful long range lance that does not have a high rate of fire but could cut through a meta-human Star Cruiser in a moment. The second weapon is a type of self-moving drone that is launched in large numbers. These are lunched towards the vector of a target and become active when a target comes within 500000KM. They then "lock" on moving against the target. While individual drones are not much of a threat to human-space armor, large numbers of them can cause massive damage.

Not much is known about crews of ships. Post-combat analysis indicates small crews of jellyfish-like xenomorphs, while the interior of the ships seems to be flooded by some kind of highly flammable liquid. It seems that crew members fuse directly with the ship. No attempts, even by meta-humans to reverse engineer them has worked. It is believed that the GPX grows these ships in organic vats found by EW invasion fleets in a similar process to the one which the EW uses to build its nano-tech based vessels.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Stuff for exchange/trade

Hi all

I got some more stuff I want to get rid off in the drive for rationalism!

These are all 25/28mm fantasy stuff

Confrontation Minis

3 Griffin Templars painted
Griffin Mira the Reckless, Magistrate, Exorcist painted

Misericord Unpainted

All Confrontation cards and small rulebooks

5 GW Kislev Hussars Painted

3 GW Dwarfs with Picks Unpainted

9 DnD miniatures prepainted and touched up

These are all good stuff for HOTT

I am not looking to sale these but I am looking for trades.

I would like to trade them all with an unpainted 15mm DBA 2.2 army. I am ok with any period but would prefer allies and enemies of the Nikiforean Byzantines or Polybian Romans.

If you are interested contact me. I will cover S&H from my part if you do so from your part

With Respect
Konstantinos Travlos

DBA at Champaign-Urbana

Hi all!

Here are some fun pictures from a DBA night from Champaign-Urbana! The venue was the ever hospitable Dragons Table

Warre! Romans (Figlius Deannicus) vs. Iberians (Constantius Travlian) :p
I lost this one with exactly the same rolls for the two last elements 1vs4!
My armies
Dean's Armies!

Much fun was had and one of the participants brought his children and we taught them DBA! Fear I also tried to tell to much a bout history! But great fun was had! DBA is a great game!