|Some of the desperadoes of Captain Hellbrooke's Last Gasp Platoon|
Morning all! Hope everyone's okay - time for a quick post on a surprise project that'll blindside you all, as me and Headologist have been secretly working on. I recently bought a load of bitz from Victoria Lamb for building Mordian7th's veterans, part of a recent collaboration project.
But while I was shopping, I had a self-control failure and splurged on some of the lovely Penal Guard miniatures, along with a few more shotguns. Looking at the prison jumpsuits, the neck-irons, those shotguns - I just couldn't help myself. So, I put together a small squad of them, and me and H have been working on a setting for them.
Building them was really fun, so much so that I forgot to do any WiP shots. As for painting, they had very simple off-white jumpsuits, black armour and ordinary flesh. I used lots of inks and powders to get the grubby look, rather than lots of layers of flat colour that I usually use on the Palladians. I thought the rust and weathering on the shotguns came out quite well too.
|The whole squad|
A special mention goes to the GW grass tufts - I love this 'tufty' effect and had tried it many times with traditional toothbrush bristles, but they never lasted. For £8, you get a sheet of grass tufts of various sizes, impregnated into a flat sticky pad to make attaching them the easiest thing in the world. A definite win!
A lot of the fluff is in the air at the moment so I won't go into too much detail, but suffice it to say these will be the Penal contingent from the PDF of a gas mining world. Inspired by the 'Canaries' from Red Dwarf VIII, these guys get sent into the deepest, darkest, dangerous-est situations to 'test the water' (and the air) for the proper troops.
On a mining world like this, oftentimes its dangerous mining gases they come up against but sometimes they might come across some unspeakable horror down there, or on one of the planet's mysterious research stations in the windswept peaks of the rocky polar regions. They're officially known as the HARP - Hazardous Area Reconnaissance Platoons, but this gives rise to the inevitable nickname 'The Harpies'. This particular mob, 99 Platoon, is led by the grim-faced Captain Hellbrooke - and he's led so many men to their deaths exploring dangerous mines that his are known as 'Hellbrooke's Last Gasp Platoon'. Only the few who survive a dangerous mission are granted their last-minute reprieve.
Anyway, thanks for reading - my main focus is still on Mordian7th's vets and they should be painted by next week, but this is probably coming up as a new project in the new year, so looking good!
Until next time,