Community Spotlight: Star Trek, Kill Teams & Ancient Chariot Races

October 4, 2023 by brennon

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great-looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


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Star Trek: Away Missions by holly

We start off this week with a look at what community member holly has been up to. One of the new games to come out of Gale Force Nine is Star Trek: Away Missions and holly has been working on painting up the miniatures from the set. The first Away Team has been finished for the Federation including the dashing Riker.

Star Trek Away Team #1 by holly

Here we can see the way that Riker's Away Team came together featuring the characters, Commander Riker, Mr Data, Lieutenant Commander Shelby and Lieutenant Worf. I really like the bright, bold painting on these miniatures which helps to match up with the style of the sculpts which have gone down that cartoony route a little bit.

Star Trek Away Team #2 by holly

The finished look is awesome and I like the exaggerated elements of the miniatures offer up a way to nail those details like the eyes. Riker looks properly dashing and I have to doff the cap to holly for doing such a good job on the skin for Data. The basing, whilst simple, actually matches up really nicely with some of the terrain textures that you see when watching the show!

Star Trek Away Team #3 by holly

The first Away Team has been finished and it looks properly awesome. It will be neat to see how the other team turns out as holly gets stuck into painting up the Borg set! Fingers crossed that we might end up getting to see some gameplay of Away Missions from holly in the project as well.


Vostroyan Kill Team by lonkelo

Next up, we're going to look at another skirmish game. This time it's lonkelo who has been diving into playing some of Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team. However, rather than just painting up any regular Kill Team, lonkelo thought that it would be fun to dive in and work on their own Vostroyan Kill Team!

Vostroyan Kill Team #1 by lonkelo

The core of this force came to life with the help of the Les Grognards kit from the folks at Wargames Atlantic. The big shako-style helmets work really well and with the addition of a few bits and pieces here and there, the Kill Team has properly come to life. Additionally, the painting of these really helps to sell the look of the Vostroyans!

Vostroyan Kill Team #2 by lonkelo

These miniatures are going to be used as an alternative for the Imperial Navy Breachers in games of Kill Team and I think they work very well indeed. I really love the painting on these, nailing the grimdark vibe and when you see them all together, the look is complete! The bases are great as well. Simple but effective!

Vostroyan Kill Team #3 by lonkelo

Another aspect of this which is worth pointing out is that this was a little challenge for lonkelo. A deadline was set to complete this project and lonkelo was able to get it all done! The "CAT" and the shielded individual look absolutely awesome and it shows off what you can do if you do a little bit of tinkering. Maybe this will end up inspiring some more Kill Teams using alternative miniatures from out there in the wider wargaming world.


Circus Maximus by hutch

Last but not least, we come to an absolutely monolithic project that still isn't finished. hutch has been doing some amazing work on this Roman chariot racing game with the tongue-in-cheek name of "Faustus Furius". When you're looking to dive into a bit of chariot racing, you not only need a track but everything else to absolutely sell the vibe!

Circus Maximus #1 by hutch

Not only has hutch 3D printed, built and painted up all of the chariots but also the massive track that they are racing around. In addition to that, you've got all of the extra terrain, the crowds and the guards that are watching over proceedings. All of this comes together into something of a spectacle I think you'll agree!

Circus Maximus #2 by hutch

In addition to working on all of the miniatures for this, hutch has also been coming up with some rules for playing this game of deadly chariot racing. So, not only do you have the treat of getting to look at some epic painting but also learn about a bit of game development at the same time!

Circus Maximus #3 by hutch

When you see stuff like this, it's hard to not be inspired to one, give it a go, and two, maybe try something like this yourself. I love projects like this where you can see real passion being poured into the process. As well as these more finished shots of the table in the middle of the action, there are lots of images covering the painting of the different elements like the chariots, crowds and terrain. It is worth pointing out that this layout is pretty massive!

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Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it! We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

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