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Rebirth of SLA CS1. Return to an old favorite.

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About the Project

Since the release of the RPG in the 90's I have been a real SLA fan boy and when I discovered the miniatures for the CS1 miniatures game I went all in. I have played quite a few beta games with a friend and it is a lovely smart little skirmish game. Unfortunately it seemed to die a death after the Kickstarter (No politics or judgements of what went on in this post please.) Consequently I very sadly packed my stuff away. Now that the game has been rescued and is being packed and shipped as we speak by Word Forge Games and Nightfall. I have got my models out to complete in preperation of the new stuff arising.

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Mantic Building pt3.

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I have now undercoated the building white ( I have run out of Black) and given it a wash mixed from black and pale khaki.I have now undercoated the building white ( I have run out of Black) and given it a wash mixed from black and pale khaki.

Mantic Building pt3.
Mantic Building pt3.
I am really pleased now that the whole thing has been undercoated as the building to my eyes looks like a building and not like a collection of plastic squares. I need to touch up a couple of areas where white is still showing through, and then I can start drybrushing and adding detail.I am really pleased now that the whole thing has been undercoated as the building to my eyes looks like a building and not like a collection of plastic squares. I need to touch up a couple of areas where white is still showing through, and then I can start drybrushing and adding detail.

Mantic Building pt2.

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The interior of the main building. All the doors are from Antenociti's Workshop, I bought a couple of packs and then moulded and cast up some extra ones.The interior of the main building. All the doors are from Antenociti's Workshop, I bought a couple of packs and then moulded and cast up some extra ones.
I have tiled the first floor of main building again using cardboard. All the card board will be coated in super glue when construction is finished, to stregthen. I will need to wait for nice weather so I can avoid the fumes.I have tiled the first floor of main building again using cardboard. All the card board will be coated in super glue when construction is finished, to stregthen. I will need to wait for nice weather so I can avoid the fumes.
The door on outside of building and the armoured walkway.The door on outside of building and the armoured walkway.
A large door on a small building.A large door on a small building.
Other side of the walkway and the interior of the large door.Other side of the walkway and the interior of the large door.

I am hoping to do some more today, upto the undercoating stage. But currently unable to start due to attack of arthritis in one hand, hopefully will recover over the day so I am able to continue.

I will be buying more Mantic building packs when I can afford them. Hipefully mid April. Will try to collect at SALUTE. I will need one each of the ruined and non ruined scifi terrain, 1 large pack if the Walking Dead terrain, and one of the industrial terrain. I then plan to get some of the Pardulon terrain now produced by Crooked Dice, with these I plan to build on to aome of the ruins to produce some Cannibal’s domiciles.

These are initially going on to a printed mat, but will hopefully be getting some of the Secret Weapon ruined city tiles for my Birthday in April.

Finally I will get and build some more scatter terrain

I hope to finish constructing and undercoating this piece as proof of concept (really pleased with it so far, but looking forward seeing it undercoated as this will bring all the disparate elements together. Then hopefully will be in a good headspace to xontibue painring the miniatures there are so many to do. ūüė®

Mantic Buildings pt1.

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Sorry I have not updated for a while been lackibg motivation (see this weeks XLBS)

Aa was not in mood for painting thought I would build a Mantic building from some of the bits that I got with the Kickstarter.

I had in mind that I wantwd a building with a walkway connecting it to another building.

 

The basic building. I do not like how they look so modular and wanted to try and make it look like a building from my vision of CS1 (see later post with background of CS1).The basic building. I do not like how they look so modular and wanted to try and make it look like a building from my vision of CS1 (see later post with background of CS1).
The interior of the basic building.The interior of the basic building.
My first job was to hide most of the exterior joins. I cut cardboard to size and scored any folding lines.My first job was to hide most of the exterior joins. I cut cardboard to size and scored any folding lines.
The corner pillar.The corner pillar.
I start to attach the cardboard. I am beginningvto realise this will be a more labour intensive job than first anticipated, so decide to complete one side tonight and then spend rest of evening adding other details.I start to attach the cardboard. I am beginningvto realise this will be a more labour intensive job than first anticipated, so decide to complete one side tonight and then spend rest of evening adding other details.

More figures built.

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I bought some of the alternative figures from their webstore.  2 more Stormers, a Chagrin Stormer and a Grit Stormer ( Stormers are the biogenetic creations of SLA Industries ) the Dudley Bug Ball promotional figure which has a stat card as a Dream Entity and 5 9th Division Shivers.I bought some of the alternative figures from their webstore. 2 more Stormers, a Chagrin Stormer and a Grit Stormer ( Stormers are the biogenetic creations of SLA Industries ) the Dudley Bug Ball promotional figure which has a stat card as a Dream Entity and 5 9th Division Shivers.

Cannot get photo to post correct way up could a moderstor help.

I am away on a course for a couple of days. So will hopefully return to the painting then.

The World of Progress

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I thought I should add some background to the CS1 miniatures game. I will start of by quoting the blurb on the back of the SLA Industries RPG

“On Mort the rain never stops. This is the black jewel in the rotten crown of the World of Progess, where serial Murder, empty style, corporate treachery and primetime violence are top career options.

The heart of SLA Industries, Mr Slayer’s office building dominates SLA corporate HQ, set in the gleaming splendour of the district known as Central. Only SLA’s corporate employees and Operatives can be found here. Elsewhere, criminal gangs, maniacs and nervous civillians scuttle through the filthy, labyrinthine streets of Downtown and the revolting spaces beneath. Outside the city walls lurk the hellish Cannibal Sectors, terrifying areas of devastation packed with deadly inhabitants.

(It is in the largest and most notorious of these, Cannibal Sector 1 that the CS1 miniature game takes place)

For you, the Operative, it’s just like the adverts. You’re a hero, a media darling, saving the world and living the golden life¬† of hedonism and fame. But that means following Mr Slayer’s Big Picture and oh, what a picture it is. Life is so “pleasant” for most people that SLA has employed you as part of it’s special troubleshooting forces. There are millions of you for Mort City alone, elite agents trusted to make sure that everything runs smoothly, and the Company isn’t… embarrassed.

The capital of SLA Industries is resplendant in its decaying glory, a planet where a struggle to survive is the only way of living. Life is cheap here, but knowledge will cost you more than you can imagine.

Guns kill, but so does the truth”

The RPG is very dark and run well can be quite horrific and very entertaining….

Mr Slayer is in charge of a large corporation, SLA Industries. Previously the galaxy had been engulfed in the Corporate Wars. Seemingly out of nowhere appeared a tall dark man and his company they initially sold the best available weapons to all the warring corporations, later developing biogenetic mercenaries whom he hirrd out to these corporations. At a preset moment in time all the weapon systems failed and the mercenaries turned on their employers, wiping out all the other corporations. Only three alien races where saved, the Ebons, Shaktars and Wraithen.

SLA Industries was now the predominate corporation in the galaxy selling every commodity and luxury to the populace. The populace are kept in place by a constant stream of media propoganda most popular of which are the tv shows featuring Operatives, Contract killers and insurgent corporations and other creatures in reality TV combat. Operatives are followed on their operations by camera drones and surveilance cameras and these are turned into various shows. As the viewing public prefer to watch brutal melee combats their is a fairly prohibitive tax on bullets to encourage Operatives to get up close and personal. The more eccentric, brutal, flambouyant and media savvy you are the more likely you are to recieve lucrative sponsorship deals.

I emphasize the importance of the media and these filmed conflicts as they have a relevance to some of the game mechanics.

Most of Morts civillians live in poverty in Downtown. Here Criminal Gangs, Serial Killers and occasional incursions of the inhabitants from the neighbouring Cannibal Sectors dominate life.

Downtown and the rest of the city is protected from the Cannibal Sectors by a huge fortified wall manned by Shivers (the primary security forces).

Cannibal Sectors are areas of the city that have fallen into ruin and decay and been overcome by various factions opposed to SLA Industries.

I will cover the Cannibal Sectors and specifically CS1 the location of the miniatures game in my next post.

Some of the art that first attracted me to the game.Some of the art that first attracted me to the game.
An Operative, the sposorship logos are decorating a lot of this guys armourAn Operative, the sposorship logos are decorating a lot of this guys armour
A Brain Waster A Brain Waster
The World of Progress

Final Kickstarter miniatures assembled

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I have assembled the 9 Cannibal Runts, based an old conversion of a Vor Chemgrunt into a Necanthrope and converted the Sgt Rooker and Feaney miniatures (as I already have the First release of these and I don't need duplicates) into a couple of Human Operatives.I have assembled the 9 Cannibal Runts, based an old conversion of a Vor Chemgrunt into a Necanthrope and converted the Sgt Rooker and Feaney miniatures (as I already have the First release of these and I don't need duplicates) into a couple of Human Operatives.

Kickstarter has arrived

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I was off today and my SLA CS1 Kickstarter was booked to arrive today.

So I had a day dedicated to SLA. It started off with playing Gothic Punk CD’s from my youth and it was my love of the Goth scene in the 80’s and 90’s that drew me in when I first the art in the SLA rulesbooks.

I then spent morning adding more base colours to my Carrien and eventually the parcel arrived.

Upon opening the mainbox I found this very nice bag.Upon opening the mainbox I found this very nice bag.
And three boxes.And three boxes.
One contained all my miniatures and game content.One contained all my miniatures and game content.
And the other two contained loads of Mantic Deadzone terrain which was available at a very good price as an add on.And the other two contained loads of Mantic Deadzone terrain which was available at a very good price as an add on.
The rulebook. ( We still have the main book to be delivered May/June which as well as the rules contained in this A5 booklet will have loads of background progressing the storyline and leading upto 2nd edition of RPG) and some cards with stats and Ebb abilities (magic/force)The rulebook. ( We still have the main book to be delivered May/June which as well as the rules contained in this A5 booklet will have loads of background progressing the storyline and leading upto 2nd edition of RPG) and some cards with stats and Ebb abilities (magic/force)
Dice, counters and templatesDice, counters and templates
A close up of the templates showing off the etching.A close up of the templates showing off the etching.
The figures I have built so far Operatives and Denizens on the left inc. a couple of conversions of figures that I have alternative sculpts for and I wanted to give them different load outs and change their appearance a bit (will be comparing later when I come to paint them). On the right with all the Pigs are the Cannibals so far, I still have nine generic cannibal runts to build.The figures I have built so far Operatives and Denizens on the left inc. a couple of conversions of figures that I have alternative sculpts for and I wanted to give them different load outs and change their appearance a bit (will be comparing later when I come to paint them). On the right with all the Pigs are the Cannibals so far, I still have nine generic cannibal runts to build.

There are a few other figures that I will not be building yet as they will be converted. I will be building the runts tomorrow evening.

Then I will return to completing my first two factions Carrien and Shivers.

I will be posting a bit of background to each of the factions and characters as I paint them.

I will start background tomorrow with a general background to the world and the conflicts in CS1.

Carrien pt2

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Over last two nights I have added basecoats to the fleshy areas Army Painter Burnt Red, and the skulls and claws Army Painter Iraqui Sand.Over last two nights I have added basecoats to the fleshy areas Army Painter Burnt Red, and the skulls and claws Army Painter Iraqui Sand.

Tommorrow I return home and can continue painting in better conditions, next up will be all the various rags and strapping plus little details like googles. Then wash and highlights. Will take a while as working weekend, off Monday then on a course for two days and following weekend a family gathering.

Carrien pt1

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As I said earlier I am staying at Mums this week as she has had first of a new course of treatment today and I want to make sure she is ok.

I have bought with me my Carrien as I hoped they would be relatively easy along with a mini paint kit.

Carrien with a drybrush of Army Painter Mahogany Brown. This is a limited version of my rusty metal dry brush technique, as the Carrien have quite a bit of metal equipment and armour I thought it would be the best way to start.Carrien with a drybrush of Army Painter Mahogany Brown. This is a limited version of my rusty metal dry brush technique, as the Carrien have quite a bit of metal equipment and armour I thought it would be the best way to start.
With a drybrush of GW Bolt Gun Metal. Next I will be basecoating the flesh a deep red brown and the skulls and claws bone colour. Followed by the various rags then it will be a wash of either GW Agrax Earthshade or Army Painter Strong Tone and finally highlights.With a drybrush of GW Bolt Gun Metal. Next I will be basecoating the flesh a deep red brown and the skulls and claws bone colour. Followed by the various rags then it will be a wash of either GW Agrax Earthshade or Army Painter Strong Tone and finally highlights.

Scatter Terrain finished

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I started some scatter terrain (I have loads more) and I have now finished this firsy batch. I have assembled various bits of terrain from rubble/cover/barricades to little storytelling pieces like the fridge.

These are photographed with only building I have do far (next piece of scenery to be painted). I am awaitimg aload of Mantic buildings from the CS1 Kickstarter which is arriving this week.

Scatter Terrain finished
Scatter Terrain finished
All the rubble together. After the drybrushing i picked out small areas of colour, some washes of colour on the detrius between the main pieces. The larger pieces of machinery have all had their colours of paint bloched on with initially a dark shade and then highlighted up with two lighter shades. They were tjen given a wash of Strong Tone followed when dry by a drybrush of bleached bone.All the rubble together. After the drybrushing i picked out small areas of colour, some washes of colour on the detrius between the main pieces. The larger pieces of machinery have all had their colours of paint bloched on with initially a dark shade and then highlighted up with two lighter shades. They were tjen given a wash of Strong Tone followed when dry by a drybrush of bleached bone.
Avery poor picture of the camera drone includes a Third Eye Decal from a set of decals I commisioned from Company B. You will see a lot more of these when I come to finishing touches on the Shivers.Avery poor picture of the camera drone includes a Third Eye Decal from a set of decals I commisioned from Company B. You will see a lot more of these when I come to finishing touches on the Shivers.
A crate with mysterious contents and a damaged TV, really pleased with how the screen came out ( these are two seperate pices of terrain, I have and am building a collection of individual items to personalise areas of terrain)A crate with mysterious contents and a damaged TV, really pleased with how the screen came out ( these are two seperate pices of terrain, I have and am building a collection of individual items to personalise areas of terrain)
The Fridge with what looks to be some unsavoury contents.... the fridge magnet is a Wierd Alien (I should say all these company names and logos are taken from the background of the SLA rpg book)The Fridge with what looks to be some unsavoury contents.... the fridge magnet is a Wierd Alien (I should say all these company names and logos are taken from the background of the SLA rpg book)
ArghhhhhhhhArghhhhhhhh

I am away for a few days from tomorroe so I have got a small paint set for painting the Carrion faction as they are a limited pallete and good for batch painting not many intrucate details.

Introduction

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The introduction taken from the pdf of the rulesThe introduction taken from the pdf of the rules

Hobby Hold Up and Scenery

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Sorry for lack of updates and thank you for the Golden Button.

At beginning of last week my  painting lights bulb started flickering so I could not continue painting figures I ordered a bulb and mistakenly got sent No More Nails (be useful for building scenery later) I am now waiting for the newly sent bulb to arrive.

And in a neat segue, as I did not want to drop the project for a week or so I have been painting and building scatter terrain.

Sorry for the quality of the pictures I will take some more photos when the bulb arrives.

Some resin scenery ex pardulon now available from Crooked Dice. Ihttp://www.crooked-dice.co.uk/wp/product/junk-piles/ have under coated them black and drybrushed them in rust shadesSome resin scenery ex pardulon now available from Crooked Dice. Ihttp://www.crooked-dice.co.uk/wp/product/junk-piles/ have under coated them black and drybrushed them in rust shades
The sequence of paints I used for my rust drybrush, this was followed by a wash of Strong ToneThe sequence of paints I used for my rust drybrush, this was followed by a wash of Strong Tone
Some more scenery including a cannibals fridge, a broken TV, a sofa all by TTCombat,https://ttcombat.com/collections/city-scenics  and a camera drone (there are rules for using a camera drone) built from GW bits, may add another camera but that will be after SALUTE as I have shopping lists for both Crooked Dice and TTCombat. Some more scenery including a cannibals fridge, a broken TV, a sofa all by TTCombat,https://ttcombat.com/collections/city-scenics and a camera drone (there are rules for using a camera drone) built from GW bits, may add another camera but that will be after SALUTE as I have shopping lists for both Crooked Dice and TTCombat.
A close up of the fridge and its grisly contents.A close up of the fridge and its grisly contents.

I will finish these off over this week and hopefully be able to return to my Shivers at the weekend, which I have off.

My Shivers

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When playtesting I invariably played Shivers so this is the first faction I will paint.When playtesting I invariably played Shivers so this is the first faction I will paint.
The basic Shiver squad, I have made a medstation and the guy drinking tea and on laptop is my current medic until the new figure arrives. The vehicles are primarily for scenery/cover.The basic Shiver squad, I have made a medstation and the guy drinking tea and on laptop is my current medic until the new figure arrives. The vehicles are primarily for scenery/cover.
The Elite Shiver Squad and Sergeant Rooker. The black undercoated guy next to Delia is another Operativè called Joe Fade whom I used very effectively in last game I played (sometime ago now) hence his jumping the paint que.The Elite Shiver Squad and Sergeant Rooker. The black undercoated guy next to Delia is another Operativè called Joe Fade whom I used very effectively in last game I played (sometime ago now) hence his jumping the paint que.
A couple of odd figures to give me a break from the endleess Green if needed. Left to Right: Shine the Ebon, Big Momma the Cannibal Matriach (I have in nind a cool bit of scenery for Cannibals) and last but by know means least, Halloween Jack notorious serial killer/ urban legend/media sensation. A couple of odd figures to give me a break from the endleess Green if needed. Left to Right: Shine the Ebon, Big Momma the Cannibal Matriach (I have in nind a cool bit of scenery for Cannibals) and last but by know means least, Halloween Jack notorious serial killer/ urban legend/media sensation.

Getting started again.

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This is Delia the Destroyer, an Operative in this game. I have had her painted for some time and sadly she was the only completed model.This is Delia the Destroyer, an Operative in this game. I have had her painted for some time and sadly she was the only completed model.
Having got out all my Shivers (see next post) to paint, I decided to paint the Manchine model as I thought this would be a great quick easy way to double my model count.Having got out all my Shivers (see next post) to paint, I decided to paint the Manchine model as I thought this would be a great quick easy way to double my model count.
A comparison shot.A comparison shot.

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