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(Star) Saga of a Deadzone

(Star) Saga of a Deadzone

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Because I don't play enough game systems already and keep looking at it, let's dust off this copy of Star Saga and get into Deadzone 3rd edition!

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Mazon Labs Security

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Pushing slowly on, the next batch of cannon fodder is the Maxin Labs Security Guards.  I decided to go with a Babylon 5 style brown, mostly because it amused me.

Mazon Labs Security
Mazon Labs Security
Mazon Labs Security

Francesco 'The Devil' Selvaggio

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Francesco ‘The Devil’ Selvaggio, another Star Saga player character & Deadzone Merc.

Fear the Devil’s flame!

Francesco 'The Devil' Selvaggio
Francesco 'The Devil' Selvaggio

Captain Erika Dulinsky

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Next Star Saga player character/Deadzone mercenary done, Captain Erika Dulinsky.

Kept simple, got done!  Had a go at a bit of facepaint.

Captain Erika Dulinsky
Captain Erika Dulinsky

Wrath

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Wrath is a Star Saga player character and now a Deadzone mercenary too.

I found the detail quite soft in this one unfortunately, being an older PVC cast it is showing some age compared to newer Mantic minis.  Still, a quick paint job experimenting with some colour combinations and a bit of free handing for a basic table top ready finish.

Wrath
Wrath

Guard Commander Graves & Medi-bot

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Here we find Guard Commander Graves, a Star Saga boss & Deadzone commander.  And with him what I will be using as a Medi-bot in my Mazon Labs list, but is I think a hero character in Star Saga.

Guard Commander Graves & Medi-bot
Guard Commander Graves & Medi-bot

Plague Victims & bases

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Plague VictimsPlague Victims

As I was sorting bits out, I decided to just go ahead and do the bases on the rest of the Star Saga minis.  Hopefully this will speed things up a bit for the remainder.

The bases are stonewall grey, coloured stripes, diluted typhus corrosion then a light stippling of cold grey to disguise any imperfect lines.

Plague Victims & bases
Basing colours.Basing colours.

Cyborg Prime

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For the Cyborgs in my Mazon Labs, I am of course using the Dreadball cyborgs.  And as I have ended up with a spare captain model, he shall serve as my Cyborg Prime leader!

Cyborg Prime
Cyborg Prime

Plague Aberration

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Painting in the order needed to field my tournament list on Saturday, here comes the other big thing from the Star Saga box, the super gribbly Plague Aberration!

I started with undead flesh, heavily glazed/washed with Cayman green.  Then drybrushed undead flesh, some more targetted glazing with terracotta, a terracotta/undead flesh highlight and the sand colour was used with bonewhite to work up the boney spines.  And pink to pick out some details.

Plague Aberration
Plague Aberration
Plague Aberration

Urbana Black Wing Rangers

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Some more progress on the rank & file here, with the elite troops from the Star Saga set adding some long range fire support from the rifles and crowd control in the form of two flame throwers.

As these are the PVC cast versions of the sculpts I did find some details a bit soft and kept the paint jobs simple. I’d be interested to compare these to the hard plastics at some point.

Urbana Black Wing Rangers
Urbana Black Wing Rangers

Experimental Chovar

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I had a little fun with this one as it is a mad thing.  I started off with going orange as part of the faction scheme and then attempted a mottled effect by glazing dilute charred brown.

The cabling was originally pink to match Dr Koyner but it wasn’t working against the orange so I swapped it out for fluorescent yellow.  Who knows what they are pumping into this psychic squid?

Experimental Chovar
Experimental Chovar

Experimental Chovar

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I had a little fun with this one as it is a mad thing.  I started off with going orange as part of the faction scheme and then attempted a mottled effect by glazing dilute charred brown.

The cabling was originally pink to match Dr Koyner but it wasn’t working against the orange so I swapped it out for fluorescent yellow.  Who knows what they are pumping into this psychic squid?

Mazon Labs Science team

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Dr Koyner & lab techniciansDr Koyner & lab technicians
Mazon Labs Science team
Mazon Labs Science team

Make things playable

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While I’m probably going to get more use out of these minis in Deadzone, I do still want them to be playable in the Star Saga boardgame.  Most of the minis come on 25mm bases which is what Deadzone uses, so cool.

The big Chovar squid thing needed a 40mm base which I could just glue on without changing anything as the model is meant to be occupying 4 spaces on the board anyway.

The Plague Aberration, however, needs a 60mm base.  That would interfere with things in Star Saga so I decided to magnetise it.  The Aberration has big meaty fists so I drilled into them and popped in some magnets.

Make things playable
Make things playable

Star Saga...or Mazon labs?

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About 18 months ago I came across a bargain copy of Star Saga, which is a sci-fi dungeon crawler that I have had an eye on for ages.  At the time I was also having some thoughts about trying Deadzone 2nd edition out as I kept hearing it was a good refinement on the 1st edition which I basically demoed but never got around to buying into.

I had also heard that all of the minis in Star Saga now had rules for Deadzone and that the enemy minions & bosses formed a playable Mazon Labs list.  Great, I thought, this is an easy entry point and a complete board game too!

So naturally I bought it, read the rules then put it in a cupboard because it was 2020 and I had no prospect of actually getting it to a table.

But now Deadzone 3rd edition is out, I have met some local players and tournaments are coming back!  Hell yeah, let’s paint this!

The blue minis on the left are the heroes and not part of Mazon labs.  I'll be doing them last.The blue minis on the left are the heroes and not part of Mazon labs. I'll be doing them last.

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