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Stargrave – The Last Prospector

Stargrave – The Last Prospector

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Project Blog by dugthefug1644 Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

Started kitbashing some prospectors for the new Stargrave expansion. Had the idea of using Bolt Action russian winter soldiers as a kitbash base for Stargrave. The prospectors, armed with tools in the game, gave me the excuse to have some fun.

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Fencing.

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Saw a YouTube video where someone used the term granny grating. I googled it and found It is US slang for needle work plastic mesh.Saw a YouTube video where someone used the term granny grating. I googled it and found It is US slang for needle work plastic mesh.
Fencing.

My version is different in many ways but the concept and materials are similar. I think I will make more of these and that are more broken and grungy like the video.

I like the supporting ideas I have toyed with to keep the fences up. Barrels on one side and a kink in the sprue on the other side (for the taller fence  piece.) Two halves of a 25mm base set in place with glue and a dab of ready made filler was a fun idea on the other fence section.

The barrels are from a Tamiya 1/35 scale set that I rescued from a shed clearance. The box and instructions destroyed by rain damage, but the kits were still on sprues and sealed. For Sci-Fi scales can often be flexible and compared to the 40k barrells they don’t look too outrageous.

Sword in hand, axe on the back.

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Delighted with this one pound mini from the local toy shop. Starlink pilot with a knife and pistol added. Very cool pre-paint and now I have an extra runner.Delighted with this one pound mini from the local toy shop. Starlink pilot with a knife and pistol added. Very cool pre-paint and now I have an extra runner.

I missed the boat a bit on this Starlink sale. Got my Lance and starter box bits online and delivered cheaply. Went to my local toy store and The Works and the cupboards we’re almost bare. They had more starter boxes, which I didn’t fancy and the guns that I have made into sporty hover bikes. They also had a couple of pilots, but I was most taken with this one and the potential to actually use her in one of my a crews. Though she’s also rock and roll enough to field as a baddy in a solo bounty mission too. For £1 I am really happy to add her to my list of Stargrave options.

Bikes!

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Starlink spare guns? Got no use for those. Add a windscreen and a transfer or two... Now Sci-Fi bikes... I can find a battlefield to add those too Starlink spare guns? Got no use for those. Add a windscreen and a transfer or two... Now Sci-Fi bikes... I can find a battlefield to add those too
Bikes!

Weekender terrain idea

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I ordered the cheapest models they had as terrain options for my games of Stargrave. They were so eager to clear their stock that they gave me two instead of one.I ordered the cheapest models they had as terrain options for my games of Stargrave. They were so eager to clear their stock that they gave me two instead of one.

On the Weekender 7th of May, Warren mentioned Starlink the computer game with it’s integrated models. He shared  that they were selling off the spacecraft model ships for dirt cheap because the game was dying the death.

I ordered the starter box and a “Lance” ship and they sent two Lances instead.

Knowing that I had a “free” ship and that they were identical I felt emboldened to try a fresh paint job on one of them. I put the wings upsidedown and they still looked like fun Sci-Fi wings. I put some filler in the exposed screws on the wings now they were on upsidedown and primed it Halfords red. Then I wrapped it in string and painted it black. Will post pics soon.

The minis in the box are quite nice for pre-paints. The scale isn't totally off. And once I removed one from his plinth and added a Nulin Oil wash it looked pretty good.The minis in the box are quite nice for pre-paints. The scale isn't totally off. And once I removed one from his plinth and added a Nulin Oil wash it looked pretty good.
And my finished paintjob on my Lance Starlink ship.And my finished paintjob on my Lance Starlink ship.
Weekender terrain idea
And the pilot looks pretty cool as an escort / rescue mission idea. Also the plastic shield from the back of the plinth base will make a great ability token when one of the First Mates or Captains pop a shield related ability.And the pilot looks pretty cool as an escort / rescue mission idea. Also the plastic shield from the back of the plinth base will make a great ability token when one of the First Mates or Captains pop a shield related ability.

Can terrain. Well can it?

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This fellow has found himself some experimental This fellow has found himself some experimental "transportation" tech. The last experiment didn't go so well for the test candidate.
This isn't just any old can of roasted peanuts painted and messed with. This is an M&S old roasted nuts can painted up.This isn't just any old can of roasted peanuts painted and messed with. This is an M&S old roasted nuts can painted up.

Cut and shut terrain.

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Warhammer 40k Haemotrope Reactor had two parts that looked unnecessary. So I used the spare parts to pimp up some Pringles pots.Warhammer 40k Haemotrope Reactor had two parts that looked unnecessary. So I used the spare parts to pimp up some Pringles pots.
I know that there's potentially loads of details I could pick out, but right now these is ready for my table.I know that there's potentially loads of details I could pick out, but right now these is ready for my table.
The mark of the local pirate fleet alarms the crew. They didn't know that their influence had reached this sector and here the mark is emblazoned on these containers. They continue with caution, head on a swivel. Anxiety reigns.The mark of the local pirate fleet alarms the crew. They didn't know that their influence had reached this sector and here the mark is emblazoned on these containers. They continue with caution, head on a swivel. Anxiety reigns.

Terrain. Ventilation shaft

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Saw some coffee cup lids get squashed and saw that they kept a shape and didn't fall over. Picked some up and PVA glued them and painted them. Some sprue on top to hint at a radiator type idea. Where hot gases are sent to the surface to condensate and then the liquid used to support their mining efforts under pressure. Or just a ventilation shaft type effort.Saw some coffee cup lids get squashed and saw that they kept a shape and didn't fall over. Picked some up and PVA glued them and painted them. Some sprue on top to hint at a radiator type idea. Where hot gases are sent to the surface to condensate and then the liquid used to support their mining efforts under pressure. Or just a ventilation shaft type effort.
Not fussed about the finish on this one. Can come back to it with some transfers and better metal work later on.Not fussed about the finish on this one. Can come back to it with some transfers and better metal work later on.

Solo prep

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Solo prep
Solo prep

Started to look at the bounty hunting solo rules that Osprey released for free when Stargrave came out. I already have a project for Quarantine 37 on OnTableTop where I am working through some solo play games, but the bounty hunting solo play rules sound fun.

This version of solo does require some bad guys to fight against and I always loved the look of the Chaos Cultist cheap set. Seemed like as good of a time as any to paint some up. The exact loadout and classes of troops required each game seems odd and quite expansive so I will just make a few and enjoy. If the crew models I put together don’t fit the rules I will just have to proxy around and make some tweaks in as balanced a way as I can.

Another bad guy for a solo bounty mission.  Warlord Games Winter Russian body with Wargames Atlantic Dark Age Irish head and Les Grognards arms.Another bad guy for a solo bounty mission. Warlord Games Winter Russian body with Wargames Atlantic Dark Age Irish head and Les Grognards arms.
Solo prep
Solo prep

In the Pink

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The Emperor's Children pink is stark and alien and seems to suit the human-like features without any ambiguity that he is an alien.The Emperor's Children pink is stark and alien and seems to suit the human-like features without any ambiguity that he is an alien.

The brown on the clothes is Snakebite Leather Contrast over a zenith of Halfords Grey primer and black primer.

The jacket tied over his shoulder and tied at his hip is a nice mix of off whites. Zandri Dust base, with Morghast Bone highlight and Wraithbone top highlight. Then weathered with Sepia wash and and Nulin Oil and a tidy up with Zandri Dust in areas too dark with wash.

The project will have a small break while I consider how many more I need to make and see if the book lore changes the approach towards any future kitbashing.The project will have a small break while I consider how many more I need to make and see if the book lore changes the approach towards any future kitbashing.

Cyclopes

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The Bolt Action British spade handles looked very thin compared to the Stargrave hands etc. I made the conversion with a light mortar and felt it came out well.The Bolt Action British spade handles looked very thin compared to the Stargrave hands etc. I made the conversion with a light mortar and felt it came out well.
The simple adding of a Bot Action pick into what would normally be gun toting hands didn't fit perfectly, but I am generally happy with how he turned out.The simple adding of a Bot Action pick into what would normally be gun toting hands didn't fit perfectly, but I am generally happy with how he turned out.

The face was given a base of Contrast Green Camo. And heavy highlight of Deathguard Green. The Jokaero Orange boots and gloves helps unite the whole group of minis. Even with jackets and no jacket minis together I think they feel like they’re in a works gear uniform rather than a military force uniform. I think they look individual enough to suggest they are subcontractor prospectors hoping to make it rich but getting their tools and supplies from a central source together.

Blue man

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The axe is from a Gripping Beast vikings sprue. Needed to make him look more miner than military so he has an air quality detector on his hip and a yellow hard hat.The axe is from a Gripping Beast vikings sprue. Needed to make him look more miner than military so he has an air quality detector on his hip and a yellow hard hat.

I imagine the environment they are prospecting in to be cold and arid. The Russian head just looked like someone strapped up against the cold, but I didn’t want him to be green or white like some of the others. Macragge Blue seemed like a good choice.

Musk and Elon

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Musk and Elon. Clone slaves who broke free and started a prospectors life for themselves. And now some crew thinks they can pitch up and mess with their new life? Hand me my sonic spike and my gravaxe 8000 and let's settle this.Musk and Elon. Clone slaves who broke free and started a prospectors life for themselves. And now some crew thinks they can pitch up and mess with their new life? Hand me my sonic spike and my gravaxe 8000 and let's settle this.
The bolt from the rifle handle acts as a convenient red light to suggest an electronic element to his axe. The bayonet also has a convenient point to add a dodd of red paint to.The bolt from the rifle handle acts as a convenient red light to suggest an electronic element to his axe. The bayonet also has a convenient point to add a dodd of red paint to.
The drill in Elon's hand is cut down from a Bren Gun, but painted up and given some blood and it looks like an odd Sci-Fi tool.The drill in Elon's hand is cut down from a Bren Gun, but painted up and given some blood and it looks like an odd Sci-Fi tool.

The long necks on these two just came to me as I looked through my sprues for something other than human. The Wargames Factory Warlord Games dark age Saxon sprue has these interesting looking heads. The hair cut sparked a potential clone idea, but as I was about to cut down the neck to make it look more natural on the Russian body, I figured that the long neck would make them look even more alien and fitted them at the original length from the sprue.

The basing

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Turfts painted with Emperor's Children pink and Macragge Blue Turfts painted with Emperor's Children pink and Macragge Blue

The grass was from a really disappointing tuft set that I got. (Jarvis scenics. See image below and you be the judge) The tuft online looked like a multi green gorgeous summer tuft in the pics. And when it arrived I get a single tone green tuft. On a colour chart it would be “plastic soldier green”. So now I chop the tufts into small pieces and paint them different colours. Safe in the knowledge that if it all goes wrong… It was what it was and the experiment went well… or it went in the bin.

I used an Army Painter urban grey flock and added a big flint stone on each base.

The builds

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Sci Fi spade made from a Brit Light Mortar and a Brit shovel head. Heads from a Stargrave Crew sprue.Sci Fi spade made from a Brit Light Mortar and a Brit shovel head. Heads from a Stargrave Crew sprue.
The pink-faced guy mostly Bolt Action Russian but the head is from a Stargrave Crew sprue and the right stone throwing arm is from a Wargames Atlantic Dark Age Irish sprue.The pink-faced guy mostly Bolt Action Russian but the head is from a Stargrave Crew sprue and the right stone throwing arm is from a Wargames Atlantic Dark Age Irish sprue.

I enjoyed the building of the minis. The latest Warlord Games sprue sale helped me with the Winter Russian sprue that sets the base for these kitbashes. I looked through my sprues for tools, but decided that I wanted some pieces to look a touch more Sci-Fi.

I cut up a Bolt Action British weapons sprue Bren Gun to become a drill of some kind. Also had a Lee Enfield rifle that had been broken, so used it to give me an interesting handle for an axe and a separate spike.

I hope that the game doesn’t have any specifics about them being pan sifters mainly, because some of my guys look more like miners.