Big and final update.
This is what I settled on for the robots. I added styrene panels to the chest and thighs to reshape the profile. A neck collar disguises the neck/head. That piece on the chest is a suspension stop from a panzer IV. The pouches on the thighs are from the spares. On one it's a German dispatch pouch with k98 ammo pouches added for grenades. The other thigh has a US army pouch of some sort.
The pack is actually an odd looking piece on the figures' part sprues. Also, the figures had an open place on ther rear-end area. I added a plug of styrene to fill these slots.
The heads...I wish I had gone with something else. I just didn't have what I needed in the numbers that I needed. I figure that I'll find something now that it's finished...that's how it usually works out. So I used the kit's heads. I added some strip styrene to try to change the profile.
The kit comes with an extra right forearm.hand for each figure. This extra is weaponless. The weapons are molded to the other forearm. I wish they had sent a loose weapon or two for more options.
Lineup of all five robots painted. I did modify some to try to give them more diverse poses but the figures are pretty limited in the range of motion. They are designed to be posed on the move. I didn't want to paint them silver. I went with dark gray for the actuators and inner frame. The body panels were painted pale green. The faces were given what could be best called a Bane Mask. It does help alter the look.
Some of the figures. These came from the spares. Some are missing their feet. These will be wading through the sewers. The female figure uses the torso from DML's Viet Cong set and the legs from their IDF paratroopers set. I had to add a space for the waist to tie the two together.
These figures are recycled from a boat I did for the first End of Days Campaign. For this project I made some adjustments to arms, heads, etc. to make them fit. Alot of these are going to be down in the tunnel.
Figures painted and ready for placement. I went with a mixture of kit. These are resistance fighters. The lanterns are scratchbuilt using sections of tubing, clear styrene sprue, and stretched sprue.
Some of the figure placement. I only show these because these will be difficult to see once the dorama is sealed up. The story is that these resistance fighters are fleeing the building, using the sewers to move about the abandoned buildings. Note, the figure in the basement entering the tunnel is not shown in the build pictures. He was a last-minute addition. He is from the old Dragon US Light Inf. figure set...the one with the dirt-bike.
Also, you'll see the Mini in the finished pictures. That's an Airfix kit and I added it to fill in some of the open space of the street. I used this car in another End of Days Campaign...so it's been repurposed.
With that done...backstory time. Note, with the lack of the alien vampire women the story has changed.
The year is 2027. Earth culture has become dependent on technology. Nas-Corp has risen as one of the most powerful corporations in the world, mostly due to their "automated systems"...robotic technology that has assumed much of the administrative and labor duties.
Nas-Corp founder Rob Nassier hopes that his machines will free up humanity to live up to their full potential. However, humanity becomes lazy and squanders even more resources. He becomes more critical of society and calls for humanity to be more active, even threatening to shut down his technology and force the issue.
Public outrage leads to an in depth investigation of Nas-Corp by noted invesgative reporters Lyle Zimmerman and Sandy Cheeks. They discover that Nas-Corp has been experimenting with cyborg technology.
Nas-Corp responds stating that the technology was being researched for medical application. Nassier appears on the Rosie Cheeks talk show and tries to sell the use of the tech. Any headway he makes is undermined when he tells the audience that a cyborg uses a small fraction of the resources a human does. Critics use the statement against Nas-Corp, inciting riots and attacks on Nas-Corp offices.
World leaders are forced to act. Given the dependance on the technology, they decide to sieze control of the technology from Nas-Corp. Nassier fights the takeover. However, he is gravely injured when his private jet crashes. Nasser has his brain inserted in to a cyborg unit.
On Nov 3rd 2029, Nasser unleashes the robots to take over and administrate society. Militarized versions move quickly and take control of cities. Human forces, weak from lack of funding and short-staffed, are ill-prepared to meet the robotic forces. In some cases, some nations' militaries use robots.
The scene depicts human resistance fighters that had taken up positions in an abandoned section of a city. They use the sewers to move about unnoticed. Their role was to observe the nearby Nas-Corp facilities and report back to Command. However, their presence does not go unnoticed. The robots move in and begin clearing the buildings.
The defenders are weakened by sickness and limited supplies. Many decide to surrender and are taken in to custody, to be processed. Those still wanting to fight grab what they can and flee in to the sewers.
And I'm calling it done. Sorry for the late upload as well as the size. I had alot of trouble getting usable pictures of this diorama.
In general, I enjoyed the build...at least the components. I'm not particularly happy with the project as a whole. The Terminator figures were not bad...I would have preferred more rage of motion for their limbs. Still, I'd love to get a couple more sets of the Terminator figures. Imagine a platoon of these marching down the main street of Mayberry. I feel like the figures, robots and humans, were "forced" to work in the diorama. That's my fault. I was pleased with the building and base.
To be honest, this one will be broken down in the next month or so, and the terminators used for something else....hopefully involving the original vampire alien women concept.
Thanks for the campaign ans I've enjoyed watching the work of you guys.