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Information and discussion of group builds and campaigns.
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Official campaign tread for Sci-Fi II
hofpig
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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 07:34 PM GMT+7

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Paul, I like it and thanks for posting the picture. I thought it would be larger too...I guess I am thinking along the lines of the Dust kits. But I do like the powered armor suit idea. It'll be interesting to see where you go with it.




I think the German stuff is a lot larger(as reflected in the prices) but I am pretty happy with it and my ideas for it. BTW I have a new chimney coming!
Scipio2010
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Posted: Friday, August 26, 2016 - 01:37 AM GMT+7
Im glad to see another Sci-Fi campaign. I will be building the old Battlestar Galactica Viper Mk II kit from Revell. The molds are terrible and the level of detail is laughable compared to modern kits, but it should be a good change of pace as far as the painting and weathering goes.

SGTJKJ
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Posted: Friday, August 26, 2016 - 08:37 AM GMT+7
Welcome onboard, Shawn! Looking forward to see your viper.
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 06:50 AM GMT+7
This is what I will be building: two Titanforge tanks. The resin looks warped and the fit seems bad, but I will give it a try none the less. I will try to improve the basic tanks with extra parts from the spares box.
I have six of them from a Kickstarter, so I hope to get something good out of these.

More to follow

turtle65
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 11:46 AM GMT+7
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Jesper - looking forward to see what you do with these beasties , any ideas on paint scheme ?.
Must admit I'm not up with the play on all these RPG genres so had to Goggle Titan Forge to get an idea of what they are.
Think I'm starting to get addicted to this Sci-Fi stuff.

Only 12 hours to the start flag fall's .
See ya all on the start line.
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 04:20 PM GMT+7
Roger, I think it will be overall grey and steel. I might change my mind though.

Getting close to the start line 👍
Bluestab
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Posted: Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 04:33 PM GMT+7
Time to get started. Here are the core kits I'll be using. Master Box's Pin-Up Girls for the female figures. One is new, the other is what I didn't use for my dino riding amazons. The Pegasus T2 T800 Endo Skeleton Terminators. Miniart's Polish Building.



I didn't time stamp these. My phone's time/date display is really small after the last update and it's tough to see in pictures. If need be, I can work something with each start on the individual kits. Like when I start on the Terminators I'll try to get a picture of the contents with a phone or tablet showing the date.

The plan is a street scene after an alien invasion. The aliens and the mechanized troops are watching a group of captured Terrans being ushered to the rear for "processing". There'll be an official background story once I pin down the details. I'll probably add some sort of alien armored vehicle and maybe a wrecked Earth vehicle.
zontar
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Posted: Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 08:46 PM GMT+7
Alex,
Really cool idea. Looking forward to seeing how this works up.

Zon
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 11:25 PM GMT+7
Alex, awesome stuff. Very ambitious. I like it No need to time stamp.

I will get started on my stuff over the weekend. Hope to reach a stage where the tanks are not just looking like bags of resin chunks.

More to follow.
Lokis_Tyro
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Posted: Friday, September 02, 2016 - 02:50 AM GMT+7
Off-topic but I don't see why people use their phones to show the date. They can be changed. Aside from that I can't even read them most of the time! It's just as honest to write the date/time longhand imo.

Anyway, definitely looking forward to your build Alex. Your scene is an awesome idea. Best of luck with it.
Bluestab
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2016 - 06:18 PM GMT+7

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Off-topic but I don't see why people use their phones to show the date. They can be changed. Aside from that I can't even read them most of the time! It's just as honest to write the date/time longhand imo.



I agree. You could just as easily reset the timestamp option on a camera, phone, or tablet. With the demise of newspapers it really has shifted to an honor-code system. I really can only think of a few campaigns that have asked for some sort of date verification. I usually take my lead from what starter pictures are already posted...if they have a phone in the picture I'll do the same.

For me it's about the build. I really don't even pay any attention to the campaign ribbons anymore. If someone starts early it's easy for them to do and I am sure it happens. I'm not going to get all that upset about it. We're all sharing work here. I like the start and stop dates because it helps me plan out the builds and keeps me on track.
hofpig
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2016 - 02:03 AM GMT+7
Hi Guy's,

Well I made a start now doing mainly clean up on the rough areas of the kit and so here are some pics.....



My scratch built assault shield waiting for glue to cure before a 1st coat of paint and then on to adding the Panzerfaust shields to the front.



Rear view of shield with carrying handle.



The decal pile.... Not sure which ones to use yet but I feel that I will be using a large combination of these plus others from the stash. At the moment the plan is to use a guards crest on the top under the first panzerfaust shield, a number/symbol in the raised centre section and possibly a slogan on the bottom section. Plus a matching symbol or number on the Suit body maybe if I have a matching pair. I will probably go with some of the smaller or 1/72 ones for the suit.

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Plate to cover the holes for the original smoke launcher/what ever they are's. I have a set of tiger smoke launchers as a replacement as I few that there is a possibility that the soviets could have stolen the idea/captured enough to use them on this suit.



Arms and legs..... No construction required here.




The solution to the ugly, horrible exhaust pipe, I pinched one off a KP-42 field kitchen! I think it is a vast improvement!


More soon,

Paul

SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2016 - 02:45 AM GMT+7
Alex and Andrew, you are right about the date stamp. Only true way to do it is to have the kit photographed in front of the latest post in the campaign. However, not even that is a 100% as many people incl. me have multiple kits of the same model.
Anyway, in this campaign as starter picture is fine without date. I trust you guys At the end of the day we are here to have fun.

Paul, nice start. I think the shield is an awesome idea and very plausible. Heavy suits like that must be very vulnable to panzerfausts. Especially if not supported by regular infantry.

Looking forward to see more
Bluestab
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2016 - 06:37 AM GMT+7

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Alex and Andrew, you are right about the date stamp. Only true way to do it is to have the kit photographed in front of the latest post in the campaign. However, not even that is a 100% as many people incl. me have multiple kits of the same model.
Anyway, in this campaign as starter picture is fine without date. I trust you guys At the end of the day we are here to have fun.



There's many ways to get around it if you really wanted to. To be honest, that Miniart Polish Building set I mentioned...I took pictures of it when I was cutting them out as part of another campaign but I scratched the buildings instead. I could have used those old pictures and no one would have known the difference. Instead I went out there and posted that I had already cut them out.

I'm not advocating cheating but I know it happens. And if a campaign is going on during Spring and Summer but you can see Christmas decorations in the background...I'd probably say something. Or if a campaign starts on the 1st and they are done on the 2nd I might call shenanigans. But if someone starts early by mistake or has a partial kit on the shelf, I'm not going to crucify them either.

Paul, nice start. I'm interested to see where you take the suit. I would assume that its size and the general inaccuracy of the panzerfausts would help as well. You could probably add some mesh shielding to the upper-arms to give some added protection from flank shots.

Scipio2010
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2016 - 07:48 AM GMT+7
The Viper is coming along pretty fast, I was able to assemble the entire kit within an hour. That owing more to the low part count than to my skills as a model builder. I had to do some extensive putty work, and primed it the other day. This morning I applied the off-white color and will be moving on to the detail painting soon.

I will be painting it up as a Viper from a squadron on a different Battlestar. This will give me some artistic latitude.

SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2016 - 09:31 AM GMT+7
Nice progress, Shawn. It is coming along nicely.

I have some progress on my tanks. I managed to put them together, but this is probably only the first very small step. There is still lots of stuff to do. Next is a lot of green stuffing and sanding. I am also going to use a lot of parts from the spares box to add some details and depth to the tanks.

More to follow soon




Lakota
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2016 - 09:54 AM GMT+7
Howdy Y'all
This is the kit I will be attempting. I bought this about 10 years ago and figured it's time to tackle it. I would like to mount it on the wood box I have in the photo. I forgot to date stamp the photo, hope it's still o.k. I don't know why Reaper Miniatures called "Amber Dragon" but didn't paint it amber color.
My first order of business is gluing, this is a heavy metal kit. I figure I'm going to have to use epoxy. Any recommendations as to type or brand?

Take care,
Don "Lakota"
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2016 - 06:36 PM GMT+7
Nice kit, Don.

If it is really heavy I would try to pin it. If I pin it, use a tiny blob of green stuff, and Cyano glue it never breaks for me.

Welcome onboard
hofpig
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Posted: Monday, September 05, 2016 - 12:04 AM GMT+7

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Paul, nice start. I'm interested to see where you take the suit. I would assume that its size and the general inaccuracy of the panzerfausts would help as well. You could probably add some mesh shielding to the upper-arms to give some added protection from flank shots.





Alex I thought about that when I first considered it but I decided it might be too restrictive and get in the way of the suit, hence the shield version.

Paul
Bluestab
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Posted: Tuesday, September 06, 2016 - 05:49 AM GMT+7
A quick update to get things rolling.

I decided to start things off with the building. The reason...I need to use it to start with the diorama layout. These parts were already cut out. Since I am using them as intact buildings, as opposed to ruins, I needed to "fix them". I cut off the damaged ends. I'm going to try to fill in some of the battle damage.


I just tacked these together for mockup purposes. I'll shore up the seams and strengthen them later. The open ends will be flashed over.



I started on the repairs using Squadron filler....well there's mixed results. There's gonna be a good bit of sanding involved but I think it'll work. I am taking a different approach with the interior...I'll use thin styrene sheet to lay-over damaged parts.


A working layout plan. The wide masking tape sort of represents the sidewalks. The building will have an interior. I might have civilians watching the movement outside...fits with the planned backstory. I might have some resistance fighters there as well. I am unsure what I'll place across the street...maybe a basketball court.
I might...and the emphasis is on MIGHT....try to give the building a basement where some resistance fighters are holed-up. Maybe add a sewer tunnel from the basement to the outside.
The armored car is just a surrogate for the planned alien armored vehicle.


SGTJKJ
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Posted: Tuesday, September 06, 2016 - 06:13 AM GMT+7
Looks good, Alex. The first layout is nicely angled although maybe a bit too large depending on the number of figures you plan to include.

Looking forward to follow this project.
hofpig
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Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 12:32 AM GMT+7
A little Progress....



The new Improved smoke launcher array fitted along with the new exhaust chimney. I much prefer the german style launchers although I had considered using the T-34/Is-2 style smoke drums but I thought there was little room for one of those. All the rest is coming along well with the exception of the left arm I had to re-drill out the attachment socket as it was more than a little tight. Which to be honest was a little odd as the other arm fits perfectly!

Paul
Scipio2010
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Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 05:04 AM GMT+7
I have made some good headway on the Viper. The painting and masking has taken some time to finally get right. As I mentioned before, I will be using marking schemes from a fictional Viper squadron from one of the other Battlestars in the Colonial Fleet.



ironelf
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Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2016 - 07:42 AM GMT+7
I've decided to tackle a what-if by taking a Leopard II and turning it into an APC. I may or may not switch out the tracks for big tires.



Cheers!

Chris
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Friday, September 09, 2016 - 06:27 PM GMT+7
Paul and Shawn, nice progress.

Paul, I am with you on the smoke launchers. The German ones are a clear improvement.

Chris, Nice idea on the leopard II. It would definitely be something out of the ordinary if you mount wheels on it. Looking forward to see more