I have previously maintained a kosher-esque separation between this website, which is mostly writing oriented, and my other odd hobbies
. No longer. I'm a gamer-nerd, and I'm proud of it!
Soapy-clean little models
A new game I've been wanting to get into is called Dystopian Wars
, by Spartan Games out of the UK. It's a 2mm scale game, meaning the models are all vehicles and not individuals. The game is set in an alternate history and has a definite steampunk flair going on.After the week-long game-fest this past June when I went to Colorado to visit my brother Isaac, I bought the starter sets for two different factions of the game.
Last weekend it started raining and I decided to bust one out and get painting.The models are resin, which I've not worked with before, but I hear you're supposed to clean them really well so that the chemicals used in the molding process don't later react with the paint. The photo above is a fleet of models drying after their dip in soapy water.
FSA Battleship and Cruisers
In the world of Dystopian Wars, these models represent The Federated States of America. The background of the world is fascinating, covering the second half of the 19th century and postulating a hidden cache of alien/ancient technology that is discovered under the antarctic ice, spreading over the world and leading to global conflict as different nations struggle to incorporate newly powerful weapons and the vehicles that deploy them.
The game incorporates land, sea, and air units, a variation unique in my experience and one I'm excited to try out.
Bombers on megneto stands
The above picture is of the two bombers included with the FSA starter kit, which I'm trying to mount on magnets to their stands, making storage easier. I'll have to report back on how that works, since I'm waiting for the glue to dry before testing them out.
FSA Frigates, with basecoat paint
Here are three Frigates with a trial run of paint. I'll do a coat of stain/poly for shading once I've got the whole lot of them done. I've never painted at this size before and am not quite sure how much of the microscopic detail to try and hit. I've just used three colors on these guys and am hoping the stain will make them look epic, at least from a few feet away.
Areoplanes, which are more steampunky than Airplanes
As of this posting, I am still working on the SIXTEEN bases of areoplanes included in the set. I hope these guys are useful in game, because they are annoying to paint in this quantity.
That's all the modeling/gaming news for now. Stay tuned for more, unless you now think I'm crazy (hint: you're right).