I play a lot of sci-fi games and normally in 15mm and I have plenty ( probably too many ) infantry to use in my games, mainly these games will use USE ME 15mm sci-fi rules which I like, but I have been looking for other rule sets to run bigger games, but so far I have had no luck 😢
I may end up getting out my copy of Future War Commander or even my copy of Quadrant 13 and giving them another try.
But if I want to play bigger games then I am definitely going to need vehicles and tanks etc. to fight with the troops.
I already have a few sci-fi tanks and vehicles from Old Crow and they are lovely but I don’t have many so I have been looking for some models that I can use to build up my armies a lot more.
And well I have decided to use Team Yankee models to go with my sci-fi infantry, they are 15mm so they are the perfect size ( although smaller than the Old Crow models! ) and are cheap enough to have lots on the table in a game.
I would probably only use the Old Crow vehicles for my smaller games as they do not mix that well with the plastic kits, although the tanks would be ok as heavy tanks but the APC’s are just too big next to the M113’s I have.
I have a selection of tanks and vehicles that I can use including Israeli Merkava tanks, American Abram’s, German Leopard 2’s and three German PAH helicopters and the British M113’s I mentioned above.
I also have a selection of infantry as well to add to the mix sometime, although I do have loads of painted sci-fi figures already so there is no hurry for these extras to be painted.
But having just said that there was no hurry to paint figures I did paint up two small squads of figures to show alongside the tanks, these are some old Brigade Models Neo-Soviet Spetsnaz figures, nice looking special forces guys.
Then I started on the tanks, I painted up five Merkava tanks first, all I added to the basic model was some stowage and tarpaulin.
Next up is one Abrams, one Leopard and one M113 (T50) just because I wanted to see what they looked like up against some of my figures… I think they look good.
And then I put together one version of the M113 with the T50 turret just see what that also looked like.
And last but not least one of the PAH anti-tank helicopters… I love this little model.
Ok none of these vehicles really look or come across as super advanced sci-fi vehicles, but I don’t mind that, who’s to say what the vehicles will look like in the future or even if they will still be using tanks in the future, but for now these look the business on the table along side my figures and that to me is all that matters.
All the paint jobs on these models have been done in my normal quick and nasty style!! Desert Yellow primer, with a Soft Tone coat, then a light dry-brush of Buff.
The boxes of stowage was painted in Beasty Brown and dry brushed with Buff and the tarpaulin was primed with White then coated with Bone White, when dry it was coated in a wash of Soft Tone.
Most of the boxes under the tarpaulins were made with tiny pieces of balsa wood, the rest are the plastic stowage crates and petrol cans that you get with the models, I added the extra stowage because you didn’t get much on the sprues and the stowage areas on the back of the turrets looked really empty.
The Helicopter was painted the same way as the vehicles but with a Neutral Grey on the glass canopy, when this was dry I used watered down Strong Tone and put a coat around the edge of each glass panel.
Once this was fully dry I coated each glass panel of the canopy with Gloss Varnish.
Also I need to paint up now is a Commander for one of the tanks, I have the Team Yankee ones and once painted they will fit in with my sci-fi figures ok, I will add more Commanders to the other tanks and vehicles when I have made the models.
I think that I will also model one of the helicopters as crashed and I will use it either as a piece of scatter scenery or even as an objective for a scenario as I don’t think I need three of them for my games.
I really like these models now that they are painted and I can’t wait to get them on the table for a battle…