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Fan Art, Helpful Hints and Other Stuff
Last Updated 12/23/97
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An idea for a movie or TV series background, fleshed out a bit. Click here to see what I did with it.
This is likely to just be painted figures for the forseeable future.
Due to the need to keep costs reasonable, the Drone and Hero figures tended
not to get the best paint jobs in the world, usually not much more than
monochrome with an "ink wash" or spackle pattern, maybe a few dots of color.
So I took it upon myself to improve on those I thought I could improve.
- Picture 1 (left to right)
- Ice Drone: Only needed a coat of gunmetal on its gun.
- Bone Hero: I didn't fix the basic color, which is supposed to be green
according to the trading card, but I added the blue harness and leggings,
white teeth, silvered the gun (and added the yellow bit) and its power cable,
and made the eyes red.
- Bone Drone: Added the orange/yellow pattern to its muzzle, painted the
teeth white, added silver crests on the head, painted various bony spurs
white, added a dot of red paint on the targeting laser.
- Picture 2 (left to right)
- Remora Drone: Painted it gunmetal to match the Beast Drone, added violet
accents and red eyeslit.
- Beast Drone: Added violet accents and red eyeslit.
Bone Moon Omega Beast: AKA "Fluffy," I gave this
toy a touch up without significantly altering the color scheme.
- Picture 3: Beast Hero: Remora Hero has identical mold, but the figure is
"inkwashed" dark red rather than sparkly red.
- Picture 4 (left to right)
- Rock Drone: Added a lot of detail that can't be seen in this scan because
of the shape of the toy. Sigh.
- Rock Hero (Front View): The trading card picture has a lot of subtle
metallic colors that I wasn't able to duplicate, so this guy's a little on
the garish side.
- Rock Hero (Side View): Since a lot of detail work was visible from the
side, I included this scan. The thing on his lower leg is a dagger.
- Picture 5: Fire Hero, from front and back. I set out just to touch up
the pain scheme (which was kinda sloppily done), and ended up adding the
bronze and red details. Not visible is the work I did cutting away the
excess plastic so that the cable hooked to the gun actually looks like a
cable and not a half-disk.
Bone Moon Omega Vehicle: AKA the Cthulhumobile.
The original black and silver color scheme was insufficiently squamous, so I
fixed it up.
Fluffy is my name for the "Giant Exo Beast" shown in the picture of Bone Moon
Alpha, the big maroon beast a friend described as looking like it stepped out
of Warhammer 40K (a miniatures wargame). In this section I'm just going
to toss in ideas that occur to me after writing reviews for stuff to do with
- If you have the old minibot Transformer toy Cosmos, his head is just the
right size for the IDPS linkage setup of the Shadowraiders. The main benefit
is that he's a ready-made vehicle for those Beasts (like Fluffy himself) with
smaller waists, since they can connect flush with Cosmos.
- Fluffy's got a lot to say about the Ice Moons:
- Open Ice Moons away from everything else, preferably over a sink.
Otherwise, you will find sparklies in the strangest places days afterwards.
- Washing a sparkly Ice Moon object will remove the looser bits of glitter,
but unless you really scrub (and we're talking scouring with steel wool or
something here, I went over Ice Moon Alpha with a toothbrush and lots of
elbow grease and it STILL wasn't enough), glitter will still slowly come off
on everything. Kinda like how brushing a cat will slow the rate at which cat
hairs get all over everything, but not stop it.
- If you simply must do something lacquer-like to your Ice stuff, Fluffy
recommends clear nail polish, which dries nice and hard. Matte spray finish,
like I've used in my various painting projects,
turns some of the softer plastic permanently sticky, as I found after
painting Ice Moon Alpha's Beast and spraying it.
- The Ice Moon fun just doesn't stop! Mainly because I've had them home
over the weekend fiddling around with them. Anyway, both Ice vehicles work
better as Beast platforms if you drive them backwards. This solves the bad
balance problem for Omega, and just looks cooler on Alpha.
- War Planets 40K! The Hero and Drone figures are about 25mm scale (or
1:72 scale for you model-builders), but now there's more War Planets toys
available at that scale for adding to Science Fiction wargames like Warhammer
40K. I'd make up rules for them, but I don't know WH40K myself. Anyway, the
following toys in the line are roughly 25mm scale:
- All Heroes and Drones.
- All Shadow Raider pieces except for the planetoids themselves. Notably,
the Beasts are good for Titans and the like.
- Every part of the Scorpizoid Tank (and, presumably, any other Tanks that
- The Beast Planet's "Whaler" is potentially 25mm, but is probably more
like 5mm or 10mm scale.
- The Fire Planet, minus crust, could be used as a troop dropship at 25mm
scale. The fighter craft would have to be ignored, or used as a miniature
scout drone, though.
- Get some MicroMachines soldiers and put them in either the Bone Planet or
the Scorpizoid Tank. It's a bug hunt, man!
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