Greetings Terrans, how goes it? I have some more Stargrave crew to share with you today, continuing the theme of using only Bob Olley sculpts. So far I have two versions of the Captain, a First Mate, a ‘Burner’ specialist and a Medic, so that’s the bulk of the heavy firepower and a bit of durability sorted out. The next thing I wanted to do was to make sure that I could contest loot – a vital component of any Joseph McCullough game! However, Stargrave loot differs from Frostgrave or Ghost Archipelago in a couple of significant ways. Firstly, you need to pass a ‘skill’ role to be able to nab any loot… this requires a roll of 14 or more on a D20, so not exactly easy, unless you have particular skills or equipment to access said loot… This is further complicated because loot can be either Physical or Data, so there are two different variables to consider, but both will come up in most scenarios. Luckily, you can hire crewmembers who specialise in either situation by granting +6 to their roll for accessing either Physical loot, (Chiselers or Casecrackers), or +6 for accessing Data, (Hackers or Codebreakers). Chiselers and Hackers are the pistol-packing bargain version of each, and I wanted to include two of each crew type into my starting warband.
First up the Chiselers, Lego-ass and Grimly:
This pair is comprised of an old GW Squat, along with an Alternative Armies ‘Sidhe Clan Female Warrior)’. The Squat (Grimly) is pretty much stock, but I did model a crowbar in his right hand. The female clan warrior was a more extensive conversion, with her shield getting turned into some kind of hand mounted drill thing, some techy doodabs round back, and her sling getting swapped for an old Autopistol. In terms of painting, this pair follow the scheme already laid down earlier in the project. One obvious variance is the blue skin tone used on Lego-Ass, no reason in particular, I just thought it’d be nice to have a more unusual looking crew member, be they mutant or alien.
Next we have a pair of Hackers – Blunder and Blix (with the cap):
This pair are both from the ‘Malig Goblinoid Infantry’ faction from ‘The Ion Age’ range. There wasn’t too much conversion work needed here, but I did sculpt on some data pads to suggest tools for hacking. Again, the painting really followed the same formula as the rest of the crew, though I did roll with the whole Goblinoid look here.
As a final note on this update, I also prepped some Physical and Data loot terrain:
And here they are being hacked and chiseled but our shifty crewmembers:
And that’s it for this update folks – next post will be a pair of Troopers to round out the crew, and some final crew shots!
Dave Stone said:
Great conversions and painting Alex, the whole crew are very atmospheric, and love all the little additions to show each role. The objective markers are great as well, and show the two types well.
Cheers mate, I like to try and add that level of detail in a small warband like this 😊
Great stuff, Alex. Like Dave, I also really appreciate all of those little extra details you’ve added.
Cheers mate, all part of the fun with warbands 😊
They are enormously charming, I love how you managed to put such a lot of personality on them :)
Thanks dude, the characterful sculpting helps 😁
Nice work mate! The team keeps getting better! I forgot that Stargrave has two different types of loot. I definitely need to read the rules thoroughly before I go diving in.
Cheers mate, yes indeed – it really forces you to decide whether to go killy, looty, or just try and balance the situation… Probably a moot point for me though – D20s hate my guts! 😂
I’ll let you know how it works out later in April 🤘
Great work mate. 🙂👍
Cheers dude. What are you up to these days? Haven’t seen much from your corner lately – I hope all is well mate 👍
After dad died we found out mum had bowel cancer so I spend a lot of time looking after her. Added to that my blog has no more space until I clear it out a bit and I just can’t seem to find the time. Just about managing to keep up with others posts and comment when I can. On the positive side I am managing to snatch an hour or so here and there to paint which keeps my hand in. None of it’s great but it is what it is. Take care mate. 🙂
Ah, sorry to hear about your Mum mate, that is really sad news. I hope things are as good as can be expected 😔
I love it. Bob Olley’s sculpts have a unique charm and you’re bringing them to life beautifully. Those hexagonal bases are quite the blast from the past too!
Cheers mate, it’s all looking a bit retro 😁
Absolutely loving these mate, the grungy look you’ve achieved really suits them beautifully!
Cheers dude 😊