It all started with Winds of War, a sadly no longer running tournament based in Bracknell. It was Combat Patrol, doubles. My friends had been the year before and encouraged me to come along with them for that one. Not being a great fan of small scale games, but deciding to give it a go, I decided to make it more interesting for myself by doing a themed force. With only 500 points I didn't need to worry about ever using it in my main army, and it spends most of it's time on a display shelf if I'm honest.
Well obviously, the most iconic image is Ripley in the power loader. So a sentinel was the first thing in the list. I did have an old sentinel power loader I'd always liked, but the arms weren't adaptable enough, it was just a single bar. Hence I came up with this conversion, which uses a set of sentinel legs to make a set of arms. Do bear in mind, this is the old sentinel kit with the one piece legs... oh to make this model again with the new multi part kit! The "hands" do spin on the ankle joint by the way, so I have some degree of flexibility for posing. The heavy flamer represents the closest thing to a weapon Ripley had on that thing.
Next up we have my objective markers. I found "Newt" on a random miniatures website, who knows where now. As for the "sample" that is a dolls house glass jar, some green stuff, genestealers fingers and sprue/plasticard.
Next up I have my Colonial Marines. I can't for the life of me remember how I painted these, despite someone asking me years later. All I can remember is that I'd heard that in the film they were normal camo uniform, but filmed under a blue light... so I tried to recreate normal camo, then ran a blue wash over it. I think it worked excellently, I just can't bloody replicate it! This did lead to me keeping a journal of all subsequent paint schemes for my armies...
I also have a transport for these guys, again from an unidentified miniature producer, but it's just a basic grey box and needs a repair so I left it out of these shots.
Running the colonial marines as Storm Troopers to bolster the cost, I was still struggling to make my 500 points from within the one movie. So, in the only time in my life I have admitted the movie existed, I looked to Alien 3. The penal colony gave me the chance to use some penal legion, which I had already converted and had a colour scheme for anyway... adding them to this force just meant putting squad markers for Fury 161 on them.
And finally, after the even I found a little orange nubbin thing... I can never decide if the model looks better with it or not. It doesn't sit quite right obviously, but if I were to adapt the model or do a new one using the new sentinel kit, should I include this? Or even better if I could wire up a flashing LED in there I guess...