The weapon team and the individual trooper are completed, along with some more troops and models that will supplement any future force.
Again, the team has a neat, neo-soviet look to them but they will serve as rebel forces on a distant, cold planet. The heavy man-packed laser taken off of an ambushed vehicle convoy of some sorts.
The trooper has a nice, "corporate" look to him as sort of a security force for a mining settlement, not quite a "drop trooper" but not quite militia either. He holds either a solid-shot assault rifle or some sort of small laser rifle.
The next round are unpainted concepts to be tried out. First up are a completely new concept for a historical guy like myself - walkers. While the idea of drones are completely mainstream now, walkers are an idea that is right around the corner by a generation or so. Practically all-terrain and almost perfect support platform to carry heavy support. These walkers fit into the 20mm realm nicely and are automated machines, and do NOT contain a human being. They will fill a scout role on the battlefield - dropping in and advancing until they make contact with enemy forces. They also fulfill a myriad of security details as well. Cheap, effective, and highly mobile - I'm designating them the Stalker M485 Mk I and Mk II. The Mk II is armed with a light plasma cannon and capable of engaging large walkers, or AFVs. The Mk I is simply a scout armed with light missiles and a light laser weapon.
|M485 Stalker Mk I Scout. Actually a "Heavy Gear - Ferret" model.|
|Next to a human infantryman for scale. Stalkers will fulfill a variety of scout , reconnaissance and security missions on the battlefields of the future.|
|The Stalker Mk II with plasma cannon and missiles. The Mk II's job is to engage larger vehicles with its plasma cannon and light targets with its mini missiles.|
|Both Stalkers for scale.|
Finally my next batch of troopers, more heavily armed. These are regular infantrymen of the future. All armed with laser type weapons (which look suspiciously like FN SCARS to me..) they wear ballistic helmets with visors for Heads Up Displays. Their armor is still humble and designed to protect primarily vulnerable areas from small arms, shrapnel and very light laser fire.
|Targeting reticle for smart munitions.|
|Without the HUD on the helmet, he sports a standard M8 Laser Rifle.|
|Chop off the ends of a modern SCAR and you have effectively have an "assault laser" which would be carried by shock troops.|
I am planning on using a myriad of rules to support Sci Fi battles to include Future War Commander and FUBAR to name a few. Maybe I will even write my own. Right now am waiting on a few APCs to be delivered to the house but will be building some French APCs along with some US Strykers to serve as futuristic APCs. Also going to be buying a few tanks to support.