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  • #40574

    Mr. Average
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    I’ve long admired the newer line of armored hovers from Brigade, and I had the opportunity to pick up some of them recently. They’re very nice models – precisely made and very well cast (the sole exception being a bit of rumpling on the ammo bins at the back of the turrets – but this was very minor). This is the prototype pattern-breaker camouflage scheme for Blue Helix, a Dispute Resolution Organization headquartered in Québec City and operating throughout the Americas and Western Europe.

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    Blue Helix Defense Solutions LLC is typical of the hundreds of smaller but higher-quality “specialist” mercenary units operating on Earth and the Near Colonies in the wake of the First Upheaval. Their specialty is rapid strike operations, personnel recovery, hostage negotiations and what are called “active response” missions (named after Active Response, the DRO that first employed the tactic in the waning years of the First Upheaval). To this end they employ a mix of light and heavy hover armor, combined with light mechanized infantry in special forces-style lightweight combat gear, and highly trained in covert and low-to-medium intensity field operations.

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    Though successful and fairly wealthy for its size, Blue Helix lacks the extensive government connections of a DRO like Erdeslicht Verteidegung-Systeme GmbH, and so are not able to acquire grav armor or other such high-prestige weapons systems. They are also too small an organization to be able to field the battalion-to-regiment sized forces of a DRO like Advance Global Management or Regimento Acero. They have made up the difference by investing in their troops’ training and special tactics, and have chosen to use the Japanese-manufactured Shoei tank series as their main battle unit, since it has a modular turret capable of field-refitting for a variety of mission packages. They also have a contract with the Japanese DRO Zenpan Kokubo Ukeoi, which has been training them in fast-cycle maintenance to increase field performance.

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    All done with greys and blues from Reaper. I magnetized the turret, both to make it movable without losing pieces, and also to lift it very slightly to give it a clean shadow line above the hull – the miniature is so precise the turret sits almost totally flush to the hull top as cast. Really nice models! I have some APCs and light tanks as well. We’ll see.

    #40575
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
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    Cracking paintjob, can’t wait to see the rest.

    If you like 6mm scifi check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #40605

    Mr. Average
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    Thanks! I’m really happy with the look – it almost works too well, but the light edging helps keep definition on all the shapes. Originally they were going to be a 6mm scale St. Vincent Brigade (which was one of my first 3mm sci fi projects) but the Vinnies got sidelined this time – I’m reimagining them as an airborne powered armor brigade instead. Blue Helix is very succinct as a project – a small force I intend for either Grunts(z) or possibly Horizon Wars, maybe even the Battletech rules.

    #41732

    Mr. Average
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    A little more work on this group, including basing for Horizon Wars. A medium Mech, with particle cannons and missile launchers:

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    And some Heavy and Light Cavalry, with some Mechanized Infantry in support:

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    #41733
    irishserb
    irishserb
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    Very cool, love the camo.  Thanks for sharing your work.

    #41735
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
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    buggery, how did I miss this topic?

    Very cool.

     

    #41738
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
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    Really like yhe canopy on that mech.

    The basing for the conventional forces looks ace to.

    How big a force are you going for ?

    If you like 6mm scifi check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #41740

    Mr. Average
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    Thanks guys! I’m probably aiming for more units than I’ll ever uput on the table at a single time, so I can mix and match for different games. Salvaged some old and badly-painted Heavy Infantry yesterday, so I’ll have them, some light infantry, a few more light cavalry and some mechs.

    The mechs I have are all Reaper CAV units, which are bigger than Battletech units, being 10mm scale, I think. Work pretty well though and since I had them for years but never painted them, I figured why not.

    #41742

    Erik Walton
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    Love that camo and love that Dictator! Excellent work! I might have overlooked where you said it, but the basing looks like Horizon Wars, correct? I’m going to have to put together a cool back story for my guys like you have here.

    Oh that's my theme music, it's on now!

    #42130

    TrojanPoints
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    I just stumbled on this post (and on The Wargames Website as a whole) while googling for Horizon Wars (my latest buy) armies trying to get a sense of what to buy to start playing…

    Inspiring work! Both the paintjob and the background!

    In fact, I was wondering if you’d mind me reposting your pic and quoting your background on my blog? With all due credit of course!

    Anyway, thanks for showing those!

    PS: what size are your bases?

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    #43965

    Mr. Average
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    Wow, totally missed this last one, TP! Of course you’re welcome to post about it if you like, but you might want to wait until I have a nice group shot to go with. Also wouldn’t mind a link to my comic, if you do. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

    I’ve been so busy the past few weeks I haven’t worked on this, but finally am getting the last of the light cav and infantry together, as well as basing the mech. I also started on re-basing my Earthlight Division, which is all heavy cav and heavy infantry, though I have a bunch of Grav APCs for either Mobile Infantry or Light cav, not sure what to do with them yet.  Also began working on a unit of United Nations Peacemakers and some Lunar Hoplites as well before I hit pause to take care of a slew of work deadlines. But as I have a rare week off coming up I may just try to get one of these projects tied off.

    The bases are Infinity plastic rounds, by the way, 25mm for the small ones and 40mm for the big ones and mechs. And yes, it’s all for Horizon Wars.

    #45042

    Mr. Average
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    Somewhere near the Sulaco-Costaguana Border, a Blue Helix Intervention Unit starts its day…

    The Cavalry Section consists of Sohei and Shaman tanks.  The CHQ is in a modified Sohei tank on the right – this necessitated the removal of the more powerful fixed-wave Charged Particle Laser used in more conventional battle units of the type. The Shaman tanks are out-of-the-box, having just been delivered to Blue Helix to replace their older, malfunctioning T-46 Hovertanks.

    The company used the profits from a successful high-profile hostage rescue in Borduria last year to purchase its key piece of field equipment: a DCT-783A “Dictator-II” heavy combat strider, of American manufacture.  It’s not what you’d call “modern” technology – the Dictator-II wouldn’t hold up against what ENSPUN or the UN are using these days – but it will go toe to toe with the best that any Dispute Resolution Organization will be able to put in the field.  In particular, it was meant to intimidate the Earthlight Division, which is known to be operating several armored groups in the area.  It’s making the unit a little bit overconfident, to be sure, but it does pack some very serious firepower – smart missiles, airburst weapons and that very nasty pair of Charged Particle Lasers, heavy enough to boil polyceramide armor.

    The mechanized infantry and Special Forces have been in the area for about two weeks, scouting the potential combat zone and showing the flag, while conducting training exercises with local Costaguañero forces.

    Artillery support arrived with the new Shaman tanks – they’re Shaman variants carrying Italian-made A-12 “Whisper” missiles.  They’re less powerful than standard artillery missiles but have an equivalent range and are a lot cheaper and faster to load, and ammunition is readily available, making them a decent alternative for field fire support.

    In Horizon Wars terms, this assembly is worth 26 points.  BOY did this take me a long time.  But when you can only work about five minutes a day at best, what else can you do?  Personally, I’m really happy with how it turned out, and there is plenty of room for expansion now that the basic force is in place.  And here’s one last shot for good measure:

    #45043

    Alexander Wasberg
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    A formidable force! Your paintjob is stellar, and I like the little story in your descriptions 🙂

    #45048
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
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    But when you can only work about five minutes a day at best, what else can you do?

     

    Impressive, I can prolly muster about an hour a day, but somehow that does not seem enough so I don’t bother.
    I must try and be more like you in your approach.

    That last photo looks the bomb!

     

    #45069

    Mr. Average
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    Thanks, guys! As the feller says, “Glad you like them, boys. Smile.”

    All seriousness aside, I’ve actually managed to generate a little interest at the proverbial “Club,” so this gave me the impetus to finally finish off the group. I’d forgotten what a pleasant way to spend a day off painting minis can be, especially when going outside in oppressive midday heat is out of the question. Next up, rebasing the Earthlight Division, followed by a unit of the Tycho Grenadiers!

    #49689

    TrojanPoints
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    Took me long enough but I finally took the time to post some of your pics and fluff on my blog: https://trojanpoints.blogspot.be/2016/10/blue-helix-defense-solutions-awesomely.html#more

    And link to your webcomic!

    Merci!

    Trojan Points - 15mm (mostly!) Sci-Fi (well...) Miniatures Wargaming
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    #49698

    Mr. Average
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    De rien! Thanks for the plug, and I’m glad you dug Blue Helix – they took forever to paint! These pattern breakers, all the edging… Anyway.

    #49727

    TrojanPoints
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    Yeah… I won’t bother asking if you’d take a commission… For less than a first born and a kidney!

    Tanks are Brigade Models and the Mech is CAV, but what about the infantry?

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    #49731
    Ali Dogan Sayiner
    Ali Dogan Sayiner
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    I also have same tanks. Wonderful paintjob. I’m jealous 🙂

    contact me via : [email protected]
    http://www.sayinermicrotoys.com/

    #50293

    greg954
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    Nice colour scheme, nice models and nice bit of background fluff. Got all the ingredients I say.

    #50294

    Mr. Average
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    Thanks, guys! I’m glad you dig it! These boys are getting some club time, so maybe some more battles will come up soon.

    I already addressed it on FB but for those interested, the infantry is all Plasmablast Marhafi infantry. The stealthy looking guys in light armor. The regular Marhafis I’m saving for the Tycho Grenadiers. I do have Progenitor battle armor on deck for Blue Helix heavy infantry, though.

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