Workbench: a Xuvaxi Fleet

Raw metal from Studio Bergstrom

Raw metal from Studio Bergstrom

As you may have gathered from the last post, I made another order to Studio Bergstrom. For this post, the important parts of that order are more samples of the Xuvaxi, working my way through the smaller models that match up with the other Starships fleets. As usual, click on the pictures to see the full size versions.

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On the Workbench: (Bergstrom) Terran Cruiser

So the holidays are coming up, and I’m starting to get swamped. I have a little free time this week, so I’m going to try to clear a couple of workbench posts out of the backlog. This one is a Studio Bergstrom model, their Terran Cruiser. Not be be confused with any other Terran Cruisers.

Terran Cruiser right out of the box.

Terran Cruiser right out of the box.

Like the caption says, that’s a top view of the Terran Cruiser. The coin on the left is a Susan B. Anthony dollar, and the models up top are Bergstrom “Cobra Fat Boy” fighters. (Is that what they call a teaser?)

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Painting an ORCDeF Cruiser

ORCDeF Cruiser.

ORCDeF Cruiser.

Someday I’ll learn: the most unassuming models usually end up being the best to paint. It was true of the Cold Navy models; I ended up liking the way the Mauridians painted up better than the Terrans, which was the fleet that drew me to Cold Navy in the first place.

The same is true so far of the Studio Bergstrom stuff. I made the order for the fighters, and added the ships just because. The Adjudicator has already convinced me to buy more Xuvaxi.

Today, we’ll talk about the ORCDeF cruiser I got in the same order. They’re from the Future Frontiers line.

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Painting the Banshee

"Primed" is Ku

Two of Studio Bergstrom’s starships, primed.

So, last time I painted the Adjudicator on the right. This time, it’s the Banshee. Yeah, I actually primed it white.

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Tuned Mass Dampers

This week’s art for Aliens Built My Hot Rod. This one’s halfway between concept and going on the card, and Leanne’s.

What are you doing with Howard Banister's rocks?

Tuned Mass Dampers

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Foam Tires

Dude, get off your phone!

Foam Tires

As promised, a concept sketch from the artists’ meeting for Aliens Built My Hot Rod.

(This one’s by Toby.)

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Painting the Adjudicator

"Primed" is Ku

Two of Studio Bergstrom’s starships, primed.

I’ve got an old GW Orc fleet primed, and ready to be painted, but apparently I don’t like them. I painted my brand-new Adjudicator from Studio Bergstrom instead. It’s the one on the right in the picture. (As usual, click on the picture for a full size view.)

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First Hot Rod Preview

So the artists and I had our kick-off meeting last week, and the hard part of Aliens Built My Hot Rod is underway: the art. As a result, you’ll start to see some teaser art for the game along with all the spaceship stuff. For example:

No Disintegrations.

Challenge for Hot Rod.

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Unpacking a Studio Bergstrom Order

Minis from Studio Bergstrom.

Unboxing the Studio Bergstrom order.

So I made an order to Studio Bergstrom, primarily for some fighters to round out Leanne’s Directorate fleet, but also to get some of Charles Oines’ not-quite-Star-Trek models to spiff up my demos, and to get a sample of the Outer Rim cruisers. What follows is a review after the unboxing. As usual, click on the pictures to see them at full size.

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Squadron B and EsCon scheduling

Squadron B.

Squadron B with Val’Netine and Krikalev.

I’ll start with the scheduling, first: Purple Fuzzy Monster will be at EsCon most of the day on the 15th, but will probably be missing around lunchtime of the 16th. We’ve got a minor scheduling conflict, so it’s best to look for us Saturday. (Though we’ll be around Sunday morning.)

The picture is of actual Ravenstar frigates, as opposed to Xtreme Hobby ones. Obviously, the new squadron is painted a bit differently  than the original. Since I’m taking more pictures of my models, I’m experimenting with increased saturation to see if they’ll “pop” more. I’m thinking it’s a success, and will be using Squadron B’s colors for any new Terrans I might add from Ravenstar. (As usual, clicking on the picture will show you the full size.)

The other things worth noting are: the Ravenstar models are resin, slightly larger in volume, and have a mounting hole in their “keel”. The holes are kind of small — there was a little bit of knife work necessary to widen them for GW bases — but that’s an improvement over the Xtreme Hobby lead, which required drilling a hole in the hull. Next time I put so of these together, I’ll remember to take a picture and do some measurements.

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