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Killer elite

October 9, 2013

With the little time I’ve been able to devote to hobby activities, I’ve unsurprisingly been working on some more Utopia related minis. While my painting work on the Pig Iron Heavy infantry (see the previous two posts) continues, I’ve also done some converting. You know how it goes, “I’ll just take a look at this plastic kit…hmmm..oh, this gives me an idea!”

This time the kit in question was DreamForge Games’ set of Eisenkern Stormtroopers, produced by Wargames Factory. Like the major part of my current scifi stuff, I picked these up at Salute this year. After finally opening the box, I was struck by the quality of the set – crisp castings, not too many mould lines and so on. Like I remarked when I bought these, I’m not keen on the whole space nazi look. Luckily I had a bunch of extra Pig Iron System trooper heads, so a few quick headswaps later my Stormtroopers had an all new look.¬†

Click for a larger version

Click for a larger version

I think the end result is pretty nice! They look lean and mean, the Pig Iron heads work a treat and I can easily imagine them being elite, high-tech troopers – you know, cloaking technology and the like. I also gave one of the troopers a heavier weapon taken from the Defiance Games UAMC set. In the marine set the gun is a support weapon, so I think the Stormtrooper using it as a heavy assault rifle emphasizes their bad-assery. I gave the trooper some shoulder pads as well to make him bulkier – he’s the team “heavy”.

What do you think, dear readers?

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