Sunday, January 12, 2014

Starship Troopers - Welcome to the Roughnecks

 It's an ugly planet, a Bug planet!

I have always had a hankering to game this movie, in particular the defence of Whiskey Outpost, it has touch of Zulu about it...
These have been languishing in the draw for a number of years, I thought it was high time they found their way to the table top espically given I failed to get even near them last year on the painting task list. Unfortunately I missed the boat with the miniatures game picking up a copy after Mongoose had discontinued the game and making back filling the required miniatures more difficult.
The box set contains the rulebook, card templates for vehicles and dropships (The card templates will need converting to miniatures in time); several d6 and d10 dice; 16 human Mobile Infantry troopers; and 20 alien Arachnid Warrior Bugs.
The human's MI are dressed in Power Armour inspired by the originally a novel by Robert Heinlein and the CGI cartoon series but my preference was for the live action movie of the early 90's.

I sold off the MI on ebay and purchased 1st Corp's Colonial Marines in 25mm perfect proxies for Raczak's Roughnecks in the movie and a little smaller to the "bugs" in the box which certainly makes them rather more intimidating on the table top.

I picked up all of the 1st Corps colonial packs, enough for 3 sections of Light Infantry and a couple of support weapons.

Radio Operator, Raczak and NCO.
"I only have one rule. Everyone fights. No one quits. You don't do your job, I'll shoot you myself."
 1st Section.
 "Come on you apes, you wanna live forever?"

2nd Section.
 "We must meet this threat with our valor, our blood, indeed with our very lives to ensure that human civilization, not insect, dominates this galaxy now and always!"

3rd Section.
 "I'm doing my part."

Heavy Weapon Section.
Javelin Missile Launcher, Inferno Support Flamer & Bugbroom Support Laser.
"Forget the insecticide, bring on the nukes!"

The Press.
"They're doing their part. Are you?
Join the Mobile Infantry and save the world. Service guarantees citizenship."

More than enough for a small scale outing on Planet P.

Painting Guide

Uniform - GW Codex Grey
Combat Vest - Vallejo 70995 German Grey
Back Pack - Foundry 11C Rawhide Light
Webbing - GW Abaddon Black
Weapons - GW Mithril Silver, Boltgun Metel, Vallejo 800 Gunmetal
Insignia - DdA 101 White
Flesh - GW Elf Flesh
Wash GW Agrax Earthshade
Basing - GW Rhinox Hide, Dry Brush Vallejo Desert Yellow, Iraqui Sand.

Next up Power Armour, bug holes and Klendathu terrain...


  1. I love Starship Troopers so much so that I have all four movies and there is something about this that makes me want to go out and "Kill Bugs". I cant wait to see where you go with this.

    I keep thinking that GW Imperial Guard would make good proxies, as I get the feeling thats where they came from in the first place.

    Join the Mobile Infantry Today

    1. You might be right, 28mm seemed a little to large and besides where would all the fun be in finding easy to obtain proxies for SST stuff :-)
      I have spent years walking past the GZG stand at shows, not any more.....

  2. Very nice. I have two boxes of "bugs" that I have to paint. The first film was a classic.

    1. Robert if they ever need a home :-)
      I managed to pick up a couple of boxes giving me around 50 bugs, but you can never get enough.

  3. It's funny how everyone I know in the Canadian Army has seen and loved the first ST movie, even if you press them (this is always a good discussion topic on EX when you need to take your mind off things) as to how awful an adaptation of the book it is. I suspect most of them love it for the shower scene. Would those 1 Corps figures be compatible scale-wise with GW Imperial Guard figures?

    1. Is it because of the interesting conversation about becoming a citizen :-)
      The ist Corp figures are near to 25mm than 28mm so perhaps closer to GZG than GW, may longer plan would be to create a force with the feel of MI but useful in any low tech enviroment, part of me is thinking about Ghosts of Mars as well allowing me to use my Adobe buildings - So many projects so little time.

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    1. Thanks Goose, just been casting my eye over your blog. Very nice.
      How did you decide on your bug colourings?