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JRacel Inactive Member03 Oct 2009 9:34 p.m. PST

Ok, I finally got some pictures taken of my ever growing Spug Army. I uploaded a lot of new pictures to my existing Spug folder. You will notice a few things, first there are a lot of Spugs, but I still have more not yet painted including more infantry, Jet Bikes, Support guns and GZG Ixx as Mercenary support. The new additions are mainly the inclusion of 28mm Armored Spugs as large Mecha and my use of three Dream Pod 9 Heavy Gear 1/144 Dragon Striders as heavy support vehicles. Now, the DP9 stuff is expensive and I only got these when I was able to get a much reduced price. They are really nice resin kits with a lot of parts. There is a lot of sanding, pinning and filling to make these usable, so they are not easy to get together and on the battlefield. In the end they were worth it. One big note, the original Striders have a big tred on the bottom and treds on four legs so they can lay with the legs out and use the treds to move down the road. What the?? Ok, I sawed the one on the main body off and left the little treds off the legs. (the little treds are being made in mobile guns, but that is another post when they are done) The bugs are Khurasan Miniatures 28mm Arachnians that I am using as Bio Tanks. Note that I have not added the gun onto the Arachnians that Khurasan provides since I decided mine would use a bio weapon like spitting acid rather than a high tech weapon. The paint scheme is to give a cartoon / anime feel to the army via the bright colors. I added a few comparison shots with the 28mm Spugs and the Dragon Striders versus some of the other mecha I have for my other forces (mix of 1/87 and 1/144 Heavy Gear and an Urban War miniature).

Hope you like them.

Photo Link:

Where to buy Spugs:
US: link

Where to buy Arachnians:

Where to buy Dragon Stiders:



15mm Gnome Inactive Member03 Oct 2009 9:40 p.m. PST


Eli Arndt Inactive Member03 Oct 2009 10:44 p.m. PST

Great use of multiple miniatures lines. The Heavy Gear striders are wonderful additions.


wolvermonkey03 Oct 2009 11:39 p.m. PST

WOW, looks great! I like the bright colors.

spasSGII Inactive Member04 Oct 2009 5:03 a.m. PST

If only those Striders weren't so expensive. They really go well with the Spugs. Nice job all round.

MiniatureReview04 Oct 2009 6:43 a.m. PST

Hi Jeff,

Those are absolutely awesome

Was wondering if I could post a few of those pictures on my website ( I would like to also include where to get all of them. I will give you full credit. Send me an email to Tom @ with what info you would like me to include if you are interested.


Redroom Inactive Member04 Oct 2009 7:17 a.m. PST

Striders fit in well as do the 28mm armored spugs, I did not think they would work, but do.

JRacel Inactive Member04 Oct 2009 7:19 a.m. PST

If only those Striders weren't so expensive. They really go well with the Spugs. Nice job all round.

I looked at them a very long time before making a purchase. I got mine when DP9 ran a sale last year with buy two get one free and used some money I had been given as a reward at work. Without no-guilt award money and the sale it would have been hard to justify it. In the end, it was worth it since they fit in so well with the Spugs. I actually have a very hard time trying to see how these things work with Heavy Gear Southern Forces. They are so different from all the other gears.

Little not from a cost stand point, these kits have a lot of parts, including a number of weapons systems options. On the back there is a missile launcher, a howitzer and an EMC radar configuration. I combined the Missile system and Radar array and decided to use the howitzers for another project. You also get three gun options for the nose mount. Even better, I got four mini tank tread sets with each model to build some small weapon systems and if take off correctly (jewelers saw) the tread from under the main body can still be used. Lots of parts for other projects, so helps with justifying the cost of the model.


JRacel Inactive Member04 Oct 2009 7:37 a.m. PST

Forgot to mention in the original post that along with the GZG Ixx and other Spug troops I purchased a number of packs of Wyrd Miniatures Steampunk Arachnid Swarms to use as individually based autonomous robots. They look good with the Spugs, but are a real paint to assemble due to size and fiddly legs that have to be attached. I thought you guys might like the idea.



jpattern204 Oct 2009 10:42 a.m. PST

Dang, I've been putting off buying the Dragon Strider because of the cost, but your photos are *seriously* weakening my resolve. VERY nice work!

Come on, DP9, have another sale already!


Personal logo Rebel Minis Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Oct 2009 4:32 p.m. PST


Great Stuff as always!

wminsing Inactive Member05 Oct 2009 6:09 a.m. PST

Very nice! Just the inspiration I needed to go and finish my Spug platoon!


Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2009 7:15 a.m. PST

How would the GZG walker tanks look? They aren't quite as buggy as this one.


Buckeye AKA Darryl04 Mar 2017 7:37 a.m. PST

Wow, these look great! Love your paint job, colorful, eye catching!!!

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