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khurasanminiatures24 Apr 2010 11:43 a.m. PST

I've got the prints of a bunch of new vehicles sculpted for me by the amazing Mark Mondragon, and so I thought I'd share them with you all to give a heads up on what could be flying, rumbling or stomping across your sci fi battlefields soon.

Some of these pics show the new item compared to the Cafferata APC, which many of you have recently added to your forces, and for figure scale there is one of those ubiquitous alien mercenaries, a Kark whose name is Haifisch, who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

First up, so that Leland does not get impatient, is the Mekanoid Hatchet, a sinister robot configured as a gunship. It's armed with a large cannon for heavy work, seven bays for pulse cannons, and a battery of missiles in a silo in the top rear, mostly for anti-air work but which can fire HE at ground targets as well.

Pulse cannons are missing from the bays, and the right engine is not on, but otherwise here's what it will basically look like.

From the front, showing the over and under eye-lens arrangement of all Mekanoids. Remember, this gunship is alive. (That said, there's enough room in the CPU ("head") for a crewman to sit in case you want to use it as a piloted craft).

The vertical engines are positionable, and the craft will be too, as the flight rod goes into a ball, so the craft can be set at different attitudes.

The Vespulids have proven enormously popular, glad you like them. So we are quickly following them up with the Ion Howitzer, a remote heavy weapon carried to the battlefield by a swarm (note the carry handles) and pheromonically controlled by the drone. The creatures position it a few hundred yards before they strike, and, as the swarm tears toward its target, this cannon blasts them with swathes of ion energy, shorting out systems, stunning men, and silhouetting them against the ground (for the Vespulids are night fighters extraordinaire). This will be a metal piece and I'm so pleased with the way it came out, simple and deadly.

Yes, you thought it was vaporware, and it still is, but it's beginning to condense a bit! It's the massive Felid Lion Assault Transport, an eightwheeled monstrosity crushing all opposition under its humongous wheels! Run Haifisch run!

As you can see the turret, er, doesn't quite fit, and fixing that is causing yet more delays. But hey, look, I have this physical copy to show you, so it's gotta be finished someday. Right? Right?

Oh no, Haifisch didn't run fast enough!

Phew, apparently he did, but you know our Haifisch, from the frying pan ….

Yes it's the approval casting of the Mekanoid Dictator, their planetkilling battle mech. The circular tubs on the legs and "cheeks" will hold pulse cannons made in white metal -- fourteen in all. It's a walking fortress, and that doesn't even count its batteries of forward firing HE missiles or its top mounted quad Humungo-guns (TM).

We are fairly sure that this is the largest combat unit ever made specifically for 15mm. Not counting some armoured trains. And maybe some resin terrain. Oh and some forts. Well, it's big! (Actually, we have something we've made that's even bigger, but that's under wraps for now, guarded by three irate Garn under orders to eat anyone who's seen it!)

Next is the Federal Hunter class gun carriage, named after the only British Royal Marine to win the Victoria Cross in World War II (and a Scotsman to boot). Here it is with its MLRS installed, and on the ground nearby, the pieces for the AAA and SPA variants. I'm almost decided that these pieces will all come in one set. We're fairly sure Haifisch is discreetly snapping some intel pics with his iphone.

Last, and most definitely least, is the Humiliator class flying saucer for Planet 15. It suddenly materializes over the world's capital cities, after which the Martian imperialists subject the world to death ray demonstrations of power and, perhaps worse, extended megalomanical conversation.

Wrong genre, Haifisch! Get out of there before you are sucked into the 1950s!

In other vehicle news, John Bear Ross's hiney-kickingly good Chewk Drill Tank is at the casters now, though the status of the missing Chewk Raider infantry remains as murky as the sands of the Sepulvedan deserts. Mark Mondragon is designing for me the Donner class MBT, a tracked main battle tank used by some Federal Marine reserve units which have not yet been upgraded to L-HACS, and, as their main armoured unit, by the armoured forces of the Federal Army and many of the Freeholds. That includes those inherited by Jellina Joel, the genocidal overlord, before the Federation cut off her deliveries, and these are now crewed by her abominable Control Battalions. Picture a very big sci fi tank with two treaded drive-trains on either side.

For fun we had our own Grabula design for the Karks an APC for use by those omnipresent mercs when not serving under the Dominate. Cnidarians pilot the sophisticated grav vehicles of the Dominate and do not permit them to be used on mercenary adventures. It's the first vehicle we've had designed in actual material you can touch! Grabula did a fabulous job and we'll be sending this ramshackle vehicle off to the caster soon to be created -- it's classic monkey-model, welded plate stuff, something we think sci fi is a bit short on (second rate vehicles, I mean). As the Karks are my alien salute to Renaissance German mercenaries, their APC is decidedly Teutonic as well, and looks more than a little like a certain well-known halftrack from WWII!

Finally, in non-vehicle news, got the second batch of post-Apoc outlaws from Ben Siens in the mail, time to pick my jaw up off the ground!

Phew! Well, I have prattled on long enough. This hopefully will amuse some of you who were not able to get to Salute (including because there is an ocean between you and the show!).

Battle Works Studios24 Apr 2010 12:24 p.m. PST

I can make my own turret if I have to I just want that Lion!

They all look good, though. Any idea on prices yet?

khurasanminiatures24 Apr 2010 12:42 p.m. PST

No price points because they haven't gone to the casters yet. I can't set prices until I know what the pieces will cost me.

The only one I'm sure about is the Dictator, which I think will be $69.95. Half of that will go into the cost of materials! It's huge.

Glad you like the Lion, Jeff. Ironically, it was the first vehicle designed for me by Mark! I think it would also work great as a post apocalyptic survivor's truck.

Moonbeast24 Apr 2010 1:23 p.m. PST

I have an unfortunate feeling that I'm going to be spending a considerable amount of money when these make it to production…I want a few of those Dictators (among other things). I can't wait!

BRUTALPAUL24 Apr 2010 1:33 p.m. PST

Those must be some of the best SF vehicles ever!

MiniatureReview24 Apr 2010 1:36 p.m. PST

The Dictator is awesome and even bigger than I thought. Really like the look of everything.

Something seems off with the Felid Lion Assault Transport. The drivers door looks really small. Maybe it is just the picture angle. Since you have a copy does the transport look big enough to house 9 Felids + drivers?

khurasanminiatures24 Apr 2010 1:38 p.m. PST

Well, Tom, the Karks as you know are actually rather large fellows, so that might be it. Also it's a military vehicle and you know how small hatches can be on those!

MiniatureReview24 Apr 2010 1:46 p.m. PST

Yea those Karks are a little bigger than a normal sized trooper.

Looking forward to all these releases.

Personal logo Dances With Words Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Apr 2010 2:41 p.m. PST

I am SO into that 'HUMILIATOR' saucer….gimme, gimme, gimme!!!!!! Bwah-hah-ha!!!

JRacel24 Apr 2010 2:50 p.m. PST

WOW . . . my wallet is weeping and my wife is trying to shut down my PayPal account. I don't know what to say except I can't wait to send you more money . . . . . .

I have my $70 USD in hand and ready to send for the Dictator!!!!


shelldrake24 Apr 2010 2:54 p.m. PST

lovely vehicles.

I was one of those that bought some Vespulids – will you be making any more of these with different poses?

MiniatureReview24 Apr 2010 3:00 p.m. PST


Looking forward to seeing how you paint that sucker up.

khurasanminiatures24 Apr 2010 4:36 p.m. PST

Vespulids are in eight different poses already, plus two different drones -- do you think I need more shelldrake?

BigGame Hunter24 Apr 2010 6:02 p.m. PST


Redroom24 Apr 2010 7:07 p.m. PST

Very nice, saucer is my fav though

shelldrake24 Apr 2010 7:08 p.m. PST

Absolutely we need more – although less of the flying ones, as they didnt survive the postage too well and legs were broken off in the package :-(

John Bear Ross24 Apr 2010 8:32 p.m. PST

Good stuff, there, Jon.


Ambush Alley Games24 Apr 2010 8:49 p.m. PST

Very nice stuff! I need to get a few of these from you, Jon! Not to mention some of the resistance guys and a couple of trucks!

I'll try to get an order together this weekend. It's a little hectic, though – my oldest grandson's birthday party is tomorrow and I've got "Baker's Assistant" duties to perform for Peggy!

- Shawn.

wolvermonkey24 Apr 2010 9:53 p.m. PST

Ah hell, there goes my vacation money……..

nvdoyle24 Apr 2010 9:59 p.m. PST

The only one I'm sure about is the Dictator, which I think will be $69.95.

Gah! Thankfully, I'll only need one… grin

ming3125 Apr 2010 6:37 a.m. PST

Very nice . While not a 15mm gamer I am impressed . so I bought 28mm Garn and some Vespulidss . The dictator is impressive

Battle Works Studios25 Apr 2010 6:52 a.m. PST

Any ETA on the 15mm fantasy orcs on your site? Those are some very nice sculpts there, wouldn't mind a few of them.

khurasanminiatures25 Apr 2010 8:33 a.m. PST

They are being cast up now and should be available in a few weeks.

Barks125 Apr 2010 9:39 a.m. PST

The dictator is beautiful…

TimHerr25 Apr 2010 10:41 a.m. PST

Ok, those are nice vehicles and such…I will acknowledge that.

However, you need to stop playing with those things and get that Felid Baron in the shop so I can order my birthday present from my daughter to me, from you, before I'm a month past my birthday!!!!!!

<tongue in cheek…sorta. Seriously, get that Baron in the shop>


khurasanminiatures25 Apr 2010 10:57 a.m. PST

Ok Tim will do! I will set him up for this week, along with the first codes of Achaemenid Persians.

By the way, Jeff had asked about the orcs, but the wights (elite armoured undead) will be out as soon as the painter gets em done. 1-2 weeks I think. I'm having them painted in a spectral fashion like the dead in the lotr movie but one will be painted as an "ordinary" elite sketeton guardsman, in white bones and non-spectral armour and so on.

StarfuryXL525 Apr 2010 10:22 p.m. PST

Very nice assortment of vehicles. Fortunately, I have not succumbed to the lure of 15mm, so I don't have any tough decisions to make, and that Dictator will work just fine with 25mm figures.

I have to agree about the Felid transport though. There doesn't seem to be much body above the wheels. And considering the axles running through the undercarriage, it doesn't seem like there's much room for passengers. It does looks cool, it just doesn't look like it will do what it's supposed to.

War Monkey25 Apr 2010 10:53 p.m. PST

The Lion looks great even with out a turret! Can't wait to see it fixed so to speak and what addition turret systems you might come up with for it.


BlackWidowPilot Fezian26 Apr 2010 11:01 a.m. PST

About my being impatient… too late.evil grin

That Dictator is a thing of beauty (I got yer AT-AT right here, pal! BWAHAAHHAAAAAA!!!!evil grin).

That Hatchet will convert into a very nice heavy gunboat/small escort vessel for Silent Death… can't wait!evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

Lion in the Stars26 Apr 2010 11:56 a.m. PST

I'm so going to buy a Hatchet or two! After reading Freehold and The Warrior, I need a good CAS VTOL.

I think it's funny that the Lion AT looks like the fire trucks out at the airport, but I'd still like one for … possibilities.

(I make fun of others)26 Apr 2010 12:28 p.m. PST

I think it's funny that the Lion AT looks like the fire trucks out at the airport,

Actually, that's what I like about it. I've always wondered what one of those babies would be like if armoured and with a cannon instead of a firehose ….

Grabula28 Apr 2010 3:50 p.m. PST

I LOVE the mekanoid stuff!! it's going to be tough deciding where to go after karks, felids or mekanoid but that dictator is pretty badass!

USMEADS23 Oct 2013 10:46 a.m. PST

Wasn't there a "Federal Scout Car 4X4" vehicle that resembled an open-top dune buggy? I can't find the photo here, but it was a light green CAD drawing.

Any news or photos on that Scout Car? Thanks.

BlackWidowPilot Fezian23 Oct 2013 8:59 p.m. PST


here is what you seek:

TMP link

Nice ride, that scout buggy.evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

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