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dglennjr03 Jul 2012 8:28 a.m. PST

Has anyone seen any good miniature proxies for the alien 'skitters' and mechs in the TNT show "Falling Skies"?

I'd like to game it in 20mm, but I'm sure others are thinking 15mm and 28mm. What are your suggestions for figures in the three scales?

20mm?
15mm?
28mm?

CmdrKiley03 Jul 2012 8:36 a.m. PST

The skitters resemble the old Vrusk from Star Frontiers. Too bad there's not too many minis of them. The only ones I can think of are the old TSR minis which were pretty bad.

However there were some spider centaur like minis (like Driders but had insect heads) that I thought Bronze Age made some time back. If they made them, they're not on their site anymore.

You could try Void Assault Araktons from Grendel.

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Wolfprophet03 Jul 2012 11:58 a.m. PST

I was thinking with a little modification…

Use Defiance Games new bugs and give them normal GW Genestealer hands. I've yet to test it, but I'll see if the parts fit when I get some bugs later this month.

CmdrKiley03 Jul 2012 1:00 p.m. PST

good call on the Defiance bugs. forgot about them.

Lion in the Stars03 Jul 2012 1:45 p.m. PST

In 15mm, the Infinity 'Dakini Tacbots'


'Garuda Tacbots'


and 'devabots'

would probably work. The Mechs are ~2x manheight, and the various 'bots are ~30mm tall (they stand on 25mm bases)

I think they'd be a bit short for 20mm mechs, but not too bad. I've only seen the Season 1 ending episode, though.

The Shadow03 Jul 2012 2:18 p.m. PST

Good show. How about 28mm civilians. They should look like average guys and gals in LL Bean camping gear, but carrying guns. Think "survivalists", but not in military gear, and *not* post apocalypse scavengers. I haven't seen any that would fit the bill, which is too bad, as those types would work for "Deathlands" and "Xenozoic Tales" too.

General Monty03 Jul 2012 2:43 p.m. PST

These might be useful…

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whoa Mohamed03 Jul 2012 3:30 p.m. PST

Rebel minnies has some stuff in 15mm that would work for the 2nd Mass and some of the other humans. GZG I think have 15mm Crusties and also in 20m there are GZG,Critical Mass, elhiem and others for both sides…Mikey

The Shadow03 Jul 2012 4:14 p.m. PST

General

It's funny. I was just looking at those minis today. They might be the best so far.

Jemima Fawr03 Jul 2012 4:36 p.m. PST

I don't know any rules that have spotting rules so appallingly bad as those used by the skitters…

They're meant to be part of the army of an advanced race of beings that has crossed inter-stellar space to get here, yet have only just discovered thermal imaging and it's STILL can't detect vehicles, let alone body heat?!

Anyway, who needs thermal imaging, when your enemy sets up obvious pikey-camps the size of Glastonbury, with open fires and lights blazing, uses noisy Hardly-Movingsons for recce and when moving 'tactically' likes to wander aroud in the open with weapons slung and shouting at each other…

Is this the 2nd Walmington-on-Sea Resistance?

Lion in the Stars03 Jul 2012 4:39 p.m. PST

Khurasan also has some 15mm 'armed civvies'.

I'd almost say that the characters in the show don't have enough gear to use modern contractors.

Maybe some 28mm British colonial troops with headswaps?

Olaf the hairy03 Jul 2012 5:02 p.m. PST

from the assault group in 28mm

Russian Mafia:

Somalis:

African Militia

SAS

dglennjr03 Jul 2012 6:18 p.m. PST

In 20mm, I have several different types of figures:

Elmheim Miniatures: Contractors and Modern US.

Stan Johansen Miniatures: Townies, Modern US, Mercs, Road Warriors.

Liberation Miniatures: Modern U.S., and too many to name.

Ceasar Miniatures: Modern Urban Resisters.

…to name a few.

But I see the skitters are going to be the problem. Come on sculpters, take a stab at it.

-David G.

Wolfprophet04 Jul 2012 6:22 p.m. PST


I don't know any rules that have spotting rules so appallingly bad as those used by the skitters…

They're meant to be part of the army of an advanced race of beings that has crossed inter-stellar space to get here, yet have only just discovered thermal imaging and it's STILL can't detect vehicles, let alone body heat?!

Anyway, who needs thermal imaging, when your enemy sets up obvious pikey-camps the size of Glastonbury, with open fires and lights blazing, uses noisy Hardly-Movingsons for recce and when moving 'tactically' likes to wander aroud in the open with weapons slung and shouting at each other…

Is this the 2nd Walmington-on-Sea Resistance?

Ahahahahaha. Pretty much covered everything. Honestly, if I had to guess it has to do with the skitters carrying no equipment. They go in naked. Buck naked at that. But that doesn't excuse the mechs. They must have some sort of sensor suite. Could be too that they just don't have the manpower(Skitterpower?) to search so regularly that they can engage and destroy a group of that size without the air power back up.

It was mentioned that the "motherships" left. So, the forces left there are an occupation force with limited resources. If the mechs are so weak that they can be destroyed by just a pair of hand grenades or some heavier ammunition like the .50 caliber or soviet equivalent then I'd guess they either used a large quantity of air power or have heavier equipment they packed up because I sincerely doubt that using mechs and naked skitters in any mass that they could have won a ground war.

We'll have to wait and see if anything new comes up.
For now, it's full of holes.

Matsuru Sami Kaze05 Jul 2012 6:02 a.m. PST

I am merely waiting out the skitters. Sooner or later our bacteria will kill them all. Or after a while bad ratings and terrible writing will bring that entire goofy little TV universe it's own nuclear winter. Scurvy should strike the 2nd Mass any day now. Hey, why not put the heat insulation UNDER the vehicle hood? Mason, please jump the Doc and get it over with.

Ghostrunner05 Jul 2012 7:22 a.m. PST

<POSSIBLE SPOILERS…>

<…OR JUST COMPLETELY WRONG GUESSES>

The military was wiped out by a combination of EMP blasts and directed assaults. This was mentioned in the opening narration of the first episode. So we have a semi-plausible reason why the military is out of the picture.

For that matter, since communications are pretty much non-existent, it's possible the military is still carrying on the fight somewhere, just not in the location of New England.

The implication from the first season is that Skitters are people (Solyent Aliens?). This might explain why the Skitters and their overlords are less enthusiastic about wiping out the remains of humanity completely. It also suggests that Skitters probably won't be likely to keel over if someone sneezes on them.

Karen-Alien said the aliens were surprised by the continuing resistance. It could be that they truly expected that having broken the back of the organized militaries/governments, they expected the remnants to pretty much 'devolve' into an exploitable wildlife population that could be harvested as needed

We also have no idea what timescale the aliens are operating under.

What if they have no FTL? They send their ships out to conquer as many planets as possible. Wipe out the organized resistance, then leave a garrison to build up an infrastructure over the next couple of centuries, using locals converted to Skitters as workers.

They may have made a huge miscalculation, in that they assumed the locals were finished, and sent the ships off to the next system.

Hopefully they get the chance to answer a few questions before the series ends. Terra Nova was hit and miss, but I'll give them credit for at least resolving most of the plot arcs reasonably well before they went off the air, while leaving a few teasers for future shows if they became an option.

RTJEBADIA05 Jul 2012 8:05 a.m. PST

Possible spoilers….

I always assumed the skitters were just another slave race, not humans. They allegedly appeared right away after the initial bombings (not just emp-- they killed a lot of cities entirely with neutron bombs or equivalent).

Many enslaves Gina's have been in the series for awhile and show no major physical changes.

All implications are skitters are another race enslaved by the control slugs (maybe even attached to the skitters before birth explaining the internal location). Their psychology and biology is different from enslaved humans though they serve the same masters.

Still the show is somewhat annoying in making the aliens comically stupid and outgunned…

Wolfprophet06 Jul 2012 10:04 a.m. PST

(maybe even attached to the skitters before birth explaining the internal location).

I'd actually guess that the rough skin grows around over the organism that makes up the "Harness"

Hey, why not put the heat insulation UNDER the vehicle hood?

So the vehicle can overheat instead of giving off a lowered heat signature? Sure! Why not?

Cacique Caribe09 Jul 2012 3:31 p.m. PST

Other ideas here:

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Dan

Cacique Caribe09 Jul 2012 5:22 p.m. PST

How about the IXX from GZG?

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Dan
PS. "Skittles, taste the rainbow!"

The Shadow09 Jul 2012 6:05 p.m. PST

>>I always assumed the skitters were just another slave race, not humans.<<

Going by last night's episode, you may be right. (-:

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