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Hamilton21 Jun 2013 10:43 a.m. PST

I am a new 15mm guy and this is my first force. I have a big CMG ZAS army coming, but I couldn't wait.
I ordered some Manth and Brog from Rebel to make up some enemy forces and here's what I've got so far on the Manth force. I still need to do some work on the bases and apply a matte finish, so *mostly* done.

TheRatGod Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 10:49 a.m. PST


Redroom Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 11:09 a.m. PST

I like the color choice a lot

AVAMANGO Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 11:14 a.m. PST

Looking good…

Jason O Mahony21 Jun 2013 11:23 a.m. PST

I have to say I like the glossy look on the exoskeleton. Have you considered just putting a matt finish on the weapons, drones and any cloth or material?

I prefer a matt look myself but there is something about these.

Hamilton21 Jun 2013 12:41 p.m. PST

I've had that suggestion from the Gruntz forum too – I'm going to try one with matte on the gear and leaving the exo gloss.

WarrenAbox Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 12:51 p.m. PST

Interesting. I've only ever dullcoated my figures, and then glossed a few select items to make them shine. Never occurred to me to do the reverse. Can you get brush on dullcoat?

Hamilton21 Jun 2013 1:00 p.m. PST

I have a bottle of Army Painter Anti-Shine that I haven't used, so I'm going to try that.

Personal logo Rebel Minis Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 1:05 p.m. PST

Very nice! I matte coated my red ones but then did some spot gloss…

Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 4:12 p.m. PST

I love it!

I want to steal this idea! I like the "ant" look!


Mako11 Inactive Member21 Jun 2013 8:17 p.m. PST

Yes, you can get brush on Dullcoat, called just that.

Check better hobby, and/or model railroading stores. The latter may be more likely to stock it.

Cacique Caribe22 Jun 2013 4:36 p.m. PST

Wow!!! I'm going to be stealing some ideas.

Do the Manth!!!


Macunaima Inactive Member24 Jun 2013 9:31 a.m. PST

I second the suggestion! Dullcoat the weapons and keep the shiny exo-skeltons!

It was the first thing that leaped at me when I saw your fotos: "Way cool! Look at those glistening exo-skeletons! How'd he do that?"

You might even want to do a tutorial. You seem to have serendipitously created a great technique! I'd certainly be interested in it.

Personal logo Rebel Minis Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jun 2013 6:06 a.m. PST

I would like to see a tutorial as well..

Hamilton28 Jun 2013 8:51 p.m. PST

Really nothing new going on. Primed them black, then spray coat of brick red. Did their eyes with a few layers from orange to yellow. Guns, packs, etc.
Then I dipped them in Minwax walnut gloss, added another highlight to the eyes and guns, flocked the bases.

Hamilton28 Jun 2013 8:56 p.m. PST

I'm also working on a gunsled for the ants built on the weapons from a dollar store robot/mech.

BlackWidowPilot Fezian Inactive Member28 Jun 2013 10:13 p.m. PST

Wait a minute! WHICH dollar store?!!evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
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Twoball Cane29 Jun 2013 4:33 a.m. PST

Nice that gunsled looks manthy

tokoloshe Inactive Member29 Jun 2013 5:55 a.m. PST

Nice gunsled. What a neat conversion!

Admiral Yi Sun Sin is my Homie Inactive Member29 Jun 2013 7:06 a.m. PST

I second BlackWidowPilot's question.

A gunsled like that will get me to buying some Manth. I might just buy some anyway. I'm almost done with my Earth Force and Kurgen.

I really admire your painting. Very inspirational. thumbs up

Hamilton29 Jun 2013 7:51 a.m. PST

It was from a Dollar General I believe. Toy aisle endcap.

Cacique Caribe29 Jun 2013 11:02 a.m. PST


Wow. Nice!!!

At first glance it reminded me of Bionicle feet and shields. But yours looks way better.


TMP link

AVAMANGO Inactive Member29 Jun 2013 5:52 p.m. PST

How creative what a good idea for the gun sled, hmmm now were did i put those old Mekton ones i had left over…

Personal logo Rebel Minis Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jul 2013 5:41 a.m. PST

now that is pretty cool.. I'll swing by after work to see what they got. Thanks!

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2013 7:24 a.m. PST

I hate looking at that sheild-to-sled, and think 'obvious'. If so damn obvious, why didn't I think of it? I HAVE seen those before…

As for the guys, I know you're putting up a brave face, but we can see you're embarrassed by them. No problem; you ship them to me immediately, and we won't speak of them again.

Preferable priority, if not express.


Hamilton12 Jul 2013 8:54 a.m. PST

Manth force is now complete. I took the advice I got here and elsewhere and left the Manth carapaces shiny while dulling equipment, etc.

Here's the commander. I gave him a bigger gun and a commo pack.

A closeup of an engineer. The drone is the head from a HaloClix Marine :)

A heavy plasma support gun. The gun and base are from SFB hex stands.

The recent posts on the hexbug larva made me seek these guys out. I got a nice deal on a lot of 4 on ebay.

Sniper team – just extended the barrel.

Gunsled painted up, components mentioned previously.

I have a bunch of Mechwarrior stuff, now happily ready to be repurposed for 15mm! I chose 3 Locust mechs for my Manth force.

Supposed to be a pic of the command team and the heavy vehicles, but the command team came out pretty blurry.

Finally, an image of the 4 squads, their specialists, and their rides!

This has been a great way to break into 15mm – easy painting and really nice minis – kudos to Rebel Minis.
My oldest daughter and two nephews have been busy painting up some Rebel EF droptroopers, and my middle daughter is working on a robot army made of Risk battledroids and some Shalur, so we hope to have some games this weekend!

BaldLea12 Jul 2013 9:54 a.m. PST

They look brilliant!

Hope you enjoy your games.

John Bear Ross Inactive Member12 Jul 2013 10:02 a.m. PST

Awesome stuff!


Twoball Cane12 Jul 2013 12:54 p.m. PST

Love those apcs and color scheme. Thank u for sharing

malleman12 Jul 2013 1:04 p.m. PST


Personal logo Rebel Minis Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Jul 2013 4:04 a.m. PST

Those look awesome! Thanks!

Cacique Caribe21 Jan 2018 1:01 p.m. PST

I wonder if these little guys could work as diminutive repair drone caste, aboard the Manth ships or inside the hive tunnels:



Capt Flash31 Jan 2018 9:15 p.m. PST

Good job! Great selection of minis and kidos on getting the kids involved.

Maxshadow24 Feb 2018 6:56 p.m. PST

Brilliant conversions and army.

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