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Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 9:38 a.m. PST

Hi, I'd like to show you some of the miniatures we've recently started using for our Traveller-TNE long-term campaign, after some time of using (and getting bored of) parcheesi tabs, discarded boardgame counters and so.

First of all, here you have our Star Vikings company (PCs and some prominent NPCs), in either body sleeves or casual flight wear:

all characters I

And here in vacc suits:

all characters II

Willing to emphasize our characters adscription to one particular faction of TNE universe, I've tried to use for them a consistent color schema --not as uniform as military dress would be, but showing some internal harmony.

So, despite TNE canon states that body sleeves should be black or dark grey, I've chosen instead to use 70.964 Field Blue (color Vallejo recommends for RAF uniforms), with 70.971 [Pale] Green Grey shoes and accessories, 70.886 Green Grey for belts, ammo pouches and so, and 70.942 Light Green for weapons non-metallic parts.

Casual wear (mostly used by male characters, as you see) uses 70.903 Intermediate Blue as a base instead, although sharing palette with the above for accessories.

So this is the look of our five PCs in flight dress:



As for vacc suits, I've assumed as likely the need of a high visibility dress in the inhospitable environment of deep space, so the dominant color here is 70.911 Light Orange, with 70.915 Deep Yellow detailing and pure white helmet and accessories:



As you have probably noticed, pictures above are actually showing a couple of exceptions --the one by reversing vacc suit colors (this intended for an engineer PC with high protection suit), the other wearing both green body sleeves and vacc suit. This second case responds to emphasize that character's nature as an ex-Solomani space marine girl. Base color there is 70.894 Russian Green (with 70.886 Green Grey body sleeve accessories, while those of vacc suit are 70.955 German Grey).

I sense I'm talking too much. Let's put an end to it by saying that figures are mostly from Khurasan, GZG and Rebel minis, with the addition of a war reporter from Peter Pig. Translucent bases are from Litko.

Thanks for your patience!

panzerCDR19 Apr 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

Very nice! I like the TNE backdrop and your figures are evocative of the books. Thanks for sharing.

Stealth100019 Apr 2017 11:55 a.m. PST

Really lovely work.

Weasel19 Apr 2017 12:01 p.m. PST


I always liked TNE a lot, even though we never played it as much as the old periods.

Cacique Caribe19 Apr 2017 12:13 p.m. PST

Wow. Fantastic work! I'm absolutely jealous.


dragon619 Apr 2017 12:27 p.m. PST

Very nice. More pictures?

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 1:12 p.m. PST

In a few days grin

boy wundyr x19 Apr 2017 1:24 p.m. PST

Always love to see 15mm Traveller stuff!

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 1:30 p.m. PST

Those look pretty darn cool.



Mako1119 Apr 2017 1:52 p.m. PST

Those look really great!

I need some of those for my Spaceport and Landing Pads.

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 1:54 p.m. PST

Really look good!

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 4:23 p.m. PST

Great detail on 15mm figures!

Rich Bliss19 Apr 2017 5:59 p.m. PST

Now I want to play Traveller. Thanks a lot

War Monkey19 Apr 2017 7:50 p.m. PST

Wow really nice paint job on all of those figures.

Lysander19 Apr 2017 9:24 p.m. PST

Fabulous FABULOUS work. I love TNE and would argue it is the best Traveller product to permit players to actually make a difference (though I have played and loved them all…well…never played T5 but I'm sure it's great as well)

Cacique Caribe19 Apr 2017 9:36 p.m. PST

Would these 3/4" discs be too wide across as bases?


Or would these 14mm ones work better on 15mm?


Or these 1/2" perhaps?



Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 12:19 a.m. PST


Right now I'm at office, so I can't tell you at 100%. However, as for what I recall now my discs are 18mm diameter (isn't that the same as 3/4"?).

IMHO the other samples are too small, so I'd humbly recommend using 3/4" ones --and even using them, I must warn you I've had to cut down some figure bases, to prevent them to protrude out from the stand.


Cacique Caribe20 Apr 2017 1:36 a.m. PST

¡Muchísimas gracias, mi amigo! Eso es precisamente lo que quería saber.


Mako1120 Apr 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

I plan on using 1/2" ones with my figs, so they can be used in closer quarters.

I suspect they'll work well on flat terrain, and hills might present a bit more chance of tipping.

War Monkey21 Apr 2017 7:46 a.m. PST

Makes want to drop my Zombie project, and start back on my sci-fi projects, Nnnnooooooooooooooo! I must stay focus, I must stay focus, ah look pretty butterfly!

tkdguy22 Apr 2017 7:35 p.m. PST

They look great!

emckinney23 Apr 2017 8:16 p.m. PST

What was your technique for the closed visors?

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Apr 2017 3:13 a.m. PST

What was your technique for the closed visors?

I just followed an advice read somewhere long ago (perhaps a White Dwarf issue, or a LOTR supplement), that recommended successive layers from pure black to nearly white so as to simulate a 'degradé'. This way, each new layer had to be slightly lighter than the precedent one; besides, successive layers had to be progressively smaller and smaller, so leaving visible only a thin fringe of the previous colors. In the end, the last layer was just a drop of white paint.

My personal trick there was to apply progressively a mix of black and vacc suits orange color, where at every new layer the orange was in a higher proportion. Following this 'palette', my ultimate layer was yellow.

An ultimate trick the mentioned article recommended was to apply a small pure white drop on the surface darkest corner, so as to simulate a spot of light reflection.

This later might be unnecessary if painting for photo purposes, because after varnishing with a glossy varnish such spots do appear spontaneously as flash light is reflected by varnish.

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