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deldietch02 Aug 2017 10:42 a.m. PST

Just about ready to release these. First ten models from my new space fighter lineup. These are specifically compatible with the 51/50 rules, but can be used with any system.

Cast metal. I have ten more ships I'm currently creating, and there will also be large "Cruisers" cast in resin eventually.

Scale with Xwing:

No website yet, but you can PM me if interested.

dragon602 Aug 2017 11:48 a.m. PST

Very nice

boy wundyr x Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

Those look great!

Captain Gideon02 Aug 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

They look pretty good but I've no interest.

Atoric02 Aug 2017 1:18 p.m. PST

Nice looking lineup!

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 1:41 p.m. PST

Been following these on LAF, and I'm starting to think I need to pick up a few to compare with the Star Crush I've got.

By the way, we CAN'T PM; TMP requires paid membership for that.

Doug

deldietch02 Aug 2017 2:51 p.m. PST

Oops!

My other company is CompanyB, but these and other Sci-Fi designs are a new endeavor (a hobby for my hobby!)

Blog post:
link

Choctaw02 Aug 2017 4:34 p.m. PST

Very cool!

Kropotkin30303 Aug 2017 12:42 p.m. PST

Hi Deldietch,

Fantastic looking ships.They have a really nice unity so that they look like they are from the same story setting.Would like to know your background story for theses. Are some Terran and others alien or do you have your own take on which are on which side?

deldietch03 Aug 2017 2:28 p.m. PST

Some Previews of todays sketch session for Wave II

deldietch03 Aug 2017 2:37 p.m. PST

Kropotkin303 –

The species are Terran, Reptilian, Human Clone Cousins, and a few totally alien.
But, players can use these for whatever they want.

As it happens, I have a number of short stories on the pilots , specifically starting with the ship in the upper left corner. These will be combined with scenarios and specific stat cards to use in the "51/50" game fighter combat.

Preview:

The name Glen Hughes should sound familiar to everyone. He was the first pilot to successfully come out of the cryofreeze program from 22nd century, when the Gaean home world, Earth, was under threat from its own inhabitants. It was widely believed that inevitable war would devastate the population and governments from all over the globe looked for volunteers to freeze themselves. The program was designed to insure accurate information was passed on to future, post war, generations if there ever were any. It was one of the only joint ventures between nations on the Earth at that time.

It's common knowledge now an open visit from the Reptilian race radically changed the situation on Earth. The fact that other, superior, lifeforms existed and were now visiting us saved us from ourselves. The reptilians had been monitoring us for thousands of years. They would have continued if the situation hadn't become apparently we were bent on our own destruction. Thankfully they stepped in.

Hughes was the first Human Space defense pilots and was integral in establishing the methodology of the Gaean deep space defense system. This is his story of first contact with the Zhuh Zhuh race.

Covert Walrus03 Aug 2017 5:38 p.m. PST

Rather impressed with these fighters, and definitely in the market.

Just one problem – your link is broken deldietch :)

deldietch03 Aug 2017 8:04 p.m. PST

updated blog link

link

deldietch06 Aug 2017 11:47 a.m. PST

New image chart of the ships and their corresponding empires:

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Aug 2017 12:21 p.m. PST

These are beauties! Any chance you'll ever issue smaller "1 inch scale" versions for those of us who play Silent Death and other systems calling for less Brobdinagian displays of interstellar mayhem?evil grin


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

deldietch07 Aug 2017 11:45 a.m. PST

Hey Leland,

I'd be happy to discuss doing these in 1 inch sizes, or getting the masters printed and partnering with someone willing to cast and sell them.

I'm back to my "ship-a-day" sketch sessions, which usually end up with printable files. So there will be plenty of ships to look at doing.

Last nights sketch sessions below:

deldietch14 Aug 2017 12:38 p.m. PST

Wave II is ready to print.

Trying ti get some feedback on also doing these in 1 inch sizes. Wave 1 and wave 2 are currently 2 inch. I can also do some of these in 1 inch if there is interest.

nukesnipe Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 4:20 a.m. PST

My wallet just went into hiding….

emckinney15 Aug 2017 9:01 a.m. PST

What are the prices like?

Some of these I would use as ships (as opposed to fighters), except that the cockpits are too prominent and modifying them would be way too much work …

boy wundyr x Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 11:41 a.m. PST

Re: Size Feedback – I really like these ships, and I have a ton of 1" fighters from different sources (Silent Death, Studio Bergstrom, Reverisco) but also the Crucible Crush ships and a few others in straight up 1/270(-ish).

So this is a bit of a waffle, but I'd like to see the 1" ships too. I'd buy some if 1/270 was the only option, and even if both sizes were done I'd buy some 1/270 for use with my other ships in that range. But I'd buy everything in 1", in closer to squadron strengths, rather than flight/section strengths for 1/270.

deldietch15 Aug 2017 2:29 p.m. PST

None of the ships are over $5. USD The cockpits are also easy enough to removed with a knife and sanding stick. Depending on the order (and because it's so early in this project) I can probably mod a few if you like.

Price list available on request. It's taking me time to build the website as I'm waiting for some other deals to fall into place…specifically pricing on the 5150 Aces high rules,

deldietch16 Aug 2017 3:44 p.m. PST

Website is up!

link

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

Well, if you actually had those two in one inch, and not just place holders, I'm going to assume 'sold out' already is enough feedback on the size 'interest'. ;->=

Well done!

Doug

deldietch22 Aug 2017 9:11 p.m. PST

Another new sketch. The one is influenced by the F-86 Sabre fighters.

I might print out one of these in 15mm too.

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian23 Aug 2017 8:28 a.m. PST

I love it! Very retro 60s Japanese sci-fi! Now all you need is an X-15 turned space fighter ala Battle in Outer Space…evil grin

BTW, you're welcome to raid my sketchbook of unused Silent Death fighter designs any time for ideas to keep fueling your madness… evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

SBminisguy25 Aug 2017 6:34 a.m. PST

Hi Leland, working with Brent on this -- I'll email you with a request. Cheers!

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 Aug 2017 5:38 p.m. PST

Got the e-mail and am going to pow wow with The Abominable Dr. Greaves about what you've proposed… I think we can come up with something mutually beneficial/nefarious…. evil grin


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

deldietch27 Aug 2017 8:02 a.m. PST

More sketches!

Fine tuned the "saber" a bit

I've started sculpting the wings differently in Zbrush, adding panel lines and angles as I go. This should add some detail to any ships for Wave3 that use wings.

I've also started to do larger Gunships, that would have optional weapon pods and mounts. Nothing final yet, but again, experimenting with building the ships in sections to allow the "panel" lines to stand out.

And, per Lelands request i sketched out a X-15 inspired ship this morning.

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian29 Aug 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

LOVE the X-15ish design! Just needs some visible cannon blast slots and a set of outrigger teardrop thruster pods and we're ready to blast the Mysterions to atoms!evil grin

Oh, and an observation about your gunships… from an esthetic and practical point of view, perhaps you could render the gun turrets ala the streamlined flatened teardrop pattern of the WW2 Northrop P-61 Black Widow? You'd have a clearly higher gun elevation and with the added advantage of a turret that is clearly more aerodynamic:


picture


Just a crazy thought… evil grin


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian29 Aug 2017 10:52 a.m. PST

Oh, BTW, here's the X-15 turned space fighter I was referencing, just for yuks:

picture

Cheers!


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

deldietch29 Aug 2017 4:02 p.m. PST

I do have different turrets ;-)

My thought on the larger ships is to provide a sprue of weapons systems, and have little sections they can glue onto with a ball joint or peg.

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Sep 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

A sprue of weapon systems? Evil heart and deranged mind be still!evil grin


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 10:29 a.m. PST

See? 'Evil' and 'deranged' damn near 'evil, maniacal.'

Anyway, the ones with the slight retro aspect are firing up my Hard Vacuum vibes!

What am I saying? 'Must clear lead pile, must clear lead pile…'

Well, a TASTE wouldn't hurt, would it?

Doug

Edit: Damn golden ages…

deldietch04 Sep 2017 1:43 p.m. PST

more Evil. I now have 4 solid turret designs set. The resin for the kits will be the same I have on the Company B E50M and newer sets. So it's possible I can create the turrets to just pop into the holes and still swivel. I'll need to experiment.

Turrets: I plan to have 4 base designs with three weapon variants of each turret (two turret designs shown)

And another large ship sketch, showing the turrets. This beast may make production after some more tweaks.

A taste would be appreciated ;-) I will have substantial mold costs initially on these larger ships!

https://littlemetalspaceships.com

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Sep 2017 8:33 p.m. PST

The weapon turrets alone would be fantastic for kitbashing and terrain projects…

The big dawg looks impressive and with an appropriate aura of bad attitude…

Any chance you'll make some triple, quad, quintuple, and sextuplets gun turrets?


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

deldietch05 Sep 2017 10:50 a.m. PST

More turrets? Yeah Probably…more sketches from this mornings coffee break:


subheading
deldietch
05 Sep 2017 1:23 p.m. PST

And the previous Cruiser getting refined…

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Sep 2017 2:00 p.m. PST

@deldietch,

dat ain't no cruiser… dat's a Warhound (Silent Death escort class vessel) in the making… the bridge windows and number of weapon systems and their sizes in evidence all point my beady oculars in that direction… love it. evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Sep 2017 12:51 p.m. PST

@deldietch,

being incorrigible, here is my Pinterest page as (hopefully) a potential source of design inspiration for your efforts:

I have also just replied to your co-conspirator. Yes, we will aid, abet, and enable you in this matter as much as we're able. These ships are indeed things of beauty.


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian07 Sep 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

Ack! Forgot the link: link

There. That should contribute to your ongoing delinquency…evil grin


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

deldietch07 Sep 2017 7:15 p.m. PST

Excellent!

Good timing as I've been experimenting with other techniques. For the heavy ships, I think they will require a lot more detail. I'm doing more traditional CAD surfacing instead of the digital clay sculpting technique on the fighters.

https://littlemetalspaceships.com

deldietch12 Sep 2017 10:02 a.m. PST

Painted samples from wave II. I've added the decals to these as well so you can see how they look.


https://littlemetalspaceships.com

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Sep 2017 5:22 p.m. PST

picture


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
silent-death.mx

Akalabeth Inactive Member13 Sep 2017 4:11 p.m. PST

I probably wont buy 'em on account of not buying any miniatures these days but just want to say I really like the designs. Very cool

Mutant Q14 Sep 2017 8:58 a.m. PST

"Anyway, the ones with the slight retro aspect are firing up my Hard Vacuum vibes!"

Ah, Beast! I would love to see a revival of that game with updated models.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 5:38 p.m. PST

Yes, one of my many 'now that I'm retired' much desired replays.

Of course, 'now that I'm retired', getting derriere in gear has become the real issue. ;->=

Rich load of possibilities amongst Silent Death already, of course, but this is pushing me pretty hard.

Sadly, the last large ship begs me to consider converting to Aeronef/Imperial Skies. Somebody stop me!

Doug

deldietch16 Oct 2017 3:00 p.m. PST

Some new previews added to the shop:

Underwing weapons pods coming soon:

new ship:

Our sale will also be ending soon! Get to the shop to take advantage. Enter the cod SALE! on checkout for 10% off our entire order.

https://littlemetalspaceships.com

deldietch26 Oct 2017 8:00 a.m. PST

Wave II designs are now available in 2in scale.

and we also have new decal sets available as well!

https://littlemetalspaceships.com

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