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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 1:13 p.m. PST

For the last year or so I've been painting up a lot of American troops for my All Quiet on the Martian Front game. I painted a land ironclad and a squadron of cavalry and a battalion of infantry and a of of supporting troops. Totaling up the points I realized that I needed more Martians!

I also needed to get my Martians organized. In my Great Martian War novels I decided that three tripods made up a ‘Sub-Group' and that three ‘Sub-Groups' plus a commander made up a ‘Group'. Three ‘Groups' plus a commander made up a ‘Battle Group'. I didn't quite need an entire Battle Group yet, but I decided that two full Groups would be about right. I already had six scout tripods and five assault tripods so I decided that I would add seven assault tripods to give me twelve. That would allow me to have one scout sub-group and two assault subgroups in each of the Groups.

I also needed a commander for each group. At first I planned to use a Dominator tripod for the commanders, but after giving this some thought I decided against it. The Dominators are very heavily armed, with two heat rays a missile launching system. But a commander ought to be more focused on commanding than fighting. A commander was also more valuable and ought to be better protected. Fortunately, there was an ideal choice: a Veteran Tripod. The Veteran Tripods have heavier armor which makes them much harder to hurt. It does slow them down, but not too badly. Also, I like the way they look!

So, I painted up seven assault tripods and two Veteran Tripods and now I have two full groups—plus two grenadier tripods, four slaver tripods and 44 drones. A very nice force!


As you can see, I put LED lights in all of the new tripods to match the ones I already have. It is a bit more work, but the results are dramatic.


I also needed to make an additional box to store them!


dragon629 Dec 2018 2:28 p.m. PST

No links to your blog so we can see them in action?

Great looking stuff

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 2:36 p.m. PST


I don't really have a blog for this, but I do post battle reports here on TMP and also here:


darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 6:03 p.m. PST


Oberlindes Sol LIC30 Dec 2018 12:46 a.m. PST


Tgunner30 Dec 2018 6:16 a.m. PST

You really should blog this stuff Scott. You have such great material and it's scattered here and there. Blogging would put it in one place and you could simply post links in the forums that you like. It would make things easier for us All Quiet types to keep up with you. : )

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 12:25 p.m. PST

Oh God, blogs. My daughter tried to explain how they work and set one up for me for my novels, but I never really use it. Social media is like some very scary foreign land to me.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 12:34 p.m. PST

Took the words RIGHT out of my mouth, Scott! ;->=

Looking at the piccies, I so want to say '…millions of them, Mr. Rico!'


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