Saturday, 11 February 2012

IMEC's latest acquisitions

The Interstellar Mining and Extraction Consortium have two more vehicles to add to their inventory...

These large dump trucks came from the local Poundland, painted in a hideous orange colour that was sprayed on so thickly that most of the detail was completely obscured - but I could see their potential!  After disassembly and 2 lots of paint stripping on the metal parts, the cabs received a grey spray undercoat while the trailer received white.

The body of the vehicle is Vallejo matt black with a Humbrol 32 dark grey drybrush.  The hopper is GW red gore with a Vallejo sepia wash.  The whole thing has been drybrushed with Humbrol 29 dark earth and GW chainmail to give it a suitably worn appearance.  I made a stencil for the IMEC logo and stippled through it with Vallejo black, then hand-painted the yellow slice afterwards.

IMEC would have liked to continue their red/black liveried theme throughout the vehicle, but health and safety law decrees that they must have the guard rails and steps in a bright, contrasting colour.  You can see the wear on the treads and by the door where the driver has been climbing in and out.

Hazard stripes were added to the rear mudguards.  Headlights and reversing lights are GW mithril silver, indicators Vallejo fire orange and GW red gore for the brake lights.  At some point I'll line the hoppers with clingfilm and pour in some plaster & sand to create removable loads for them.

A group shot of the IMEC gang.  They'll make good scenery for a mining colony and I already have a couple of scenario ideas in mind.  I think I need a few more crew though, plus more excavators.  That Mining Droid will have to work hard all on its own!  I'm thinking a 1/43 scale tracked digger should look huge and imposing if I convert it for a 15mm crew.


  1. These look great, I may need to try and find something like this for my 15 mm games. I just got into this scale and finished my first mini last night, you can check it out on my blog.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. They all look pretty great! If your looking for some thing to help the Mining droid with some heavy lifting, maby check out a few of these from Khurasan.
    It the a civ power lifter, like off of Aliens.

  3. I love Poundland. I spent six quid and wound up with three die-cast 28mm-ish cars, two 28mm ish Trucks, a 28mm "bendy bus" with the two carriages joined together with rumbber, a JCB AND a nice little petrol station vignette.
    I'm going back for more. Long live poundland!

  4. @Chris. Poundland also do a very nice range of 15mm-ish die-casts and plastics. You'll often get between 3 and 6 of them for a pound coin.

    1. I just went to Dollar Tree, the American answer to Poundland, and picked up some good heavy equipment, nothing quite as nice as the above trucks but not bad considering the vehicles come two to a package. I hope to get them painted up in my PGCC colors very soon.