Monday, December 30, 2013

My Space Invaders army

I was going to post a year-end gaming retrospective for my final blog entry of the year, but instead I want to show you my newly completed Space Invaders army for Hordes of the Things. It includes an Airboat general (the saucer from the video game) along with fifteen stands of Hordes (the titular Space Invaders).
The saucer is a wooden disc from Hobby Lobby with some washers and other bits for details.  The Space Invaders are actually erasers I bought at Half Price Books.  Since I'm a lazy wargamer, I snagged these because they didn't require any painting.  However, when I looked at them prior to basing , I realized that some black paint in the recesses would really make these figures pop.
This is my first silly army for HotT, but not my first Hordes army for the game.  I also have a dollar store arachnid army with a dozen Hordes elements.  I doubt it will play very well, but it seems like Hordes are the best way to represent the invaders, which keep on coming, quarter after quarter. 
Since I didn't feel like doing another six stands of Hordes to bring it up to 24 army points, I decided to invite the ghosts from Pac-Man cross over to help out the Invaders. 
So Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde joined the army as two stands of Sneakers.  These figures started out as key covers that I bought on ebay, and ended up looking pretty compatible with the rest of the army.  I like how they turned out, but I'm most happy with my Stronghold for this army.
The centerpiece for this Stronghold also came from eBay.  I purchased mine from a vendor who listed it under Toys it as a 1/24 scale model.  Later, I found the same item under collectibles at about half the cost; turns out it's some kind of candy container from Japan.
Like I said, I don't expect great victories from this army, but I do figure that it will give me a great time.  Happy New Year, and may you game often in 2014!

11 comments:

EY said...

Absolutely brilliant! Some Galaxians as flyers could help them out as well.

Desert Scribe said...

Great idea, EY! Any idea where I can find some Galaxians?

EY said...

You can try searching for the Namco dotgraphic stage figures (scroll to near the end), but I'm not sure how easy they are to find. I think they date to 2006. I've seen some of these sets with red Galaxians as well.

EY said...

Actually meant to post this link, but close enough.

Desert Scribe said...

Thanks! I had no idea anything like that even existed.

Unfortunately, the ones I found on eBay are a little too pricey ($80 and $100) for me to break them up for HotT.

Besides, I just finished this army; I don't need to think about expanding it just yet :-)

Colgar6 said...

Very nice. Airboat General is a nice touch.

Ski said...

Noooo! The obvious OpFor is a horde of pimple-faced teens armed with quarters!

Ski said...

Oh, and fantastic army by the way.

Ed TheTHWguy said...

Very, very out of the box. Excellent!

vonGottschall said...

I like this. Have you seen the Despicable Me Minions army on the Internet? Another great idea. We just got our son a set of 10 figures from the movie at Toys R Us. They are painted already as they are toys. They would may a great set too. The Minion army I saw was scratch built. http://hivezero.blogspot.com/2013/04/adepticon-2013-part-1-my-favorite-army.html This was done at Adepticon....

quorthon13 said...

I can't believe I am not the only one who is going to use the 'Space Invaders candy box' as a game piece! Got one of those for xmas and immediately thought it looked like a good game piece. I guess great minds think alike. ;-)