Saturday, February 21, 2015

A swarm of Gnats

It's been a long time since I worked on spaceship minis, but I finished painting up 30 Gnat starfighters I got from Monday Knight Productions some time ago.
These attack craft will fill out the fighter compliment of my Entomalian fleet for Galactic Knights, Starfleet Wars, Star Navy, and other spaceship games.
These are light fighters, a bit smaller than the Mosquito heavy fighters also used by the insectoid Entomalians. Gnat and Mosquito, of course, are the recognition names assigned to these craft by Terran Transsolar Federation Naval Intelligence. I'm not sure how the Entomalians refer to them.
Interestingly, in Galactic Knights, the Gnat starfighters are kamikaze vessels that destroy themselves as they crash into enemy starships. Guess it's easy for the Bugs to just hatch more pilots.
It's nice to work on spaceships for a change. I'll have to do this more often. I don't need to buy any more starships; I still have some that are unpainted. Should keep me busy.


Gonsalvo said...

Definitely a swarm of gnats! I like how they came out; very different from my own.

I have mixed feelings about "flight stand" basing for my ships in general and the fighters in particular. What did you use here for the bases?

Desert Scribe said...

Yeah, I just think it gives the minis a sense of movement when I have my spaceships on flight stands.

My fighters are glued to wire nails, which are driven into wooden craft discs, which are glued to steel fender washers.

Here's a tutorial for basinc spaceships (just one nail, but the principle is the same).

Here's a photo of fighters on bases before they're painted.