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I’ve been concentrating on my 1/285 WW2 stuff lately, but I did manage to jump back over to some 15mm sci-fi minis this weekend. I have another squad of Khurasan federals to paint up to make a full platoon, and I’m almost done with the super-cool Dimog 1 mech. I recently discovered glazing, so I hope he’s looking suitably grimy.

I like the scale of the mech.

I like the scale of the mech.

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In my little universe, these light mechs would be company level assets. Maybe 2 or 4 per company, parceled out to the sub-platoons as needed.

For those of you who have followed my historical blog, ArkieGamer, you may not believe this, but I actually finished all of the miniatures that I had ordered, BEFORE placing an order for more minis. Or at least before they arrived.

Without further ado, here are my Khurasan Federals.

A typical squad, accompanied by a Polecat armored car.

I’ll probably use these guys as a recon element, of some sort.

Probably the least useful unit I bought, as far as getting it on the table. On-board artillery, even at a small scale like 15mm, doesn’t make much sense for close-in skirmish.

I love this little scout drone. I thought about basing him with acrylic rod, but decided that black is best.

Officer country! The guy to the far left is the satellite comms specialist


I tend to get obsessed about things and do extensive amounts of web research until I begin to grasp the zeitgeist of whatever said thing might happen to be. I’m sure I’m not the only one.┬áBefore I begin to digress too badly about being an obsessive nerd, I’ll just say that one of the models that particularly struck my fancy when I was relentlessly searching for information on 15mm sci-fi wargaming was Khurasan Miniature’s Polecat.

The Polecat is basically a futuristic HMMWV with the sort of functionalist industrial aesthetic that James Cameron (or Ridley Scott, for that matter) captured in Aliens. I really love it. In fact, it’s the model that pushed me over the edge into beginning to collect, paint, and hopefully game 15mm science fiction.

Like the Humvee, the Polecat is ubiquitous. They can even be found at battalion HQ.

Here’s my version. I used a similar palette to my infantry, with Vallejo Russian uniform being the primary ingredient. I went a little overboard on the weathering, and will probably try to tone it down a notch for my next 15mm armored vehicle. The “4” is supposed to resemble the Vilani font from good old Traveller, but it was quite difficult to execute at this scale!

If When I do another of these, it will have to have been nicknamed and tagged as ‘Pepe’ by its crew.