So I had planned on doing a short Starship Troopers battle report. I broke out the terrain boards, had the minis picked out and some scenery... It was all going perfectly. Then there were two July 4th dinners, fireworks, some late night drinking, and finally a very serious leash burn on my right hand so I decided to go with something else instead.
Some of you might remember me mentioning Tobias Jenkins, the PC that I created for the upcoming Traveller game that I'm going to be playing in. After emailing with the GM, I decided to stick with Tobias instead of going with my other more militant option which was all well and good but left me with the problem of his ship. More specifically, just what the heck was I going to call it and where in the world would I find a mini for it?
As for the latter, I don't even know that I will need a mini but as a completest... well, I just gotta have one. But where to find one! It turns out there are actually Traveller space ship minis out there to be had though they are a little pricey and I wasn't sure it would show up in time so I decided to start digging through my own mini collection.
Years ago I had picked up a good number of minis for the space fighter combat game Silent Death. Heck, good number is an understatement since I have a few dozen of them lying around unpainted and unbased. One of the rare finds that I made was fighter class called the Revenge which is a torpedo carrier that supposedly started it life as a stealth fighter and bears a passing resemblance to the Scout ship from Traveller. One basing, priming, and paint job later and voila!
I'm really excited about this figure as I think its one of the best that I've done so far this year. The level of detail and subtlety of the highlights that I managed to do on it really made me happy so I can't wait to bring it to the game, even if I never wind up using it! It's also rekindled my desire to start painting up more of those Silent Death minis so there's another project added to the queue!
Now the only thing that was left was the name. I thought about hitting the first random name generator that I could Google and seeing what it would come up with but I wanted to see what I could come up with first before I went the whole random route. Let's see... It's piloted by a human... It's a scout ship so he would travel around space exploring a lot... No two ways about it, the best name was one that I'd already used. That's right. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the Imperial scout ship the Roaming Monkey! Only seems fitting if you ask me. Now my Traveller character is complete so all I have left is to dig up the rest of my SST minis... but more on that later. Until next time...