Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Relthoza Recon Helix - Painted

My recon helix followed the same scheme as the core helix. Having played a couple of games with these guys I have to say I have been impressed with all of the units. The Jamriss heavy drones are by far the stand out unit however. The amount of firepower these little guys can output is incredible and when near one of the spires they are even better.

Recon Helix ready to head out!
Yayiss Ya heavy spires - Definitely feel and look beefier than the Yayiss spires.
Side profile of the heavy spires.
Caramis Anti-Air walkers - These guys have died early both games I have played with them but appear to be pretty good which is good since they are required in the helix :)
Side shot of the Caramis walkers.
Jamriss heavy drones - Cannot overstate how awesome these little guys are! Also think the thorax cannon/mortars are hilarious and awesome.
Closer picture of the Jamriss drones.
Side picture of the Jamriss drones.
I enjoyed painting this helix though at the same time I am glad to be done with all of the little drones for these guys.

Monday, September 28, 2015

New Planetfall Aerial Ground Assault Helixes and Terquai Armada ships!

I know I am a little late to the game with this but very excited for the next release this October 28th! I have been waiting a very long time for the Terquai Patrol fleet. I am also very excited for the Relthozan & Aquan Ground Assault Aerial helixes! Now I just have to decide if I will be picking up the Aquan Interceptor Aerial Helix for the awesome gunship and mirror crystal or go with the super awesome looking Ground Assault Helix. You can read the little blog post on Spartan's website.

Love the aesthetic of these! The Kalari and Comanu gunships have a very high tech organic vibe to them. I think these will likely be requisitioned for my Terquai/Aquan forces.
I like how streamlined these look. Particularly the Deadalus gunships. The Icarus are cool as well though I would prefer them have slightly larger wings.
Some very cool new flyers for the Directorate. Shade heavy gunships and Phantom gunships. Looks like they will have the ability to call artillery strikes which is awesome.
This guy is fantastic! Probably my favorite of the releases. The Vaxis Ground Attack Leviathan and its Missith Drone Pods will definitely be joining my Relthozan forces.
Some very sleek and cool looking new aerial units for the Sorylian Collective. Two Sar'Mak Heavy Gunships and Three Vro-Mak gunships.
I love the Dellingr Heavy Transport and its two escorting Hermoor gunships. I really enjoy the fact that the Terrans Ground Assault is a little bit different than everyone else. Kinda makes me wish I played Terrans but at least I will be seeing this field by my Brother-in-Law regularly once it is released.
So excited these have been released! An Alkonost Assault Carrier, a squadron of three Turale or Akulkan cruisers and four solid Sular frigates.
This is a nice way to expand your fleet.
The Terquai dreadnought is a beast and looks awesome. I personally love the armored sides and all of the guns/assault pods on them. This is one that will be added to my fleet eventually as well.
The new Xelocian ships are fantastic looking. Definitely a little different than the old models but I honestly find the new models much more interesting. 
I really like this model. It does have some UNSC from Halo vibes but there is nothing wrong with that as I love their ships as well.
A very cool set of releases coming October. I think my wallet has already started crying in anticipation for these minis.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Relthozan Core Helix - Painted

Hi everyone! I have finally had a little time to get some pictures up of my painted Relthozans. The last few months have been like a whirlwind unfortunately. I decided to do something a little different with my Relthozan or more so their bases. I painted their bases as snow covered. I makes them stand out a little more and looks awesome in my opinion.

I wanted my color scheme to be totally different than my aquans so I went with a reddish color and worked backwards from that to determine the scheme.

Relthozan Color Scheme:
Armor - Vallejo hull red, drybrushed with Vallejo calvary brown.
Skin - Vallejo dark sea blue, washed with Vallejo french mirage blue and drybrushed with Reaper misty grey.
Supplemental armor/mesh - Vallejo grey green drybrushed Vallejo white or pale sand.
Visor - Vallejo silver
Eyes/Lights - Vallejo Italian Tank Crew drybrushed Vallejo fluorescent green.
Metal - Vallejo gunmetal grey
Weapon glow/Designator - Successively lighter shades of Vallejo turquesa, Reaper marine teal, Reaper surf aqua and white. Finished with a white stripe down the length of the glowing part of the weapon.

The core helix ready for battle!
Visith Heavy Walker
Different angle shot of the Visith showing off some of his thorax armor.
Varic Support walker inspecting some Jabri drones.

Second pictures of the Varic.
Salamis Medium walkers - These two have probably my star units the few games I have played with them.
More of a side profile of  the Salamis.

Namisc Scout drone walkers.
Side profile of the Namiscs with the Salamis looming in the background.
Yayiss spire with second in background.
Side picture of the spires.
Jabri drone swarms - These have also performed really well in the few games I have played so far. 
Closer picture of a swarm.
More of a side profile of the Jabri swarms. 
Overall, this was a much more time consuming paint scheme than my Aquan scheme but I think the results turned out awesome. Particularly the lighting, I am really happy how all of that turned out. Hopefully I will get my pics of my Recon Helix soon within the next week. Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Relthoza Recon Helix - Unboxing

As promised here are the pictures of the Relthoza Recon Helix I purchased. Again I love the spires. These definitely have some mass to them. They are actually heavy feeling compared to the majority of the other planetfall miniatures I have.  Details are again excellent. The Camaris Anti-Air walker is not my favorite Relthozan unit but the heavy spires more than make up for them.

I am not sure if this is common to the Relthozan Recon Helix boxes but mine came with an interesting mistake. If you notice on the pictures below the logo on the box isn't quite right. Maybe the Directorate funded the Relthozan recon helixes but I think that is supposed to be the Relthozan symbol instead of the Directorate. Oops!

Box Exterior - Looks like a small mistake was made on the logo!

Yayiss Ya Heavy Spires. I love, love these models!

Camaris Anti-Air walker squadron. Very good detail though not my favorite miniature.

Accessory bag. I have gotten white dice in all of the other box sets so far. I am not sure why this one came with green.

Jamriss heavy drones - These little guys look pretty darn cool. I am definitely looking forward to getting them all painted up!

Closer picture of the Jamriss drones.
Again, I was very pleased with the level of quality that Spartan delivered with these miniatures. There were a couple of items that seemed kinda off. Namely the green dice instead of white and the Directorate logo on the box cover but luckily neither of these impacted the quality of the box contents. I am trying to get these painted up soon. Hopefully I will have time to post some pictures of my painted warriors in the next week or two!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Relthoza Core Helix - Unboxing

Initially, I wanted to only play one faction for this game but after playing several rounds with my Aquans, thoroughly enjoying them I might add, I was having too much fun not to invest in more minis.
The Relthoza have always intrigued me, I like the idea that instead of a tank they are a veteran fully grown warrior. Also their matriarchal/caste based/samurai insectoid society is really cool, in my opinion. These guys can also ally with my son's Works Raptor forces from a lore standpoint. At least thats what I kept telling myself.
I have provided pictures of the contents of my new core helix box and soon I will post pictures of the recon helix. I can say already that the spires are even better looking in person than the renders.

Core Helix box exterior

Box interior contents. Normal Spartan pacakging.

Yayiss Spires. Love this model!

Namisc Recon Walker - Very cool little model with some good details.

Full Squadron of Namisc Recon Walkers.

Medium Walker bases, legs and weapons.

Close up of the legs and weapons.

Medium walker torsos and heads. The Salamis is a little better than I thought it would be based on the render. I love the Varic head model. It looks fantastic.

A different view of the Medium walker torsos and heads.

Visith Heavy Walker parts. I really, really like this model.

Second picture of the Visith.

A squadron of Jabri drones. This little guys are really cool. I am excited to get them all painted up!

Close up of the Jabri drones.

Second close up of the Jabri drones.
Overall, I am really excited about my new Relthoza minis. The models are fantastically detailed. I cannot wait to get them all painted up!