I got off pretty easy at the swap meet and vendor hall, mostly thanks to this challenge. I spent a total of $35, mostly on stuff for Flames of War. I spent my first joker at the swap meet though, as someone had a bunch of old OOP Battlefront vehicles for sale and I grabbed three GMC 2.5 ton trucks for a future 150. Panzerbrigade list. Sneaky Germans using US equipment should be a fun modeling opportunity. I also got an opened blister of 10cm NW40 heavy mortars for my Mid War Luftwaffe Feldkompanie, just need to find one more gun for the battery. $22 spent. I bought nine bags of bits and three sheets of decals for a total of $13, and scored a special Soviet objective and a unique figure just for attending. I've already sold the objective for $20 to a local guy, and made most of my money back! On to the update!
I finally got some paint on these models for friendly X-Wing games. I bought some old model kits and a few old Micro Machine toys months ago to bash into some different ships, built them awhile back and left them sitting since. To break the Flames of War routine, I decided to break them out. First, I airbrushed the Imperial ship and satellite Tamiya Sky Grey, they added some White for two Rebellion ships. The Scum ship is a red-brown color I had pre-mixed. After that, I painted in the canopies and added a few spots of detail. I only spent a minimum of time with this, as these are pretty low on my gaming priority. I haven't played X-Wing in over six months. After the paint was dry, I used a MIG Light Grey wash, sprayed on some varnish, and called them done. I got these painted up over about two days, they came together very quickly.
|An Imperial customs patrol ship, loosely based on a YZ-775. I used an Action Fleet Republic Cruiser, chopped and swapped it, and built the cockpit from a 1/72 Mitsubishi Zero canopy. Guns from FFG E-Wings.|
|A modifed YT-1300 based on an old design by West End Games. This was a Revell snap-tite kit, I also used several parts from a 1/72 Robotech Valkyrie kit.|
|Rebel shuttlecraft, got tired of using the cardboard cut-out that came in the starter. This was built from severeal small-scale Ertl snap-tite kits, mostly the MTT.|
|A Scum faction scout ship, an Ertl Sith Infiltrator that's been hacked up a bit.|
|A comminications relay satellite built from a Micro Machine tibana gas something-or-other and the dish array from the Republic Cruiser. I'll use this for scenarios.|
|Not a bad haul for a net of $15.|