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Starfury
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 7:05 am    Post subject: Drone miniatures Reply with quote

I'm wondering what people use for drone miniatures? There seems to be a lack of those available. I'm going to be running a FC game at a convention over Memorial Day and would like to have something more than the generic counters.

I've debated getting some of the Litko missile counters but they're still flat.

Any suggestions for scratch building drones?
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djdood
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My group uses the counters. When the Ninja Magic drone minis for ADB become available, we'll upgrade.
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drwibble
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a game of travel Battleships in a bargain shop which included a load of plastic missiles about 1/4" long, all for £1 GBP.
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wedge_hammersteel
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen these used.

http://www.rvow.com/flechettes.htm

http://www.brigademodels.co.uk/Frames/SFS/Items/SFS-7003.html

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk15/danldrake/100_0329.jpg

http://www.pfc-cinc.shoppingcartsplus.com/catalog/item/335912/81214.htm

http://www.ninjamagic.com/cgi-bin/gt/tpl.h,content=35& (scroll to middle of page)

One of my friends uses the head of a large needle for a drone.

I like the ninja magic drones the best.
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Scoutdad
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not the greatest picture in the word, but here are some of my drones

These are the C-in-C soviet missiles referenced by wedge as item #4 in his post located just above this one.
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Starfury
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I figured out a way to make some drones. I was at D&J hobby with the family picking up stuff for my daughter's school project and asked if they had any missiles. One guy showed me a bin of game parts and they had rocket ships like in Solarquest. I bought 20 of them and a bag of wood square pieces and will be able to make up two sets of drones, each about 1" long.

Once I start the project (sometime this week) I'll post some pics.
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Starfury
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 20 drones in progress, should be enough for a game.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/34470879@N03/3509005107/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/34470879@N03/3509815250/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/34470879@N03/3509005155/

They're about 1" long and I'll be painting them with numbers on the base. I figure I'll base them white and then do a bit of minor detailing. Total cost is around $6 plus my time.
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wedge_hammersteel
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are pretty cool.

Can you take a pic of one next to a mini so we can get a better sense of the size?
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damraska
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since drones operate in space and have no need for stabilizing or directional fins, I imagine them as naked warp engines with a guidance system and warhead at the front.

With goals of fast, easy, and cheap production, how about using round styrene rod with a collar (hollow rod stock slipped over the core) at the front to represent the warhead. Optionally, add surface texture with very small rod and sheet stock to make them a bit more interesting. A clear bead at the nose could serve as the guidance sensor.

A really cool effect could be achieved using clear rod stock. Mask the nose, paint the body silver, then repaint the actual body color.

-Doug
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Starfury
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm about 90% done on my drones. A few notes:

1. I understand they're used in space. They don't need fins. But...they look cooler that way.

2. The bases are cheap looking. They're just for use at a convention; the next batch will probably be different w/ better bases.

3. I plan to put some sort of covering on the bases; possibly superglue some sand down. I may just paint them black.

4. I'm going to decal the top with numbers.

5. While rummaging in the garage I found a handful of .223 bullets. Just the bullets (my brother used to do his own reloads) and those would be more "realistic" drones. They're about the same size as the rocket from the nose to the leading edge of the fins.

The miniature: used in games like Solarquest. About 1" high


The base. Two squares glued together with a nail (pilot hole drilled) in between.


Assembled with a ship to show scale.


Painted with a ship to show scale.


And yes, I realize I ended up with a red white and blue one.
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markgeorgetwo
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:46 pm    Post subject: post subject Reply with quote

Nice pics like them drones.
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Wolverin61
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

damraska wrote:
Since drones operate in space and have no need for stabilizing or directional fins, I imagine them as naked warp engines with a guidance system and warhead at the front.


I was told in another thread that the fins are actually the antenna for the guidance system.
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Ken Redington
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try using Torpedos from GW'S BFG game. Thy look great and are much smaller than the ships so look right on the map.
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Nerroth
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If those things count as drones, I'd wonder how big the minis needed to rep Tachyon Missiles might be!
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Sllarr
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Try using Torpedos from GW'S BFG game


Where can we finde those ? I went to the GW website and could not find any torpedoes, only mine counters (which looked exactly like WWII naval mines by the way).
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