While visiting my brother, he rounded up all his old painted minis and let me borrow the box of them to share on the blog.
From Left to Right: ?, Terrorist 2, ?
Ral Partha, 1985.
“Rebels”. The mini on the far left always reminds me of the Star Wars Rebel outfits for some reason. The other two remind me of guerilla fighters. All three work well enough for generic henchmen in a SciFi/Modern campaign. I don’t have any interesting game stories for this bunch.
Tangent – The End of SciFi
This marks the end of the SciFi/Modern minis that my brother had, unless he happens to find some more in the back of his closet. While I love SciFi, these minis have been a little harder to track down and I think I’ll have more luck with the Fantasy minis overall.
So for this tangent section, I ask “What was the last really good SciFi movie or novel you read?”.
I think there have been some good SciFi movies put out in the last few years, and most of them have amazing special effects…but I don’t think most of them would stand out as great.
The ones that stand out in my mind are Star Wars: A New Hope, Alien, Blade Runner, and Terminator 2. Each of those movies drew me in so thoroughly that I totally forgot I was watching a movie. I felt like I was totally immersed in their world. When Star Wars came out and the first ads appeared on TV, I was pretty young. I didn’t know what “Special Effects” were, and to my little brain, I guess I thought we were watching another galaxy through a portal. Even today, I rarely think “Hey, there is a guy in that Wookie suit!”. Pretty amazing stuff.
When I watched Terminator 2, I was old enough to know what “FX” were, but they were so far advanced for the time that it just blew up my reality. The action was so hard hitting, that I didn’t stop to even wonder “How did they do that?!”.
For some reason, Alien made me never want to travel on a spaceship. Combine that with Apollo 13, and I’m surprised anyone wants to be an astronaut! Whereas I’ve always wanted to visit the high tech, bustling world of Blade Runner.