Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aliens and Colonial Marine WIP models


The main body of work for the Aliens modeling blog has ironically been based on rules and the graphic design surrounding their creation. Its time to change that and get some models posted.

Thanks to those of you who emailed me asking about updates recently. (all 6 of you... ;)  ) It made me get a camera on loan so that I could at least post something to show that work is being done even if I do not have my butt planted to this blog posting stuff constantly.

Colonial Marine models are Games Workshop's Cadians with Hasslefree Miniature's Pulse Rifles.

With that, here are the Colonial Marine works in progress:



Smart Gunners:

(This model needed some work to distinguish itself from the Pulse rifles due to the flamers normally used are carbine based weapons. This means that the flamers look just like a rifle. To help differentiate them from pulse rifles at a glance, I simply kept the cadian lasgun, added the flamer ignition and the fuel packs from old tank kits and fuel lines)

(I am not exactly happy with the scale of the shotgun, but lacking other more readily available options I am going to stick this one out and see where it leads)

Marine with Cutting Torch:

Pulse Riflemen:

These are just a few of the 18 Colonial Marines for use with the Aliens rules. I'll post more later of the painted shots.
The conversion for the Colonial Marines wielding the smart guns originates from and is based on Mel Ebbles modeling blog which is attached to his fabulous papercraft website and store. I am borrowing other ideas as well, such as the sentry gun conversion and possibly the phased plasma gun if I can find room for this weapon in the rules (not likely but would like to build one anyways because its so cool).

With the humanocentric side of the game displayed, it brings us to the Xenomorphs. The models used are from Wizkids Horrorclix AVP box sets. 3 box sets and 1 Alien Queen box set gives you exactly what you need (22 Aliens and 1 Alien Queen). Here are a few shots of the more lively posed models that required modification in order to be successfully based:


All Aliens and Colonial Marine models will be affixed to clear 35mm square 1/8th" thick acrylic bases provided by Litko Aerosystems. The transparency and size will allow more flexibility when using differing terrain setups.

More models to come later, I just wanted to pop in and give a quick update.


  1. ill have to give those conversions a go. i think the guardsman with a bit of conversion work do make damn good colonial marines.

    now all we need is some rules to play them with ;)

  2. Those smart guns look particularly good. Thats a really good assembly of parts. Once painted the components willbe practically unrecognisable.

    Have you seen the not-Colonial Marines from Gripping Beast/Woodbine?

    I plan to pick those up soon, although I will swap out their rather ugly not-Ripley for the Hasslefree "Signee". Although a tiny bit caricature-y (although no more or less so than a Cadian figure, just in a different way) I reckon that they are the most movie accurate Colonial Marine 28mms that I have come across.

    Additionally they have a cool version of Burke, a character which I was having trouble pinning down in miniature. The have Newts family in the civilians section too.

    I didn’t go to as much trouble as you did when re-basing my Horrorclix Aliens. I did however notice that one of the figures (the first shown above) is in quite a nifty pose to represent a xenomorph in the middle of being riddled with pulse rifle shells if you base him with his feet flat on the ground.

    I cant wait to see more of your project unfold. Really great stuff :)

  3. Fantastic stuff! Your colonial marines look awesome and I'm really excited to see how this project turns out. Good luck to you!

  4. Waiting for more info, here from spain.

    release date for rule and mission books?

    sorry for my english


  5. Wow !! Really cool Aliens project you have there. Looking forward to seeing those marines painted, agree about the smartgun, looks top notch!

    And the aliens looks dark and slimy as they should :D

  6. is this a rework of the Aliens boardgame, with additions, or completely separate? I just got some aliens and marines and was planning a homebrew aliens game so this looks awesome!

  7. Those smart guns look particularly good. Good job!

  8. I know this is about a year and a half old, but if you still need shotguns for the cadians, look into Wargames Factory's greatcoat troops, they have a shotgun arm that fits 40k guardsmen perfectly, and you can find the bits online (look for the Hoard O Bits website), they would look better than the scout shotguns.

    Other than that, looking awesome!


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