Monday, 3 January 2022

Begin a year, close a project

 Happy new year everyone!

I hope everybody's doing well. I'm starting this year's activity with a kind of unexpected bonus that happily allows me to declare a project finished, which is always a reason to rejoice :)

When I was finishing the Aliens vs Predator project my pal told me 'oh, BTW, I totally forgot, I also have the 2nd ed of the game and an expansion' :O

Well, I should have seen that coming. I would have preferred to paint the whole lot at a time, but fortunately this time it was but a fistful of minis, which made things easier.

I begun with the easy stuff, the Aliens. The poses of the Xenomorphs in this box is much better than the first edition ones.

Much more dynamic and daring

These were called 'drones' in the 1st ed, now they are called 'infants'. The semantics escape me

The stalkers are creepier. The use of scenery reinforces the crawling menace vibe

So these are the Aliens in the new box:

Cheers. Winners of the scariest smile contest of this year

The Predators were tricky again. The fishnet suit is a little nightmare to paint, but in the end it wasn't as much as a hell as I feared. There's one repeated pose, the Discobolus Predator, but the other two are new.

Greek, classical Predators

The Colonial Marines were new too. Again, a couple of them used the base as a vignette. I forgot to mention, the second edition minis have the base integrated on them, which gives nice lookings.

Looking for trouble

Again, it's a shame they couldn't do the characters from the movie, but these serve their purpose more than enough. I love the Corps!

My pal also got an expansion. It is called Hot Landing Area, and features these nice gentlemen:

Nothing new about them painting wise, just the same recipe

Tech Barbarian in spaaace. With another head could fit into a Mad Max setting or something

One of them is not human

When I got these minis I didn't recognise them at first. I thought they were colonists. Only later on I learned they were prisoners, like the ones you can see on the fanfic film Alien3 (It's a shame they only made two Alien movies, right? I would have loved to have many more, but no other one was ever shot. Ever. A shame, I say).

I don't think you can really say from the pic, but the uniforms are not the same green. Jackets are darker than pants. And all the skin tones are different. The one in blue is not a prisoner, but a synthetic, the one in charge of their custody.

With this I can finally say this Aliens vs Predator project is closed (well, that statement is never true, but you know). What now? I have to come back to the Gargant, but I think I may do some other side works in the meantime. Who knows!

Anyway, I hope 2022 starts fantastically for all of you. See you soon!


  1. Happy New Year to you Suber.
    Great work on all the aliens, predators and marines, the prisoners have the look from Alien 3 perfectly, and the helm on the last predator shown looks very similar to one in the film Predators.

    1. Thanks! The minis are really great, they were a pure joy to paint!
      Happy new year to you too!

  2. Ahhh, lovely project from one of my favourite universe!!

    1. Thanks! Pretty enjoyable stuff, I have to say :)
      I'm in severe need for some 'pew pew' with these!

  3. Desde luego, te has abonado a las entradas maratonianas, es increíble el ritmo y la capacidad de pintado que tienes. He perdido la cuenta de la ingente cantidad de minis que has pintado en este proyecto, pero son una barbaridad.

    Los reclusos, me han gustado especialmente por apartarse un poco de la estética de los Alien. A ver si los recibe Toni y puedo verlos en mano, para apreciarlos mejor y hacerles justicia.

    Por último, a ver si es posible que puedas poner algo en mesa y narrarnos una de tus icónicas partidas.

    Gran comienzo de año, deseando ver con qué nuevos proyectos vas a deleitarnos este año.

    1. Gracias, la verdad es que no llevo cuenta de las minis, pero estas concretamente han sido todas una delicia. Tengo ganas de partida, pero ni yo mismo sé lo que voy a hacer este año :S

  4. The first three Alien flicks are up there in my top 20 flicks of all time easily (And am I allowed to admit that Alien 3 is my fav?! O_o)
    Fantastic work on all you’ve shown here! Am especially liking those prisoners! I saw the different shades used for their skin tones, great work.

    1. Haha! Right, the whole Aliens imagery and universe has stuck on our collective memory, hasn't it? Glad you like these! :D

  5. More great work! Cheers on the completion of the project!

    1. Thanks! It feels good to get your stuff finished! :D

  6. Great looking aliens, predators and marines, lovely finish!
    Best Iain

    1. Thank you! I'm pleased with the project, I enjoyed them all quite a lot :)