30 September 2016


Well I have been a little busy as of late dealing with an injury and while I am not through with it yet I finally got the bug to get a few things off my desk. Over the last couple of nights I have painted up some new BSG models to add to my collection. I already have an extensive collection of 2nd Cylon War Colonial models and a few Cylons to fight them but I found that I wasn't really making use of them. The Colonials would come off the shelf occasionally to do cross universe games but that was it. The problem is that I found it hard to justify playing 2nd Cylon War games as their are no real battles to fight and little justification (in my mind) to make them up. Thus I have had models collecting dust.

At Historicon this year as I was perusing Jim Fox's booth the solution struck me (however obvious it should have been). I would do the 1st Cylon War. Not the conflict from the 70's TV show which I consider to be quite terrible but the original Cylon rebellion from the re-imagined series. I went on a small shopping spree, picked up enough models to start out the forces and left smiling. Those models have been sitting on my desk since July.

The entirety of the Cylon fleet so far. 2 Old Basetars, 1 Escort Carrier. 4 Destroyers. 12 Raiders (a squadron each).

A closeup of a Basestar. It is always a challenge to paint a 'grey' fleet and make it interesting.

One of the destroyers, this is my favorite of the new models.

I didn't paint the raiders, or the other ships in the colors from the 70's show, instead I went with a more metallic look in order to imply an ancestry of the modern Cylon ships.

The new Colonials. I do have other models that will work for this period in my collection but I picked these up with the intention of using them as pre-war designs.

Hecate class Cruiser flanked by some Mark II Vipers. I am going to find suitable models for Mark I Vipers at some point.

Nemesis class Heavy Cruiser. This thing is the size of a Columbia class Battlestar.

Luna class Destroyer. My least favorite of the new models.

As a bonus I finished up the only other Colonial model I had laying around. The Cronus class Strikestar is a contemporary of the Mercury Battlestars.

I will be playing a game with these models, plus a few others from the collection, tonight with Kevin Orr. I have absolutely no idea how these two fleets will handle or of the tactics to use. I think I will need to take a new group shot with my Colonials soon.

29 April 2016

Imperial Menace

I couldn't just post the Rebels without letting the Empire respond, thus I have given the same treatment to my Imperial fleet. The fleet is actually a little outgunned by the Rebel fleet but does retain more starfighters within its ranks (duh!).

1xProcursator Class Star Destroyer
1xDragoon Class Star Destroyer
1xVictory Class Star Destroyer
1xAcclamator Class Star Destroyer
1xImmobilizer Class Heavy Cruiser
1xDreadnought Class Heavy Cruiser
1xTon Falk Class Heavy Cruiser
2xCarrack Cruisers
4xImperial II Class Frigates
3xNebulon B Class Frigates
3xLancer Class Frigates
3xTartan Class Corvettes
Starfighters (Each model is a flight)
24xTIE/Ln Fighters
12xTIE/In Interceptors
12xTIE/Sa Bombers
12xTIE/Ad Avengers
6xTIE/D Defenders
4xXG-1 Star Wings

Pictured: Nebulon B Frigate, Lancer Frigate, TIE Fighters, TIE Interceptors, TIE Bombers, XG-1 Star Wings

Pictured: Victory Star Destroyer, Acclamator Star Destroyer, Carrack Cruiser, Tartan Corvette, Nebulon B Frigate, Lancer Frigate, Imperial II Frigate, TIE Fighters, TIE Defenders

Pictured: Acclamator Star Destroyer, Dragoon Star Destroyer, Carrack Cruiser, Ton Falk Cruiser, Nebulon B Frigate, Imperial II Frigate, Lancer Frigate, Tartan Corvette, TIE Fighters

Pictured: Procursator Star Destroyer, Immobilizer Heavy Cruiser, Ton Falk Heavy Cruiser, Nebulon B Frigate, Imperial II Frigate, Lancer Frigate, Tartan Corvette, TIE Fighters, TIE Avengers, TIE Defenders, TIE Bombers

Pictured: Dragoon Star Destroyer, Ton Falk Heavy Cruiser, Carrack Cruiser, Imperial II Frigates, Lancer Frigate, Tartan Corvette, TIE Fighters, TIE Avengers

Pictured: Ton Falk Heavy Cruiser, Imperial II Frigate, Lancer Frigate, Tartan Corvette, TIE Fighters, TIE Avengers

The next stage for the fleet is the acquisition of an Imperial Class Star Destroyer model in scale, easier said than done. I think I will also need to get some more corvettes as well.

27 April 2016

Rebellious Horde

At the request of a few persons I have taken a picture of my entire Rebel fleet and cataloged its contents (who am I kidding, of course I know every model I own!). Once on the table it takes up quite a bit of space and as I found out I am short 9 fighter stands. Litko should expect an order soon.

1xMC80 Mon Calamari Cruiser
1xVenator Class Star Destroyer
1xAcclamator Class Star Destroyer
1xProvidence Class Star Destroyer
3xRecusant Class Star Destroyers
2xMunificent Class Heavy Cruisers
1xAssault Cruiser
1xDreadnought Class Heavy Cruiser
1xNeutron Star Class Bulk Cruiser
3xNebulon B Class Frigates
2xMarauder Class Corvettes
3xArquitens Class Corvettes
3xDP20 Class Corvettes
Starfighters (Each model is a flight)
9xT-65 X-Wings
6xBTL Y-Wings
6xRZ-1 A-Wings
3xSF-01 B-Wings
6xAlpha-3 Nimbus V-Wings
6xZ-95 Headhunters
6xR-41 Starchasers
1xYT-1300 Transport

Pictured: V-Wings, Nebulon B, MC80

Pictured: Nebulon B, A-Wings, MC-80, Z-95s, Marauder, R-41s

Pictured: Cutlass9s, R-41s, X-Wings, DP20, Neutron Star

Pictured: Neutron Star, Acclamator, DP20, Nebulon B, X-Wings

Pictured: Providence, Acclamator, Munificent, R-41s, Y-Wings

Pictured: Munificent, Acclamator, Nebulon B, Recusant, Dreadnought, Venator, Marauder, DP20, YT1300, B-Wings, ARC-170s, X-Wings

Pictured: Dreadnought, Munificent, DP20, X-Wings, A-Wings

Pictured: Munificent, ARC-170s

Pictured: Venator, R-41s, Y-Wings, YT1300

Pictured: Assault Cruiser, Z-95s

Looking at the fleet it occurs to me that it is a little top heavy, I will have to get more models in the cruiser and corvette range. If the mood strikes me I may setup my Imperials and take pictures tomorrow.

25 April 2016

The Return

Good day wargamers of the blogosphere and welcome back to A Mere Matter of Painting. It has been quite some time since my last transmission and for that I apologize. Unfortunately service to the Queen does not always make the hobby an easy one. To start us off again I have just finished some reinforcements for my Rebel Alliance fleet.

Starting with an Acclamator class star destroyer, this veteran of the clone wars was a breeze to paint and adds some much needed assault shuttle capacity to my fleet.

Next up is a Providence class star destroyer. This old workhorse is actually an ex-CIS ship that was most likely salvaged by the Rebels. I am a big fan of using a mixed bag of ships for my Rebels as they would be desperate to use whatever they could get there hands on.

Lastly I present the Venetaor class star destroyer. This is intended to be the flagship of my ragtag Rebel fleet as she carries over 420 starfighters. My logic is that this ship would be the base for the long range starfighter strikes that the Rebels are a fan of. Plus I have liked this model since I first saw it grace the screen.

With these three additions my Rebels have now outstripped my Imperials in firepower, unacceptable! This only means I will need to get more. I have been keeping an eye on the Star Wars Armada Imperial class star destroyer as it is as close to in scale as I am likely to find. Now I just have to find the $65.

Bonus Pic:

Points to whomever can name the fighter types present