Fleet and M.I. don’t mix

///Fleet and M.I. don’t mix

A few years ago I got into Starship Troopers from Mongoose Publishing and thought it was one of the most enjoyable gaming systems I have played to date. Over a couple of years I built up a moderate collection and even participated in their inaugural War of the Species tournament, where I was lucky enough to take the Best Army and Most Sporting awards with McBride’s Madcats (thus proving I can finish painting an army, but am a rubbish general!)

Starship Troopers will get airtime in the blog at some stage in the future as it is a game and miniatures range still very close to my heart, despite the fact it is now sadly discontinued. In the meantime however I did want to take a moment from my painting to share a couple of models just this once that I will be working on at some stage as I know I promised to show them quite some time ago. Two in particular I am very excited to own and desperately want to find the time to finish and paint.

Without further ado, I give you the Federation Fleet.

Skyhook Retrieval Boat

The Skyhook was to my knowledge the only fleet model that Mongoose actually put into production, albeit as a limited run in resin. I snapped up a trio of them for my Light Armoured Mobile Infantry (LAMI) just before Mongoose decommissioned the range, the example shown here being the one I painted in the original movie scheme. Still deciding what to do with the other two.

TAC Fighter

This is the original master model Mongoose commissioned for production , but was sadly never actually manufactured. I purchased the master with the intention of finishing it for future games and casting up a version to actually paint. It even comes with a full range of ordinance options sculpted to represent all the load out options in the game.

Slingshot Dropship

The final Fleet flyer is as much my pride and joy as the TAC Fighter. When Mongoose let me know that they were not going to be able to put the Slingshot into production, I contacted them about purchasing the master from them. A price was agreed for both it and the TAC and I counted myself one happy new owner. Although not from the movie, anyone familiar with the “Roughnecks Chronicles” CGI series should recognise the Slingshot as the ‘Dropship’ from the show, and the one that Mongoose based the CAP Troopers on.

Similar to the TAC Fighter the master is complete, although some components need duplicating where they are symmetrical (obviously only one prototype is produced for the master, it isn’t like a complete kit). Unlike the fighter however the master has been rather badly mauled by someone other than the designer requiring some further work to fix their ham-fisted modifications. Those with a good memory will also have noticed there is one Fleet Dropship missing and that is the Viking. Again, Matt commissioned one to be made and they did have a near completed master. Unfortunately I only became aware of this quite literally hours after it had been put up and sold through E-Bay, thus missing out on securing all of them which was a bit disappointing as I really like the Viking. Still, three out of the four isn’t bad and the TAC Fighter alone was a real coup in my opinion.

Scale for all three has been reduced to make them manageable as gaming models; the Slingshot much more so than the others. So no Thunderhawk sized beastie in this instance. Despite that I really love these flyers and am looking forward to getting them finished and into some games of Starship Troopers where they can put the mobility back into my Mobile Infantry.

Next update normal service will be resumed and I will be back on Forgeworld’s Land Raider Proteus, but until then have a great week.

Carl

By | 2017-09-13T13:46:55+00:00 November 3rd, 2011|SST|14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Allan November 4, 2011 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Hi Carl,

    I had often wondered what happened to the Masters.

    The original SST game was fantastic. I was furious at the way it was handled by MGP but lets not dredge up that can of worms 😛

    The Roughneck Chronicles was entertaining. I really liked the way they based the miniatures off the CGI series.

    Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing more 🙂

    Happy Gaming,

    Allan

  2. Carl Woodrow November 4, 2011 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Thanks Allan, glad you found them interesting. Pretty much in same boat as you in that I loved the original rules and game, even ‘most’ of the miniatures range. I liked the CAP Troopers style also, although I was VERY happy to see the ‘light armoured’ MI from the movie get added towards the end as well.

    As I said in the body of the post, I am determined to feature SST on the blog, it is just a question of when I can find the time to slot them in amongst all the other projects. At least you know now the TAC Fighter and Slingshot masters weren’t lost to the mists of time; they did find a safe harbour even if they were never destined to be put into production.

    “On the bounce” Trooper!

  3. John November 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    All I can say is WOW! Carl, they are great looking models, and I’m glad they found a good home.

    My own SST stuff is up on leadastray.wordpress.com as I slowly get things painted. Hopefully this weekend I’ll find some time to get some more work done on them, as I’ve been sadly lapse in painting recently, or at least painting beyond some basic priming.

  4. Michael G. December 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Carl,

    SST miniatures have become a passion of mine of late. It’s absolutely fantastic that you’ve got 2 of the three masters for the dropships. While I do *not* have all the know how to get these into production, I’ve got access to folks that can fill the gaps (all the gaps).

    Would you be interested in opening a dialogue focused on mustering forces to repair the masters and produce them, or have someone produce them?

    Respectully,

    • Carl Woodrow December 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Michael. To be honest I intend to keep them as a pet project and work on them when I can. I have no plans to ever produce (replicate) them, but thanks for the offer though, it is appreciated.

      It would be great if the Viking master ever turned up, but I doubt it will. As far as I am aware it also went to a proper enthusiast and I think they we’re really pleased to get it.

      Carl

      • Michael G. December 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm - Reply

        Understood, if you ever need help with the project, by all means let me know. I’ve got all the resources you’ll need and possibly even the funding.

        Best regards,

  5. Jeff W. February 28, 2012 at 3:43 am - Reply

    I know who the original sculptors were on those, I can put you in contact with them. If you do ever cast them up I know they would love a copy. I always wondered what happened to them.

    • Carl Woodrow February 28, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

      That would be great Jeff, drop me an email please. Feel free to copy them in if you like, so they are aware I purchased them off Matthew and their work hasn’t totally dropped off the face of the planet, even if it will never see commercial production.

      Carl

  6. Dan R July 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I’ve got the trio of studio-painted Grizzly Exo-suits from the dark End Times when MGP sold off their SST material on eBay. *siiigh* Ah well. I remember when these masters got revealed at the same time; I’m glad you’re taking such good care of them. I’ve recently been playing Dust Warfare, which has some similarities to SST, so that’s been nice, but I have to say that reading your blog post here, it’s got me wanting to bust out the original and have a big battle with the bugs once again. Your Skyhook looks great! Please be sure to mention SST every once in awhile, as you’ve done here. 🙂 Thanks.

    • Carl Woodrow July 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dan, appreciated and glad you found it of interest. Don’t worry, the Fleet masters are in good hands and ‘will’ get finished some day, that I promise.

      SST was a superbly under-rated rule set and in all honesty I have yet to find another game I have found as tactically clever and as fun to play.

      I would love to mention SST more than I do, Babylon 5 ACTA also, but there are just so many competing projects at the moment. That said, when I do get around to picking up a few minis again, I’ll be sure to include them here as I still rate it in my top 3 games.

      There is also the matter of two more Skyhooks to paint and the Platoon of Light-Armoured M.I. that goes with them.

      Don’t worry … I’m doing my part!

  7. John July 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    It would be nice to see these available. I would defenitely be interested in some.

    • Carl Woodrow July 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      Hi John. Just to avoid any confusion. I purchased the ‘masters’, but not for the intention to manufacture them. These will not be reproduced for sale by me, even as “generic Sci-Fi models” to avoid any Federation (Sony) entanglements.

      Sorry to disappoint, just want to make sure nobody is expecting otherwise.

      Carl

      • Luke Atkinson September 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm - Reply

        🙁 NoooooOOoOoo! It was a dream finding these online… but unable to get copies of them… is there ANY way to get you to change you mind? Seriously, I would happily buy them off you to get them into production 😉

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