Monday, 30 December 2013

Ion Age Miniature of the Year for GBS

The Master Sculpt and the Blue Test Casting
I wanted to share with you all The Ion Age miniature / model of 2013 that most sticks in my mind.  While there have been many releases (just check back through the blog to see the fifty plus new miniatures since late August) there is one that means more to me than any other.  IAF015 Hab Dome.

The image above shows the original sculpt of the Hab Dome held in the hands of Sam Croes its designer along with a light blue test casting (which is now one of the painted ones in some of our pictures).  This was our first resin release, our first resin building.  A lot of firsts and that is why it stays with me.  I am so proud of this building.  Its unlike anything else out there on the market and its the core piece of an expanding line of parts such as the IAF015 Top Mounts.  It was evident that many hundreds of wargamers agreed with me and we are now into the third generation of molds for it.

Notice the new piece to be released in 2014?
The Hab Dome is my model of the year as it illustrates just what can be done with some effort and a new brand of unique science fiction wargaming in a medium that Alternative Armies had not worked with before.  Roll on 2014!

GBS

4 comments:

  1. Hi Gavin!
    I must agree with you, I think this is a great piece of scenery. I bought three in the early deal, and in fact, you can see them in my latest post on the 'ModernWargamer' blog. The new piece for next year has whetted my interest- roll on!

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    1. Thanks! I have had a look at your blog and I like your paint work. Everyone seems to be going for white with a coloured stripe. The new piece makes it a tower and there is more beyond that too...roll on 2014!

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  2. I also have to agree while their have been quite a few jaw dropping miniatures the Hab Dome is by far the most generic piece that can be used with other sci-fi terrain. I have just noticed the the extension level that i've been eagerly waiting on so that i can finally start my control tower for my landing pad. Roll on 2014 which just leaves me to wish you all at Ion age HQ a prosperous and happy new year.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Zac. I have my own vision and Sam Croes shares it but there will be pieces which are more generic than others. There is nothing quite like the Hab Dome out there in the gaming world. I would love to see your complete model once its done, a post here perhaps. A happy new year to you too from all of us. We are taking a day off on the 1st but not before the new free miniature appears!

      GBS

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