I decided to quickly paint some metal 1990s Cadians.
A few factors combined to make this project happen.
From an inspiration point of view, I am a fan of the 1997 Starship Troopers movie and I have wanted to paint some 28mm figs to represent the Mobile Infantry for years. These Cadians are not an exact match, but they are heavily influenced by the Starship Troopers look. After discussing ways to quickly paint a Mobile Infantry force with a friend, I decided to try out some of my own theories on these.
I am a big fan of Daniel Mersey’s Dragon Rampant, for various reasons. Based on the strength of that fantasy ruleset, I am planning to try The Men Who Would Be Kings by the same author as a large skirmish/small company sized sci-fi rule set soon. The idea of running sci-fi Rorkes Drift style scenarios with tribal orks or tyranids/arachnids etc is very appealing, so I wanted to paint some sci-fi human riflemen as well as other elements. Think Zulu in spaaace.
The timeline of the 40k universe has begun to advance. I’m quite interested in that. Cadia just fell (blew up I think in fact), so it’s fun to paint something that ties in with that even a little bit.
The painting on these is primarily a mixture of drybrushing and washing. An edge highlight is added in places to cover the most egregious chalky bits from the drybrushing. These guys wont win prizes, but they will be rather nice on the table I think and they were relatively quick and easy to produce.
As the flesh areas are small and as the eye is drawn to faces, I layered rather than drybrushed those. A couple of other points, like the plasma gun coil and the flamer nozzle got a little more work too, to add some occasional extra visual interest.
Oh yeah, I also painted eight crates, also visible in the photos.