Although I may be dating myself, I started playing Traveller in the 1980s. The early 1980s. I picked up Adventure 7 back then, and never played it, because of the seeming impossibility at the time of painting such a huge lot of miniatures. Of course, now, 45 miniatures is really bugger-all, and the “armour” complement consists of only three vehicles.
Most of the figures are from RAFM, from what I believe was the Citadel Traveller line. The majority of the infantry are the Planetary Militia and the Warhounds of Sirius (as it was a joint Vargr/Human unit).
I painted these units for speed, not beauty. Looking back on it, it’s probably around 20 minutes a figure, including basing. I spent a little more time on the APCs, mostly because Old Crow’s models are beautiful. These are also some of my earliest forays into using my new double action airbrush.
I was looking for something pseudo-digital-camo-ish. The model was painted in four colours, and each layer was masked with small squares of masking tape. It was a bit of a pain, and for a true digital camo look the squares should have been more numerous and smaller. However, I’m still pleased with result, and the colours fit in with urban, woodland and desert, which is what you would expect from a unit that fights anywhere.
If you look closely at the base of the figure in the foreground, you can see a tiny strip of white under the base. I discovered that Avery 05472 labels are the same size as the universal 15mm miniatures base (that is, the Canadian or American penny). Because the Broadsword has a small complement, it’s fairly important to track casualties and what their roles are. The labels are perfect for this, and they can hold a significant amount of information.
When all is said and done, the whole works looks like this: