Old Grand-dad – aka Ral Partha – more 25mm Sci-Fi goodness!

Back in the day, Tom Miers pretty much re-invented 25mm miniatures and was the creative genius behind Ral Partha – or at least so goes the legend. The arrival of the Ral Partha catalog was anticipated with the same excitement as the Christmas catalog in my childhood, but it was even better since I did not need to wait for Santa.

Fast forward many years and Battletech takes the world by storm. Eventually the BattleTroops miniatures game emerged and lots of new Sci-Fi minis. I ogled the platoon box sets for Kurita and Steiners and finally secured a platoon of each. So back in the bad old days, unless you liked citadel these were about the only 25mm infantry troops out there. Eventually, that was 3 platoons of each and then they went OOP. The good news is that Iron Wind emerged from the ashes and is selling these again (as singles now) mixed into their Mech Warrior / Shadowrun line http://ironwindmetals.com/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=mech+warrior&amp

So here are mine:

STEINER ARMOURED FIST Laser Rifle Platoon (RAL PARTHA):

Gotta love the German monocle laser sights on their helmets:

Steiner Heavy Weapons Squad

Krylon White Spray Primer
Vallejo Flat Flesh – Faces
Vallejo Russian Uniform (Green) – Armor
Vallejo Green Brown – Uniform (arms & legs)
Vallejo Gun Metal – Back Packs and Weapons followed with GW Black Ink
Vallejo Khaki – Helmets & Chin Straps
GW Camo Green – Heads Up Display over Eye
Vallejo Beige Brown – Belts, Pouches, Gloves, Square on Helmet Front, and Power Cord to Laser
GW Scorched Brown – Boots
Magic Dip – 1:2:2 GW Brown Ink / Water / Future

Vallejo Iraqi Sand – Dry brush over all after dip
Vallejo Russian Uniform – Dry brush over armor after dip

KURITA DRACONIS COMBINE Machine Gun Assault Platoon (RAL PARTHA):

These lads are my kind of troops. I really like the SF slug-throwers and M-2 HMGs:

Kurita Infantry Squad edges into Ville

Krylon White Spray Primer
Model Master Desert Mustard Spray Painter – Uniforms with Vallejo Iraqi Sand of Model Master Sand Gelb used for touch-up (spray painting not recommended)
Vallejo Flat Flesh – Faces
Vallejo British Uniform (Brown) – Armor, Gloves, Belts, Pouches, & Boots (or Vallejo Brown Beige on boots)
Vallejo Gun Metal – Helmet, Recoilless Rifle Shells, Belt Buckles, and Weapons followed with GW Black Ink for weapons
Vallejo Black – Scabbard
Vallejo Khaki – Helmets & Chin Straps
GW Camo Green – Heads Up Display over Eye
Vallejo Beige Brown – Belts, Pouches, Gloves, Square on Helmet Front, and Power Cord to Laser
GW Scorched Brown – Boots

Magic Dip – 1:2:2 GW Brown Ink / Water / Future
Vallejo Iraqi Sand – Dry brush over all after dip

Close Assault

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