Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Release the Smelly Horsies of War...

Inspired as I was by Dylan's quintessential post concerning the K'Kree over at War is Hell, I dragged out my old 15mm Martian Metals miniatures, as well as my GURPS Traveller Aliens module 2.

While reading the booklet (which deals with the Aslan as well as the K'Kree) I was struck by the use of saucer shapes in the fighting vehicles of the Two Thousand Worlds.

I had been pondering over what to use as a crewed AFV (as opposed to the drone vehicles the Centaurs employ) when I realised...I HAD a K'Kree saucer, I just didn't know it.

This is the design which Solomani humans refer to as the "Flying Dart Board" and is an older, though still serviceable design.  I would suggest it can be used up to around circa 1105 I.R.  GURPS Aliens 2 suggests that the K'Kree retain tracks on their grav vehicles for conservative esthetics, which is nice but hardly compulsory.

Pictured above with a human ATV (15mm Old Crow tracked Glaive). I will need to mount an energy weapon like a plasma or fusion gun, and some point-defense remote turrets.

 An added bonus is the saucer top is removable, giving access to what will be the turret interior.

That's a tight squeeze for K'Kree.The interior walls will need projections of open prairie to keep the crew from going mad with claustrophobia.  Such an odd species, but fun to game.

Many readers will by now have twigged the model - the UFO from the Roy Thinnes series "The Invaders" by Monogram.  This simple kit is costing dear on eBay, easily in excess of  USD $50 or UK £35.  While I'd like a second saucer for additional fire support, I'll wait and see if I can find it for somewhat less....Ω


commissarmoody said...

Pretty cool idea. Who makes the K'Kree?

David said...

I was surprised to see that the UFO was an actual model - I was waiting for the big reveal where you say that "this is actually the pressure cap off a slurpomatic refill from WallMart" - :)

Like Commissar Moody, I'm very interested to learn the origin of the K'kree figures. If they're Martian Metals, they're an awful lot nicer than the few photos I've seen on the interwebz.

dylan said...

I'm guessing they are the Martian Metals K'kree in vacc suits (doubly rare). You are a lucky man Keith.

I like the UFO - definitely useful for the iconic K'kree vessels or craft. For 1/300 I'm using bottle caps painted up as my K'kree air-raft. I've designed them using FF&S, and they're meant to have two pintle-mount fusion guns and a small battery of missiles. Still figuring out how to represent them!

kmfrye2001 said...

K'Kree are old Martian Metals. Dylan doesn't think that citadel ever made them, but I keep having thoughts that they were also Citadel castings.

Ah, the memory fades with age.

The figures are also occasionally available on eBay. though they are of "dubious" lineage. If that doesn't bother you (and it didn't bother me) keep an eye out for 15mm Traveller figures.

kmfrye2001 said...


Love the piccie - is there a paper kit for the K'Kree grav sled available?


kmfrye2001 said...

Found the wraps from the K'Kree minis and I can confirm they are Martian Metals and not Citadel.