"No problem!" I said, I've got dozens of figures, perfect for Inquisimunda, "what do you need?".
"An Inquisitorial themed party, (easy!) and some sort of human non-Imperial independent type band."
"Like an interstellar trading company?"
"That would be perfect."
I told Graham this would be no problem, and then assembled some of my figures. The trouble was, I had plenty of individual mercenary types, but no real coherent band that looked like an interstellar trading company. So I just bit the bullet and decided some new figures were in order, to complement the starport civilians I painted last year.
First up were a pair of Servitors (to lug cargo and the like around).
The Servitors are unmodified RT Citadel figures, sculpted by Bob Olley (and with all the attendant creases, folds and detail associated with Bob's sculpts). I didn't really enjoy painting these until the point where I painted the metal areas (pretty much the last thing I painted), and they suddenly started to look great.
The crate sports the Orange Star Line logo, and has been very quickly beaten up with basic weathering techniques.
The crate is just rather crudely built from two thicknesses of plasticard - a simple box with a few surface details for interest. I also added the little keypad thing from the RTB01 Space Marines sprue.
I also decided that I wanted my interstellar trading company to carry its own force of troopers (sort of like the East India Trading Company). I had a rummage around in my boxes for suitable figures, and found these three Pyrdian Planetary Militia from Alternative Armies / Ion Age. I picked them up second-hand ages ago, but have never found any use for them - until now.
The troopers got a similar colour scheme to the starship crewman. I think it's pretty effective looking as a non-military / non-policing uniform.
Of course, once I painted them, I realised that I've effectively created a new Action Force character to go with the Space Force range!
|Action Force Space Patroller. Pic from Yojoe.com|
All in all, I think the group hangs together pretty nicely as a starship trading crew, especially when you add in a leader in deep space salvage gear!
|Crew of the Frontiersman, Exploratory ship of the Orange Star Line.|
|Servitors load up a valuable consignment of xenos artefacts.|
|Orange Star Line troopers carefully investigate a seemingly abandoned mining installation.|