Monday, 26 September 2022

Five Parsecs from Home Crew #1 - Jokaero


A few weeks ago my good friend cheetor mentioned the Modiphius Five Parsecs from Home rules as something we ought to explore for future gaming sessions. The game requires a 6-strong starship crew for narrative solo or co-op skirmish gaming. The crew is mainly humans but with the option to sprinkle in some robots and aliens. Over the next few days my response was pretty much as follows:


  1. Grab some miscellaneous miniatures and start playing around with what looked like a fun crew.
  2. Buy the Five Parsecs from Home book and do some detailed planning of a crew.
  3. Realise I could easily add another 4 models to use the Parsecs crew as a Stargrave crew.
  4. Start modelling and painting the 10-strong Parsecs+ crew.
  5. Get excited about other linked sub-groups and opportunities to paint other models in my collection.

My initial assemblage of miniatures for Five Parsecs (note, not all of these models made the cut!)


Over the next few posts I'm aiming to cover the building and painting of the Parsecs crew, Stargrave crew and the linked sub-projects, probably with a wrap-up once I've finished everything.

I'm starting with my Jokaero crew member for no other reason than I got enthused about tech-savant space apes over the last week!

Oon-groo, Jokaero Engineer

Five Parsecs from home profile: 
Crew type: alien (engineer); Background: alien culture; Motivation: technology; Class: starship crew

Stargrave Type:
First Mate; Tekker


Oon-groo is a model I've been thinking about for several years. He is the limited release Citadel Rogue Trader jokaero that I have converted to carry some spare parts of tech. I always felt that the Rogue Trader jokaero was a missed opportunity in that it was simply an ape with no sci-fi references and no sense that this was a species which "given sufficient pieces of battered machinery...can make almost anything, from a spaceship to a las-cannon" (Rogue Trader).


To give the figure more of a sci-fi look, I grabbed some tech pieces from my bits box and fitted them to the existing pose:


I had to tweak the left arm to make the robot slung over his shoulder more natural.

The paint job was pretty straightforward - an orange-brown for the fur and dark skin on the face, feet and hands. The battered white body of the robot and teal detailing pick up the colour palette I've used across the other crew members.






Spin-off Project: Jokaero Family Group

I dug out an unmodified Citadel Jokaero for the comparison photo below, and the logical train of thought was to consider adding a few others to make a small family group.

The brighter orange jokaero is an older paintjob. I just rebased the figure to match the new figure.


"Jokaero live in large family groups, roaming the galaxy at random, concentrating on survival" (Rogue Trader). In fact the number of jokaero in a family group dictated in Rogue Trader is between 4 and 21 (D4-1 (minimum 1) personalities plus 3D6 other jokaero). I had some suitable figures put aside for a jokaero family group, but decided that five was enough to start with!

L-R: early 2000s Citadel; Blind Beggar Miniatures; unknown.

My favourite addition to the group is the Blind Beggar Miniatures figure as the alpha jokaero in the family group. I added the little tech piece (from the Rogue Trader space marine RTB01 plastic kit) into his hand - fit perfectly! I'm not sure where the little guy came from - it is quite a crude sculpt, especially the ill-defined facial details. I mounted it on a random piece from a GW plastic vehicle kit to give a bit of additional height.


So that about wraps it up for this post - a fun, multi-functional alien figure for use in a range of skirmish wargames, plus a family group painted on his coat-tails!


My relatively small jokaero family group.


17 comments:

  1. Brilliant, I don't know how you're going to source that many space bananas to motivate them but I reckon the rest of the crew should have absolute state of the art tech !

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    1. I hadn't even thought about the space banana bill! It's going to be crippling 🙂

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  2. Brilliant! I had forgotten all about the jokaero. Great conversions, simple yet effective!

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    1. They're such a niche oddity from RT aren't they? Fun though!

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  3. I can just hear King Louie's song from the Jungle Book playing over that last group picture :D Great stuff!

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    1. I'm not going to able to lose that image now!! 🎼 I wanna be like you 🎼

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  4. I can't believe that I didn't consider Jokaero as 5 Parsecs "Engineers", they are perfect.

    An entire Stargrave force of those guys would be brilliant of course, but the coherent gaming role for snall numbers of oddball models like this makes 5P hugely inspiring I find.

    The converted classic Jokaero is fantastic, but the jowled primate with RTB01 controller is one of those simple conversions that makes me think "Why didn't I think of that?", in a positive way.

    Do your Astropaths slot into a 5P role? It will be fun to get those on the table for some narrative games.

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    1. That's the beauty of a miniatures-agnostic set of rules that are open to anything suitable in a miniatures collection.

      I've really enjoyed using the 5P background as a way to inform miniatures selection and vice-versa. It's a lot of fun.

      Glad you like the chunky fella. As soon as I saw that RTB01 piece I knew it was exactly what he should be holding!

      No astropaths planned, but never say never 😉

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  5. I just pulled out a bunch of space apes to paint up a crew! I guess great minds do think alike. Mine won't be Jokaero, but funny how these things happen. Love the colors you got on yours. I've tried painting orange fur on a dunger but it didn't come out quite right. Any tips?

    Interested to see how you like 5P. I picked that up recently, just haven't gotten to it yet.

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    1. It must be parallel evolution! That's the only explanation for thinking along the same lines.

      As for the orange fur, I've used a range of colours for the base fur (an orange, an orangy-brown, a muted orange). They were all given a brown wash, drybrushed with the base colour, then successive drybrushed highlights by adding a cream colour. Finally they all got a sepia wash to enrich the colour.

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  6. Oh, I love these! But dammit, now I'm thinking of a Rogue Trader scenario with a Monkey Island vibe in which these fellas have a significant role.That's on you!

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    1. Thanks Suber! I'm worried now that you're going to need me to paint more jokaero for your Monkey Island scenario!

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  7. I just want to see them turn 10 x bolt pistols into a Macro cannon...

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    1. Not only could they do it, but you could wear it on your finger!!

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  8. Love how you painted the minis. The orang-utan reminds me of the Librarian in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of books.

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    1. Glad you like them! There is a Librarian miniature out there apparently - I should track one down.

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