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:
- Grab some miscellaneous miniatures and start playing around with what looked like a fun crew.
- Buy the Five Parsecs from Home book and do some detailed planning of a crew.
- Realise I could easily add another 4 models to use the Parsecs crew as a Stargrave crew.
- Start modelling and painting the 10-strong Parsecs+ crew.
- 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!)|
Oon-groo, Jokaero Engineer
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
|The brighter orange jokaero is an older paintjob. I just rebased the figure to match the new figure.|
|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.|