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The Eagles Have Landed

A rifleman on a bald eagle

A rifleman on a bald eagle

I have been trying to talk Eureka into creating fantastic aerial forces for the other countries to match their Germans riding pterodactyls, but they have not been interested.  I had suggested Russians on giant vultures, Americans on eagles, and Brits on owls.  Since Eureka wasn’t interested, I took matters into my own hands.

Eleven eagles waiting to be based

Eleven eagles waiting to be based

For two years I’ve been looking for Games Workshop eagles in flea markets.  They cost about $10 each from the manufacturer, but in most cases I was able to get these for a dollar or two.  Actually, my buddy Don found most of them for me over the past couple years in convention flea markets.  After collecting eagles to long, I needed to shift my attention to riders.  At Fall In 2013 I met someone from a painting service, called Major Objective.  I don’t usually commission painted figures, but between Fall In and Cold Wars, the owner bought plastic figures, modified them heavily, made a mold of the resultant figure, made fifteen of them, and painted them — all for a reasonable price.  I think he did a terrific job, and I’d certainly use Major Objective again!

Another rifleman on an eagle

Another rifleman on an eagle

This weekend I was pretty busy with family activities but Sunday afternoon I painted the 11 eagles, since I picked up the riders a few weeks ago at the convention.  In the above picture you can see an example.  I don’t have flight stands for all of them yet, but I plan to hit the hobby store in the next few days.  Then I’ll take pictures of the whole wing and post them.  I plan to use these and the Eureka figures in either GASLIGHT and/or using the X-Wing game and creating stats for the Americans and Germans.


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