Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pictures of the Critical Mass Games "not-Vargr"

As discussed in the previous post, Critical Mass Games (CMG) have a range of 15mm sci-fi miniatures that include an alien race known as the Protolene Khanate. The really neat thing is that they are basically canine bipedal aliens. As such, they make really good proxies for Vargr in the Traveller universe.

Today, we've got some pictures of the Protolene Khanate "Scouts". For Traveller(tm) these will do nicely as stand in for Vargr in combat armor. Below is a shot featuring a Rebel Minis "Sahadeen" heavy weapons gunner, a CMG leader, and a RAFM 'real' Vargr leader.

So, what do we have? Well, size-wise, the CMG seem to fit 15mm pretty good. A little slender compared to the RAFM figures, but a good fit with the Sahadeen.

 Next up, two CMG figures flank the RAFM Vargr figure.

You get a sense of the armor and the weapons and the headgear conveys the canine nature of the troops. They seem a little taller, but the bases on the CMG are thicker than the RAFM figure.

And here posed with a RAFM human 'battledress' soldier

I like this dog. Great pose with a support weapon.

He shall henceforth be known as "G Dog".

Another support weapon figure. 

These are the figures in the Scout Command Pack

 Close up of one of the leaders in a motivational pose. This really shows off the combat armor on the legs and arms of the miniature. Really good job of capturing the classic Traveller 'combat armor' feel.

Lastly, we've got a CMG trooper posed next to one of the old Laserburn 15mm grav APC.

One difference - The CMG figures do not have tails! Okay, so no tails. But don't despair, the Vargr supplement clearly states that Vargr can use human equipment - including vacc suits and battledress - with no modifications. If that's the case, its easy to rationalize the tail as encased within the armor of the torso.

Looking forward to painting these guys up! Cincycon 2013 looks to be a fun time pitting Colonial troops against this Vargr horde.

I'll save the pictures of the CMG grav vehicles for another day.


  1. Only problem I've found is with the leaders in motivational pose. The ankles are a bit fragile for my clumsy handling. I've already had one snap off at the legs.

  2. Can't argue that Dylan. I was adjusting a couple of figures tonight and yes, they are a bit fragile at the ankles.