Following is a guide to the models
we're using for our Votoms RPG
campaign. We use a
mixture of Gashapon and One Coin figures (more info on those
below), which are a good size because they go well with my
existing terrain and minis (mostly 40K or scratch build). We
also make use of converted toys for our vehicles, providing a nice
variety of enemies from the lowliest foot soldier to the mightiest
land battleship! For more information on the campaign
itself, visit the Votoms Campaign Logs!
The Grattan Campaign
Yes, there are Gashapon figures for Votoms! They released two
series, which you can still find on Ebay. They are
"non-scale", but they look pretty close to 1/60 scale to me.
Not a bad size for miniature gaming! Although Gashapon figures
are affordable, they aren't the best looking things ever- at least,
not without a little bit of work.
ASSEMBLY:The figure on the left is a stock, out-of-the-package
Strikedog from series 2. If any of the weapons or parts are
bent (such as the antennas here), you can straighten them out by
dropping them in super hot water. Then just bend them back in
shape and let them cool. You can glue your figures together
with CA (superglue), which keeps their parts from falling off while
you're playing with them. Try to find the best pose possible
before gluing them in place. You can even glue them to a base
for added stability.
PAINTING: First off, I need to make one thing clear: you CAN'T use
enamel paints on a PVC Gashapon figure! It will never dry,
staying sticky forever (or until the paint rubs off on your
hands). It is actually surprisingly easy to achieve the
gritty, shaded look seen above (right). Using dark brown craft
paint and a soft-bristled house painting brush, just jam dark brown
paint all over the model, being sure to get in the crevices!
Then, BEFORE the paint starts to dry, wipe off the excess paint with
a paper towel. You can also get a light dirty effect by
dabbing the model with the paper towel, removing most (but not all)
of the paint from the high surfaces. This also helps dull down
the plastic so it doesn't look so rubbery. Once the
brown paint is dry, you can pick out the edges of the model with a
silver Sharpie marker. This gives it the look of chipped
paint- now instead of a hunk of rubbery plastic, your figure looks
like a gritty, heavy metal monster!
The standard Scopedog from Series one just comes with a
GAT-22 machine gun. I provided these variants with
backpacks taken from some old Gundam figures, one of which
included an over-the-shoulder cannon (left). The center
figure was endowed with a rocket pod taken from a Red Shoulder
Custom figure (more on that below). The rightmost figure
was given a GAT-22C "short" machine gun, taken from a Marshydog
figure. This conversion was a bit tricky, since the left
hand was also taken from the Marshydog figure, and was just an
open hand. It had to be bent and glued into position under
the gun since the original hand didn't line up with the new gun.
These figures are variants of Brutishdog figure from the
first series. The figure on the left is a stock
Brutishdog, which has a gatling gun instead of a right
arm. The right figure is dubbed the BOXING DOG, a battling
AT optimized for melee combat. The arms and legs are taken
from an S.O.G. Gundam Zogock, because the rest of the model
looked rediculous, and just spliced them onto a
Brutishdog. Conversions like this are easy
with PVC figures- the plastic is soft enough to cut with a hobby
knife, and it superglues well. The middle figure boasts a
large cannon, originally a beam bazooka from an S.O.G. Gundam
Dom figure. The look of it reminded me of the GAT-35 Long
Gun (one of the few energy weapons you'll see in Votoms).
The right arm is just a spare left arm leftover from the Boxing
Dog conversion, turned around the other way.
The Red Shoulder Custom from series 2 comes with a
GAT-22, in additon to a plethora of other mounted weapons.
For the one on the right, I made a flamethrower, using a
backpack from a Marshydog and an arm mounted gun from an old
Gundam collectible figure I had lying around, with the hoses
attached to it. Burn entire villages down in just minutes!
I expanded my Gashapon Red Shoulders with
a couple of the One Coin "Death Messenger" figures.
One of them got a GAT-22 upgrade, along with a Solid Shooter and
a Gatling Gun and hip Missile Launcher taken from
the Gashapon figures.
I really like the Diving beetle, it has a
lot of personality and is really distinct from all the 'dog
variants. This is the same gashapon, I tried to put each
one in a distinct pose.
I ended up with several Snapping Turtles,
so I figured why not make a squad? I armed the one in the
middle with a gun from a Berserga (see below) for variety.
The rocket launcher on the left is just a GI Joe bazooka I
jammed onto the shoulder.
For my Berserga squad, I
use a mix of Gashapons (back row) and a One Coin "Blue Knight"
figure. Each unit has a unique weapon- the rocket gun is from
a Snapping Turtle (see above), the Solid Shooter is from a KT
scopedog I scrapped for parts, and the chainsaw equipped MG is a
modified Blue Knight gun with the shield removed and a saw added
from a Mechwarrior figure. I gave the Blue Knight one of the
Gashapon Berserga guns for a more classic look, and equipped him
with an extra shield and pile bunker from a second figure I
converted (see below). In addition to the usual grime paint, I
used a Recollections brand gold marker to re-color the (previously
yellow) trim on all these units. Unlike the silver sharpie,
the gold pen actually dries and isn't sticky on the Gashapons-
My One-Coin "funny devil" Fatty ATs were
getting lonely, so I made this commander unit for them out of a
spare Blue Knight figure (shown here for comparison) The arms
are from a Zaku toy, as are the front of the feet. The Hip
armor are modified Zaku shoulder shields. The guns are from
the same Zaku toys, with a drum magazine added to the sides. A
Gundam toy provided the mortar backpack. The head is a cut
down Chapstick cap. The knees are made from Space Marine
shoulder pads. Getting the color right on this thing was
tricky- I finally bought some good quality yellow spraypaint, and
painted the black, white and grey bits with enamels. A brown
enamel wash brings out the details, as well as some silver Sharpie
for highlights. Below is a back view for comparison.
Here's the custom "Chunky" with the two one-coin Fatty figures.
Front and back shots of the Fatty one-coin figures.
couple more One-Coin figures that made appearances in our
campaign- the monstrous Shadowflare, and a Warrior-1 figure I
got from a friend in trade for a surplus Testarossa figure
I had. The Shadowflare mainly has silver sharpie
chip paint fx, and the Warrior-1 got a black wipe to make the
details stand out.
This AT trailer isn't an actual model of the AT Carry from the
series, but it sure looks good! I started with a Matchbox
Mega-Rigs toy (I think it was the Garbage Truck one), and mix and
matched parts until I had this layout. The cab had an open top
originally, so I closed that up with some sheet plastic and model
parts. The plastic from the toy is hard to paint- I had to
lightly sand the entire toy down, then prime it with grey enamel
primer. Then I used some olive green acrylic paint to put the
base color on (I would have used enamels because they coat better,
but I didn't have any the right color at the time). Next was a
dark brown enamel wash for grunge and to get the panel lines to
pop. Then I drybrushed with tan acrylic paint to get that
faded look, and finished it off with some silver sharpie "chipped
paint" highlights. The tires were lightly sanded, then
drybrushed with tan. You can see another shot of it on this Darkstar Campaign Log.
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