Tuesday, July 31, 2012


An early photopict of troops from 21st Chemical/302 Wasteland Reconnaissance during fighting for the Salt Refineries on Kalkovac, probably around 540.

This is a rare photo of the 302nd in what is now known as their Pre-Expansion pattern uniforms.









Monday, July 30, 2012

No3 Pioneers / Tentkeeper


A Tentkeeper, 3rd Pioneer Section (Independent)/302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance. 

Clearly visible in this photograph are the tools of a Tentkeeps station: rolled duck canvas, extension spars, and a locked box containing the assembly guide.









Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dragoon


The characteristic "Triple Jacket" uniform arrangement of a dragoon from the period of the Tesoro Obviation, circa 800-848.

Voyage of the Deedenhaus, year twelve. Amongst the Outenit Arms.









Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Eb480, Voyage of the Chin Wha


Tarkona Sector, on Eb480. 
 Near the ice cap.

Voyage of the Chin Wha, 973. Year nine.










Monday, July 23, 2012

Now, Then


Scout-Fusilier (Class V), Troop E, Section 4, 78th Light Infantry/302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance.

Current garrison, awaiting Arrival and Assignment.









Sunday, July 22, 2012

On Chiros, Voyage of the Wipfli


A Dispatch Rider (Class G) with No.3 Section HQ on Chiros. This photo was probably taken around the capitol city, late spring 797.

Voyage of the Wipfli, year six. Photo taken from broadcast archives.








Friday, July 20, 2012

Marzban 1


A Shovel-Brigadier, clearly identifiable by the distinctive sleeve markings on his field jacket, planetside on the frontier at Marzban. He is pictured carrying a machine fitting for a trenching plow.

Mid-980s, probably the voyage of the Van Owen. On-going expedition.








Thursday, July 19, 2012

Operations on Cybeen, Late 600s



A Barricade Seargent with 912 Sapper/302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance directs unloading operations on Cybeen. Behind him a directional beacon relays a stenographic signal broadcast from the transportation fleet in low orbit.

Late 600s, voyage of the Bey Asiri.









Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

How Long, Part 3



Another objective. Coordinates in a nebula so vast and incogitable that it looks exactly like the sky.









Friday, July 13, 2012

War Business


We were Loyalists, but eventually we fought a war with the Loyalists.








Saturday, July 7, 2012

Marzban, Voyage of the Rumination.


Captured in photograph while advancing past an agricultural outpost on Marzban, this specialist is easily identifiable as an Alchemist's Assistant by the banded leather apron he wears above the knee.

While not normally relegated to line infantry tasks, the shortage of replacements along the frontier saw all manner of rear echelon troops called up, as the soldier pictured clearly has been armed with a Type 17 submachinegun and a standard issue shovel. 

Some of the most sedulous fighting of the campaign occurred around the industrial farms of the Srau Inlet.

Voyage of the Rumination, 668. Year Nine.







Friday, July 6, 2012

Nebular Deployment


A Scout-Grenadier of the 302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance, equipped with an array of offensive hand bombs. 

Note the distinctive steel-brimmed helmet.

Voyage of the Van Van Saar, 912. Year Eight.







Thursday, July 5, 2012

Scaffoldsman


This soldier, pictured carrying a Kt-Type Three Meter Extension Joist, wears the distinctive armor of a Scaffold Laborer Class II. His specific Company is impossible to determine from this visual reference, as the ceremonial gloves normally afforded to this rank have been replaced in the field by more functional mitts cut and sewn from hide.

The ornate gloves worn by Scaffoldsmen are important element of their dress uniform, and will contain an elaborate telling of the soldiers service record and unit history in fine detailed embroidery. Such gloves are highly prized by collectors and historians alike.

Probably late 700s, likely the voyage of the Cavity Rona around 780.
Third decade.






Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Transport 06


Scout Rifleman from the Motorized Advance Company, 302 W/R. Records indicate that the soldier pictured is likely to be Class III Scout (C3) H. Januisz, though this would be impossible to determine with certainty.

No rank markings are visible on this soldiers uniform, consistent with field code. 

C3 Januisz was deployed with Transport 06 in the decade of 594-604. Note the distinctive cylindrical high volume magazine and bi-pod arrangement his autogun. This design was extremely controversial at the time, though this basic arrangement retains a core of vociferous advocates to this day amongst the more liberal of command.

Voyage of the Skoli.






Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Senior Line-Officer of the Pioneer Company


A Senior Line-Officer of the Pioneer Company, 302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance. Probably taken during the Rijnwaldt Stars Campaign, the officer pictured (identity unknown) is on duty with a Type 24 Articulated Re-Breathing Apparatus and a prosthetic saw.

Voyage of the Quantum Migraine, circa 570. Year Eight or Nine, definitely first decade.






Monday, July 2, 2012

This is Guardsman-A-Day


This is a photo-blog about the immense army of little plastic soldiers that occupy part of my studio. 

The army is called the 302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance, and I assembled and painted them as playing pieces in a science fiction miniature wargame. At least that's how it started, though the project has taken on its own dimensions. 

I build and build. At times it seems both sculptural, and compulsive. At times it feels endless.