I’ve been looking forward to these guys!
Between the simple, grey jumpsuits and caps, I just realized what they’ve been reminding me of: those quasi-military Earthmen from the ’50s sci-fi classics like “The Forbidden Planet” and “IT: The Terror from Beyond Space”. Now I really want to see some rayguns, a flying saucer, some bug-eyed aliens, and a Robby the Robot-alike to go with them ;)
The semblance to Vietnam-era US helmets and caps and weaponry is probably no coincidence: I’m pretty sure that Vietnam War-inspired “Space Marine” source material like “Aliens” and “Starship Troopers” went into the design here, and I’d say that Imperial officers from the original Star Wars films and from shows like “Firefly” and “Dark Matter” aren’t far off from what we’ve got here, too, making these guys great for Imperial or Corporate space goon-squads.
They remind me a lot of the “Doom Guy” and “Quake Guy” from the classic ID Software video games, and it looks like there’s even a classic-style BFG-9000 to go with them! I bet some plastic zombie and demon miniatures and bits can be sourced pretty easily from Reaper Miniatures’ Bones fantasy figures for a Hell-infested cyberpunk Martian dungeon-crawl based on those games. (Maybe Wargames Atlantic should try their hand at a DOOM-style possessed, Deadite space-zombie faction for Death Fields?)
I love FrankR’s idea of kitbashing the Cannon Fodder guys with the Afghan warriors to make near-future Taliban type guys, and Robert Wordon’s idea to kitbash them with WWI Germans. (I bet these kits can kitbash nicely into factions for a “Dune” themed skirmish game!)
Dalton’s idea for Stargate SG guys is fantastic, too – and as mentioned in that post, we really need a good source of 28mm ultra-modern weaponry in the spirit of P-90 bullpup style rifles, G-36s and the like, for those post-apocalyptic and cyberpunk themed builds.
Maybe Wargames Atlantic or other companies would be willing to sell boxes containing sprues of assorted weapon arms/hands and accessories – without bodies – for kitbashing projects, like maybe a post-apocalypse themed set, a Ray-Gun Gothic themed set, a futuristic set, a pulp/early 20th century set, A Victorian/Steampunk set, and so on? (I wonder whatever happened to the Wargames Factory molds for their Apocalypse Survivor kits? I’d also really love to see those brought back, they included a lot of cool modern weaponry and other bits for this sort of thing!)