Wednesday, 22 March 2017

"Allons-y!"

"Think you've seen it all? Think again."
This 28mm scale "pewter" model of the Tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant, is produced by “Warlord Games” and forms part of the five-miniature strong "Tenth Doctor And Companions" boxed set. Voted "The UK's favourite Doctor" in November 2013, this incarnation of the Timelord was first seen in the June 2005 BBC television story ""The Parting of the Ways".

Originally primed with two layers of "Vallejo" Heavy Brown, the Gallifreyan's trainers, shirt and tie were painted using either Heavy Red or White, and appropriately washed with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson or "Vallejo" Pale Grey. I then treated the time traveller's suit to a combination of Heavy Blue and "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade, before picking out his hair with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna. This area, along with his overcoat, were subsequently shaded with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
Karanak WIPs - The Khorne Flesh Hound is slowly having all of its gold icons and collars 'picked out'
In addition to my latest "Into The Time Vortex" miniature, I have been making some steady progress on my three-headed Karanak for "Age Of Sigmar". This 'never sleeping' resin model of the Flesh Hound who "prowls Khorne's grand throne room" is proving incredibly time-consuming on account of the sculpt's terrific attention to detail, and the fact that I fully assembled the rather cumbersome figure before I started painting him.

With hindsight I really should have left the three heads separate from the body, as each has subsequently caused me a few challenges in trying to reach the beast's collars with my paintbrush. Fortunately however, with a far amount of patience, and plenty of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade I believe I have finally turned the corner, and am currently in the process of simply tidying up the "Vallejo" Gold areas before moving to the monster's back-spines and double-tail...
Slambo WIPs - The Chaos Warrior has been primed, washed and dry-brushed
As something of an indulgence I pre-ordered the "updated version of the classic, iconic Chaos warrior, Slambo" just as soon as "Games Workshop" announced it, and upon his arrival I simply couldn't resist setting aside a little of my hobby-time in order to both assemble the "multi-part resin kit" and apply 'a lick of paint' to it. Initially I did consider painting the "Age Of Sigmar" Exalted Hero of Chaos in the seemingly popular green armour depicted on the model's box. But decided that such a palette would undoubtedly seemingly tie the figure to Nurgle. I have therefore instead chosen a far simpler silver and gold scheme, which should subsequently allow me to field the 'legend' in any Chaos force I decide to field.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

"I'm Doctor Martha Jones. Who The Hell Are You?"

"But I can't. I've got exams. I've got things to do."
This 28mm scale "pewter" model of the medical student, Martha Jones, is produced by “Warlord Games” and forms part of the five-miniature strong "Tenth Doctor And Companions" boxed set. "Recognised for her skills both in the field and in medicine" by the paranormal military organisation U.N.I.T. and Torchwood, the "bona fide expert on alien life" was first seen in the March 2007 BBC television story "Smith And Jones".

Initially undercoated with a double layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Red, the time traveller's shoes were picked out with a combination of Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, whilst her 'faded' jeans were painted with Heavy Warmgrey and "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade. I then applied a thick wash of Agrax Earthshade to Martha's leather jacket and used Doombull Brown for her flesh. Finally, her earrings, necklace and bracelet were delicately 'picked out' using some Ironbreaker and a touch of Nuln Oil.
"The Return Of Doctor Mysterio" WIPs - Both models have been undercoated black and dry-brushed charcoal
With the very last of my Seventh Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge submissions finished, and sticking with the Nottingham-based company's "Into The Time Vortex" miniatures game, I have started work on one of their more recent releases "The Return Of Doctor Mysterio". This two-figure set came as something of a surprise to me when it was first announced by "Warlord Games", as the small box's contents are based upon the 2016 Christmas Special and features arguably two of the strangest antagonists the Timelord has encountered since the programme's revival in 2005.

Indeed, I'm really not sure how an all-powerful superhero, blatantly based upon "DC Comics" Superman, or a single "brain-swapping" alien, will fit into the forthcoming "battle" game. Certainly, neither the sculpt of The Ghost nor Dr Sim sadly appear particularly dynamic or inspiring to paint, and should prove reasonably straightforward to complete once I fully turn my attention towards them.
Karanak WIPs - The Khorne Flesh Hound is slowly having all of its facial details 'picked out'
Top of my current painting queue however, is this incredibly detailed resin figure of the three-headed Karanak for "Age Of Sigmar". I had originally intended to keep the "Games Workshop" Flesh Hound's palette fairly simple, using a base layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade", but have subsequently added some purple face-markings to the Khorne beast in order to help mark it out from the rest of its brethren. This decision has undoubtedly resulted in the 'chosen hunter of the Blood God' taking far longer to progress than I had anticipated.

Friday, 17 March 2017

"After Long Years Of Peace, Something Slithered Into the Jade Paradise Of Ghyran..."

"Disease blossomed everywhere."
This 28mm "loathsome Lesser Daemon" is just one of the plastic multi-part models which can be created using the sprues found within the “Games Workshop” Plaguebearers of Nurgle boxed set. Painted as an additional daemonic minion for my fledgling Befouling Host of Nurgle, this plaguesword-wielding invader of the Jade Kingdoms will not only help swell the size of my Plaguebearer unit for “Age Of Sigmar”, but also provide me with another specialist for my "Warhammer 40K" Nurgle "Kill Team" as well.

In fact, the stomach-churning warrior's accompanying Nurgling was specifically positioned onto his base in order to suggest the model is being haplessly pulled forward by his exposed intestines, and therefore is in no position to "be cowed by anyone or anything." Such an "Indomitable" specialist can choose from a variety of rules in the 41st Millennium, like Fearless, Feel No Pain, Relentless or Stubborn, and should make for quite a pitiable sight on the battlefield as he is persistently lead towards his next opponent...
Blightlord WIP - This large Blightking is slowly being painted from the boots up
In order to ensure the Tallyman of Nurgle matched the rest of my Plaguebearers I initially gave the miniature an undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and washed him with “Citadel” Thrakka Green. The figure was then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki before I ‘picked out’ details such as his horns, open sores and teeth with “Citadel” Abaddon Black. In order to 'highlight' the sore-infested soldier's Nurgle’s Rot I coated various parts of his grotesque anatomy with either “Vallejo” Heavy Red or Heavy Warmgrey, and subsequently washed these areas with a combination of “Citadel” Thrakka Green, Agrax Earthshade and Carroburg Crimson. Finally, all of the creature’s numerous boils and zits were 'picked out' with a dollop of “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and treated to a coat of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.

With an eye on re-fighting the Shimmerfall Campaign, "a single example of the attacks unleashed by the minions of Nurgle upon the countless Jade Kingdoms that make up the Realm of Ghyran", I have simultaneously starting painting a unit of five Putrid Blightkings. Foremost of these "huge, plague-bloated warriors" is their Blightlord, a mortal servant who has truly been blessed with all manner of boils, stomach-teeth and tentacles.
"Doctor Who" WIPs - The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones
Lastly, I have managed to find some time to progress a couple more miniatures from the Tenth Doctor and Companions (boxed) Set by "Warlord Games". Having previously painted three Judoon, I thought it would be fun to finish both David Tennant's incarnation of the time traveller, as well as Martha Jones, and then 'field' them in a game of "Mutants And Death Ray Guns" in order to re-imagine the March 2007 BBC "Doctor Who" television story "Smith And Jones".

Despite her petite size, and subsequent diminutive detail, I've managed to find the patience to almost finish the Doctor's travelling companion, so may well be able to submit her as my final "Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge" entry of the year. But if I can, I may well try and get the medical student's extra-terrestrial mentor completed in time to submit the unlikely pair together.

Monday, 13 March 2017

"Doctor, Listen. I Saw A Mummy. A Walking Mummy!"

"They're not mummies, they're service robots."
These ten 28mm metal models of Robot Mummies are manufactured by “Black Tree Design” and can be bought as code DW410 and DW474 from their "Doctor Who" range. In actuality Osiran service robots which were "disguised as mummies", these servitors were used as "workers and guards" by Sutekh's puppet, the animated corpse of Marcus Scarman, in the October 1975 BBC Television science fiction serial "The Pyramids Of Mars".

Initially undercoated with two coats of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand, all of these Egyptian-looking automatons were washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and then dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand. I did then consider giving the Robot Mummies a light highlight of White, but having checked the colour scheme of their 'small screen' counterparts, I actually realised that the actors' costumes were probably far more greyish than my chosen palette had produced, so I decided to leave well enough alone. In the end however, I did finally try to simply deepen the shadowing around their 'eye' sockets by applying some "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, and then treated all of the models to a layer of "Coat d'arms" gloss; something I steadfastly apply to all my miniatures.
Boromite Work Gang WIPs - These models now need to have some detailing done
Disconcertingly though, on this occasion, the varnish seemed 'hellbent' on eradicating a fair portion of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, which had up until this point been providing each sculpts' bandages with plenty of shading and definition. As a result I was left with several figures which looked as if they hadn't been washed at all...

This incredibly frustrating state-of-affairs gave me few options, as much of the raised detail of the models was now covered in paint, so there was scant chance I could simply wash and then dry-brush the miniatures again without them losing some considerable detail. The thought of stripping all the models and starting again equally filled me with dread, so in the end I decided to simply dab on a watered-down wash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade over each figure and hope that wasn't subsequently 'eaten away' by the varnish either.
Putrid Blightkings WIPs - These mortal servants of Nurgle have been washed and dry-brushed
With probably my final submission to the Seventh Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge concluded,  I have spent a little time both priming and washing three of the miniatures from "Warlord Games" Bormoite Work Gang for "Beyond The Gates Of Antares". I have seven more of these "genetically engineered" miners to get prepped and they all carry formidable-looking mass compactors; "a kind of compression device" which can crunch through "solid materials".

In addition to these multi-part metal models, I have finally starting painting some plastic Putrid Blightkings by "Games Workshop". These "enormous, bloated warriors" of Nurgle are impressively large figures, and should prove a worrisome foe for my opponent to fear once they're finished and on the "Age Of Sigmar" battlefield.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

"The Lord Of Disease Delights In Decay And Physical Corruption."

"The cycle of putrefaction, rebirth and morbidity draws Nurgle the way a corpse draws flies."
These two 28mm Plaguebearers have been assembled from the plastic multi-part sprues which can be found within the “Games Workshop” Plaguebearers of Nurgle boxed set. Painted as daemonic minions for my slowly increasing Befouling Host of Nurgle, these plaguesword-wielding servants of the Great Unclean One will help increase their unit to thirteen suitably grotesque miniatures.

I initially gave the putrid creatures an undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and washed them both with “Citadel” Thrakka Green. The fly-infested bloaters were then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki before I ‘picked out’ details such as their horns, open sores and troubled teeth with “Citadel” Abaddon Black.
"During times of pestilence and rampant contagion, Nurgle waxes strongest, to the dismay of all."
As each vile fiend suffers with Nurgle’s Rot various parts of their stomach-churning anatomy were coated with either “Vallejo” Heavy Red or Heavy Warmgrey, and subsequently washed with a combination of “Citadel” Thrakka Green, Agrax Earthshade and Carroburg Crimson. Lastly all the creatures' boils and pimples were dabbed with a spot of “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and treated to a coat of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.

With these latest “Age Of Sigmar” additions completed, and with an eye on my current "Nemesis The Warlock" project, I have finally glued together some fearsome Terminators using some plastic "Frostgrave" Cultist torsos and some resin pieces from "North Star Military Figures" Cultist Sci-Fi Accessory Pack. Somewhat disappointingly however, I have found that the 'new parts' are slightly bigger in size than those found upon the "Frostgrave" sprues; most notably their heads, which are actually quite significantly larger. As a result I've had to arm all three of the figures using resin pieces, as they'd otherwise look rather disproportionate.
Terminator WIPs - These Sci-Fi conversions have been dry-brushed to bring out the models' details
I plan to paint these fanatical soldiers, who loyally follow their Grand Master in his endless "war with all alien races in the galaxy", predominantly in the black and red colour scheme used on the cover illustration of Prog 230 of the British Sci-Fi comic book "2000 A.D." Along with some browns, this should then help provide the miniatures with the "high-concept science fiction with [Medieval] fantasy" look of Kevin O'Neill's Eighties artwork.

Rules-wise, I'll be fielding these gun-toting villains, along with Tomás de Torquemada, as a Purity Squad for "Mutants And Death Ray Guns". Written by Andrea Sfiligoi and published by "Ganesha Games", this rule-set, along with its supplement "Project Simian Ultra X", was recommended to me by Gordon over on his excellent blog "I Have Wrought My Simple Plan...", and seems particularly suitable for fielding "an organisation of humans dedicated to the affirmation of human supremacy."

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

"Do Androids Dream Of Electronic Sheep?"

"Stories written before space travel but about space travel."
As this year's 'entry fee' for the Seventh Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, participants were asked to work in groups and create a collaborative offering for the organiser, Curt. Fortunately for me, Clint quickly shepherded a flock of us together and after a brief email exchange with Ian and Kyle, it was agreed that we would all paint up some sheep.

However, as with all such simple ideas, our mini-scene soon blossomed into a considerable diorama, which then later metamorphosed into a fantastic display piece based upon the 1968 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick, and later made famous by the 1982 motion picture "Blade Runner". This particularly innovative interpretation of Rick Deckard's post-apocalyptic adventure has also allowed us to submit our 'Curtgeld' into the challenge's final Theme Round: Character(s) and/or Scene from a Movie, TV Program, Book or Piece of Music.   
"Empathy, he once had decided, must be limited to herbivores..."
For my own part in this project I merely painted a couple of Jacob Sheep from "Warbases", and sent them to Kyle for placement upon his outstanding ledge/cliff base. As I was rather inspired by the dark brown wool scheme on Clint's pair I followed an almost identical palette, only realising later that he had in fact, painted a couple of Mouflon Sheep, and that the most common colour for the "rare breed of small, piebald, polycerate sheep" I had selected was actually white and black. Still it was a little late to start crying over some spilt (goat's) milk... 

The ewe was initially undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and washed with “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. I then dabbed, using a piece from a face blusher pad, some additional "Vallejo" Sienna, Charred Brown and "Citadel" Abaddon Black over the animal's wool and used a combination of Vallejo" White and Pale Grey for its white markings. Finally the sheep's horns were painted using some Iraqi Sand and Strong Tone Quickshade.
Black Panther WIPs - T-Challa just needs his gold belt and base's vines 'picking out'
The diminutive lamb was rather quickly completed by priming it with "Vallejo" Heavy Brown, washing it with “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade, and then dabbing it with more "Vallejo" Heavy Brown. As with the ewe, I then picked out the young animal's lower legs with White and Pale Grey.

With the anticipated bonus theme points our 'Curtgeld' should be awarded, I believe I have once again successfully attained my 500 point goal for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. However, I still have a couple of miniatures I have been slowly progressing and may well yet complete in time to add to my tally. One such piece is this rather dramatically sculpted "Wizkids" model of the Black Panther, who, having been dry-brushed and washed, now really only needs its vine-covered carved headstone to be finished.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

"All Life Shall Perish Under The Reign Of Sutekh The Destroyer!"

"It was a deliberate attempt to block my cytronic control."
This 28mm metal model of Sutekh is manufactured by “Black Tree Design” and can be bought as code DW412 from their "Doctor Who" range. An Osiran "who planned to destroy all life in the Universe, this extra-terrestrial was eventually defeated by his brother Horus and, having been imprisoned beneath an Egyptian pyramid was first seen in the October 1975 BBC Television science fiction serial "The Pyramids Of Mars".

Before painting this miniature I decided to invest a little time and money constructing an Egyptian-flavoured base for the figure, and resultantly super-glued Gabriel Woolf's character onto the (hollowed out) metal throne which accompanies him. I then placed the model upon one of the thin 50mm round plastic bases I use for my larger objective markers, and used two 40mm square "Lord Of The Sand" resin bases as an improvised backdrop. Unfortunately, it was only once I had started painting Sutekh that I realised what an unwise decision I had made...
"Identify yourself, plaything of Sutekh."
To begin with both the immobile Osiran and his basalt chair were painted with two coats of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, whilst the carved wall behind him was primed with "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand. I then dry-brushed Nephthys' husband with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal and gave him a wash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil. His throne was repeated with more Abaddon Black in order to make it stand out from the seated figure.

The relief sculpture was subsequently washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand. I did consider picking out some of the characters on the wall with blue, red and gold. However, I felt this would detract from the central all-black figure and draw the eye away from where I wanted it to go. I therefore left the sandstone backdrop alone.
Jacob Sheep WIP - The animal has been dappled with a sponge to blend in its wool's different colours 
It was at this point that I encountered my error in super-gluing the Typhonian Beast in place, as it meant I could no longer get my brush-tip behind the miniature and 'pick out' some of his red piping. This led to my colour scheme taking a couple of departures away from the 'official' televised version, as I could only paint the hands, arms and face of Sutekh with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson; thereby missing out the piping around the waist and on the neck.

With the Seventh Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge approaching its conclusion, I have been finishing off a couple of Jacob Sheep by "Warbases". These miniatures will actually form part of a group effort, with fellow challengers Kyle, Clint and Ian, and, alongside being our entry fee for this year's competition, will also be submitted into the 'Movie/Book' themed round as "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep"...