Thursday, 21 September 2017

"I Waited For You."

"Bill? Bill, talk to me. What have they done to you?"
This 42mm tall metal Cyberman miniature is made by “Warlord Games” and can be found within their "Nightmares In Silver" Cybermen Collector's Set 1966-2013. Clearly sculpted to resemble one of the silver giants during Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis's 1966 television serial "The Tenth Planet", I’ve actually attempted to paint the Mondasian model to replicate Bill Potts’ cybernetic conversion in the 2017 story “World Enough And Time.”

As a result the figure was originally primed with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, treated to a double layer of Ironbreaker, and subsequently shaded using some Nuln Oil. The Twelfth Doctor’s ill-fated companion was then dry-brushed with more Ironbreaker, and had her cloth body costume and face covering painted using "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey and White. Both of these areas were treated to a wash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil.
"Your astronomers must have just discovered a new planet."
Bill's hands, which in the television series were 'replaced' with a pair of latex gloves, were initially given a coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre and subsequently washed with watered-down "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. Her eyes and mouth were 'picked out' with Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil. But only after repeated attempts as I found the soft detail of these areas incredibly difficult to paint with any sort of success and ultimately had to simply leave the face well enough alone for my sanity's sake.

Having made the conscious decision to paint the Mondasian Cyberman in order to use it as a 'companion' rather than one of the Doctor's foes, I was rather delighted to receive two additional copies of the sculpt from "Warlord Games", in appreciation for all my coverage of their "Into the Time Vortex" range. This gave me the opportunity to paint both Krail and Regos Krang from "The Tenth Planet", and readily distinguish them from my Potts figure by using "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone on their hands rather than Heavy Ochre.
Judoon Ghost WIPs - The spectral alien mercenary has had his right arm cut and left hand drilled
With the completion of all the miniatures from the "Nightmares In Silver" Cybermen Collector's Set 1966-2013, as well as the additional silver giants "Warlord Games" have generously gifted me, I have turned my attention towards converting a couple of  Judoon models into the two "Incorporeal" ghosts which should accompany the Fisher King on the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" tabletop.

I've gone with the Shadow Proclamation enforcers as I figured the "outer space police" would be obvious opponents of the planet Tivoli's towering conqueror, and only plan on using the non-helmeted version of the "Rhinoceros-headed humanoids" so I can paint the deep-set black eye sockets which were so hauntingly well-done on the 2017 televised story "Under the Lake". In addition, I intend to have all my ghosts carry (fire) axes so I can paint the improvised hand-weapons in colour rather than the whitish grey palette I ordinarily use for all my spectres.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

"The Sky Darkens With Noxious Clouds..."

"...And the land sickens and withers as the Daemons of Nurgle lumber into battle..."
This rather busy-looking 28mm multi-part plastic Herald of Nurgle is made by “Games Workshop” and can be purchased as either an individual miniature or as part of the company’s “Age Of Sigmar” Daemons of Nurgle “Start Collecting!” boxed set. However, having already previously painted one such ‘mortal who has resisted the ravages of Nurgle’s Rot’ I decided to alter the appearance of the miniature by swapping its head for that of a Plagueridden, replacing its “repulsive Balesword” with a Putrid Blightking’s scythe and removing a severed head held by the figure’s accompanying Nurgling.

Once this straightforward conversion work had been completed the ensemble was given a double undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki, washed with “Citadel” Thrakka Green and dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki. I then ‘picked out’ his numerous festering wounds, formidably-sized scythe, and spilling guts with “Citadel” Abaddon Black.
Slitheen WIPs - The aliens have been primed, washed and dry-brushed
One of the most intimidating elements to the daemonic character was painting all his putrefying, open wounds, so I patiently began painting his innards, exposed spine, organs and “lesions” with either “Vallejo” Heavy Red, White or Heavy Warmgrey, and subsequently heavily washed these areas with “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson. In addition, I applied some shading to the Plaguebearer’s “rancid flesh” and complementary Nurgling, using a combination of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green, and Carroburg Crimson. As a final touch, all the Herald’s zits were ‘pimped out’ with “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and treated to a coat of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.

With the "Disgustingly Resilient" Plagubearer essentially finished I turned my attention to the numerous bells which adorned the miniature’s body and horns, as well as the Scythe’s blade. These were painted using "Vallejo" Brass, "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and "Citadel" Nihilakh Oxide, before being dry-brushed with more “Vallejo" Brass. Lastly, the shaft of the “Warhammer 40K” psyker’s hand-weapon was pigmented using Heavy Sienna, a little Charred Brown, and a splash of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
Shipwreck WIPs - The "G.I. Joe" character has had all his blue areas finished
Despite spending a fair few hours progressing my Herald of Nurgle, I have still managed to find some spare hobby-time with which to work upon "Warlord Games" excellent-looking Slitheen sculpts for their "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" tabletop miniature game. These extra-terrestrial criminals from Raxacoricofallapatorian have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed, and now just need their claws and toes to be picked out before the application of some last-minute washes.

In addition, I’m close to completing the sixth model in my “G.I. Joe” collection. Shipwreck hasn’t admittedly had much attention since I initially primed him “Citadel” Abaddon Black over a month ago. But now the “Chief Petty Officer” has had his trousers, shirt and belt-buckles painted he should resultantly be finished in pretty quick order.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

"We Will Drain The Oceans And Put The Humans In Chains."

"You are curious. You have seen the words, too. I can hear them tick inside you."
This 52mm tall metal Fisher King miniature is a promotional model produced by “Warlord Games” and is actually available free-of-charge if you purchase £75 worth of figures from the company's "Into The Time Vortex" range. Fortunately, I didn't even need to do that in order to acquire him, as instead I was very generously sent one of the first castings as a 'big thanks' for all my support of the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" game on this blog.

The towering "finely-sculpted scale pewter" piece, "officially approved by the BBC", is sculpted to resemble the "alien warlord who, in the 20th century, conquered Tivoli" and appeared in Toby Whithouse's 2015 television story "Before The Flood". In addition, the Fisher King is the first of the Nottingham-based manufacturer's collector models which has subsequently had some rules written for it, so it can be used as part of their "fast-paced tabletop miniatures game." These PDF cards can be found at the bottom of the figure's product page here.
The Fisher King WIPS - The model was primed, washed, and treated to a double dry-brush
The Fisher King was originally primed with "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand, heavily washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and later dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand, as well as a little White on his more prominently bony areas. I then began working my way up Albar Prentis' supposedly deceased cargo, by picking out his feet with Heavy Sienna and White. Both of these areas were then subsequently shaded using "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.

"By far the most popular Quickshade on the market", at least according to "The Army Painter" website, I then continued to use the Strong Tone "pigmented varnish" to 'stain' the vast majority of the tyrant's garments, occasionally using some "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade as a base layer whenever I wanted to slightly change its hue. This smooth-flowing solution allowed me to easily 'shadow' many of the sculpt's more 'hard to reach' areas, such as behind the complex prosthetic suit's protruding horns and animatronic facial elements.
The Fisher King WIPS - The model was repeatedly washed with a variety of brown shades
With the basics finished, I turned my attention to the alien warlord's bleached bone armour and seriously detailed head. All these areas were 'tidied' up using some "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand, before being washed with even more Strong Tone Quickshade, and then delicately dry-brushed with both "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and White. In addition, I picked out the Fisher King's throat area using Heavy Sienna and maw with Heavy Red, and then dabbed some "ground-breaking Quickshade" over these parts too. The towering extra-terrestrial's hand-blaster was painted using "Citadel" Abaddon Black and a spot of "Vallejo" German Grey.

In the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" game, the Fisher King is a literal "One Man Army" whose sole objective is to "Exterminate all enemy characters and turn them into Ghost Servants." As a result he is "the only Recruitment card you take", and actually adds to his faction's size by "capturing the life energy of enemies" he kills "and turning them into incorporeal ghost-like minions". These "ghostly revenants" can then attack other characters themselves, "murder them and convert them into yet more ghosts."

Thursday, 14 September 2017

"They Killed Him! Came From The Sea. The Sea. A Sea Devil!"

"We want revenge on the human species!"
These three 38mm tall metal Sea Devil miniatures are manufactured by “Warlord Games” and can be bought from their "Into The Time Vortex" range. Sculpted to replicate the "Sea Silurians" during Malcolm Hulke's 1972 televised six-parter "The Sea Devils", these classic Third Doctor-era creatures were clothed in blue netting by Maggie Fletcher after director Michael Briant felt their original costume design made them look as if they were naked.

All the figures were originally undercoated with "Vallejo" Verdigris, heavily washed with "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade and dry-brushed with some additional "Vallejo" Verdigris. Their feet were subsequently painted "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and their legs Heavy Green, before both these areas were dry-brushed with Heavy Sienna and washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
"We could still destroy their ships before they are out of range."
The Sea Devils' weapon belts were 'picked out' using a combination of "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey, and their metallic hand-weapons were pigmented using "Citadel" Ironbreaker and a shade of Nuln Oil. The man-in-a-suit monsters' hands and heads were initially treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, and their webbing 'slimed' with Heavy Green. Later, as with the reptilian lifeforms' legs, these areas were dry-brushed with Heavy Sienna and washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.

As a last touch, each homo reptilia's string vest was darkened/dirtied with a random application of both "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. These garments were then re-highlighted in places by slowly drawing some "Vallejo" Verdigris across them.
Nero Narcos WIPs - The robotic crime boss has been primed, washed and dry-brushed
In 2012, alongside 648 other backers, I supported the "Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: Block War" Kickstarter by "Mongoose Publishing". Five years on and I have still yet to receive the entirety of my Sector Chief pledge, nor sadly, do I believe I ever will. However, what I have now been sent "fresh from the forges of Magister Militum" is "one of the last models to be done" for Mongoose Matt's long-winded Kickstarter, Nero Narcos.

To be honest, I stopped reading the comic "2000 A.D." well before this criminal's brain was ever transplanted into the body of "an armoured robotic body", and therefore missed his psychopathic reign over Mega-City One. But having placed the crisply cast "leader of the criminal syndicate the Frendz" onto a 40mm base, as opposed to the woefully undersized 25mm which accompanied him, I must confess to be very impressed with the sculpt's detail...

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

"And That's An Order!"

"You Puke! You Maggot!"
This 28mm metal miniature of Sergeant Slaughter is from a private collection and thus not commercially available. Luckily however, I was fortunate enough to be able to acquire a spare casting of the "Drill Instructor" and subsequently chose to paint him in a palette similar to how the Survival Trainer's carded action figure appeared in 1985.

Originally primed with two coats of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, the "immortalised" Professional Wrestler was dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal and later heavily washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. His boots and shirt were then treated to a combination of "Vallejo" USA Olive Drab and "Citadel" Biel Tan Green, whilst his hat and moustache were 'picked out' with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
"Pack of two garbage disposal units, one short, one tall."
Sergeant Slaughter's belt was painted "Vallejo" White and subsequently shaded with Pale Grey. His belt buckle pigmented with "Vallejo" Gold and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade", and his wristband treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Red, before being washed with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. Finally, a coat of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil were applied to the "celebrity" figure's shades.

In addition to finishing "the first G.I. Joe figure accurately based on a real person" and supposedly, "the most successful toy character" of the franchise, I have also completed two Garbage Disposal Units from "Wargames Terrain Workshop" Future City Scenics range. These two 'rubbish eaters' can be bought already painted, but as I wanted the pair of resin pieces to fit in with my 'rusty bare metal' post-apocalypse world, I decided to paint them myself.
Slitheen WIPs - The extra-terrestrial criminals have been undercoated using "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki
As a result both of the garbage units were undercoated with "Citadel" Abaddon Black and subsequently treated to a double layer of "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey. They were then washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey, and washed with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. Lastly, both pieces received a somewhat generous application of "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash, and were dry-brushed for a third time with "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey.

Sadly, what space on my painting table these recent successes have created has not lasted long, on account of "Warlord Games" almost relentless release schedule for their "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" tabletop miniature range. Delightfully however, I don't mind at all, as these latest additions, the criminal Slitheen Family from Raxacoricofallapatorian, were sent to me by the Nottingham-based company free-of-charge, in thanks for all the articles I've recently posted about their "Into The Time Vortex" models...

Sunday, 10 September 2017

"The Death Guard Are Foulness Made Manifest."

"They are a vision of unnatural corruption, of nobility, courage and strength perverted into nightmarish foulness..."
This 28mm scale plastic miniature of a Heretic Astartes is made by "Games Workshop" and can be found within the company's "ultimate Warhammer 40,000 boxed set" "Dark Imperium". One of seven actual Death Guard Plague Marine figures that can be assembled using the starter game's sprues, this Chaotic infantryman is armed with a bolt pistol and krak grenade.

Having super-glued the five-piece figure together, I primed the Nurgle space marine with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and subsequently 'dabbed' some Boltmetal Grey all over him. I then washed the tainted legionnaire with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed him with more "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey.
Out House WIPs - The wooden structure has been undercoated, shaded and dry-brushed
In order to provide the Plague God’s favoured with a decidedly rusty-look, the "eternally rotting" marine was treated to a generous coat of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade, before being 'subjected' to a layer of "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash. The miniature was then once again (delicately) dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey.

With the basics finished, I then turned my attention to 'picking out' just some of the arguably insurmountable detail sculpted onto the "Disgustingly Resilient" figure. This consisted of applying a combination of "Vallejo" Brass and "Citadel" Nihilakh Oxide to one of the Plague Marine's knee-pads, scarab beetle ornaments and the head of a krak grenade. In addition, I applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade to the Heretic Astarte's bolt pistol strap and ammunition belt. 
Sea Devils WIPs - The Jon Pertwee foes need just their heads and vests finishing off
With my "Warhammer 40k" 'pilot piece' finished, I have found the time to finally start working on some of the Wild West Terrain I recently purchased from "Wargames Terrain Workshop" for the Weird West rule-set "Dracula's America". This Out House has simply been washed, primed and dry-brushed, but once its had its separate door painted and attached, it should make for an interesting, if not potentially unappealing, objective marker on my 1875 battlefield.

Lastly, I am still 'diligently' progressing some more Sea Devils from my disconcertingly expanding collection of "Doctor Who" miniatures by "Warlord Games". I actually have another three of these "Aquatic Silurians" yet to even base, so felt I needed to get this trio completed as soon as possible; especially as the Nottingham-based manufacturer have just released the figures for a certain "family of criminal Raxacoricofallapatorians", as well as Victor Kennedy and his alter-ego, the Abzorbaloff.  

Thursday, 7 September 2017

"These Spirits Of The Air Are Winsome And Wild..."

"Only marginally intelligent, they often substitute whimsy for strategy..."
This 48mm tall plastic miniature of an air elemental is "made in China" by "Wizards Of The Coast" and can be bought as model number 29 from the company's randomly sorted "Dungeons & Dragons Icons of the Realms: Elemental Evil" set. In addition, the villainous pre-painted piece can also be acquired as part of the board game "Temple of Elemental Evil", and is a much-appreciated gift from Steve and Hils of "The Game Cupboard" fame.

The "fast, flying creature made of living air" was initially undercoated with "Vallejo" White and washed with Pale Grey. It was then dry-brushed with some more White before being appropriately 'streaked' using some Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter". Lastly, and in order to simply blend all of the figure's swirling vortexes together, it was given a third and final dry-brush of White.
Herald Of Nurgle WIPs - The model is slowly having all his intestines 'picked out' and washed
With the latest adversary for my planned "Expedition To Barrier Peaks" campaign completed, I have managed to make some additional progress on my (second) Herald of Nurgle for "Age Of Sigmar". This particular model of a "mortal who resists the ravages of Nurgle's Rot" is proving particularly fun to paint, despite all its detailed dripping innards, festering sores and tanglesome antlers, because it can also be fielded as a daemonic psyker for the eighth edition of "Warhammer 40K".

Indeed, as with so many of my Plague Lord followers, this "wiry and muscular" chaotic addition will actually help me towards my goal of fielding 1000 points worth of Nurgle forces for both Warhammer Fantasy Battle's replacement system, and Game Workshop's futuristic 41st millennium tabletop rule set. A dual role which is genuinely helping me overcome some of the time-consuming tedium of the quite heavily-converted plastic sculpt...
Plague Guard WIPs - The Heretic Astartes has been primed and then layered
Disconcertingly however, the promise of a much-more fast-paced science fiction shoot-fest by the Chaos God of Disease, Decay, and Destruction, has led me to build yet another Heretic Astartes from the game's "Dark Imperium" starter set. These traitors from one of the tainted legions are absolutely covered in intricate detail, much of which looks wonderfully ripe for an application or two of "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash.