|"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.