Saturday, 12 August 2017

"Gang Fighters Are The Most Numerous Of Boromites."

"They form the backbone of the Labour Guilds spread across Antarean Space."
These two 28mm metal Gang Fighters are manufactured by "Warlord Games" and come as part of the Boromites' Gang Fighter boxed set. Intricately detailed with all the extra-terrestrial's lumps, bumps and reflex armour, these armed alien miners are the final pair of miniatures needed in order for me to field a Gang Fighter Squad on the tabletop.

Initially undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey, the figures were washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and then had a layer of Chaos Black applied over all their weaponry and hip-flask. These metallic areas were subsequently treated to a combination of Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil, whilst both "long-ranged" Mag Guns had their power lights 'picked out' with "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki and "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green.
"Their toughened skin... means even the most basic of Boromite footsoldiers can prove to be a formidable opponent."
The Boromites' numerous pouches were precisely painted using "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Before finally, the models' yellow(ish) armour and all their "separate multi-functional nanite receptor nodes" were carefully coloured by heavily washing a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre with some "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.

This first of the two planned Gang Fighter Squads I aim to field as part of my Boromite Scouting Force costs 112 points in "Beyond The Gates Of Antares" on account of each member being given Plasma Grenades ("at 2 points per model"). The projectiles are actually "the most common grenade type used by the fighting forces of Antarean space", but "are fitted with powerful micro-suspensors that give them limited homing ability once close enough to a target."
"The Tenth Planet" Cyberman WIPs - The silver giant has had his grey overalls painted grey
In addition to finishing off my Boromites, I've also finally started work on the last of my remaining miniatures from the "Nightmares In Silver" Cybermen Collector's Set 1966-2013 by "Warlord Games". This particular model, sculpted to represent the silver giants as they were originally envisaged by costume designer Sandra Reid, is simply packed with time-consuming detail such as numerous tubes, wires and chest unit dials.

Fortunately, my painting of the artificially modified Mondasian could not have come at a better time, with "Warlord Games" teasing not only the release of a Cybus Cyberman all-metal set in the future, but also an "Attack Of The Cybermen" themed box as well.

32 comments:

  1. Very good work on the Cyberman, Simon. I'm still not liking the Boromites but it's good to see you making progress on them.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I'm hoping the Boromites become more attractive once they're on the tabletop and formed up. But as individual models they don't do much for me at the moment either tbh.

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  2. Well done Simon, you've got your first unit of Boromites finished. Nice progress on Mondasian cyberman can see why you left this one to last

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    1. Cheers Dave. One down, two more Boromite units to go. The Mondasian Cyberman certainly has more to do on it than any of the other incarnations; where a silver dry-brush effectively does most of the work :-)

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  3. I dunno, I think en masse these Boromites should look quite cool on the table top. I certainly do like the way they look painted; just wow, you have so MANY to do. I think I`d loose the will to live after the first 20 or so.

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    1. I just need to paint another ten Boromites to finish off my initial 500-point force, Hils, but I do have a few more waiting in the wings after that. These are the basic infantry models though, so I'm hoping some of the more specialist forces are going to be more exciting to paint.

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  4. Good stuff mate, shame my Gang Fighters are useless in my games heh

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    1. Cheers Chico. Oh corks, don't tell me they're not too good in the game, as that could consign the rest to a drawer very quickly!!

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  5. every time I think of these, that Abba song come into my head (Summer Night City):

    "Waiting for the sunrise, soul dancing in the dark

    Boromite city" la la laaaa

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    1. Anything which will encourage me to keep painting these guys is much appreciated, Steve, though I'm not sure you singing will be high on that list ;-)

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  6. hahhaaha

    knock yerself out.... me singing - see its REAL hahaha ^^

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QboME3Xquaw

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    1. Is there no end to your many, many talents, Steve :-)

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  7. I do like the colours you've chosen for the Boromites but I'm still not over keen on the figures themselves, I went to my local games store last week and I'm sure they had some of the "Gates of Antares boxes on the "selling off" table, didn't see any Boromites there though, sadly "Dystopian Wars" appears to have died the death completely there now, with just a couple of land forces packs left on the "get shot of table", (probably the best thing for me though as I won't be tempted to start another fleet as Myles STILL hasn't finished his Antarctic one).

    Love that Cyberman, even though he's going to be much more work than the others, the detail of his face looks really soft though in the photo's though.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. I think once I start playing "BtGoA" the enthusiasm will return. Its just the fact that I'm still 10 minis away from that stage which is proving to be 'the wall'.

      Its a shame about "Dystopian Wars", as I could certainly have gotten into that at some point if things had panned out differently. I'm still waiting for you to do a BatRep on that game too ;-)

      The Mondasian Cyberman is a corking sculpt as you say, but like you, I do fear for the softness of the face. Something which this range seems to have suffered with on a couple of other minis.

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    2. Dystopian Wars (naval anyway)is a great game we played quite a few games of it till Myles took his ships with him to Coventry to complete. He now has a girlfriend (seems like a lovely girl), who has painted a figure (good sign of a keeper!) and will be getting her own flat next month, so they will be able to play wargames (they can't at the moment as they both live in different rented houseshare rooms). So I am considering giving my Prussian fleet to Myles so he has two and they can game it up there.

      Cheers Roger.

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    3. A terrific gesture, Roger, but a sad one. I do wish we lived a little closer, as I'm sure you'd have coaxed me into painting up a rival fleet to take on your own.

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  8. Excellent work on the latest Boromites as well as their predecessors mate. :)

    The squad looks excellent together. :)

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    1. Cheers Leon, trying to keep a few projects bubbling along presently, and will have some "G.I. Joe" goodness on show soon :-)

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  9. Cracking job on this Cyberman incarnation Simon, and you know what, I LIKE those Boromites - especially the way you've turned 'em out!
    Only ten more to get them on the table, so come on.... you know you can do it and give them a run out :-)
    (The 'specialists will ease the burden of the paint queue)

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    1. Thanks ever so much Wargame Addict. Much appreciated love for the Boromites! I have a few Cybermen to finish (as "Warlord Games" continue to be a generous benefactor) and then I'll be going all-out on the Boromites.

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  10. very nice Simon. really all very nice, they always are my friend. But when we going to see some actual games being played. We`re all dying to see your much hinted at Barrier Peaks thing come to life, will it be long?

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    1. Cheers Dave. You touch upon a very difficult issue I'm currently having - I've loads of painted minis to post and little room for the BatReps!! However, my "Judge Dredd & Mad Max" game should be posted up soon, and that should initiate a bit of a run. "Metamorphosis Alpha" will come before "Barrier Peaks" though, as I still need to paint up my band of adventurers.

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    2. Thanks Hils, I'm just as eager to get some "D&D" stuff in myself :-)

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  11. Awesome job on the final two Boromites they look ace all together. Nice work on the Cybermen your ploughing your way through them :)

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    1. Thanks Simon. Boromites and ploughing are good words to use together, and I'm just a couple of articles away from the start of posting my "G.I. Joe" miniatures :-)

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  12. Nice. I think you're right about the Borimites looking best when formed up in a group.

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    1. Cheers Finch, and its good to have you back commenting. The Boromites are a tricky painting subject imho, and are proving rather soul-destroying as a result. No worries about the spelling mistake either - I do it all the time :-)

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  13. Great job on the Boromites and yet more excellent variations on the Cybermen.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I'm fast running out of Cybermen now, but still have plenty more "Doctor Who" to come.

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  14. Those Boromites are a lovely looking squad. Some of your best work I think.

    But the star of this post is that Cyberman! Those original ones were so creepy looking to me. Am glad you had the patience to paint it up so nicely.

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    1. Cheers Dai. Boromite love is always good in my books. The Mondasian Cyberman is the last of my minis from the "Nightmares In Silver" Collectors Set, so I want to make sure I do a good job on him.

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