|The Raston Warrior Robot from "The Five Doctors"|
This 28mm metal model of a Raston Warrior Robot is from the British Science Fiction television series “Doctor Who” and made by “Black Tree Design” under code DW512. Whovian officionardos will recognise it as the the silver android which appeared in the 1983 twentieth anniversary special “The Five Doctors”.
This model is actually another of my long-forgotten “Black Tree Design” repaints. As a result I re-undercoated the miniature with “Citadel” Abaddon Black and then gave it a layer of “Vallejo” Gunmetal Grey. Once dry I then washed him with “Citadel” Nuln Oil.
Despite being an extremely simplistic-looking ‘monster’ it unfortunately isn’t really all that well sculpted. Not only does it have rather large hands but it is far too short and squat for the lightning-fast acrobatic killing machine seen on the television programme. However what detail there was on the figure was drawn out with an initial dry-brush of “Vallejo” Gunmetal Grey and then a lighter dry-brush of “Citadel” Mithril Silver.
Because ‘on-screen’ the robot’s featureless face is just a bright silver dome which is far shinier than its greyish (leotard-wearing) torso, I applied several heavier dry-brushes of Mithril Silver across the front of the face and blended it in with the rest of the model around the back.
|"Tenth Planet" Cyberman - Washed, dry-brushed and face 'picked out' with black|
To be honest I’ve used the Raston Warrior Robot as something of a test piece for the “Vallejo” Gunmetal Grey, as I wanted to use a different metallic paint to that of my dwindling pot of “Citadel” Boltgun Metal” for the four “Tenth Planet” Mark I Cybermen miniatures I’ve recently found.
|The Mark I Cyberman will have a grey-cloth face and human hands|
As these original silver giants pre-date my bright silver “Tomb Of The Cybermen” models I thought the darker paint would give them a less sophisticated appearance. Having washed and dry-brushed them, including a highlight of “Citadel” Mithril Silver, I have now started picking out their grey-cloth faces and flesh hands. Both of which should really help make these “Black Tree Design” figures stand out from the rest of my growing Cyber Force.