Tuesday, 13 January 2015

"You Belong To Us. You Shall Be Like Us."

All of these 28mm metal models are based upon the Cybermen from the British Science Fiction television series “Doctor Who” story "The Tomb Of The Cybermen". This four-part serial opened Season Five back in September 1967 when Patrick Troughton was the (second) Doctor. They're made by “Black Tree Design” and "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio".
These eight Cybermen miniatures are all code DW207 Tomb Cyberman by "Black Tree Design". All of the Cybermen were first undercoated with “Citadel” Abaddon Black and then given a layer of Boltgun Metal. Once dry each was washed with the Shade Nuln Oil. The models were then dry-brushed with more Boltgun Metal before receiving a light dry-brush of Mithril Silver. Finally I picked out their chest and shoulder piping with Abaddon Black and washed around these areas with more Nuln Oil to blend them in.
This Cyber Controller figure is code DW217 by "Black Tree Design". The model does suffer from being slightly smaller in size than his fellow cybermen. Something which is greatly at variance with his television presence as the Cybermen's leader should be somewhat taller than his silver minions. But there’s a nice lot of detail on him to be brought out through dry-brushing. In fact too much detail, as the Cyber Controller does not actually have a chest device in "The Tomb Of The Cybermen".

The model was painted in exactly the same way as the Cybermen except his (slightly skewed) command dome was finished off with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.
These Cybermats are all Robo Rodent models by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio". I've previously painted five of the small 28mm miniatures before, but felt an additional five would allow me to 'table' a serious cyber-swarm. The cybernetic creatures were also painted the same way as my other Cybermen, with the exception of their eyes. As I wanted these models to mix with my previous Cybermats, I first painted all of their eyes with "Vallejo" White and then dabbed a spot of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson" in each pupil. This had the effect of giving the robo rodents nice deep pink eyes which lighten as the Shade bled out towards the area's edge.
When I first found this long-forgotten collection of "Doctor Who" miniatures I promised myself I was only going to paint one a week. Clearly I have finished far more models than that already, and frankly I have no intention of stopping any time soon. Indeed I have picked out a few more "Black Tree Design" figures which I hope to complete within the next few days. Both the Warrior Raston Robot and "Invasion" Cyberman will hopefully prove to be simple re-paints. Whilst the "Tenth Planet" Cyberman is one of four of the same miniature I hope to have ready for this Saturday's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge submission window.  

16 comments:

  1. Simon, your paint work on these is very effective. However, I do have one complaint. Why have you not revealed the giant robot yet? You are being such a tease by only showing us its feet!

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    1. Many thanks Bryan :-) I'll be posting up the Cyber... model towards the end of the week as the journey I took with that 160mm tall piece of resin is worthy of a posting in its own right. Plus you seem to feel that the odd tease is good for us, otherwise you'd have posted some of your SDE by now ;-)

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    2. Ha, ha! Touche! I really can't argue with that.

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    3. Cheers Bryan. You always keep me on my toes :-)

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  2. There was always something sinister about the Cybermen, the total lack of emotion probably. You have certainly done this group proud, lovely job Sir.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Much appreciated. Lovely old models. These 'Tomb' Cybermen really are a favourite model of mine.

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  3. Excellent stuff! Do you have the Doctor and companions as well? Are you planning a game with these models?

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    1. Cheers C6. I have both the "Black Tree" and "Crooked Dice Design" Doctors and companions. The "BT" ones will certainly be making an appearance soon and they'll all hopefully appear in plenty of Batreps soon.

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  4. Top notch again, Blaxx'. Don't you dare stop now!

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    1. Thanks AK. Funny how a bit of house-cleaning can lead to a painting frenzy just because I found an old shoebox full of model blisters :-)

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  5. Lovely work Blax :)

    Now, where did I put that bag of gold dust? ;)

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    1. Cheers Tamsin. Glad you like them and many thanks. You won't need gold dust for these ones, the "Moonbase" Cybermen were taken out thanks to nail polish remover ;-)

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  6. Great job dude they all look marvellous!

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    1. Many thanks Simon. The only problem is these are distracting me from my "AtDE" project!!!

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  7. Great stuff Bk.
    Cyber overload dude! These will make a very nice force on the table. I love the controller's command dome, it looks like it could be revolving and flashing.
    The cybermats are really creepy man!

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    1. Cheers Bob. Glad you like them. The dome was a swine to paint because the sculpting was a bit wonky where it joined the rest of the head, so it was hard to get an even line between the red and silver. Delighted you think it looks like it's flashing as that is the look I was hoping for. The cybermats are lovely models aren't they :-)

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