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.