|"Feelings? I do not understand that word" - Cloth faces and flesh hands |
These four 28mm metal models are based upon the Cybermen from the British Science Fiction television series “Doctor Who” story "The Tenth Planet". This four-part serial opened Season Four back in October 1966 when William Hartnell was the (original) Doctor. They're made by “Black Tree Design” under code DW117 Mk 1 Cyberman.
All of the Cybermen were first undercoated with “Citadel” Abaddon Black and then given a layer of “Vallejo” Gunmetal Grey. Once dry each was washed with the "Citadel" Shade Nuln Oil. The models were then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Gunmetal Grey, before receiving a light dry-brush of "Citadel" Mithril Silver. Finally I picked out their cloth faces with "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey and their flesh with Heavy Skintone. Their faces were then washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. In order to make their hands 'stand out' they were first washed with the last of my Ogryn Flesh and then the fingers were highlighted with more "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone.
|The MK I Cybermen are rather undersized compared to their other "Black Tree Design" brethren|
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. However these are rather disappointing models, both in their pose and size. Their television counterparts were enormous bulky behemoths, which towered over the other actors. These rather softly sculpted figures are dissatisfying smaller and sleeker in build than the other "Black Tree Design" Cyberman models I've previously painted.
|"The Invasion" Cybermen WIP - Re-undercoated with the "Citadel" layer Ironbreaker|
Having continued to sort through my “Doctor Who” lead mountain I have managed to locate all seven of the cyborg figures which make up the Cornwall-based manufacturer’s Cyberman boxed set. I’m pretty sure these models are meant to represent them during their appearance in 1968 eight-parter “The Invasion”. Unfortunately I had clearly attempted to previously paint these miniatures by heavily dry-brushing silver over a black undercoat. As a result and in order to retain as much of their sculpts detail as possible I have simply applied two watered-down layers of “Citadel” Ironbreaker over them in order to create a nice base for a Nuln Oil wash.
|"The Abominable Snowmen" WIP - Light brown undercoatt|
In addition I couldn’t help myself but base and undercoat these five ‘hefty’ “Black Tree Design” Yeti models. These are another of my favourite models from the company’s range and should be relatively simple to both paint and submit as an entry into the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.