Tuesday, 11 August 2015

"You Cannot Mesmerise Me! I'm British!"

"Oh, they're so excitable, like all foreigners."
This metal model of Professor Peter Cushion is from “Antediluvian Miniatures” range of 28mm Adventurers. The sculpt is seemingly based upon the character of Doctor Abner Perry, a somewhat stereotypical potty Victorian scientist who features in the 1976 Fantasy-Science Fiction film “At The Earth’s Core”.

The figure was initially undercoated with “Citadel” Abaddon Black and then dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal. I then painted the character’s shirt and sleeves with White before washing these areas with the some Pale Grey. In order to break up the predominantly monochrome colour scheme, I picked out the model’s umbrella handle with a combination of Charred Brown and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. I also applied a mixture of “Citadel” Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil to Peter’s waist chain and monocle. Finally the elderly adventurer’s hair and moustache were painted with “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and more “Citadel” Nuln Oil.
Frankenstein's Monster WIP - The creature's flesh has been completely repainted
Having finished applying the red and silver layers to my somewhat squat-looking Clayface “Heroclix” plastic figure, I’ve subsequently managed to wash the supervillain’s safe and steel girder with black ink, and the somewhat scenic brickwork with brown ink. In addition I have finally repainted this rather formidably-sized Frankenstein “Wizkids” miniature. The pre-painted figure actually had the creature’s obvious stitching ‘picked out’ in black. But when I attempted to replicate this painting technique, and even try to go one better by additionally colouring the stitches with brown, I found that the model simply looked a complete mess. As a result I have repainted all the monster’s skin areas and may now simply leave them alone having also reapplied a “Citadel” Nuln Oil wash.
Blackheart WIP - The Pirate King's face is finally close to completion
Lastly I have been persevering with my “Guild Ball” miniatures. These models have proved a real challenge, not least because my Blackheart model came unstuck during the painting process. Now however, I have finally started work on the Pirate King’s face, and just need to tidy up the Union Team captain’s eyes before I concentrate on his predominantly red cloak. I have also started applying the foundation layer to Rage’s white shirt and blood-spattered waist towel.

24 comments:

  1. Nice work on Peter Cushion and the WiPs. :)

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    1. Thanks Pulpcitizen. Plenty more (old) WIPs on the painting table ;-)

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    1. Cheers Gordon. great figure and simple enough to paint. Thanks for giving me the heads up as to his release so I could order him.

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  3. Well done on getting Peter Cushion finished, Simon. He looks tremendous. Nice progress on the other figures, too, but I bet you'll be glad to see your Guild Ball figures finished.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I will indeed be glad to get some of the "Guild Ball" minis behind me and out the way. There's definitely a mental barrier there to be broken through...

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  4. Nice work on the Victorian gent, the post reminds me of Connery's umbrella moment on the beach in The Last Crusade (I've obviously not seen At The Earth's Core).

    I don't think I've ever had to work with models like you're saying the Guildball figures are like. Obviously frustrating and time-consuming. I wonder if this problem of slender and small parts to miniatures is a feature on all of these new companies that are now trading? - the older companies and sculptors staying with the tried and tested solid and over-scale-in-comparison-to-real-life method, but their products featuring no issues. But then Antediluvian answer that question, though their miniatures are more in the mold of the older companies and GW.

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    1. Cheers Roy. You need to see "At The Earth's Core" - great film :-) I have found a lot of the new figure companys do porduce bizarrely complicated multi-pose minis. But, as you point out, "Antediluvian Miniatures" then come along and prove me wrong.

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  5. Nice to see Mr.Cushing finished fab job Simon. Nice wip as well a good productive week so far.

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  6. Rage reminds me of Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York.

    Peter just gets better and better. A very fine miniature indeed!

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    1. Rage is indeed an ideal candidate for The Butcher, Dai... and Peter is one of my favourite minis of the year by far.

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  7. Very nice work Simon, I too love "At the earths core", and there is a good chance "Peter" might make my top ten of yours as well!

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    1. Cheers Roger. Quite a few more minis to come within the next few weeks, so there should be plenty of choice for that most prestigious of accolades - Roger's Top Ten painted Miniatures ;-)

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  8. Cracking job Bk! Prof. Cushion is the bee's knees. All the others are coming along nicely too dude!

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    1. Thanks Bob. Prof Cushion will definitely be pointing that brolly at some zeds before the year is out ;-)

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  9. More good stuff here, though like others, I think that the eccentric Victorian scientist is my favourite. Needs a Doug McClure lookalike, a shifty foreign guide and a feisty daughter to keep him company, though...

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    1. Cheers Colgar6. I have Doug on the table even now, and a feisty cavewoman to accompany him ;-)

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  10. Nicely done, Simon. The problem with following blogs such as yours (and Vampifan's for that matter) is that I keep seeing figures that I want to buy. And, like you, I already have dozens half finished that should be painted before I buy more. I'm craving those Antediluvian miniatures though, especially the new Atlanteans they're bringing out - I loved "Warlords of Atlantis". Just need someone to start making figures of the cast from "Krull", especially the Beast's foots oldies - they were cool.

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    1. Many thanks Jez.

      "And, like you, I already have dozens half finished that should be painted before I buy more" - I don't know what you mean my friend, I always finish my projects before I start a new one ;-)

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  11. Foot-soldiers, obviously. Bloody predictive text is the bane of my life...

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    1. "Beast's foots oldies" - That did make me laff :-)

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  12. A decidedly cool mini, that Mister Cushion. Very well painted by you, sir.

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    1. Most kind, Finch. Rather happy with him I must confess.

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