Sunday, 19 June 2016

"What's Happening, Bok? Why Do You Not Attack?"

"There's nothing to fear. It's just mumbo jumbo!"
This rather small two-piece 28mm metal model of Bok is by “Black Tree Design” and can be purchased as code DW314 – Bok from the company’s “Doctor Who” range. The figure is based upon “the gargoyle servant of Azal” and was played by Stanley Mason in the 1971 BBC television science fiction adventure “The Daemons”. Made of stone and bulletproof, the creature “reverts [back] to his statue form when Azal is defeated” in the story’s fifth and final episode.

Having super-glued the stone construct’s wings onto the monster’s back, the model was given a double undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and then heavily washed with “Citadel” Nuln Oil. The figure was then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey. Ordinarily, I’d leave such stony subject matters at that. But as I didn’t feel the somewhat brusque technique had succeeded in bringing out a lot of the (admittedly soft) sculpt’s detail, I re-washed the gargoyle with “Citadel” Nuln Oil and then applied a second, much more delicate dry-brush of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey over its raised areas. Even this much gentler approach didn’t entirely succeed however, and I was forced to repeat this process a third time over Bok’s face before I was satisfied with the miniature’s overall look.
Melkur WIPs - The Master's TARDIS now requires a watered-down layer of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand
 Lastly, in an effort to illustrate that this model actually depicts a chap in a tight-fitting grey costume, I thought I’d highlight the fact that the leotard was attached to the actor’s somewhat visible hands by picking out his fingers using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.

Having finished Bok, I've subsequently started work painting the "Black Tree Design" model for the Melkur; otherwise known as the Master's movable Tardis from the television serial "Doctor Who And The Keeper Of Traken". This embodiment of "pure evil" hasn't turned out quite as well as I expected on account of “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade drying rather 'gloopily' for my liking, and thus making the figure's subsequent dry-brush a little too rough-looking for the angular-shaped monster. As a result I plan to give the miniature a layer of watered-down "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand in the hope of smoothing out its shading before 'picking out' its final details.
Human Torch WIPs - Johnny Storm has had all his flames 'picked out' with black
I have also made some more progress on the "Heroclix" models I have been inspired to paint following my recent purchase of the “Avengers Verses X-Men” “Dice Masters” game. In particular I am currently concentrating on Johnny Storm and picking out all of his flames with a combination of orange, a red wash, more orange and yellow.

The Human Torch's fiery ground-burst is already finished, and over the next few days I hope to carefully work my way up the figure painting in each of the sculpt's many flaming areas. Once completed, I'll only need to re-paint a miniature of the Invisible Girl from "Wizkids" Marvel Clobberin' Time range to be able to field the original Fantastic Four as part of my "Cosmic Cube Wars" campaign. 

30 comments:

  1. I'm really not a fan of Bok but well done to you for making him look like the man in a costume that he is. I'm not at all familiar with the Melkur. I just don't remember him at all. Again, I think he's an uninspiring figure. Sorry, Simon, no offence meant.

    The Human Torch figure, however is a different prospect indeed. I like him a lot, even though he can be a jerk at times! I have one version of him on his Heroclix base and I used a swap to do exactly what you're doing - re-basing and re-painting him.

    Oh, and the word of the day is "gloopily!" Everyone should try to use it in conversation as often as possible today! :-)

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I like the tiny Bok mini a lot, but appreciate he is a little underwhelming. Melkur on the other hand is a bit uninspiring I agree, and my difficulties painting him have not helped his cause to get finished either. The Human Torch should hopefully be completed this week, once I've progressed my 'Forgotten Heroes' a bit more.

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  2. Nice work, Simon. I did initially wonder about Bok's hands - boxing gloves was my first thought - but one I'd read on, I understood.
    And for shame, Bryan! The Melkur featured in the story that introduced Anthony Ainley as the new version of the Master, as well as the yummy Nyssa.

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    1. I certainly remember Anthony Ainsley as the Master, and the lovely Nyssa, of course. I just can't recall anything about the Melkur.

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    2. Cheers Jez. I thought I'd go with something a little different concerning Bok, having recently painted the "Crooked Dice" Animated Statue similarly.

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    3. Of course "Keeper Of Traken" also starred Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, so its little wonder Bryan expelled it from his mind ;-)

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    4. Adric's death is probably the only companion's death I actually cheered.

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    5. I must admit to being somewhat taken aback by Adric's death in "Earthshock". But it did make that particular Cyberman story one of my all time faves as a result ;-)

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    6. Dammit all, why did you have to remind me of Adric? I had just about erased him from my memory. Jez, I also cheered when he died! Simon, there appears to be a lot of Nyssa fans here. Any chance of you getting a suitable figure of her? Pretty please! ;-)

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    7. Bryan, I do own the "Black Tree Design" Nyssa. I'll see what I can do :-)

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    8. Adric... time to paint up a mini og that shite mess of a character i think. ;)

      (You, not me. I've a bajillion soviets staring at me to get done.)

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    9. Heh... I was actually thinking of doing the Fifth Doctor and his travelling companions as something of a mini project, Dai.

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  3. You see now I'm going to have to buy another Doctor Who box set! Great job Simon and I have to say that Human Torch miniature is a bit tasty too!

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    1. Thanks Michael. I do have the hefty Daemon ready to paint too, so if little Bok doesn't tempt you then perhaps the great horned one will!!

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  4. I like Melkur in contrast to Bryan's comment :-) love the colour you've achieved with him

    I do agree that "gloopily" should be the word of the day however ....

    Johnny Storm is looking nice bro ;-)

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    1. Cheers Andy. I have now applied a watered-down wash over Melkur, which has smoothed everything out enough for me to attempt a heavily weakened brown wash later in the week. All attention is currently on 'Forgotten Heroes' though... and the Human Torch too!!!

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  5. Boking nice work, you brought out the detail on him?

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    1. Thanks Fran. Much appreciated, and a mini I thought was worth the effort tbh.

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  6. Bok looks good but Melkur is superb! I do love your Doctor Who stuff!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. Loads of "Doctor Who" stuff coming over the next few weeks... in between plenty of superhero stuff!!!

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  7. Shame on you Bryan "Keeper of Traken" is my second favourite Dr Who story of all time (after Remembrance of the daleks), Great to see you painting up your Melkur, I actually like the mini (and the original of course) and yes Nyssa (Sarah Sutton)was scrummy!

    And the FF in action soon too, did you write this post for me?

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Not sure when I'll be painting Susan Storm/Richards yet Roger. but she'll certainly be a tempting mini if it means I can finally field the Fantastic Four... especially if I can get hold of their "Dice Masters" cards/dice ;-)

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    2. +2 for Sue Richards, Simon, and the rest of the FF as well. My favourite Marvel hero, She-Hulk, was once a member of them. I'm just saying!

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    3. Thanks Bryan. I have a partially started She-Hulk somewhere on my table ;-)

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  8. Nice work on the Whovian monsters. :)

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    1. Thanks PulpCitizen. I really did enjoy painting Bok as a chap in a leotard!

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  9. Good stuff. Beyond the "man-in-a-costume" angle, Bok's flesh-tone digits add a splash of color to an otherwise monotone figure.

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    1. Cheers Finch. Much appreciated :-)

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  10. Bloody good work mate. Shame about the master's thingie. It's an interesting sculpt. I hope it comes out ok in the end.

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    1. Thanks Dai. I've applied the watered-down Iraqi Sand, and now plan to try again with a thinner wash etc. Fingers crossed.

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