Thursday, 17 August 2017

"My People Ruled The Earth When Man Was Only An Ape."

"We shall destroy man and reclaim the planet."
These three 38mm tall metal Sea Devil miniatures are produced by “Warlord Games” and can be purchased from their "Into The Time Vortex" range. Sculpted to resemble the "amphibious relatives of the Silurians" during Malcolm Hulke's 1972 televised six-parter "The Sea Devils", these classic "Jon Pertwee" monsters were made all the taller by the costumed actors wearing the creatures' head masks like "top hats". 

All the models were initially primed with "Vallejo" Verdigris, thoroughly washed with "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade and dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Verdigris. Their feet were all then painted "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and their legs Heavy Green. These areas were subsequently dry-brushed with Heavy Sienna in order to blend the two colours together, and washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
"There are many thousands of our people in hibernation in this base."
The Sea Devils' weapon belts were 'picked out' using a combination of "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey, whilst the dull metallic look of their hand-weapons was created using "Citadel" Ironbreaker and a heavy shade of Nuln Oil. The Aquatic Silurians' hands and heads were originally treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, and the webbing 'slimed' with some Heavy Green. Later, as with the amphibious Earth reptiles' legs, these areas were dry-brushed with Heavy Sienna and washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. 

As a final touch, each Sea Devil's string vest was darkened/dirtied with a random application of both "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. These garments were then re-highlighted in places with some more "Vallejo" Verdigris being slowly drawn across them.
Master Necromancer WIPs - The Dark Confederacy's posse boss has been primed, washed and dry-brushed 
Jonathan Haythornthwaite's alternate Old West skirmish game "Dracula's America: Shadows Of The West" is increasing proving something of a distraction to my currently plethora of ongoing mini-projects. Not least because its gothic horror setting has produced a string of fascinating gunfighters, worrisome monsters, disturbing demons and pale-skinned undead.

As a result I've added this model of a white-suited Master Necromancer to my painting table, with a view to potentially actually creating a Dark Confederacy posse for the rule-set. The thought of the well-groomed, despicably amoral Southern gentleman leading a band of single-pistol armed bloodless Revenants sounds incredibly tempting, especially if I subsequently paint-up an opposing party of Union Cavalrymen lead by George Custer himself...

30 comments:

  1. I love the colour of the clothing you've achieved with these fishy foes Simon, really nice - cracking models too!

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    1. Thanks Andy. There's a bit of dry-brushing needed on the flesh, but most of the time taken to paint these guys is on the clothes :-)

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    2. Yeah, the original BBC-budget costumes were more "raggy fish nets", these look like some kind of high-tech fabric, which seems more fitting for technologically advanced aliens. Great job!

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    3. Thanks Allison M. I guess the loose weave of the TV costume was a little hard to capture with a sculpt, hence these tighter-weave looking garments?

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    4. The Black Tree figures are more like that... Mine looked very different from this once I painted it.

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    5. I have a box of the "Black Tree" Sea Devils, but never found the time to paint them. Do you have a link to your painted one on your blog? If so, it'd be cool to post it here, so people can see a comparison :-)

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  2. The sea devil's turned out really well Simon, the southern gentleman reminds me of Colonel Saunders in his white suit

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    1. Cheers Dave. I was thinking exactly the same thing whilst undercoating him.

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  3. Terrific. I love the sea people!(well not literally you understand, that would be a bit weird but as Dr Who adversaries...)

    Good job on these. Big fan.

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    1. Thanks Clint. Its good to be momentarily painting some "Doctor Who" minis which aren't Cybermen tbh; although I still have a few more silver giants yet to post.

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  4. Cracking job on the Sea Devils. I really like the sculpts as well. Nice to see the start on the master necromancer

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    1. Cheers Simon. I've a few more Sea Devils to come too, so I can use them as a decent faction when their "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" cards are produced.

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  5. Great work on the Sea Devils, the colours are spot on, Don't know if these have been in the new series but the are perfect copies of the Pertwee ones to me!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks ever so much Roger. These are based upon Jon Pertwee's encounter, and whilst the Silurians have reappeared within "Nu Who", the Sea Devils sadly haven't.

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  6. The colonel sure is finger-licking good! Sorry - blame Dave!

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  7. one step closer to the next DW AAR: can`t wait :)

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  8. Those Devils are great! Really like the colour and effect you've slapped onto their clothing.

    I like your plan for the Weird West Rebs. Colonel Sanders the necromancer? Hey, this chicken tastes like zombie...

    Did you see the latest Age of Sigmar announcement? New Nurgle stuff incoming. ;)

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    1. Cheers Dai. Much appreciated :-) I did indeed see the "AoS" update, so expect some Nurgle stuff coming to this blog soon ;-)

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  9. "Bow down before us, hairless apes, for we are technologically advanced! Witness the power of...the Compact Disc! No, it doesn't have 'Under the Sea' on it...and no, these are not net curtains..."

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  10. Joking aside, nice work on the Sea Devils, Simon.

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  11. Excellent work on the Sea Devils Simon, they look fantastic. :)

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    1. Thanks Leon. Very much appreciated :-)

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  12. You sea devils look tremendous, very impressive.

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    1. Cheers Joe. They were a delight to paint :-)

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  13. Those sea devils are absolutely brilliant

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    1. Thanks Phil. I've six more to do so I have enough for a faction :-)

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