Sunday, 3 September 2017

"Cyber Leader Moves Pawn To Discover Check."

"We shall simply take it and kill you both."
These two 40mm tall metal Cybermen miniatures are manufactured by “Warlord Games”, and a single casting of their "excellent" pose can be found within the company's splendid "Nightmares In Silver" Cybermen Collector's Set 1966-2013. Fortunately however, having already previously painted my version from the boxed set, I was extremely fortunate enough to be sent a couple more of the "cybernetically augmented humanoids" by the Nottingham-based company, and have therefore taken the opportunity to turn one of the figures into the Cyber Leader; as played by David Banks in the 1988 television story "Silver Nemesis".

The silver giants were originally primed with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before being given a double coat of Ironbreaker and a wash of Nuln Oil. The pairs' eyes were then darkened with a tiny dab of Abaddon Black and both miniatures dry-brushed with more Ironbreaker. In order to try and replicate the Cybermen's chrome like finish, I attempted to make it's head and chest unit standout by dulling down everything else with a second application of Nuln Oil.
"The Cyberfleet are still not receiving our transmission, Leader."
"Warlord Games" are arguably paying the Cybermen an increasing amount of attention currently, and have just announced that the "Tomb of the Cybermen" scale diorama produced by "Nik N-fx Hull" and his team has finally been fully approved for manufacture. In addition, there seem to be a number of imminent classic "Doctor Who" sets coming up for their "Into The Time Vortex" range, such as the Movellans, the Vervoids, Commander Linx and Irongron, as well as Rago, Toba and three Quarks from the 1968 serial "The Dominators".

Indeed, the manufacturers of these "finely-sculpted scale pewter" miniatures are also looking to produce a "I Am The Master!" set of Master figures, featuring versions of Roger Delgado, Peter Pratt, Anthony Ainley, John Simm ("in hoody") and Michelle Gomez. Plus plastic Sontarans and the Ice Warriors as seen in the 2017 televised episode "Empress of Mars"...
Death Guard WIPs - The Heretic Astartes has been washed, dry-brushed and twice re-washed
Despite so much imminent "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" goodness 'clouding' my vision, I have still found some hobby-time to start painting the first Heretic Astartes for my Eighth Edition "Warhammer 40K" Chaos army. This particular plastic sculpt can be found within the "Dark Imperium" Starter Box by "Games Workshop" and is absolutely packed full of complicated details ranging from tentacles squirming their way out of battered armour plating to tiny, delicate-looking scarab beetles dangling off of breathing tubes.

Ideally I want to be able to create a squad of ten Plague Marines for my predominantly daemonic force, and thus provide it with some much-needed firepower. But as I currently only plan to use an almost 'skirmish-type' 500-point force for my initial battles, I simply need to pigment the unit's minimum strength of a Champion and four marines...

24 comments:

  1. Those Cybermen are nice, it's just a shame they are 40mm. I think Warlord missed a trick by not producing them in 28mm.

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    1. Thanks Simon. Initially "Warlord Games" seem to have been going for collectors as opposed to gamers, but that change of ethos seems to be in flux these days.

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  2. The silver menace grows.
    Excellent work.

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    1. Thanks Clint. Just a few more to go now.

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  3. Nice work on the bonus cybermen Simon, and can see you are keen to work on your 40K force

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    1. Cheers Dave. The "WH40k" Chaos Marine is already finished, would you believe ;-)

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    2. Can tell you enjoyed it then mate if it's done already

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    3. I've actually snuck back to it, and picked out some straps so it isn't quite so all-over rusty looking ;-)

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  4. At this rate, the cybermen "group shot" is going to need a wide angle lense ;-)
    Top notch stuff Simon, and the list of upcoming Time Vortex releases sounds like it'll be keeping you busy!

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    1. Thanks very much Wargame Addict. That is a heck of a future release list from "Warlord Games" isn't it :-)

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  5. The Cybermen look good. The method you've used to paint them certainly does the trick.

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    1. Cheers Roy. It certainly works for me.

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  6. Just when you thought it was all over, more cybermen goodness!

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  7. Excellent job yet again mate. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Cheers Simon, back to some "G.I. Joe" goodness for the next posting ;-)

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  8. hmmmmm, those Death Guard are rather growing on me.

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    1. Thanks Steve, hopefully I'll have a finished Death Guard to show you soon :-)

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  9. Excellent work on the latest Cyberman mate. And it looks like the Who range will be keeping you busy for some time to come. :)

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    1. Cheers Leon. Indeed "Warlord Games" will be if they continue to release so many awesome "Doctor Who" sets :-)

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  10. Lovely silver devils! I remember that 1988 series, i was 11 at the time. ;)

    More nurgle? I approve sir.

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    1. Thanks Dai. I was delighted with how the additional Cybermen turned out, and yup - I'll be Nurgle in "Warhammer 40K" too :-)

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