|"I mean, life's not a comic book, right, Doctor?"|
This 40mm-tall "pewter" model of the Ghost, as played by actor Justin Chatwin, is produced by “Warlord Games” and forms part of the two-figure strong "The Return Of Doctor Mysterio" boxed set which I recently reviewed for the "Doctor Who News" website. Having mistakenly swallowed the Hazandra instead of medicine in a childhood accident, the masked super-hero teamed up with the Twelfth Doctor against the Harmony Shoal in the 2016 "Doctor Who" Christmas Special and demonstrated that he could fly, had super-strength, super-hearing, and x-ray vision and was a
Initially undercoated with two layers of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, the pyrokinetic's angular armour was roughly dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal, 'highlighted' with Heavy Blue, and later washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then 'picked out' the crime-fighter's chest insignia with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, and was going to try and actually 'draw in' the emblem's metallic 'G' which is so visible on the official "Into The Time Vortex" professionally painted miniature.
|Jamie McCrimmon WIP - The Highlander has been based and primed, ready for detailing|
Unfortunately, I didn't like my chances of making a good job of it, so, fearing I might 'botch-up' my somewhat clean, existing paint-job, I decided to simply leave well enough alone and move on to the Ghost's skin. These small areas were quickly covered using a coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone, a watered-down wash of "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade, and a few additional dabs of (more) "Vallejo Heavy Skintone. Finally, I shaded the super-hero's "Vallejo" Turquoise cape with some "Citadel" Nuln Oil.
Sticking with both "Doctor Who" and Christmas, I was rather pleased to receive "an exclusive miniature of Jamie McCrimmon" for the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" tabletop game as a Yuletide present. This figure is only being sold by Frazer Hines via his "website and at events", and is seemingly sculpted to replicate the mid-eighteenth century Highland Scot during the 1968 eight-parter "The Invasion". Perhaps this metal model's most attractive feature however, was that it came with a personal message from the English born actor wishing me a "Happy Xmas".
|First Doctor & Twelfth Doctor WIPs - Both Timelords have been re-based and primed|
Similarly exciting for me, has been this year's "Doctor Who" Christmas Special, "Twice Upon A Time". I actually got to see Peter Capaldi's swansong a few days early, due to being asked by the "Doctor Who News" website to write a thousand-word review of the programme, which could then be published just as the show's transmission ended. This activity really got me in the mood to paint up a second Twelfth Doctor and, obviously, the "Gale Force Nine" version of the "original" Timelord.
Perhaps unsurprisingly therefore, I've already 'cut' both resin figures off of their stands, super-glued them onto a couple of 30mm lipped circular bases, and primed them "Citadel" Abaddon Black and "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre respectively. William Hartnell's model strikes me as being especially challenging, on account of his patterned trousers, but, thanks to some incredible hatch-markings actually cut into the resin, I'm hoping a shade and subsequent dry-brush might suffice..?