Tuesday, 19 December 2017

"We Have Ruled Your Lives Since Your Lives Began."

"You should kill us all on sight."
These "finely-sculpted" and 40mm tall "pewter" models of three Silents are produced by “Warlord Games” and are designed for use with the Nottingham-based company's "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" miniatures game. Genetically engineered to be the confessional priests of the Church of the Silence, these mouthless creatures first appeared in the 2011 BBC television story “The Impossible Astronaut”, and were "capable of obliterating enemies by absorbing electrical energy from the air and discharging it from their hands at a vastly more potent level."

Initially primed with a double coat of "Citadel" Chaos Black, these miniatures were all heavily dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal and then washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Two of the bony-faced humanoids had their discoloured shirts 'picked out' with a combination of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Whilst the third figure had his arms slightly repositioned (through careful bending) and his collar painted in "Vallejo" Verdigris and "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade in order to mark him out as the faction's Leader.
"But you will never remember. We weren't even here. Your will is ours!"
All of these members of the "religious order created by Tasha Lem" had their ties re-painted with "Citadel" Abaddon Black and their pinkish skin pigmented with "Vallejo" Heavy Warmgrey and some watered-down "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. These areas of flesh were then highlighted with some additional "Vallejo" Heavy Warmgrey, before receiving a final wash of "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade in order to 'blend' the pigments together and create some extra shadowing.

In the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" game the faction certainly have some interesting special Traits, such as "Hard To Hit", which means that "all shots against a character... count as inaccurate", "Sneaky", which means that a Silent Veteran "may always claim cover even if in the open", and "Forgettable", which can allow one of Madame Kovarian's allies to "double its range if its not in the line of sight of an enemy character." In addition, the Silence's Adventure cards, such "Hypnosis", which gives you control of an enemy miniature "within 6" of one of your Silent characters" can really throw off an opponent's assault, whilst allowing the aliens to release the fearsome might of their "Electrical Discharges."
"Space Vixens From Mars" WIPs - Uhura, Mathews, Rand and Rayburn
Rather embarrassingly, I began work on these four “Space Vixens From Mars” miniatures some eighteen months ago, and never got past undercoating them. The 28mm metal figures are actually the first of several 'Federation' sculpts from the manufacturer's 'Personalities of SVfM' range that I began painting up as proxies for a “Star Trek” campaign, but were then sidelined on account of their uniform's elaborate and fussy chest insignia.

At the time I did try cutting the medals and war ribbons off with a sharp modelling knife and priming over the top of them with "Vallejo" Heavy Red. However, this then left each figure with a distinctly flat and noticeable area on their chest, which I have only now managed to 'grind' away to my satisfaction (having bought a set of small metal files).

24 comments:

  1. Brilliant group shot of those "Silents" Simon, you've done a grand job again! :-)
    As for the "SVfM" mini's, you've introduced me to yet another range that I was previously unaware of, and I'm looking forward to seeing your brushwork on them.

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    1. Many thanks indeed, Greg. Its good to get the Silence finished, so I can use them as a 'proper' three-card faction for "Doctor Who: Exterminate!"

      As for "Space Vixens From Mars", Bryan recently posted a couple of them on his blog, which reminded me that I'd started painting a load about 18 months ago, and then stuck them in a drawer. The popularity of my recently painted Kirk made me think they'd be worth getting out and trying to finish :-)

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  2. Great job on the Silents Simon, must feel good to have them finished, the SVFM look to be some interesting figures and good to see you've found a reason to finish them

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    1. Cheers Dave. The Silence have certainly helped empty a bit more room on the painting table - so I can now accommodate my "SVfM" minis :-) I'm hoping the "Star Trek" mood will help push me through all of the range I own tbh, and give me some 'phaser' BatReps in the New Year.

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  3. We have ruled your lives since time began ... sounds like the Conservative Party.
    As a group they look very impressive.
    No Napoleonics this week ;-)

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    1. Many thanks, Phil. I do try and steer clear of politics on this blog though ;-)

      "No Napoleonics this week YET" is what I think you meant to type ;-)

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    1. Cheers Andy. I don't do enough 'tabletop' group shots imho.

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  5. The SIlent guys look rather good, but they must be hge, even compared to some of the other pieces you have.

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    1. Thanks Joe. The Silence are indeed big beasties, and dwarf a fair few of the other "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" minis.

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  6. What a great post, Simon, full of stuff I like a lot. The six Silence look suitably creepy. As you say, they have some very interesting stats in the "Exterminate" game. They should be tough opponents.

    As you probably know, I am a huge fan of the Space Vixens from Mars range and so I was especially pleased to see you posting your work on some of them. Please do finish them.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. Much appreciated :-) I hope to get the Silence involved in a BatRep or two as soon as I can; albeit I'm building up quite the backlog with my current posting schedule.

      Tbh it was your posting ref "SVfM" which prompted my memory of owning some myself. When I then saw that I'd actually partially-painted a load of them, it made perfect sense to include them in my challenge; especially as the "Star Trek" vibe is strong with me currently :-)

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  7. [From: Undercoat] - "Very nice. The group of Silence look awesome, great ensemble. They are going to look menacing on the tabletop. The SVFM minis look very retro and I can't wait to see you trekify them. Cracking read."

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. I'm looking forward to 'trekifying' my "SVfM" minis myself, and getting them on the tabletop.

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  8. Just realised how good The Silence look amassed into a group like that. Somehow makes them look more awesome doesen`t it.

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    1. Cheers Steve. That group photo seems to have gone down really well on a few of the forums I post onto :-)

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  9. Brilliant post Simon! Those Who figures look particularly creepy when placed all together, they almost could fit an X-Files game too :)

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    1. Thanks Ivor. I do have a Mulder and Scully in my partially-painted backlog, so who knows ;-)

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  10. I like those Silence very much as well. Have a very Merry Christmas Simon.

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    1. Cheers Tarot. Glad you approve. Merry Christmas to you too :-)

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  11. When I first saw the Silent figures, I was not that enamoured of them, as I felt the poses were a little too static. But your adjustments to their poses and your paint jobs have improved them no end, so much so that it took me a while to work out which were the duplicates. Nice work.

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    1. Wow! That's high praise indeed, Jez, and very much appreciated. Thanks. I'm hoping that six will suffice for the Silence tbh, as the Headless Monks are out next year, so my Papal Mainframe faction can be expanded by using them, rather than more Silents.

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  12. Excellent work on the Silence BK. :)

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    1. Cheers Leon. That should for the Silence for now - I hope :-)

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