Wednesday, 6 June 2018

"I Am The Foamasi Government."

"I am an ambassador. To interdict my departure would be an act of war."
This 28mm metal Foamasi figure is produced by “Black Tree Design", and can be purchased as Code DW436 from the company's "Doctor Who" miniatures range. “A race of stocky, reptilian humanoids”, these aliens “were involved in a twenty minute war with the Argolin, during which they attacked Argolis with 20,000 missiles” and made their debut in the August 1980 BBC Television story "The Leisure Hive". 

The figure was first primed with two coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Green, generously shaded with “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green and dry-brushed using some (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Green. It then had it’s eyes carefully ‘picked out’ with a couple of spots of Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson, before its claws received a layer of “Vallejo” Iraqi Sand and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade.
Dandy Highwayfox WIPs - The furry footpad has had his breeches and leather waistcoat layered and washed
Setting aside my three-claw handed extra-terrestrial, I have been making some sound progress upon the last of my current batch of “Burrows And Badgers” models. This strikingly tall Dandy Highwayfox was sculpted by “Oathsworn Miniatures” as part of their successful “Fur And Feathers” kickstarter, and was one of my (many) impulse buys during “Salute” 2018.

Named Dead-Eye Jack during the creative project’s funding drive, I’ve decided to try and stick as close as possible to the robber’s ‘official’ paint-job, and resultantly have spent some time working my up his torso utilising some of my lesser used “Vallejo” paints in the process, such as USA Olive Drab, Black Green and Dark Vermilion. I’ve still got some way to go on my warband’s charismatic leader, but hope to have the dastardly fox finished before the week is done.
Boromite Work Ganger WIP - The alien miner still needs a number of pieces of his armour to be 'picked out'
A far less straightforward proposition has been the first of three Boromites I need to complete in order to finally field a 500-point Scouting Force for “Beyond The Gates Of Antares” by “Warlord Games”. Rather embarrassingly, I have actually been persevering with this particular project for an entire year, and only recently have found myself once again inspired to try and ‘grind’ the remaining rocky-skinned miners out with my paint-brush.

Fortunately, the Nottingham-based manufacturer is currently providing plenty of inspiration for their "war-torn universe" wargame, courtesy of the Virai's imminent release. This "long-forgotten threat introduces a new range of exquisite science fiction models" alongside a new campaign supplement which will actually allow me to field a combined Freeborn/Boromite Privateer force on the tabletop...

23 comments:

  1. Great job on the Foamasi. Could see him being useful for 7TV as well. Nice progress on the Fox as well. I think some more foxes definitely need to be gotten next have really enjoyed painting mine.

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    1. Thanks Simon. SImple stuff tbh, but was nice to get one of my fave monsters finished having met the man behind the mask, and ill-fitting costume. The Higwayfox is a terrific sculpt and should be finished soon - bringing my warband to an end :-)

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  2. I don't have any strong feelings about that Foamasi figure. I'm sure I saw the episode he/she/it appeared in but I have no recollection of it whatsoever.

    The B&B fox is another excellent sculpt and I'm glad he is named. He's another winner from this delightful range.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. “The Leisure Hive” is probably one of Tom Baker’s sadly forgotten stories. But sticks in my mind simply because of the Foamasi. Hope to have some more finished “Burrows & Badgers” posted soon.

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  3. The Foamasi looks good, nice progress on the fox, keep plugging away at the boromites you'll get there mate

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    1. Thanks Dave. Having plugged away at my Blight Kings and then Garrek’s Reavers, I’m confident my current painting plans will see off the three Boromites too :-)

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  4. An Adam and the Ants reference ages us both. The fox is taking shape nicely.

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    1. Cheers Phil. The fox is a nice sculpt.

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  5. And now I am humming 'stand & deliver'! Lovely job on the Foamasi Simon.

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    1. Thanks Michael. A great track, imho :-)

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    2. It certainly is, right up there with 'Ants Invasion' for me.

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    3. I’m a “Prince Charming” fan myself... :-)

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    4. And no one mentioned Puss In Boots ! I guess a lot of people had lost interest in him by the time the " Strip" album came out. Was reading an article about him being a avid wargamer recently, with a picture of what he looks like now at his local gaming club

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    5. That's a brave shout Dave, next thing you'll be saying Goody Two Shoes is better that Kings of the Wild Frontier. :D Curious about that article though, he's not had much fun lately from what I hear.

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    6. Both have merits, depending on the mood your in I would say Michael ! LOL
      By the sounds of it I should have read the full article, not just the Twitter highlights

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  6. Foamasi looks good. Could be useful in many scenarios as well as a Who adversary.

    Can't wait to see that fox painted up, it's a sweet sculpt.

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    1. Cheers Dai. I am tempted to buy a few more Foamasi at some point, so I can have a small band of them. Yup, the Fox is terrific - and a single cast too!!

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  7. Love the Foamasi fig, classic Dr Who fig in all respects, Foxy is a smashing figure too, actually the whole range is "cute as heck", keep plugging at the Boromites, I might have to add one of these to your top ten of 2018, just because they are such a long running project!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. The Foamasi was simple but fun to paint. I really hope any Top Ten is a Boromites-free zone tbh ;-)

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  8. "Dandy" is looking excellent so far Simon, and after deleting him from my list of candidates for my first warband, he's back on there thanks (I think!!)
    Your tantalizingly close to finishing another 'project' with those Boromite Gangers - the finishing line is in sight buddy :-)

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    1. Cheers Greg. The Fox really stands out imho, and literally towers above everyone else too. Fingers crossed they’ll be a few final Boromite posts over the next couple of weeks :-)

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  9. Very nice mix of minis. The Foamasi is nice, although I don't recall it from my past memories of Dr Who I just admit. The sculpt does a good job of replicating it though (after I looked it up to check!) And the paint job brings it to life nicely. Mr Fox is coming along nicely, can't wait to see the finished result and all I can say about the Boromites is I love them and keep plugging away!

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. It was nice to paint something so simple for a change of pace. I'm pleased to say the Boromite is now finished and just waiting to be varnished and flocked. The Highwayfox isn't far behind either :-)

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