Wednesday, 11 July 2018

"The Ways Of The Earthmen Are Devious."

"Obviously they are preparing the next stage of their plan."
This 39mm-tall "pewter" model of a Draconian Bodyguard is sold by “Warlord Games” and can be bought as part of their "Draconians" boxed set. Based upon the "tall, reptilian species" whose Empire in the Twenty Fifth Century rivalled that of Earth, the scaly-skinned extra-terrestrials made their first appearance in Malcolm Hulke's February 1973 BBC television story "Frontier In Space" and would later be "among the races who... helped imprison the Eleventh Doctor in the Pandorica in order to save the universe."

Initially primed using two layers of "Vallejo" Heavy Green, the highly honourable alien's limbs and head were pigmented using Heavy Brown and a wash of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. The warrior's robes were then shaded with "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green and carefully dry-brushed using (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Green".
Draconian Bodyguard WIPs - The alien needs his golden sashes to be highlighted and tidied up
"Led by the Emperor and his court of nobles", I decided upon a rather tabletop standard solution to my problem of the Draconian's lavishly embroidered oriental-looking shoulder pads and golden flowing sashes, by simply applying both some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and Brass to these areas, before later washing them with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.

Later I delicately drew some additional "Vallejo" Brass over the costume's ridges in order to highlight all the intricate patterns woven onto the material, and tidied up some of the adjoining Heavy Green areas with a thin line of watered-down Black. As a final touch I 'picked out' the soldier's hand-weapon with "Citadel" Ironbreaker and a dash of Nuln Oil.
100mm x 100mm x 60mm MDF WIPs - The MDF box/building has been painted "Citadel" Ironbreaker
With the first of my three Draconian Bodyguards finished, I have already been slowly working my way through the aforementioned stages on two other identical miniatures. Admittedly, I only actually need two to use for their Recruitment card in "Doctor Who: Exterminate!", but as I have three, I thought I might as well continue to paint them all at the same time.

In addition, I've spent some more time working on the MDF boxes I recently bought from Tepic2000 on "Ebay" to create a Cyber-City tabletop. I have begun sloppily shading a "Citadel" Ironbreaker undercoated 100mm x 100mm x 60mm building with Nuln Oil, and, using some more of the 3D decals "N-FX Game Design Studio" very kindly gifted me, applied a number vents, electronic interfaces and metallic panels to a second smaller facility.

20 comments:

  1. Your Draconian looks excellent Simon, and the other two seem to be progressing well. Some more interesting buildings on the horizon then, the detail kits definitely add an extra element, to what could be a plain building

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    1. Thanks very much Dave. I'm hoping to have the Draconian Bodyguards finished for next week, and at least one more building. The larger size has allowed me to use a few more of the 3D decals and put a bit more detail on the roof. I really think once finished these'll give me a nice tabletop of scenery.

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  2. I do like the Draconians and the 3D decals on your MDF Buildings are a great find. A cracking post, Simon.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I hoping to get more terrain finished over this weekend.

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  3. The "Draconian Bodyguard " seems to be coming along well. And the building looks brilliant all thanks to you.

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    1. Thanks Clint. I’m hoping to get the rest finished over the next week or so and then crack on with the main Draconian soldiers. I’m really pleased with the buildings, and hoping to get them on the tabletop soon.

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  4. A fine addition to the collection Simon.

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    1. Cheers Michael. One more done but so many more “Doctor Who” minis to go.

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  5. Nicely done mate. I am other familiar with this alien. Looks cool though

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    1. Thanks Simon. Much appreciated :-)

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  6. All is going well, the aliens look the part.

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  7. I do like your take on these and they seem to be coming along quicker than most, despite their detail.
    Love the box buildings too.

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    1. Thanks Joe. Hoping to get the box buildings on the tabletop just as soon as I have three finished.

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  8. I like your painting of the Draconian, very nice. I have not purchased any Dr Who minis as Warlord seem to be focusing on a collector's range. I think if they supported the Exterminate rule set more and did scenarios featuring more of the models then they would sell more. I like painting, but want to game with the models too. But what do I know? Can't wait to see more of the cyber scenery, very interesting and innovative.

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. “Scenarios featuring more of the models” - I wonder who “Warlord Games” might have contacted to pen those ;-)

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    2. Oooh sounds interesting! Can you say more? Also congratulations if you are scenario writing!!!!

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    3. I’ve little doubt once they start to be released they’ll be mentioned on this blog, especially as it’ll probably involve the Sea Devils ;-)

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  9. Great work on the Drac's Simon, and those building look a treat, ooh are you going into the scenario writing business then? sounds really good, they should be great with your encyclopaedic DW knowledge, best of luck with those.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. I'm hoping to get the Draconians finished for the tabletop soon(ish). I'm hoping to have the first few scenarios with "Warlord Games" by this weekend, and see where that then leads :-)

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