Saturday, 25 October 2014

“You Cannot Kill That Which Doesss Not Live !”

This 28mm metal model of Judge Death in Spirit Form was sculpted as part of the October 2012 "Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: Block War" kickstarter by “Mongoose Games” and can be purchased as code JD20129 from "Warlord Games".

This miniature is based upon the spirit form of the undead lawkeeper from a parallel dimension, and is my penultimate submission for Zomtober 2014. As I wanted the incorporeal spirit to fit in with a number of ghosts I painted over four years ago, I had to dig deep to try and find some ‘out of production’ pots of “Games Workshop” paint. The model was first undercoated with “Vallejo” White and then heavily washed with “Citadel” Thrakka Green and, once it had dried, Devlan Mud. I then drybrushed the entire model with “Vallejo” White.
This really brought out the detail of the sculpting and helped me see which parts of the undead spirit I wanted to solidify. As a result I painted most of the figure’s head with “Citadel” Abaddon Black and then set to work painting the Deadworld Judge’s face, teeth and portcullis-shaped visor. Once completed I started the process of trying to mix the black of the villain’s helmet in with the white of his spirit form. This was accomplished by alternating drybrushing the adjoining areas with “Vallejo” White and “Citadel” Abaddon Black until they merged to form a slightly greyish layer.
The original posting of my ghost miniatures by the “Newark Model Soldier Company” can be found here: http://fantorical.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/i-aint-afraid-of-no-ghost.html
Having completed Judge Death’s spirit form, I’ve now started painting this “Mongoose Publishing” model of a corpse he’s inhabiting. There seems to be many different variations as to his uniform and its colouring but I plan to go with bone for his right shoulder pterodactyl, elbow pads and left shoulder pad and green for his belt and kneepads.

12 comments:

  1. Great shading on the spirit form of Judge Death. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the completed Judge Death himself. He's looking good so far.

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    1. Thanks Vampifan. For such a small mini he took ages to paint. Just blocking in Judge Death's main colours for now. Really enjoyed this Zomtober, so I would like to get him finished before the month is out.

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  2. That's a wonderfully creepy miniature, but the shading is brilliant.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Its a simple but effective technique that has worked for me in the past. Perhaps one day I'll get round to painting my LOTR Army of the Dead. Maybe next Zomtober :-)

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  3. Great job dude! As a massive 2000AD fan, I fully approve of the subject matter.

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    1. Many thanks Bob. Really nice little model. I think the spirit forms were actually made by Mongoose Matt as an additional extra to the four main Dark Judges unlocked in the Kickstarter. In which case its one of the few things which have turned out as a bonus for backing it :-)

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  4. That is pretty darned cool. A weird subject, nicely painted. The gloss finish works well.

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    1. Thanks Finch. Much appreciated. Hopefully the corpse version will turn out as nicely. That's some superb 'drowned zombies' you've posted on your blog btw.

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  5. Looks good!

    So, how *do* you kill this guy :-) ?

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    1. Many thanks Colgar6. The simple answer is you don't. But if you have a proton pack, trap and containment unit handy :-)

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  6. Looking good, just need the other Dark Judges and of course Anderson painted now.heh

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    1. Cheers Chico :-) That's another project in its own right unfortunately and for the next month I've Mo'vember to concentrate on and I'll be starting to dip my toe into a bit of Oldhammer - well 1996 Lizardmen anyway.

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