Saturday, 20 December 2014

Empire Of The Dead - London Bobbies

These three metal 28mm miniatures are part of the eight figures Andy Cooper has sculpted for the “Westwind Productions” boxed set EOTD-07 London Bobbies. Although these figures are part of the miniature manufacturer’s steampunk “Empire Of The Dead” range, I plan use them as a State gang for the post apocalyptic skirmish ruleset “Across The Dead Earth”. 
The Victorian Policemen were reasonably simple to paint and were all initially undercoated with “Vallejo” Heavy Blue and then given two healthy washes of the “Citadel” Shade Nuln Oil. As I wanted something to ‘break up’ the monotony of their all dark blue colour scheme, I was delighted to see some the Bobbies had been painted with pure black capes on their box’s rear illustration. As a result I just applied a couple of coats of Abaddon Black to my miniatures’ cloaks. I then picked out their silver belt buckles, custodian crests and fastening chains with a combination of Boltgun Metal and more Nuln Oil. Their truncheons were painted with “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and a wash of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade.
I’m very close to finishing the eight “Pulp Figures” I intend to make my next submission for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. I’ve really enjoyed painting most of these Boys In Blue by Bob Murch. Though the odd figure has given me a bit of a headache from time to time, and my painting of the eyes on one of the models definitely still irks. Most of the models now only need another coat of “Vallejo” Blue Shade and the odd police cap badge or brass button to be finished.
Next week’s themed entry for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is Rider(s) and Mount(s). I’ve actually four models which I plan to start work on with a view to this theme, and whichever gets the most attention in the coming few days will be the one I’ll eventually submit as my entry. This means I’ll be doing a lot of painting but probably for little output by the end of next week, so in order to ensure I still paint my target five models per week I will also be working on a number of single miniatures which should be ‘quick wins’ as they’re predominantly metallic.
These three “Heroclix” models are Cyborg, Jocasta and Ultron. I have already cut them from their "Wizkids" 'clicky-bases', re-based them, undercoated them black, and managed to apply the first drybrushed layer of “Citadel” Boltgun Metal on to two of them. The Cyborg model is a lot bigger than the others and as a result has been placed upon a 40mm round base.

14 comments:

  1. The boys in blue are progressing well there Simon, but I have to say I think those mini's of Jocasta and Ultron look like they are going to be crackers! (no xmas pun indended).

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. The Boys in Blue are all done and over on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge site. I'll be posting them over here on Monday, so I've got a few more WIP miniatures to 'back them up'. Ultron and Jocasta are great minis and I hope once I've built up their armour to some silver highlights they should look very good indeed; especially with three dreadnought robots accompanying them :-)

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  2. Great job on all the Police your churning out. Shall look forward to seeing the next batch of figures completed.

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    1. Cheers Simon. I must confess I feel like 'Police Academy' at present :-) Just got 'Queenie' to finish for my AtDE State gang, and now my Boys in Blue are all finished, I'll need some Prohibtion War opposition for them... as well as some masked vigilantes.

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  3. Some fine looking figures, Simon. I'm looking forward to seeing how you handle the three new Heroclix figures. They should paint up very well.

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    1. Many thanks Bryan. I've so many "Heroclix" based and prepared at present, the mind boggles :-)

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  4. Love the Bobbies Simon, I must get some of those for myself.

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    1. Cheers Michael. They are very nice models indeed and I think you'll do a top job with them.

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  5. Nice coppers dude! I really like the pulp types.

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    1. Many thanks Bob. Mr Murch's sculpts are great :-)

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  6. The cops have turned out really well, now on to the next (it's neverending isn't it ?)

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    1. Cheers Zabadak. It is indeed never ending, and I've more British bobbies probably lined up for my Victorian submission for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge...

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  7. Lovely bobbies. Almost typed boobies, which is not the same.

    Can imagine them in a League of Extraordinary Heroes setting.

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    1. Many thanks Dai. LOL :-) Indeed as a result of doing the EOTD Kickstarter I believe I have the full League of Extraordinary Gentlemen waiting for me in the box Andy sent me after the KS had finished. Certainly many of them should appear as postings on my blog over the next twelve months as most will work as mercenaries in Across The Dead Earth and Captain Nemo is spookily already on my table as the leader of a rival gang :-)

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