Friday, 18 September 2015

"Ten Thousand Light Years From Nowhere, Our Planet Shot To Pieces, People Starving, And I'm Gonna Get Us In Trouble?

"Lord, I'll do anything you ask tomorrow... just don't call an alert tonight!"
This 28mm metal miniature of the D-Ranger codenamed Galicia is made by “Nexus Miniatures” and is model NX14 from their “Superhero Dinosaur Zombie Apocalypse” range. The figure comes in two pieces and makes a cracking proxy for Lieutenant Starbuck, as played by Dirk Benedict in the 1978 Science fiction television series “Battlestar Galactica”.

The Colonial Serviceman was initially undercoated with “Vallejo” Heavy Brown before his jacket was painted using Heavy Sienna. The model’s shoulder-pads and boots were then given a coat of Charred Brown. Finally his jacket’s buttons and shirt collar were picked out with Gold. All of these areas were then washed with “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. As with my Captain Apollo model I also painted one of the starfighter pilot's belt straps, as well as his belt buckle, with a combination of “Vallejo” Gold and Strong Tone Quickshade as my TV show reference material depicted the character stowing a handful of large ammunition rounds by his holster. As the metallic colour would break up the somewhat monotonously black mid-drift of the miniature I thought just painting one such area in this way should make the ‘bullets’ stand out. Finally I used an old OOP pot of the "Citadel" Foundation paint Calthan Brown with more Strong Tone Quickshade for Starbuck's hair.
Lieutenant Boomer WIP - The Colonial Warrior simply needs a final wash of Brown Ink before being varnished
Sticking with my increasingly growing collection of “Nexus Miniatures” I have also almost finished putting the final touches on the last of my D-Ranger models, Codenamed Joey. I really have thoroughly enjoyed painting these wonderfully characterful sculpts up, and as a result have acquired a second set, along with a couple of D-Ranger Helmet sprues, in order to provide me with additional ‘nameless’ Colonial Warriors.

I've even found the time to make a little more progress on the first of several F.O.N. Operative miniatures I plan to paint up as alternative super-heroes. This cyclopean leader, complete with 'classic' yellow and blue attire, will head a party of super-powered "zombicide" survivors as they battle to stay alive within the "Marvel Zombies Universe".
Cylons WIP - Early days yet for these robots but once I've decided which bits will be armour they should get moving
In addition I thought it was about time to purchase some opposition for my "smoker of fumerellos", so have picked up these rather nice-looking A.S.P. Troopers as part of the company's By Your Command deal. It's actually taken me a little while to get these 'not-Cylons' prepared for painting, as not only do the miniatures come with two sets of heads but also a variety of weapons; all of which I decided should be pinned together as opposed to just being super-glued.

26 comments:

  1. Your Starbuck figure has turned out great. I remember the old TV series with fondness. Boomer is looking just as good.

    You certainly grabbed my attention when you said that your figure of Cyclops " will head a party of super-powered "zombicide" survivors as they battle to stay alive within the "Marvel Zombies Universe". Bring it on, Simon! I can see a lot of mileage in this project.

    If you already have the Battlestar Galactica heroes then you definitely need the bad guys. Those Cylons really look the part. By the way, pinning is always a good idea.

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    1. Many thanks indeed Bryan. Starbuck was always my fave of the original series, so I'm delighted he has turned out as well as he did. Boomer is also now complete and juts being based and I'm really happy with him too. I certainly need to give them some opposition as the trio are a must for getting on the tabletop soon.

      Heh... I thought my mentioning of "Zombicide" would grab your attention my friend, and hopefully you'll not only enjoy my 'MZU' survivors but also the 3D board I'm currently making for them to use too. I've a few more 'heroes' to pin over the next few days (wise words of advice from you!!), ready for Sunday's posting...

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  2. Great stuff! Starbuck and Boomer look great and the Cylons are coming along nicely!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. Early days yet for the Cylons, though I reckon once I've settled upon which parts are going to be painted silver etc then they should be rather quick to get finished.

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  3. Your BSG proxies have turned out beautifully, great job Bk!
    The super powered Zombicide survivors sound interesting. In fact my mate Sheldon brought this up a couple of months ago, after finding some Zombicide survivor cards based on Marvel and DC superheroes. They looked really cool but I can't remember where he found them. I will contact him and endeavour to find a link for you.

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    1. Many thanks Bob. Much appreciated. I'd be very grateful to you if you could supply me with a link please. I'm aware of a few sites though which have done customizable cards etc. This one is rather good for Batman etc : http://castlesandcooks.com/2013/04/23/custom-gaming-zombicide-gotham-city-heroes

      I wasn't planning on doing anything so grand though, just re-use the official cards from the boxed sets etc I already own and rename a few of them etc. However you can always 'twist my arm' ;-)

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    2. That's the one, there's a Marvel page too. Sorry to get your hopes up.

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    3. No worries Bob. They look very good indeed and I can see why they caught your friend's eye. I simply want to use what I've bought first and foremost, and Bryan has kindly sent me a couple of other stat cards as well. Thanks for thinking of me :-)

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  4. As others have already said, these are coming on nicely. Will we see a game soon, I wonder?

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    1. Cheers C6. Definitely a game coming up once I've based Boomer, and probably a return to "7TV" as a result. I just need to see which minis the "Nexus" figures best fit in with, as they are a tad larger than my normal scale.

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  5. Very nice, those not-cylons look like a cracker to paint :)

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    1. Thanks Chico. They are certainly rather characterful sculpts my friend. I think you'd do a cracking job on them too, and they'd be a rather formidable foe for Judge Blax to detain ;-)

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  6. Top job Simon, these bring back such fond memories of the TV series.

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    1. Cheers Michael. I don't like to stick with one project for too long (as well you know :-) ). But the fact I've bought the selfsame three BSG miniatures again (with alternative heads) should hopefully speak volumes as to how keen I am on "Nexus Miniatures" :-)

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  7. Lovely work, Simon. I always thought the Cylons were cool looking and these sculpts really do them justice. Will you paint one black and gold, like the mail-away exclusive action figure, to represent a commander? I think this was only in the toys. I am refraining from visiting Nexus' site again, as I keep seeing things I want to buy.

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    1. Thanks Jez. This initial batch of Cylons will all be silver. But I do have plans for a couple of gold ones later on. If you don't want to visit the "Nexus Miniatures" website then you can always visit their Ebay store ;-)

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  8. Great work Simon, as always Starbuck was always my favourite (after the Cylons of course!), I downloaded his final episode from the net ages ago as they never seemed to show it on the telly, it's a bit like the "Enemy mine" movie. I forgotten that was where the super smart kid was supposed come from (hated him!).

    I remember the Gold Cylon, Oh you've got to have one of those! so much cooler than the tall sycophantic sounding robots with the sparkly heads and silly eyes!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheer Roger. Much appreciated. I do have plans for a couple of gold Cylons, and none for Lucifer (Baltar's robotic servant) - Although I would paint one up if "Nexus" decided to make one. I'm just basing Boomer for Sunday, so expect at least one more BSG posting before I turn my short-lived attention upon something else ;-)

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  9. fan-frakking-tastic, Simon. Those Cylon minis really look the part.

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    1. Thanks Finch. I've really been impressed with these "Nexus Miniatures" and am certainly looking forward to what they produce next. Hopefully I'll have caught up somewhat by then though.

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  10. They look excellent Simon. Your ahead of me on my own Nexus miniatures. So little time!!

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    1. Cheers Simon. These are absolutely cracking miniatures and now Boomer is finished I'm hoping to nail down a few of their F.O.N. Operatives as well before Zomtober.

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  11. So much BSG goodness. Those Cylons are going to look great. Plans to do one as the golden commander?

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    1. Thanks Dai. I do have plans for a couple of gold ones later on. But just trying to squeeze in these silver ones, first and foremost before Zomtober is going to be difficult.

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    2. Good to hear. The Silver ones will need to responding to them with the classic "By Your command."!

      Zomtober.... Here's hoping mine arrive through the post in time...

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    3. Fingers crossed for you then, Dai. Should be a lot of interesting minis being painted up this year :-)

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