Sunday, 20 September 2015

"You Dirty, Rotten Crasoneys! Come Back Here And Fight!"

"The computers get more complicated every yahren."
This 28mm metal miniature of the D-Ranger codenamed Joey is made by “Nexus Miniatures” and is model NX15 from their “Superhero Dinosaur Zombie Apocalypse” range. The figure, sculpted by Martin Buck, comes in two pieces and makes a wonderful proxy for Lieutenant Boomer, as played by Herbert Jefferson Junior in both the 1978 Science fiction television series “Battlestar Galactica” and its ‘spin-off’ “Galactica 1980”.

The Colonial Warrior 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 belt buckle were picked out with Gold. Both of these areas were then washed with “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. In addition I also painted one of the future Battlestar Executive Officer’s belt straps 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.
X-Men WIPs - With Cyclops almost finished I'll be starting work on two more heroic mutants
Sticking with my “Nexus Miniatures” lead mountain I am close to finishing my cyclopean Psychic Hero F.O.N. Operative having tidied up his blue jumpsuit and picked out his flesh areas. The leader of my ‘X-Men’ now just needs a black wash over his suit to significantly darken it, and his visor painted. In order to keep ‘Scott Summers’ company I have pinned together two team-mates for him using the company’s Beastly Hero body as a base for both. As I wanted one of my ‘Marvel Zombies Universe’ survivors to represent the blue furry Hank McCoy I used my Wolfman spare head and bent the model’s arms up a little in order to create a more hunched beast-like appearance. As the figure himself will be blue-skinned I plan to reverse the colour scheme of ‘Cyclops’, so his jumpsuit will be predominantly yellow. For my third F.O.N. Operative I’ve simply pinned the normal head to the torso and undercoated the model brown, as I plan to have this ‘Wolverine’ wearing a tan and black uniform.
Re-basing The Undead - "Copplestone Castings" Future Wars Code FW4 Plague Zombies
In addition I’ve managed to rebase, and in some cases re-paint, three more of my old “Copplestone Castings” zombies. I have a fair few more of these to get ready as I plan on using them as opposition for my Mutant Surivivors in “Zombicide” by “Guillotine Games”.

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  1. Yay for Boomer! I like him even though he is carrying one humongous pistol, which reminds me of a Mega City One Judge's Lawgiver pistol.
    I'm looking forward to seeing how you paint your Nexus X-Men. Cyclops is showing a lot of promise and that's a good idea to use that body for both the Beast and Wolverine.
    Finally, I must praise you for the way you have painted your Copplestone Zombies. You can see my versions of these figures here -
    http://vampifansworldoftheundead.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/copplestone-castings-zombies-01.html
    in a rare post that received no comments. Go figure!

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    1. Many thanks Bryan, Martin Buck clearly does like to sculpt his sci-fi minis with especially large laser pistols I must confess. However the attention to detail the guy pays to their clothing is awesome. Cyclops should be the next mini I post, he's that close to completion and hopefully I'll have time to get cracking on Beast & Wolverine before a Dr Who-themed Zomtober project distracts me ;-) I rarely rebase minis tbh, but I liked these "Copplestone Castings" so very much that I thought they'd be worth the effort, even though my old style of basing inevitably meant I'd need to repaint their lower extremities once again (as the paint always seems to come away with the basing despite my soaking them). Once I've done another three I hope to have at least Cyclops face some of these ghouls in a short "Zombicide" sojourn.

      And we can't have your wonderful-looking zeds not receiving the praise they so clearly deserve on your blog either can we :-)

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  2. All superb as usual...especially taken with the paint job on the first zombie from the putrid flseh to the glistening wounds!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. Hopefully you agree it was well worth investing a little time re-basing my zeds so I can get them back on the tabletop.

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  3. More splendid addition Gordon, I do like the gooey green zombie, good inspiration for Zomtober.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I think I've got these BSG minis nailed now as to how I like to paint them, so they'll be a few more Colonial Warriors on their way at some point. Hopefully I'll have all my old "Copplestone Castings" zombies re-based in time for a few games during Zomtober :-)

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  4. And the trio is complete. Need some the opposition painted up now. But who makes Ovions?
    Also looking forward to your "Marvel Zombies", Simon. Surely attacking a handful of Heroclix with a soldering iron would give suitably zombiefied versions of the heroes and villains, without resorting to paying a premium for the official figures? I always thought the Blob Heroclix would make a good zombie conversion. Oh and I've been saved, as Nexus Miniatures website is undergoing refurbishment, so I have been unable to view (and therefore buy) any figures.

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    1. Cheers Jez. I definitely need to get some opposition done but I don't know when that'll be just yet. I don't actually plan on making any zombified superheroes/villains just yet either. I'm just going to concentrate on getting my X-Men together first and have them facing off against normal zombies. I may then start dabbling with some conversions etc. I'll be staying well away from the official "Heroclix" Marvel Zombies as they are horrifically expensive and somewhat out of scale to the others as well. I have Giant-Man, who kindly kept Black Panther alive so he could slowly eat him piece by piece, and he just doesn't do the comic book character justice. Deadful figure. Don't forget you can always buy "Nexus Miniatures" from Ebay ;-)

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    2. Will you just stop, Simon. It's almost like you're on commission...
      Seriously though, it is getting more difficult to resist, as I'm thinking "I could use those for that..."

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    3. I must confess Jez, that I have somewhat fallen for "Nexus Miniatures" more than I ordinarily do for a new company. Drew has been superb in swift turnarounds and letting me know what is and isn't available. And I really do like Martin Buck's sculpts. Although Ian Mountain did the F.O.N. Operatives which I equally like. I'll stop now... but they would look good painted up on your blog :-)

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  5. Awesome job dude! There great mini's aren't they

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    1. Thanks Simon. They are great and its all down to you for bringing them to my attention in the first place :-)

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  6. Very nice Simon, that's a good trio you've got there, those Nexus mini's are rather nice figures, though I can see why Nexus would redo their web-site as I thought it was awful before.

    I've now ordered my Zombies for Zom-tober, but I'm having a little trouble tracking down the plastic Vikings I need to complete my Frostgrave warband. Oh well I have another month to get them I guess.

    Have you seen the new Dino and Atlantian troopers, Antediluvian are bringing out? I'm afraid these have just jumped to the top of my wish list.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Very kind of you Roger. Delighted with the trio and must get them into a game of something very soon. The old "Nexus Miniatures" website was a bit hard to navigate but you can always just order direct form Drew or visit their Ebay store for now :-)

      I'm looking forward to both Zomtober and Movember my friend, as I have projects planned for both of them and am just basing up my 'flora-zombies' and the U.N.I.T. of survivors to face them ;-)

      I have seen the latest from "Antediluvian Miniatures" thanks, and you won't be at all surprised to know that I plan to get a few of them Atlantians just as soon as they're released. They look awesome :-)

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  7. Your not-BSG crew continues to impress Bk! Very nice.
    The Nexus stuff is cool too!
    But zombies. Oh joy! You've done a cracking job on those dude! Some lovely gory details.

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    1. Cheers Bob. Plenty going on at the moment Dude as you can see. I plan to spend the next week or so simply continuing to clear some decks and then its Zomtober and a new project. Glad you like the "Copplestone Castings" - they've been boxed away for an eternity, but now they're out and re-based I'm hoping for plenty of fun with them.

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  8. Well done, Simon. That zombie on the far left is especially good.

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    1. Thanks Finch. That is my fave zombie sculpt of the blister :-)

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  9. Hmm, I'd always thought that Nexus Miniatures were something of a ragbag of tenuously-related models. Maybe I need to have another look?

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    1. They have a couple of ranges going so far C6, BSG being my fave, with super-heroes and alien investigators running a close second. They've just branched out into "V" too - which I've bought and think are wonderful-looking too. They're well worth a look imho.

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