Friday, 23 October 2015

"Something's Happening To That Pod!"

"Would you go to the annex, please?"
This 28mm metal model of a Failed Experiment Scientist is from code SKU: 25 by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and is one of several miniatures I’m currently painting up to represent some of the hapless staff of botanist Harrison Chase, who have been partially infected by the Krynoid virus.

This particular figure has been assembled and painted in order to represent the millionaire's butler Hargreaves. Strangled to death by a bunch of killer vines during the 1976 British Science Fiction television program, my version of the dutiful manservant has risen from the dead as a partially-transformed plant-zombie. To represent this extra-terrestrial infection I've not only pinned and glued a set of the company's Failed Experiment Heads and Arms to the torso. But added an overly large "Games Workshop" mutated hand to the hapless attendant as well.
Krynoid 'Fatty' WIPs - These 50mm tall monsters have had a number of their spore growths 'picked out'
 The model was initially given an undercoat of Citadel” Abaddon Black before being roughly dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal in order to bring out the detail of the sculpt and frankly better enable me to see the retainer's shirt and name badge; which were subsequently painted with White. I then washed Hargreaves' collar with a mixture of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and Carroburg Crimson.

The figure's Krynoid-influenced malformations were all undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Grey before being haphazardly washed with "Citadel" Thrakka Green, Carroburg Crimson and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. These areas were then dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Heavy Grey. Finally I completed the model by giving the elderly butler's hair an initial coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey and then finished it off with some "Citadel" Nuln Oil.
Krynoid 'Fatty' WIPs - As with my smaller aliens, these plant-zombies will be inked and dry-brushed
As a result of Hargreaves' predominantly black colour scheme I have also found the time to make some considerable headway painting my three Gutsoup Golems by “Wizards Of The Coast”. These bulky 50mm tall monsters will act as Krynoid ‘Fatties’ for my 'end of the month' re-enactment of the television programme using the “Zombicide” rule-set and now I've started to 'pick out' the odd growth of vegetable matter on them, should all fit in very well with the "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" Spawn models I recently finished...

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  1. You've done a great paint job on Hargeaves, Simon. However, I am even more impressed with your Gutsoup Golems. Picking out the odd tendril or vegetable growth really enhances their overall look. A big thumbs up from me!

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    1. Thanks Bryan... and I was thinking of you when I was picking out some of the bits and pieces in red ;-) Hopefully all three will be ready to post on Sunday and then we're in to the final stretch... so they'll be 'infected' aplenty and hopefully a survivor or two...

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  2. That really does look brilliant...love the way you've picked out the tendrils and other bits!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. I was tempted to leave the Krynoid 'Fatties' alone and just dry-brush them. But then thought they would fit in better to my Spawn models if I picked out some bits and bobs. The extra time and effort would seem to have been well worth the effort, as hopefully you;ll see tomorrow when I post the first of them up.

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  3. Oh yes, now we're flying! Hargreaves is a triumph and I love the touches of red on the Krynoid fatties - genius!

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    1. Thanks Michael. The red seems to really work well once its been washed with some brown and red ink, and certainly draw the eye to all the detail these wonderful "Dreamblade" minis have.

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  4. Looking good Bk! Hargreaves is very nice and the golems are coming along beautifully. Really looking forward to your game sir.

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    1. Cheers Bob. I've already got most of the pieces I want for the game finished (or getting that way), and I'm looking forward to posting up a new BatRep after a month's absence.

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  5. Very nice Simon, the Gutsoups look outstanding and more than a little creepy.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. The Gutsoup Golems are sinister sculpts at no mistake :-)

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  6. Nice work on the fatty stand-ins. :)

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    1. Cheers PulpCitizen. Bit of work still left to do on them. But getting there...

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  7. Very nice work, Simon. Your table will be a 'Nightmare in Green'. Was just thinking that the Crooked Dice Paranormal Investigator with Slime Blower would make a good survivor for this game, especially if you painted him up as a UNIT anti-veg specialist with a tank of herbicide. :)

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    1. Thanks Jez, and once again I've indebted to you for bringing those Gutsoup Golems to my attention. I have that mini you mention in my stash and now you've mentioned it might buy another to 'convert' ;-)

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  8. Fabulous work. I am trying to source a copy of this episode to give it a watch now.

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    1. Cheers Simon. I am though shocked you don't own a copy already ;-)

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  9. The fattie krynoids seem to be a big hit. Justly so... they're outstanding.

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    1. Thanks Finch. I've now just about finished the first of the Krynoid 'Fatties' and am hoping to post them up soon.

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  10. Am absolutely loving these pieces. So well done mate - the greens and spot colours are very well chosen and applied.

    50mm is a lot of space to cover in a mini!

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    1. Cheers Dai. Much appreciated. These Krynoid 'Fatties' are rather large and have taken a fair bit of time to paint. All three are now finished and ready to be posted :-)

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