Sunday, 15 November 2015

"We've Been Working On TARDIS For Many Years."

"You are privileged, young man, to be the first visitor to our time and space machine."
This 28mm metal “Black Tree Design” model of Peter Cushing as the Doctor is code DW901 from their Doctor Who: The Movie Doctor Collection. The 1965 re-imagining of the First Doctor by AARU Productions is the third of my submissions for this month’s Mo’vember challenge; a facial hair themed event that Dick Garrison, Carrion Crow and Punkrabbit are also participating in this time round. Please do visit their respective blogs to see how they’re all getting on.

Initially the figure was undercoated with “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and I then washed his trousers with some “Citadel” Nuln Oil. The time traveller’s waistcoat was painted using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and a wash of undiluted “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade. His buttons were simply picked out using Ironbreaker and more Nuln Oil.
Doctor Who WIP - "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey would feature prominently throughout this model's painting 
As I was trying to capture the exact colour scheme of the Doctor during his first appearance in a widescreen format, I next painted his jacket with some “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, and then gave that a coat of “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. The detail towards the top of the sculpt proved a little fiddly, so I simply left his neckerchief “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and just applied a wash of “Citadel” Asurmen Blue to it, and dabbed some “Vallejo” Pale Grey transparent acrylic onto the edges of his White shirt collar.

Lastly I painted his silver-grey hair and moustache by first washing a “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey undercoat with “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and then dry-brushing the areas lightly with more “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and finally some White.
Doctor Who WIP - A young looking Peter Cushing would soon transform into the First Doctor
 This model actually became a last minute replacement for a “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” miniature of Hugo Solomon, which I had planned to use as a ‘Third Doctor’ survivor for my upcoming “Zombicide” re-enactment of “Doctor Who And The Seeds Of Doom”. However as that project has badly overrun, and as this month I’m participating in Mo’Vember, I thought such a wonderful sculpt of Peter Cushing would prove a worthy substitute.

24 comments:

  1. Another splendid submission to the Mo'vember hall of fame, great job Simon.

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    1. Very kind of you to say so Michael. Great little mini, which will hopefully get some tabletop time soon.

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    1. Cheers Gordon. I'm very happy with him I must say.

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  3. Nicely presented. Seeing the miniature go from undercoat to varnish really shows off how you paint.
    Though I have to admit to having to google Peter Cushing - "Oh, it's that bloke off Star Wars." :))

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    1. Thanks Roy. I'm going to try and do a few more such postings, rather than keep blogging about minis I've started to paint and then later stop progressing. As to Peter Cushing - you're an infidel!! ;-)

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  4. Nice work on your Doctor there. :)

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    1. Cheers Pulpcitizen. A nice and simple sculpt with plenty of character that was reasonably quick and straightforward to paint.

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  5. Very nice work, Simon. A much better advert for that miniature than the painted version on the Black Tree website. With both you and Roger painting different iterations of the same actor, I feel slightly dismayed that I haven't one to add 'Peter Cushing' month.

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    1. Thanks Jez. That's a very nice thing to say. Knowing that I was going to be posting mine did make me chuckle when I saw Roger post up his Peter Cushing miniature. I'm not sure what others are out there, apart from Grand Moff Tarkin (who is clean shaven)?

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  6. Splendid job, BK. Look forward to seeing him in action.

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    1. Cheers Finch. Shouldn't be too long now before the Doctor materialises upon my tabletop.

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  7. This is a nice figure indeed. I like that Vallejo Heavy Sienna, such a rich colour. You did an excellent job of getting separation between brown of his jacket and the brown his waistcoat.

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    1. Thanks Anne. I'm a big fan of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna I must confess. It gives good coverage and seems to work very well with the "The Army Painter" Strong Tone wash. That combination seems to work okay alongside my black lining in creating shadow.

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  8. Who would have thought it! two Peter Cushings in one weekend, I've never noticed that figure on "Black Tree's" site myself but as Jez said the painting of yours is far superior to the daub's on theirs.

    Roy, I to am shocked and dismayed by your lack of knowledge of Peter, he was one of the coolest men on the planet! Not only was he "Dr Who", and "Grand Moff Tarkin" he was also Dr Frankenstein, Van Helsing, and Dr Abner Perry in "At the earths core" not to mention his love of toy Soldiers.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. That's much appreciated praise :-) The model is well worth picking up imho as its one of their better sculpts.

      As you say Peter Cushing, among his many cinematic triumphs was also a wargamer, and this featurette is frankly required watching as a result: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGag8Qllgnw

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  9. Superb Simon! Great Movember entry dude!

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    1. Thanks Bob. Glad you approve as its a lovely model :-)

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  10. O that is a splendid tache for sure.

    Very much like this one, could see him being used in lots of different situations too.

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    1. Cheers Dai. I'm sure this model will be popping up in sorts of games over the coming months.

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  11. What a truly great figure, Simon. Very well painted indeed. I have always wondered why Peter Cushing's Doctor is not regarded as canon, despite appearing in two films, yet Paul McGann, who only appeared in one episode is?

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    1. Many thanks indeed Bryan. Spookily my Doctor for some time was Peter Cushing as they kept showing his two films of a Saturday morning when I was a boy, and I still watch and enjoy them today. McGann though has done an awful lot of official Dr Who audio plays, so his body of work for the show is actually rather substantial - if you accept the audios as canon.

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    2. Ah, now I see. I honestly know nothing about the audio plays or any of the novels. I'm only aware of the films and TV series.

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    3. If that's the case then you'll hopefully enjoy visiting this website which produces the audios, and they've just released a clip from the (further) adventures of the Tenth Doctor and Donna, having paired up Tennant and Tate :-) http://www.bigfinish.com

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