Sunday, 8 May 2016

"Salute 2016" - Loot - Part Three

Group Captain Villain by "Artizan Designs" and painted by Michael Awdry
Ordinarily I don't usually get the opportunity to post other people's painted miniatures. But one of the biggest delights of "Salute 2016" was attending the annual Blogger's Meet-Up and chatting with some of this hobby's more notable luminaries. This year's gathering was especially remarkable however as it meant I could personally collect a prize for winning the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge Pulp Side-Contest from the extremely amiable Michael Awdry (famous for his terrifically compelling site "28mm Victorian Warfare").  

This cracking metal model of Group Captain Villain is made by "Artizan Designs" and can be found singularly as code PLP048 within their "Thrilling Tales" collection. The Terry-Thomas lookalike can also be bought as one of three figures sold as code PLP565 Mercenary Pilots.
"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Bok, a Police Sergeant and Police Marksman
Sir Awdry was clearly inspired by the wonderful paint-job found on the '28mm high metal figures specialists' website as he has readily reproduced their vibrant colours on his much-appreciated gift. Full details concerning Michael's quality brushwork on this miniature can be found on his blog's "Stop That Pigeon!" posting.

In addition to collecting my prize, another of my pre-orders from "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" consisted of several figures originally only available from the manufacturer's "7TV" Second Edition Starter Casts. The Animated Construct is probably something far more akin to what writer Barry Letts had in mind when he created the stone gargoyle Bok for the 1971 television serial "Doctor Who And The Daemons", and will hopefully prove an formidable-looking leader to the six painted Scary Statues I already own.
U.N.I.T. WIPs - Corporal, Dog Handler and Marksman
Followers of the excellent "Vampifan's World Of The Undead" blog will know that Bryan Scott has recently been posting several Policeman as part of his Cops 'n' Robbers project. Inspired by this I thought I'd pick up a Police Sergeant and accompanying Marksman to add to my own collection of the 'Boys in Blue'.

Finally I felt it prudent to stock up on a few new additions to my ever-growing United Nations Intelligence Taskforce by buying an Army Corporal, Army Dog Handler and Army Marksman. These superb sculpts will supplement my growing U.N.I.T. ground forces. At least they will once I eventually get around to actually painting some of them...  

24 comments:

  1. Terry Thomas with some Dick Dastardly thrown in for good measure. A fine prize from the estimable Mr. Awdry.

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    1. Indeed Finch, I'm absolutely delighted with him, and very grateful to Michael.

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  2. I love him, awesome sculpt and paint job

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    1. Absolutely Andy. Its a cracking paint-job imho. A top gift.

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  3. Lots of lovely loot on display here, Simon. I'm hard pressed to pick a favourite but I guess I must agree with the others and choose your not-Dick Dastardly.

    Many thanks for the blog shout out. Much appreciated!

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    1. Thanks Bryan. No problems Ref shout-out. You're doing that Cops'n'Robbers project of yours proud, so anything I can do to widen its audience.

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  4. I think Michael loses these challenges on purpose so that he can infect all of our collections with his fab figures.

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    1. Drat and double drat, rumbled again! :D

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    2. I agree Martin. I'll now need to commission Michael to paint the rest of the range, otherwise his mini will stick out like a sore thumb amongst my meagre-painted collection.

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    3. Or just keep winning the Pulp Side Challenge! ;D

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    4. Well that is an idea Michael, but an awful lot of wins would be needed, and I'm convinced if you hadn't been doing that Zulu Challenge, and I found all those lovely Pulp robots then it would have been a very different story.

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  5. Thrilled that you liked him Simon and many congratulations on your win. I'm finding these Crooked Dice miniatures very hard to resist too, but resist I must.

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    1. Thanks ever so much Michael. It really is very much appreciated I assure you :-) There's no need to resist the "CD" minis if you just put them in a drawer and don't paint them, y'know ;-)

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  6. I love the Artizan Thrilling Tales range and Mr Awdry has, as always, done a fantastic job painting the dastardly villain up!

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    1. Quality sculpts with a quality paint-job Gordon. I'm rather happy with the end result as a gift as you can probably imagine.

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  7. All good stuff, Simon, I do like those UNIT troopers, but I have to go for Dick Dastardly as well, perhaps you could win Muttley next year?

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. I think the extensive UNIT range "Crooked Dice" currently do is awesome. Cracking sculpts imho. But I agree, Michael's mini is the eye-catcher (and what a splendid idea for the next AHPC).

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  8. My modest Salute buys pales against what you purchased, Simon, but then again, some of the things I wanted they'd sold out of when I reached the head of the queue. :(
    I have been tempted by Artizan's Mercenary Pilots pack, although they should really come with a dog too...
    Are the soldiers going to be involved in the long-awaited Seeds of Doom batrep?

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    1. All of the "Crooked Dice" buys were pre-orders for the very reason you mention Jez, and I was actually planning on putting together all my U.N.I.T. minis for this year's Zomtober (as survivors). I certainly won't be delaying the BatRep til after that though. However my next posting will see Roj Blake returning to an Aline-infested Federation Research Station ;-)

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  9. Ya give me crap about all of my varied projects and look at you! Hahaha!

    The Pulp fig reminds me of Dick Dastardly from "Catch the Pidgeon" Hana Barbera cartoon. He needs a wheezy-laugh mutt sidekick.

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    1. I might have gone a little mad at "Salute" my good Dai ;-) Totally agree with the wheezy-laugh mutt sidekick. I'll be keeping an eye out for one from now on...

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  10. Dick Dastardly all right, that mini simply rocks

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    1. Cheers T, its a cracking mini and takes pride and place as one of my fave gifts :-)

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