|"You wanna get through this? Do as I say."|
This 28mm metal miniature of a female post-apocalyptic survivor is by “Copplestone Castings” and can be bought, along with four other models, as code FW31 Scavenger Heroes from their “Future Wars” range. The figure has been converted in order to better represent Charlize Theron’s character Imperator Furiosa from the 2015 motion picture “Mad Max: Fury Road” and as a result has had her long pony-tail removed in order to create the appearance of the female road warrior having short close-cropped hair. In addition to this simple modification I have also ‘amputated’ the miniature’s left arm, from the elbow to wrist, and replaced it with the plastic sword hilt of a “Wizkids” Silver Samurai figure. This has (hopefully) somewhat replicated Furiosa’s famous hydraulic mechanical limb.
Once I finished these simple alterations I gave the entire model an undercoat of “Citadel” Abaddon Black, and then painted her footwear using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. I then ‘dirtied’ the black trousers of Immortan Joe’s top soldier by enthusiastically dry-brushing “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal all over them and subsequently shading the entire area with “Citadel” Nuln Oil.
Having realised that the majority of the Citadel soldier’s attire was seemingly black I decided to break up the somewhat monotonous colour scheme by picking out her patches, belt, undershirt and waist pouches with “Vallejo” Heavy Brown and her numerous straps with either “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna” or “Doombull Brown” before washing them all with more Strong Tone Quickshade.
|"Doctor Who" WIPs - Bok the gargoyle and a Yeti simply awaiting a "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey dry-brush|
Lastly I painted the war rig driver’s formidable-looking scoped SKS rifle with “Vallejo” Gunmetal Grey, her bionic arm with “Citadel” Ironbreaker and her ‘skinhead’ with “Vallejo” Charred Brown. As with Furiosa’s heavily-worn slacks, I then generously applied some “Citadel” Nuln Oil across all these areas. Although in order to make her prosthetic limb stand-out a little from her weapon, I gave the Imperator’s left arm a wash of “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade.
I am also continuing to work on a number of “Black Tree Design” miniatures from the company's “Doctor Who” range. This rather diminutive sculpt of Bok from the 1971 BBC television serial “Doctor Who And The Daemons” is sadly an infinitely less awe-inspiring figure than the Animated Construct I recently finished by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio”. It is however a rather quaintly accurate representation of Stanley Mason’s lack-lustre costume, and as a result is proving a rather fun diversion.
|"Guild Ball" WIPs - Velocity, Hoist and their club captain Ballista|
In addition to the living statue I have discovered yet another of the manufacturer's model Yetis. However, rather than simply paint the hairy robot brown, as I have done in the past with all my other Abominable Snowmen figures, I thought I might try to copy the grey colour scheme I have occasionally spied artist's using when illustrating the classic Patrick Troughton era monster. If nothing else I thought the formidable-looking automaton would then somewhat stand-out upon the tabletop as an obvious main host for the Great Intelligence.
Finally I am making slow progress on the “Steamforged Games Limited” miniatures Velocity and Hoist. These “Guild Ball” mechanical players have now had their metallic armour, joints and internal workings undercoated black in preparation for me to pick out their detail with “Citadel” Ironbreaker. I have also assembled the Engineer’s Guild Season one captain Ballista. The amount of intricate detail on this three-piece metal sculpt is phenomenal, so I’m not expecting to get the Lord Artificer actually finished any time soon. But as least he's built and ready for the paintbrush...