|"There's nothing to fear. It's just mumbo jumbo!"|
This rather small two-piece 28mm metal model of Bok is by “Black Tree Design” and can be purchased as code DW314 – Bok from the company’s “Doctor Who” range. The figure is based upon “the gargoyle servant of Azal” and was played by Stanley Mason in the 1971 BBC television science fiction adventure “The Daemons”. Made of stone and bulletproof, the creature “reverts [back] to his statue form when Azal is defeated” in the story’s fifth and final episode.
Having super-glued the stone construct’s wings onto the monster’s back, the model was given a double undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and then heavily washed with “Citadel” Nuln Oil. The figure was then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey. Ordinarily, I’d leave such stony subject matters at that. But as I didn’t feel the somewhat brusque technique had succeeded in bringing out a lot of the (admittedly soft) sculpt’s detail, I re-washed the gargoyle with “Citadel” Nuln Oil and then applied a second, much more delicate dry-brush of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey over its raised areas. Even this much gentler approach didn’t entirely succeed however, and I was forced to repeat this process a third time over Bok’s face before I was satisfied with the miniature’s overall look.
|Melkur WIPs - The Master's TARDIS now requires a watered-down layer of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand|
Lastly, in an effort to illustrate that this model actually depicts a chap in a tight-fitting grey costume, I thought I’d highlight the fact that the leotard was attached to the actor’s somewhat visible hands by picking out his fingers using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.
Having finished Bok, I've subsequently started work painting the "Black Tree Design" model for the Melkur; otherwise known as the Master's movable Tardis from the television serial "Doctor Who And The Keeper Of Traken". This embodiment of "pure evil" hasn't turned out quite as well as I expected on account of “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade drying rather 'gloopily' for my liking, and thus making the figure's subsequent dry-brush a little too rough-looking for the angular-shaped monster. As a result I plan to give the miniature a layer of watered-down "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand in the hope of smoothing out its shading before 'picking out' its final details.
|Human Torch WIPs - Johnny Storm has had all his flames 'picked out' with black|
I have also made some more progress on the "Heroclix" models I have been inspired to paint following my recent purchase of the “Avengers Verses X-Men” “Dice Masters” game. In particular I am currently concentrating on Johnny Storm and picking out all of his flames with a combination of orange, a red wash, more orange and yellow.
The Human Torch's fiery ground-burst is already finished, and over the next few days I hope to carefully work my way up the figure painting in each of the sculpt's many flaming areas. Once completed, I'll only need to re-paint a miniature of the Invisible Girl from "Wizkids" Marvel Clobberin' Time range to be able to field the original Fantastic Four as part of my "Cosmic Cube Wars" campaign.