|"When Star One is gone it is finished, Blake. And I want it finished."|
This 28mm model of "an embezzler and computer expert, recently escaped from captivity", is produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought together with "a female psychic, full of hatred for the Federated Security" and their "Box supercomputer" as code SKU: Deal 44 from their Future Freedom Fighters range. Grim-faced and adorned in a costume similar to that worn by actor Paul Darrow in the February 1978 "Blake's Seven" television episode "Project Avalon", the miniature makes a terrific proxy for the Liberator crewman Kerr Avon.
As the figure was predominantly black he was initially undercoated with "Citadel" Abaddon Black before his trousers were heavily dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal. This area was then heavily washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. In order to make his belt and pouches stand out a little from his tunic, these items were also painted "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal and shaded with "Citadel Nuln Oil". Avon's belt-buckle, teleporter bracelet and inner garment were given an appropriate coat of "Citadel" Ironbreaker" or “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey, and then (once again) washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The Liberator's communicator was additionally treated to some “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade so as to make it appear somewhat bronze in colour, as per the bracelets' appearance in the BBC science fiction programme.
|Re-basing The Undead - Lots of damaged legs have been repainted on these models|
In addition to finishing my model of Kerr Avon I have re-based and re-painted three more of my old “Copplestone Castings” figures in order to help get them back onto my tabletop. Two of the models come from Code FW4 Plague Zombies, and simply required some work on their belt buckles, trousers, gashed knees as well as the odd bloody lower leg. Whilst the third figure is from Code FW23 Zombie Trooper and required a far more substantial re-paint on his firearm, bloody arm and trousers.
I've just a few more of these long-time suffering miniatures left to re-work and then I'm hoping to start adding to my already sizable Undead horde with some more "Copplestone Castings" walking cadavers that I never got round to painting the first time. I'm planning that all these models, along with several other packets from Mark's Future Wars range, will help me populate some grisly tabletops inspired by the 2015 motion picture "Mad Max: Fury Road".
|Weird West WIPs - Black undercoat with a Heavy Charcoal dry-brush has helped bring out these models' details|
Finally, thanks entirely to the fiendishly diabolical Bryan Scott over at "Vampifan's World Of The Undead", I have started another (smallish) project concerning the Weird West using the wonderfully detailed resin sculpts produced by "Black Scorpion Miniatures".
To begin with I've limited myself to the company's original four Earps (already OOP and replaced by their Earps II post "Salute 2016"), five Outlaws and four Wild West Horrors. As the figures will be painted predominantly black, brown and green respectively, I am sort of hoping that they won't take too long before they're finished...