Monday, 13 March 2017

"Doctor, Listen. I Saw A Mummy. A Walking Mummy!"

"They're not mummies, they're service robots."
These ten 28mm metal models of Robot Mummies are manufactured by “Black Tree Design” and can be bought as code DW410 and DW474 from their "Doctor Who" range. In actuality Osiran service robots which were "disguised as mummies", these servitors were used as "workers and guards" by Sutekh's puppet, the animated corpse of Marcus Scarman, in the October 1975 BBC Television science fiction serial "The Pyramids Of Mars".

Initially undercoated with two coats of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand, all of these Egyptian-looking automatons were washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and then dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand. I did then consider giving the Robot Mummies a light highlight of White, but having checked the colour scheme of their 'small screen' counterparts, I actually realised that the actors' costumes were probably far more greyish than my chosen palette had produced, so I decided to leave well enough alone. In the end however, I did finally try to simply deepen the shadowing around their 'eye' sockets by applying some "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, and then treated all of the models to a layer of "Coat d'arms" gloss; something I steadfastly apply to all my miniatures.
Boromite Work Gang WIPs - These models now need to have some detailing done
Disconcertingly though, on this occasion, the varnish seemed 'hellbent' on eradicating a fair portion of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, which had up until this point been providing each sculpts' bandages with plenty of shading and definition. As a result I was left with several figures which looked as if they hadn't been washed at all...

This incredibly frustrating state-of-affairs gave me few options, as much of the raised detail of the models was now covered in paint, so there was scant chance I could simply wash and then dry-brush the miniatures again without them losing some considerable detail. The thought of stripping all the models and starting again equally filled me with dread, so in the end I decided to simply dab on a watered-down wash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade over each figure and hope that wasn't subsequently 'eaten away' by the varnish either.
Putrid Blightkings WIPs - These mortal servants of Nurgle have been washed and dry-brushed
With probably my final submission to the Seventh Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge concluded,  I have spent a little time both priming and washing three of the miniatures from "Warlord Games" Bormoite Work Gang for "Beyond The Gates Of Antares". I have seven more of these "genetically engineered" miners to get prepped and they all carry formidable-looking mass compactors; "a kind of compression device" which can crunch through "solid materials".

In addition to these multi-part metal models, I have finally starting painting some plastic Putrid Blightkings by "Games Workshop". These "enormous, bloated warriors" of Nurgle are impressively large figures, and should prove a worrisome foe for my opponent to fear once they're finished and on the "Age Of Sigmar" battlefield.

28 comments:

  1. The mummies look great Simon, and the missing shade adds tonal variation, so don't worry. On the Boromites have you thought about adding a purple or blue wash on either the smooth or bumpy skin to give a variation colour ?
    More rotteness this way comes, by the look of it

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    1. Cheers Dave. I'm currently thinking about painting the bumpy skin a darker grey or maybe purple so they stand out a bit more. They certainly need something to break up the all-grey look.

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  2. Love those mummies, unfortunately Antares hasn't grabbed me at all but the Boromites look decent. Your Nurgle band must be close to completion now Simon

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    1. Thanks Andy. Perhaps my "Antares" April will tempt you? I've got another four Plaguebearers to paint, and then my unit will stand at 20.

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  3. Despite your insistence on gloss varnishing your figures, the Mummies turned out rather well.

    I've been looking at just what's available for a Boromite force on Warlord Games' webstore (not that I plan on buying any) out of curiosity and I was amazed at how much is available for them. I fear for your wallet, mate!

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I'm certainly on planning on some big purchases at Salute for the Boromites. They have an awesome range imho.

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  4. Sutekh's servitors look just the job to me!

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    1. Thanks Gordon. They'll do as Sutekh's servants for now.

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  5. I have yet to catch up with this series again, although I do like the idea of mummified robots. Curious about the shade disappearing, has this happened before Simon?

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    1. Cheers Michael. I've actually had a fair few models over the years be affected by varnish. Agrax Earthshade appears particularly prone imho. I think it's possibly where I brush it on... not sure tbh.

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  6. Nice work on the robo-mummies! :)

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  7. Very nice mate. Can you not apply a precision wash in the recesses to deepen the shading again?

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    1. Cheers Simon. I could have done I suppose, but that would have taken an eternity with all the bandages etc, hence my watered down approach.

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  8. Nice work on the mummies, Simon. Still not entirely sure about the 'rice crispie' men (bet that's going to stick in your head now), but I do like the Putrid Blightkings. I can see various uses for these - the Green Knight of Arthurian legend, undead Crusaders corrupted on the way to the Holy Land, even armoured Fatties for Black Plague...oooh, have you thought of using your Plaguebearers as the baddies for a game of Black Plague? That would look pretty cool.

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    1. Thanks very much Jez. The Blight Kings are awesome models imho, and would certainly be good for fatties etc. I may well use my Plaguebearers for a demonic "Black Infestation"; but I need to paint up some heroes for it first :-)

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  9. The mummies look great mate. Stop fretting. (Though I'm sure you see the flaws far more easily than I do.) :P

    Blight Kings.... Those are some seriously cool kits. Eager to see how they end up!

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    1. Cheers Dai. Glad you like 'em. Lots of WIPs of the Blightkings coming as they're detailed and large minis - and I need five for a basic unit.

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  10. With Army Painter don't forget to mix it well.

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    1. I'll certainly be giving the dropper bottle a decent shake in future, Phil.

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  11. Good stuff as always, Simon.

    Love the look of the Blightking with the antlers.

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    1. Much appreciated Finch. The Blightkings are corking models imho.

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  12. Not a fan of the blight stuff, unsure about the Boromites, but I do like the robot mummies. Mind you, 10 of them should be more than a match for the Doctor, right?

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    1. Thanks Hugh. I was tempted to get a few more of the Robot Mummies recently, but as you suggest, ten of them should be a match for the Doctor ;-)

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