|"The alien was cast out and Mighty Terra rose again."|
Inspired by the fanatical warriors of Terra as drawn by Kevin O’Neill in the “2000 A.D.” comic book series “Nemesis The Warlock”, this multi-part 28mm hard plastic ‘Terminator’ has been built using parts taken from the Frostgrave Cultists boxed set by “North Star Military Figures” and the Nottingham-based company’s Cultist Sci-Fi Accessory Pack. This model is the third such member of Tomas de Torquemada’s “quasi-religious order” I have painted in recent weeks, and completes the human Purity Squad I want to accompany the Grand Master in some games of “Mutants And Death Ray Guns”.
The miniature was initially primed with “Citadel” Chaos Black and dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal in order to help me see all of the figure’s detailed leatherwork, armour and straps. I next painted the Terminator's boots and belt with Heavy Sienna’, and later washed them with “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade.
|"And it was decreed that all aliens must be exterminated..."|
So as to bring some colour to the Termight warrior, as opposed to their predominantly all-black palette as shown on the cover illustration of Issue 230 of “2000 A.D.”, I used some “Vallejo” Heavy Red to ‘pick out’ the model’s undergarment and sleeves, and subsequently washed these areas with a healthy dose of “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson. In addition, I painted the fervent alien-hater’s body armour and maniacal plated face mask with a coat of “Vallejo” Gold and shaded it with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade.
With all the Terminator’s clothing finished, I turned my attention to his formidable-looking heavy machine gun and treated the entire firearm to a coat of “Vallejo” Gunmetal Grey. The weapon was then washed with “Citadel” Nuln Oil, lightly dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Gunmetal Grey, and finally had its ammo belt covered in “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade so as to give the bullets a ‘coppery-feel’.
|Gang Fighter WIPs - The Boromite has had his armour, pouches and equipment painted|
Lastly, I tackled the model’s rather poorly sculpted hands by painting them “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone, and subsequently washing them with “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade”. Unfortunately, the casting of the warrior’s fingers was rather indistinct in places, so I used some extra “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone to ‘draw’ some onto the hands where I could.
Despite this distraction, I have still managed to dedicate plenty of hobby-time towards my ongoing ‘battle’ with a scouting force of “Warlord Games” Boromites. Currently, I’m still working my way through the first five (of ten) Gang Fighters I wish to field for “Beyond The Gates Of Antares”. But having returned to simply painting them up in ones and twos, as opposed to batch painting a load of them, I feel as if I’m finally seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel; at least as far as this first tactical infantry unit is concerned…