|"Emotions eradicated. Conversion complete."|
These four 28mm scale plastic models of the Cyberman are produced by “Warlord Games” and represent a third of the silver giants found within the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" "fast-paced tabletop miniatures game". Created by Dr. Kit Pedler and story editor Gerry Davis for William Hartnell's finale "The Tenth Planet" in 1966, these particular incarnations of the "fictional race of cyborgs" are based upon the "technologically advanced Cybermen" which appeared in the May 2013 BBC Television series story "Nightmare In Silver", and, due to their sprue containing a selection of separate right arms, were assembled in a variety of poses.
As I plan to add these Mondasians to some I previously painted last month, I primed them all with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and then gave each 'automaton' a double coat of Ironbreaker. The models were subsequently washed with Nuln Oil, and as a final touch, having carefully 'picked out' their tear-drop eyes and mouth with a thin line of watered-down Abaddon Black, dry-brushed with more "Ironbreaker".
|"Cybermats are infiltrators. Very small, very deadly. They collect power like bees collect pollen."|
In order to play the game's introductory scenario "A Meeting Of Metal", I also required a base of Cybermats to act as the Cyber-Leader's retinue. The models for these robotic guards are understandably rather tiny, as they're seemingly based upon the 'wee beasties' as depicted in the September 2011 story "Closing Time".
The boxed set's rule-book, "Guide To The Time Vortex", dedicates an entire section to these "reconnaissance drones" and even suggests going so far as painting in their underbellies' red lights. However, as I knew my basing technique would mask any such detail, I stuck to the same 'tried and tested' method I used to paint their creators, and also decided to paint up an additional stand simultaneously.
|Torquemada WIPs - The Grand Master of Termight has been undercoated, washed and dry-brushed|
At last year's "Salute" I rather impetuously acquired two old "2000 A.D." themed models manufactured by "Wargames Foundry" and which were being sold by "Warmonger Miniatures". Perhaps understandably, considering how I'm currently working on a "Nemesis The Warlock" mini-project, I found that history repeated itself in April 2017, and left this year's show with a few more similarly-themed figures.
One such sculpt was a cracking version of Tomás de Torquemada, resplendent in his formidable-looking battle armour. Arguably more akin to the despot as personified by penciller Bryan Talbot than original artist Kevin O'Neill, I intend to paint Termight's one-time Chief of the Tube Police in his infamous all-red armour, as opposed to the metallic silver version I've previously posted, and perhaps use the additional purchase as an excuse to field two versions of the tyrannical leader in a game of "Mutants And Death Ray Guns" by "Ganesha Games".