Sunday, 7 May 2017

"Do Not Fear. We Will Take Your Fear From You."

"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".

36 comments:

  1. Great job on the Cybermen Simon, Torquemada is off to a great start and is a really nice sculpt. Two Torquemada's you say, not far off some of the comic book story lines, shall look forward to reading it

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    1. Thanks Dave. I'm very happy with the Cybermen tbh, and with Torquemada's sculpt too - I do like the "Heroclix" version, but this "Wargames Foundry" version simply smacks despot :-)

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  2. Very nice group shot of your Cybermen force. I'm glad you succumbed to buying the Wargames Foundry version of Torquemada. He is a much better version than the Indyclix figure, in my opinion.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I only succumbed because of you tbh, as I put him on my shopping list after you mentioned him and I found I didn't want all the other minis which came with him via "Wargames Foundry".

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  3. super stuff Simon, you've really bought this Doctor Who game to life.

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    1. Thanks Tarot. Hopefully the Daleks will turn out just as nicely.

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  4. They certainly look the part, cracking job Sir.

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    1. Cheers Michael. I'm hoping to tempt you into getting the game ;-)

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  5. Those Cybermat infiltrators sure are small, but you now what, I really like `em. The Cybermen look smashing Simon, I bet you feel `right proper made up.`

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    1. Thanks Steve. I'm certainly pleased to have these latest Cybermen to add to my ever expanding Cyber-force (courtesy of "Black Tree Design Miniatures". I really must post up a Cyber-group shot at some point.

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  6. Those Cybermen look superb with your paint work Simon, I could almost be tempted....no it's still Nu'Who, but top job sir.

    And as for Torquemarda that is a much, much better rendition of him, look forward to seeing him painted.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger, I'm trying to give you as much choice as possible for your Top Ten ;-) I've now sourced a picture of Torquemada in red armour (with lots of gold trim) which I really like, so hopefully you will too!!

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  7. Love the Cybermen. That Torquemada sculpt is cracking. I've been wanting to buy some of the Foundry 2000AD figures for years. Seeing that sculpt coming to life, I think I will. In fact I was looking at M&DRG with the initial idea of doing the Cursed Earth. Then I found your blog and you had beat me too it :).

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    1. Thanks Mark. Please let me know if you do plan to do some Cursed Earth gaming, as we could always do missions which follow on from one another? And even use the surviving characters for the next adventure etc?

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    2. That's a very good idea. It will be future project though. 'Aliens' come first. But I would love to get JD and gang on the gaming table.

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    3. No worries. How's that second squad of Marines coming? The first team looked awesome!! :-)

      http://farawayfieldsofcompetition.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/we-endanger-species.html

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    4. Slow and steady at the moment.

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  8. Great looking force of Cybermen - still one of my favourite opponents of the doctor

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    1. Cheers Joe. Mine too, much prefer them over the pepperpots :-)

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  9. I'm with the "Prefer Cybermen over Daleks" club too. Really nice work Simon, those little critterbots are teeny!

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    1. Thanks Dai. Hopefully you can see (or rather not) why I gave the red l.e.d.s on the Cybermats' underbellies a miss :-)

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    2. O without a doubt and I would have done the same! They're for gaming, not display, and even then so small that that sort of detail is rather unnecessary in my mind.

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    3. Any opportunity to miss a painting step is good in my books :-)

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  10. Oooh...those Cybermen do look nice!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. I highly recommend them ;-)

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  11. the Torquemada sculpt is lush Simon! i'm sure you'll do him justice. the cybermen while simple look so effective particularly in their groupshot - lovely post!

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    1. Thanks Andy. I'm very pleased to have the Cybermen already finished. Hopefully I can get the Daleks done soon(ish) too.

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  12. Nice work, Mr Moore. You're making it more and more difficult to resist the 'Exterminate' boxed set and I'm pretty certain once I see the Daleks painted up, this will further sap my resolve.
    And that is a nice version if Torquemada - look forward to seeing him finished.

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    1. Cheers Jez. I've got a few more left over too so the starter set is definitely vfm imho. First of the Daleks is coming soon ;-)

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    2. {{You're making it more and more difficult to resist the 'Exterminate' boxed set }}

      **Smiles**

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    3. "You're making it more and more difficult to resist the 'Exterminate' boxed set" - that's the aim of these postings ;-)

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  13. Excellent work on probably my favourite 'race' of Who villains. :) Excellent stuff. :)

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    1. Thanks Leon. They Cybermen are nice sculpts.

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  14. Tempting, tempting, tempting.

    must........ resist. Stick to the plan, DIY Doctor Who, no stop it, don`t become tempted by all these lovely new toys.

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    1. "don`t become tempted by all these lovely new toys" - More to come with my next posting too, Dave ;-)

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