Saturday, 14 October 2017

"Joining The Order Grants Your Posse Access To Various Blessed Weapons..."

"...And ammunition with which to vanquish evil."
This 28mm metal Crusader of the Order from "Dracula's America" can be purchased as part of Code DRAC101 - Twilight Order by "North Star Military Figures", and is the second of my submissions for this year's Zomtober challenge. Blessed with "Nerves of Steel" and awarded "a suit of armour (counting as Boilerplate)", the Crusader of "the New World" was "born to fight a particularly insidious evil: the Vampire."

The model was initially undercoated with "Vallejo" Charred Brown and had his shoes 'picked out' using Heavy Sienna. The cowboy was then heavily shaded using "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. His 'Holy Land' armour and rifle were given a coat of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil, whilst his Saint George's cross chest emblem was treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and some "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. lastly, the "Tireless" Crusader's collar was given a 'touch' of "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey.
Zombie Gunfighter WIPs - The pistol-toting cadaver now just needs some washes to be applied
Alongside my plans to use this member of "The Twilight Order" for "Dracula's America" by "Osprey Games", I also hope to employ this particular miniature as the Rancher in "Shadows Of Brimstone" by "Flying Frog Productions. The plastic 'frontierswoman' figure in "Swamps Of Death" is frankly a bitterly disappointing, softly-sculpted individual. So as the character is meant to be armed with a hunting rifle, I thought such an obvious-looking force for light as the Crusader figure would make a rather good replacement for the male version of the hero.

With both of my planned Zomtober 'survivor' models finished, I have subsequently turned my attention towards painting up the seven (not six as their website advertises) figures found within Code OW010 - Zombie Gunfighters by "Wargames Foundry". This first cowboy cadaver appears very similar to how I'd imagine "Wild Bill" Hickok would have looked after his murder "while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory by Jack McCall", and even carries a disfiguring face wound similar to that caused during the Wild West legend's fatal shooting.
Sea Devils WIPs - The Third Doctor's famous foes still need quite a bit of work to be finished
With "Warlord Games" recently releasing a tease of one of the new Sea Devil faction Adventure Cards for their "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" tabletop skirmish game, I couldn't help but 'dig out' my final box of the Aquatic Silurians and start painting them. The card, "Sonic Summoning", reads "eerie sonic pulses summon additional Sea Devils to the scene" and when discarded allows the player to "return up to three Exterminated Sea Devil characters to the game."

This 'sneak peek' has also coincided with rules writer Roger Gerrish recently stating that he's "tried to aim for a basic faction size of around nine to ten minis", so I figure that my current six-model strong Sea Devil 'warband' simply won't be enough to tackle the Daleks or Cybermen without some additional reinforcements. Fortunately, the miniatures are proving something of a joy to paint, and I've already made some strong progress on the latest trio.

24 comments:

  1. Zombies, cowboys and sea devils. One would almost think this post was made for me. Love em all mate. keep the good work coming. Already eager for more.

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    1. Thanks very much Clint, I always aim to please :-)

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  2. Great work on the crusader, the zombie cowboy already has tons of character, and your sea devils are always amazing.

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    1. Cheers Dave. I don't think the face on this second Crusader is as nice as the first one I painted, but he'll do. The Zombie cowboy is a great sculpt, and they'll be more to come as I try and cram the Zomtober horde in over the next few weeks. I do like the Sea Devils too, which is why I like painting them so much.

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  3. I agree with Clint this weeks post is a joy

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    1. Thanks Phil. Its always difficult trying to show the range of minis I like to paint/game in a single post. But this one seems to have captured what I'm currently up to well enough.

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  4. An excellent post, Simon, with not a bad figure in sight. I'm probably more tolerant of the official "Shadows of Brimstone" heroes than you but that said, I can understand why you'd seek out replacement figures.

    The zombie gunfighter is terrific and I love the idea of making him an undead "Wild Bill" Hickock.

    As I've said before, I do love the way you paint your Sea Devils. I must get mine painted.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I really can't stand the plastic characters or undead minis in "Shadows Of Brimstone" box, they're simply too softly sculpted for my liking. Fortunately the "Dracula's America" range (and "Wargames Foundry") would seem to be a good source for replacements.

      I'm pretty convinced the undead gunslinger is based upon "Wild Bill", Bryan, the cheek injury (albeit the other side) is just too spookily co-incidental for my books.

      I'm hoping for another Sea Devil set at some point, perhaps one with their leader, and some of the security guards from the TV story...

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  5. Not entirely sure that there's actually going to be any outbreak of undeadness given the heavily armed nature of your Crusaders.

    Nice work.

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    1. Thanks Kieron. The Crusaders are formidable cowboys, which is probably why you're only ever allowed just two of them in your posse.

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  6. Excellent job on the Crusader mate great start on the zombie cowboy.

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    1. Cheers Simon. "Wild Bill" is now finished, as I'm hoping to get three of the cowboy zeds completed by next weekend's Zomtober posting.

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  7. Excellent work on the latest Crusader, and the Zombie Gunfighter is off to a cracking start - well done Blaxkleric. :)

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    1. Thanks Leon. I think on the tabletop the pair of Crusaders should look the business :-)

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  8. Great stuff Simon! The Crusader and zombie Wild bill give the post a nice western theme and and the Sea Devils add the diversity and icing on the cake :-)
    I love 'em!

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    1. Cheers Greg. This year's Zomtober is all about Weird West in my books, so expected plenty more undead cowboys in the next few posts. Plus, I'll always find room for "Doctor Who" in my posts when I can :-)

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  9. definitely making me want to get out my Brimstone more and more, when I see post like this.

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    1. Thanks Steve. I'm hoping to do a small "Shadows Of Brimstone" BatRep once I've painted up enough Weird West zombies.

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  10. Some more zombtober goodness. Love the zed gunslinger

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    1. Cheers Andy. Inspired by your incredible Zomtober output, I might get to post two zombie gunslingers next week ;-)

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  11. The Sea Devils (and Silurians) have always been one of my favourite Who monsters...and the Warlord figs are just superb! Great job on the Crusader...already on my DA 'to-buy' list!

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    1. Thanks Gordon. Glad to hear you're a fan of the "Warlord Games" minis - I certainly am. And the Crusaders are some of the best from "Dracula's America" imho.

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  12. Great stuff! I really love the color and shading and highlighting on the Sea Devil - amazing!

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    1. Cheers Ivor. I should have the Sea Devils finished in time for the release of their faction's adventure cards; so expect a BatRep featuring them soon afterwards.

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