|"My life at your command."|
This statue of a long-deceased Draconian Emperor was created by pinning a ‘spare’ metal figure from “Warlord Games” “Into The Time Vortex” range onto a suitably-sized, square-shaped resin plinth, and then super-gluing the “Telfer Model Design” casting upon one of the thin-lipped 40mm plastic circular bases I try to use for all my scenic pieces. Dedicated fans of the 1973 Jon Pertwee six-parter “Frontier In Space” will doubtless note that the “Doctor Who: Exterminate!” miniature is actually that of a Draconian nobleman rather than the Emperor himself, but the effigy is significantly ancient and fashion trends have clearly altered over the passing centuries…
Once assembled and fixed in place, the model was primed with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and subsequently treated to a double coat of Brass. The figurine was then heavily washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Brass. To give the idol some ‘weathering’ I applied plenty of "Citadel" Nihilakh Oxide over the model, and later ‘blended’ this in with the rest of the colour scheme by giving it a second dry-brush of "Vallejo" Brass.
|Twelfth Doctor WIPs - The Time Lord just needs a hearty application of "Citadel" Nuln Oil|
With the actual statue itself now finished, I undercoated its stone plinth with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and later applied two layers of "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey. I then shaded it with “Citadel” Nuln Oil before carefully dry-brushing the stone with more “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey. Finally, in order to imply that the plinth was somewhat neglected and overgrown, I took some dabs of static grass and (PVA) glued them to parts of the slab around the sculpture's base.
Sticking with "Doctor Who" momentarily, I have made some considerable progress on my "Warlord Games" figure of the Twelfth Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi. To be honest, I was initially about as enthusiastic to paint this particular miniature as I would be to watch the Scottish actor's first two painfully dire televised seasons as the travelling Time Lord. Nonetheless, once I got going on the somewhat sedentary-posed model I simply couldn't put my paintbrush down until he was almost ready for varnishing...
|James Kirk WIP - The Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise is almost ready for some washes|
Arguably one of this year's biggest gaming disappointments, in my mind at least, was the release of "Star Trek Adventures" by "Modiphius Entertainment Ltd". Not only was the Fulham-based company's (entry) price point both bitterly disappointing and staggeringly high, charging £395 for their Borg Cube Collector's Edition Box Set. But, having seen the models and horribly out-of-scale geomorphic floor-plans in the flesh at "Warfare", "the highly anticipated... miniatures line" is rather underwhelming in the value-for-money stakes too.
Fortunately, I did manage to 'snag' one of the role-playing game's 32mm "initial" models of Captain James Kirk twelve months ago. This single-cast resin sculpt is admittedly, completely dissimilar in both style and physical proportions to the recently released multi-part Original Series Bridge Crew, so won't easily fit in with the rest of the range. However, as the Federation Officer is already half-started, I thought I take full advantage of my Partially-Painted Pledge Challenge and get him finished.