|"We come in peace. Shoot to kill."|
This 32mm scale "soft resin" model of James Tiberius Kirk is manufactured by “Modiphius Entertainment” and was supposedly only made available to those signing up for the official "Star Trek Adventures" play-test at the London-based company's stands whilst they were at "GenCon, Essen Spiele and Dragonmeet." Fortunately, I was able to acquire one at last year's "Warfare" in Reading, when I happened upon their stall and realised that they still owned a few 'castings' of the Constitution-Class Starship Captain. Needless to say, as a major fan of "Star Trek: The Original Series", I didn't hesitate for a second to 'bag' Jim, despite “Modiphius Entertainment” still having some Jean-Luc Picards on hand as well.
Because the single-piece figure stood upon a moulded circular base, I had to cut Kirk's stand down in order to accommodate it upon a 28mm lipped plastic base before I primed him with "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre and "Citadel" Abaddon Black. I then 'picked out' the officer's famous chest insignia with a combination of "Vallejo" Gold and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and momentarily contemplated doing the same with the Captain's rank insignia on his sleeves.
|The Silence WIPs - The "confessional priests" just need some washes to be applied|
Unfortunately, despite being very-well proportioned, the detail on the sculpt is extremely fine and thus requires a far steadier hand than I in order to 'highlight' such an intricate ridge pattern with a paint-brush; especially using my 'tried and trusted' black lining technique. In the end therefore, I settled on simply washing James' shirt with some watered down "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade, and caused the "Games Workshop" Shade to pool somewhat more in the area of his braiding.
Kirk's phaser was painted using some Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil, whilst his hair was treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and a splash of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. “Interestingly, "Modiphius Entertainment” have stated that this particular model will be made available "as part of various sets", but, having bought their Star Trek Adventures Miniatures: The Original Series Bridge Crew, there's a disappointingly clear 'chunkiness' difference between this lean free pre-release figure and that of the regular beefier version.
|Professor Yana and Chantho WIP - Early days yet for this pair of Malcassairo-based scientists|
Sticking with science fiction, I have made some more progress on a trio of "Warlord Games" Silents I need so as to be able to field a three Recruitment Card faction of the religious order for the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" officially licensed desktop miniatures game. I've actually stepped outside the "confessional priests" canon colour-scheme by providing their "Unique" Leader with a blue shirt, and thereby making him 'stand out' on the battlefield a little bit more...
Finally, having bought the recently-released "The War Master - Only The Good" audio boxed set by "Big Finish", I've also based and primed the two "Into The Time Vortex" miniatures from the Nottingham-based company's "Professor Yana and Chantho" expansion. This particular sculpt of the Master's (good) alter-ego has taken some criticism on fan forums for its soft detail, but I'm hoping I'll be able to persevere and get him (and his companion) up to table-top standard.