Wednesday, 27 December 2017

"We Found And Destroyed The Enemy."

"Ogrons. They're a form of higher anthropoid."
These 35mm tall "pewter" models of three Ogrons are manufactured by “Warlord Games” and are designed for use with the Nottingham-based company's "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" miniatures game. Living "in scattered communities on an unnamed planet on the outer fringes of the Milky Way, far from the central spaceways", these "hired mercenaries" first appeared in the January 1972 BBC television story “Day Of The Daleks”, and were employed as "police officers" in "an alternate 22nd Century".

Originally undercoated using two layers of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, these figures were all heavily dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal and had their trousers layered using some Heavy Brown. The "low-intelligence, ape-like hominids" then had their shirt sleeves painted with Iraqi Sand and their belts, straps and wrist bands layered with Heavy Sienna. All of these areas were subsequently washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
Tenth Doctor and Daleks WIPs - Early days yet for all three primed miniatures
I then moved on to some of the Ogrons' more fiddly parts, and applied a combination of "Vallejo" Charred Brown and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade to their hair and arms. I also dry-brushed some additional "Vallejo" Charred Brown across each brute's furry face and hands, but washed these facial areas with "Citadel" Nuln Oil in order to darken them quite considerably. Finally, the primate-looking aliens had their disintegrator guns 'picked out' with Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil.

Sticking with "Warlord Games" and their "Into The Time Vortex" miniatures range, I have started work on two more of their plastic Daleks. I've previously already finished a couple of black-headed drones in order to help distinguish them from the all-gold Kaled Mark III Travel Machines I usually field as part of a simple "Dalek Patrol". However, "Warlord Games" have since released the Recruitment Card for the actual "Emperor's Guard", so I now need a third dark-domed Skaro mutant if I want to use a unit specifically "dedicated to protecting the Emperor Dalek at all costs."
Alien Infants WIPs - These large resin extra-terrestrials have been primed and dry-brushed
In addition, I thought I would also make a start on the three Daleks required for the "Cult Of Skaro", as well the "Gale Force Nine" resin Tenth Doctor model I recently got for Christmas. I plan to differentiate my Dalek Thay by pigmenting his fender dark silver, instead of being my usual pure black, and my second David Tennant figure, by giving him a dark brown suit, as opposed to the blue one I've previously painted; thereby perhaps allowing me to use him as the Human-Time Lord Meta-Crisis version.

Lastly, in trying to help clear up my painting space as part of the Partially-Painted Pledge Challenge, I have finally put some "Vallejo" German Grey 'highlights' on three Alien Infants by "Prodos Games". These multi-part resin "Alien Verses Predator" figures have been sat languishing away on my table for close on two years, having been purchased directly from the Warwick-based company's stall at "Salute" 2016 as part of a semi-large pre-show order.

12 comments:

  1. Nice work on the Ogron's I like the look of the 10th Doctors mini. Looks like it will be fun to paint. It will be good to see the Alien infants finished. They don't look far off now.

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    1. Thanks Simon. The 10th Doctor mini should be pretty straightforward, as he's almost entirely brown tbh, and the Aliens, having now been washed, just need highlighting and their silver(ish) mouths being 'picked out' - I'm hoping to post them up on Saturday :-)

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  2. As far as I'm concerned you can't go wrong with sci-fi figures. I always thought the Ogrons were simply mercenaries and I don't remember them being police officers but that says more about my memory than your research. That being said, I'd love to see them in a batrep against the Judoon to determine who really is the Law... although we all know that is Judge Dredd! Through him into the mix and watch the sparks fly!

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    1. I think Pertwee only refers to them as "security guards" in "Day Of The Daleks", Bryan, but the Controller calls them "policemen". I hadn't thought about a Judoon v Ogrons battle, nor one with Dredd in it... But I have now ;-)

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  3. Very cool post Simon :-)
    Despite the fact it features the great looking Ogrons, a very nice looking David Tennant and some excellent looking Aliens, my eye is repeatedly drawn back to the Daleks!!
    If ANYTHING gets me to 'dip my toe' into DW:E, it will be those mini's ;-)

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    1. Thanks Greg. I think the idea to do golden Daleks was inspired, as they always capture the eye (and imagination). I can't recommend these plastic drones highly enough, so please do 'dip your toe' into "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" :-)

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  4. Great work on the Ogrons Simon, and good progress on the other Who models. On the aliens if you directionaly highlight with a lighter grey and then give two coats of black wash you'll get a nice dark chitanous plate feel

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    1. Cheers Dave. My Aliens will be painted to tie-in with all the ones I finished last year, so they'll be getting a wash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil and then a very light brush of more "Vallejo" German Grey. Its previously provided the dark chitanous plate feel you mention :-)

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  5. Have you put your name forward, yet, for the Warlord Games position they're advertising, Simon?

    Come on, you know you really want to get paid to play games every weekend at the shows, so what are you waiting for :)

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    1. Ha Ha... I'd love to Roy, but Nottingham is a long way to travel sadly. Plus I like my weekends for painting currently :-)

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  6. At least I recognise the Aliens! (and very good they look too)
    Can't say I'm that enamoured by the Ogrons, but I guess they're there for completeness and of course the Daleks are everyones favourite and the Doctor is a good looking mini too though not one I know.
    I can't help bu feel that there has been quite a scale creep in a lot of your recent posts or is it just me ?

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    1. Thanks Joe. The Ogrons will certainly help 'flesh' out my Dalek faction, once "Warlord Games" release their "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" cards.

      The "Into The Time Vortex" range are all, quite controversially, 38mm scale, Joe, so that's probably why so many of my most recent posts are on minis which are larger than normal. Indeed, even my James Kirk was 32mm in scale. Next month will be focusing upon "Heroclix", so expect lots of reassuringly 28mm scaled models for the next few weeks :-)

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