Monday, 30 April 2018

"Oh, Great Nurgle, Accept This Offering Of Blood And Filth!"

"Witness my devotion and send your might to slither through my clotted veins."
This 40mm tall "favoured mortal servant" of the Plague Lord is one of the five multi-piece figures which can be assembled from the plastic sprues found inside the “Games Workshop” Putrid Blightkings boxed set, and actually follows the box's assembly instructions for Putrid Blightking 5. However, as the miniature's single-cast legs, which disgustingly depict one bloated hooved foot firmly planted upon a small rock formation, are actually also used for the unit's Icon Bearer, I ended up purchasing a second pair of limbs from a 'bitz' seller to use for this particular model.

"Blessed with the bite of the daemonfly", I originally undercoated the "hulking" warrior with "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki and "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green, before dry-brushing it with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki. I then worked my way up his pustule-covered leg picking out the leather straps which keep his fatty folds in check with "Citadel" Abbadon Black, and painted both his malformed hoof, as well as a nearby 'decorative' skull, using a combination of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
A five-model unit of Putrid Blightkings costs 180 Points in "Age Of Sigmar"
As the relentlessly rotting combatant was predominantly encased in a suit of discoloured plate armour, I carefully 'blocked in' these areas using a base-coat of "Citadel" Abaddon Black and some "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey. These surfaces were subsequently shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and high-lighted with (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey. In addition I 'picked out' the Rotbringer's wooden shield, animal fur and a few straps with Heavy Sienna plus a liberal washing of Strong Tone Quickshade. I even managed to get my paintbrush to apply a mix of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Nuln Oil to the heavily-armoured fiend's 'hard to reach' dirty undergarment...

Due to the grossly-disfigured mortal being capable of driving "relentlessly through the foe's battle-line and shatter[ing] it apart, before hacking down the survivors with contemptuous ease", I treated its "Blighted Weapon" to a coat of "Vallejo" Brass, a wash of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and some dabs of the "Citadel" Technical paint Nihilakh Oxide. All of these parts were then later dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Brass so as to help blend in the patina.
Cybermen WIPs - The four silver giants have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed
Lastly, I set about 'amplifying' the Blightking's "Virulent Discharge" (which can cause either D3 mortal wounds or heal D3 wounds on the roll of a 6+ to "each unit (friend or foe) that is within 3" of any friendly units with this ability"), by 'pimping out' its numerous zits using “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and a wash of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade. I also dabbed some “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green, Agrax Earthshade and Carroburg Crimson over the decaying flesh to add to its discolouration.

Infinitely easy to progress, have been four wonderfully characterful metal miniatures gifted to me by the excellent Simon Quinton of "Brummie's Wargaming Blog". These particular 'silver giants', now long out of production for arguably obvious reasons, were bought from a private collector and stand an impressive 43mm tall. Initially, I wasn't entirely sure whether to use them as Cyber-giants for my "Black Tree Design" "Doctor Who" Cyber-force, or utilise them as metal/mechanical constructs for "Dungeons & Dragons", so in the end I've simply based them upon some generic 25mm circular stands...

Friday, 27 April 2018

"A Cyber-Megatron Bomb Will Be Delivered."

"We must destroy life on Earth completely. Every living being."
These three 28mm metal Cyberman figures are cast by “Black Tree Design", and quite bizarrely can seemingly only be bought as part of the company's "Doctor Who" boxed set DW1014 - Cyberman (7). A similarly posed sculpt is available separately as Code DW208 - Invasion Cyberman Firing Gun, but that model's left hand is positioned much further along its weapon's barrel. Determined to destroy all life on Earth via the detonation of a megatron bomb, this version of the "race of cyborgs" were created by "Derrick Sherwin, from a story by Kit Pedler", for the November 1968 BBC Television story "The Invasion". 

Each miniature was initially undercoated with a base-coat of "Citadel" Chaos Black. They were then treated to a double layer of Ironbreaker, shaded with Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) Ironbreaker. As a last touch, I picked out the end of their firearms with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.
Putrid Blightking WIPs - The warrior has just needs his bronze hand-weapon to be washed and dry-brushed
With the last of my "Black Tree Design" "Invasion" Cybermen finished I have (once again) turned my attention towards completing the last of the Putrid Blightking multi-piece plastic miniatures I need in order to field a five-man unit for my "Age Of Sigmar" Nurgle Host. This particular piece has proved a little more time-consuming than I anticipated on account of me originally mistakenly believing that the vast majority of the figure was blubbery flesh, as opposed to grimy plate armour.

This error caused me to prime the formidable-looking brute using some "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki and "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green, and resultantly, I have been forced to carefully 'block in' the massive warrior's 'hard to reach' armour using "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey. In addition I seemed to have selected the most difficult "Games Workshop" shield to paint imaginable, whose delicate brass work apparently just 'melts' into the wooden shield at its edges, rather than come to any discernible halt; an annoyance which has meant I've had to paint in detail which isn't actually on the miniature itself...
Blooded Saek WIPs - The Khorne Worshipper needs his axe and skull mask to be finished
Sticking with "Age Of Sigmar" I've not managed to have as much time for this month's mini-project, Garrek's Reavers, as I would have liked. However, that doesn't mean for an instant that I haven't made any progress at all upon my Chaos "Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire" warband, as I've managed to nearly finish Blooded Saek.

This particular Blood Reaver is one of the two Khorne models needed in order to play the "action-packed combat" game's quick-start sheet, so, as I've previously painted Garrek Gorebeard, I could be tempted once Saek's been varnished and flocked to momentarily turn my attention towards the Liberators Severin Steelheart and Angharad Brightshield instead. For now though the mighty axe-man still needs his fearsome hand-weapon to be layered and washed, as well as his skull-mask shaded and blooded. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

"Great Big Absorbing Creature From Outer Space..."

"Interesting. A sort of Absorbatrix? Absorbaclon? Absorbaloff?"
This 33mm tall metal miniature of an Abzorbalovian is manufactured by “Warlord Games” and can be found in the Abzorbaloff & Victor Kennedy boxed set from their "Into The Time Vortex" range. Able to "absorb his victims' bodies, along with their memories and consciousnesses, into himself at a simple touch", the Abzorbaloff  was created by nine-year-old William Grantham as part of a Blue Peter competition to design a monster for "Doctor Who", and appeared in the June 2006 story "Love And Monsters".

The figure was initially undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki, heavily shaded with "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green and dry-brushed with some additional "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki. His clawed toes and fingers were subsequently picked out with "Citadel" Abaddon Black and "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand, before being washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. 
Cult Of Skaro WIPs - Dalek Thay and Dalek Caan, plus an additional drone
As the detailed sculpt contains the partially-absorbed heads of Ursula, Mr Skinner, Bliss, and Bridget (L.I.N.D.A. - London Investigation 'n' Detective Agency), I decided to try and make these stand out a bit more by washing them with a spot of Strong Tone Quickshade, and later lightly dry-brushing each face with some "Vallejo" Heavy Khaki and Heavy Skintone. In addition I straightened the extra-terrestrial's somewhat bent limitation field cane and 'picked out' its end using a combination of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil.

With  my inhabitant of the planet Clom completed, I have started work on getting my "Maximum Extermination!" expansion set on the tabletop. Perhaps surprisingly though, I haven't yet actually started painting any of the metal and resin miniatures which come inside the box, but instead begun progressing the final two plastic Dalek models I need in order to be able to field a fully-fledged Cult of Skaro.
Copyright "Warlord Games" - General Staal and his Sontarans
I had initially intended to simply field these three one-time ordinary drone units using a single Faction Recruitment Card taken from the Nottingham-based company's Davros & the New Dalek Empire expansion set. However, each of the members of the cult, Caan, Thay and Jast (as well as their all-black leader Sec) now all come with their own unique Recruitment Cards. Resultantly, I've already got an idea for fielding the foursome against some of the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" rule-set's other alien factions to see how they get on 'alone'...

In addition, "Warlord Games" have now released some additional details regarding next month's Sontaran-based releases, with General Staal currently taking centre-stage. Accompanied by two bodyguards, "The Undefeated" officer looks set to be a formidable force with "Wounds (3)", "Concentrated Fire!" and the "Commander (Sontarans)" ability, as well as generating two highly-valuable Fate Tokens.

Monday, 23 April 2018

"Master Of All Matter!"

"Rassilon's discovery, all mine. I shall have supreme power over the universe."
This 28mm metal model of the Master is produced by “Black Tree Design", and can be bought from their "Doctor Who" range as code DW431 Decaying Master. Sculpted to replicate the emaciated renegade Time Lord when he was rescued by Chancellor Goth on the planet Tersurus, this incarnation of the Master sought the power of the Eye of Harmony in order to "restart his regeneration cycle, even though Gallifrey would be destroyed by doing so", and first appeared in the October 1976 BBC Television story “The Deadly Assassin”.

The miniature was initially undercoated with two layers of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and heavily dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal. The despicable villain was then shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, before having his putrefying hands and face 'picked out' with a combination of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.
Sontaran WIPs - Stike, Linx and Varl have all been primed and dry-brushed
As a final touch I painted the time-travelling fiend's 'soulless' eyes with "Vallejo" Dead White, and 'pooled' a little Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter" over them. I also tried to highlight the Master's skeletal teeth with (more) "Vallejo" Dead White, but found the tiny detail incredibly difficult to find with my brush-tip. In the end I therefore settled upon a brusque application of acrylic across the mouth area, and blended it in with a second application of "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.

With my interest in "Doctor Who" maintaining an all-time high currently, and spurred on by my recently painted "Black Tree Design" Sontaran Warrior, I have based, primed and dry-brushed three more of the company's "militaristic clones". These characterful miniatures represent Jingo Linx from the Third Doctor adventure "The Time Warrior", as well as Stike and Varl from the Sixth Doctor story "The Two Doctors".
Locust Beta WIP - The Viridian extra-terrestrial has been assembled, based and under-coated
Disappointingly I've discovered that unlike the Daleks, Cybermen, Sea Devils, Ice Warriors, Draconians and Autons, "Black Tree Design" don't do an 'army' collection for their Sontaran figures. So resultantly, I'm now somewhat tempted to purchase a few more basic Sontaran Warrior sculpts and use the aforementioned 'named' models as officers in order to replicate their "eternal war throughout Mutter's Spiral against the Rutan Host." Of course, I don't own any Rutan miniatures either, so this is clearly a "Doctor Who" project for another day...

By way of a diversion, I have also assembled the second of my Viridian Clade models for "Wild West Exodus". This plastic Locust Beta came in a whopping thirteen pieces, and actually required me to print out its instructions from off the "Warcradle Studios" website in order to ensure I had super-glued it together correctly. I have high hopes for this "Sci-Fi Western Miniatures Game" and plan to get my extra-terrestrial posse all primed ready for a big painting push in a couple of months time.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

"Our Invasion Force Is Not Yet Complete."

"The data will be computed and the invasion details transmitted to you. Discussion terminated."
These three 28mm metal Cyberman figures are produced by “Black Tree Design", and somewhat oddly can only be bought as part of the company's "Doctor Who" boxed set DW1014 - Cyberman (7); albeit a similarly posed sculpt, arguably far less cute-looking, is available separately as Code DW206 - Invasion Cyberman. Temporarily allied to the Managing Director of International Electromatics, "the sinister Tobias Vaughn", this version of the silver giants appeared in Derrick Sherwin's eight-part 1968 BBC Television adventure "The Invasion".

Each miniature was originally primed "Citadel" Chaos Black and subsequently coated with two layers of Ironbreaker. They were then washed with Nuln Oil, before being dry-brushed with (more) Ironbreaker. Finally, each of their firearms' barrels was 'picked out' using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.
Abzorbaloff WIPs - The Clom-born extra-terrestrial has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed
Sticking with "Doctor Who" I've managed to spend a little hobby time progressing an Abzorbalovian which I've had gathering dust in my painting queue for quite a while now. The figure itself is absolutely packed full of gruesome detail, especially the faces of the alien's victims, which can clearly be seen embedded in his blubbery flesh.

The only disappointment with the metal miniature is the monster's limitation field cane, which not only came out of the box rather bent, and resultantly required urgent straightening, but also seems dangerously thin in places too; particularly when it so extravagantly juts out from the side of the model. In addition, I'm not really sure what use I'll find for Victor Kennedy's alter-ego on the tabletop, as "Warlord Games" don't currently have any unique gaming cards for him in their "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" game.
"Burrows And Badgers" WIPs - This Adder Warrior needs just some washes to be 'added'
One of the highlights of "Salute" 2018 for me was stumbling upon the "Oathsworn Miniatures" stall and impulsively purchasing their "Burrows And Badgers" rule-book, as well as an assortment of "anthropomorphic animal" figures. I plan on spending a fair bit of time working on these inhabitants of the Kingdom of Northymbra next month, yet still couldn't stop myself dabbling with the first model which caught my eye on the manufacturer's well-populated blister rack.

Indeed, the Adder Warrior has had me repeatedly listening to Keith Michell's superb Eighties-based musical telling of "Captain Beaky And His Band" since the pewter reptile first 'fell' into my grip, and it'll therefore come as no surprise that I've named him Hissing Sid for my 'evil' warband. I also couldn't help noticing that the sculpt pays more than a passing resemblance to Thulsa Doom's snake-form as depicted in the 1982 motion picture "Conan The Barbarian", so expect to see the scaly-serpent popping up in one of my Hyborian-set battle reports too once I've finished painting him...

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

"Salute" Loot 2018 - Part Two Of Two

"The Dominators" WIPs - All the models have been based and primed
Undoubtedly my main reason for attending this year's "Salute" 2018 was to visit the "Warlord Games" stall and buy the Nottingham-based company's latest two releases for "Doctor Who: Exterminate!". This range is really starting to 'take-off' and I was particularly pleased to see this blog featuring once again in the latest "Into The Time Vortex" digital newsletter, which specifically focused upon Dalek conversions, 'tip-top' paint-jobs and their "ever-growing loyal customers."

Patrick Troughton's incarnation of the travelling Time Lord has always held a high place in my memories of the BBC science fiction television programme, even if my first encounter with the Second Doctor only occurred during "The Five Faces Of Doctor Who" season of repeats in November 1981. The recent announcement that "Warlord Games" will be releasing his miniature, along with "Zoe, Jamie, Victoria and the Brig" later this year, has only helped fuel my enthusiasm for this 'black & white' period, so I was absolutely delighted to get my hands on a set of models taken from the Gallifreyan's August 1968 five-parter "The Dominators".
"Warlord Games" Newsletter Wednesday 11th April 2018
Featuring formidable sculpts of both Navigator Rago and Probationer Toba, I have already set to work basing the two male "humanoids from Drahb", as well as applied a double undercoat of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand over the pair. Initially I did think these 'conquerors of the Ten Galaxies' would be fairly straightforward to paint, due to the majority of their clothing being black. However, colourised pictures of the duo, as well as the studio's official paint-jobs, actually shows them to be wearing dark green costumes...  
"The Ninth Doctor & Companions" WIPs - Rose, The Ninth Doctor and Captain Jack
Far easier to paint, at least upon first impression, are the three "robot work-soldiers" which accompany their taller masters in the box. Despite providing enough models to both deploy a complete Quark Recruitment Card and have one spare to 'defend' a Dominator ("must always stay within 4") I can still see me buying a second set of the servitors once I've finished work on this initial batch. This should then give me enough Quarks to field a second Recruitment Card and provide Toba with a 'cuboid-shaped guard' too. Of course that'll give me duplicates of the two Dominators, but I can always utilise them as scenic statues or as an extra ethereal ghost for my Fisher King.

In addition to picking up some figures from the show's Sixth Season, I was also able to buy the Ninth Doctor And Companions set. Featuring sculpts of Christopher Eccleston's character, Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness, Mickey Smith and Jackie Tyler, I have immediately set to work priming the "sole survivor" of the Last Great Time War, as well as two of Nu Who's most popular assistants Rose and the "con man Javic Piotr Thane."
Copyright "Warlord Games" - The 'Nu Who' Sontarans
Lastly, I was thrilled to see one of next month's releases in the fully-pigmented flesh, the Sontarans. The stunning detail on these "militaristic clones from the planet Sontar" was absolutely breath-taking, despite the somewhat poor lighting of the ExCeL convention centre, and I'm really looking forward to picking up a couple of boxes of them in the near future... 

Monday, 16 April 2018

"Salute" Loot 2018 - Part One Of Two

"Star Trek Adventures" WIPs - Two Romulan Uhlans and Khan Noonien Singh
This year's annual pilgrimage to the ExCeL convention centre in Custom House, East London has undoubtedly added somewhat to my collection of metal, plastic and resin miniatures, as well as greatly widened my interest in a couple more of our hobby's vast pantheon of genres. Indeed, having only travelled up to "Salute" 2018 with just one 'definite' purchase on my shopping list (some OOP "Nexus Miniatures" Caprican Legion Troopers kindly sold to me by "Wargames Terrain Workshop"), I was rather surprised by the sheer range of loot I found within my various carrier bags upon leaving the disagreeably stuffy, dimly-lit venue...

My first impulse purchase however, courtesy of a flyer found within a disconcertingly sparse goodie bag, was arguably a no-brainer for a science fiction fan such as myself, and actually caused me to make a bee-line straight for the "Modiphius Entertainment" stall just as soon as the show started. Apparently an exclusive miniature, this resin model of Khan Noonien Singh from the 1982 motion picture "Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan" was being given away for free by the British games and entertainment publisher "with every Star Trek Adventures purchase whilst stocks last!"
"Burrows And Badgers" WIPs - A Sparrow Warrior, Adder Warrior and Mouse
Disappointingly however, I wasn't that impressed with what I had to pay in order to make a "Star Trek Adventures purchase", and in the end slightly begrudgingly handed over a whopping forty quid for a measly ten 32mm Romulan Strike Team miniatures; a somewhat expensive outgoing considering that I have subsequently found the company's resin to easily 'tear' when being cleaned with a modelling knife or file, and the figures' stands awkwardly bent - to the point where I've decided not to use them at all and replaced them with plastic 28mm lipped bases instead...

Offering a free miniature was clearly the right way for a manufacturer to go though, in order to grab both my attention and hard-earned funds. I have never really considered gaming with cute furry animals before, but simply couldn't help myself from buying a warband or three at the "Oathsworn Miniatures" stall when I spotted the free mouse adventurer which came with their "Burrows And Badgers" rule-book.
"Wild West Exodus" WIP - This Viridian Alpha has simply been assembled, based and primed 
It's clear I'm going to have to dedicate a month or so to this "tabletop skirmish game that takes place in the Kingdom of Northymbra", as I went a bit silly and picked up quite an array of warriors, mages and cut-throats from their "range of [metal] anthropomorphic animal miniatures." In particular I was rather taken by a heavily-armoured Adder Warrior and heroically-posed Sparrow Warrior...

I also happened upon another irresistible temptation whilst passing the "Warcradle Studios" "Wild West Exodus" display. Their extra-terrestrial Watchers simply smack of 'Cowboys verses Aliens' to me, and thus I now own a copy of their remarkably well-priced Viridian Clade Starter Set. Not only does this hefty box contain enough resin/plastic models to form a posse, but it also includes a softback rule-book, tokens, templates, dice and cards.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

"Plans For Invasion Are Nearing Completion."

"Nothing must be allowed to interrupt them."
This 28mm metal Cyberman model is produced by “Black Tree Design", and can be bought as part of their "Doctor Who" boxed set DW1014 - Cyberman (7). Unlike the other miniatures in this set, this 'Cyber-Leader' does not appear to be available separately. "Hidden in the sewers beneath" London and intent upon utilising a megatron bomb in order to conquer the planet, this particular incarnation of the "race of cyborgs" were created by "Derrick Sherwin, from a story by Kit Pedler", for the November 1968 BBC Television story "The Invasion".

The silver giant was initially undercoated with a base-coat of "Citadel" Chaos Black. It was then treated to a double layer of Ironbreaker, shaded with Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) Ironbreaker. As a last stage, I picked out the barrel of its "long range... more powerful gun" with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.
"Black Tree Design" "Doctor Who" WIPs - Vicki, Harry Sullivan and Kamelion
With the basic beginning of a Cyber-invasion force complete, I have momentarily turned my attention to painting a few companions for my current Movie Doctor. Rather than 'stick to the script' however and prime Little Susan and Barbara 2150 A.D., I have simply turned to a few of the more readily accessible assistant figures in my "Black Tree Design" lead mountain.

Slightly embarrassingly, I originally thought the first of these companions was actually a sculpt of the Second Doctor's "young astrophysicist" Zoe Heriot, and accordingly treated her all-white attire to a wash of "Vallejo" Pale Grey and a dry-brush of Dead White. Only having done this did I realise that she is in fact a model of the First Doctor's "orphan from the 25th century" Vicki, and therefore requires a black dress with a suggestion of blue to it...
Dino-Rangers - The warriors still have plenty of detail left to 'pick out' upon their uniforms
In addition to this "survivor of a spaceship crash on the planet Dido" I have started work on the Fourth Doctor's "Surgeon-Lieutenant" Harry Sullivan, as well as the Fifth Doctor's "shape-changing android" Kamelion. Like Vicki, both of these companions should prove pretty straightforward to complete and I have already got to the stage the Xeriphas robot simply needs his green-hued internal electronics to be 'picked out' before being ready for a varnish.

Finally, in order to help thwart my recently discovered remaining Caprican Legion models by "Nexus Miniatures", I have re-started work on three Dino-Rangers. These particular sculpts will make some excellent proxies as Colonial Warriors for a "Battlestar Galactica" skirmish game, albeit I was hoping to paint one up as Commander Adama in a blue version of the uniform. Sadly however, having done some 'Google-Fu' research, it would appear that "the spiritual leader of the surviving colonists" never wore such 'combat fatigues', and neither did the battlestar's executive officer Colonel Tigh. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

"I Mean, Daleks Don't Have Names, Do They?"

"A secret order above and beyond the Emperor himself."
This 38mm scale "easy-fit plastic" model of a Dalek is produced by “Warlord Games” and comes from the Nottingham-based company's Davros & the New Dalek Empire Expansion Set. Sold as part of the "Into The Time Vortex" range, I've painted this particular drone up to represent one of the "secret order" of Daleks known as The Cult of Skaro; four Kaled mutants "assigned the task of furthering the Dalek cause through the development of new and unorthodox ideas and strategies."

Created by Russell T. Davies for the July 2006 BBC Television story "Army Of Ghosts", in which the Cult's Void ship was being unwisely experimented upon by the Torchwood Institute, this "ordinary" Dalek was super-glued onto a 40mm lipped circular stand and subsequently undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna. I then gave the individual named unit a double coat of Brass, thoroughly shaded it with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and finally gave the model a heavy dry-brush of more "Vallejo" Brass.
Vervoid WIPs - The three 'plant creatures' have simply been primed, prior to being shaded
With the basic painting phases completed, I 'picked out' the Dalek's eye stalk, control arm and multi-range variable power destructor with some "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil, as well as additionally pigmented the pepper pot's audio scanners with "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey. As a final step, so as to make this particular miniature stand out from my previously finished 'rank and file' Daleks, I applied a combination of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil to its fender.

Despite having already completed the Cult's leader, Dalek Sec, I still need to complete two more figures in order to utilise the "Cult Of Skaro" Recruitment Card for the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" "fast-paced tabletop miniatures game". This "Unique" unit can actually utilise both the "Dalek Science" and "Emergency Temporal Rift" Adventure cards without either counting "towards the faction's Adventure card allowance."
Copyright "Warlord Games" - Two Dominators, along with three Quarks
In addition to slowly progressing this pair of additional Daleks, I have started work on nine Vervoids from Colin Baker's tenure as the Sixth Doctor. These "artificially created humanoid plant(s)" have rather embarrassingly been sat within my grit box since they were first released in November last year. Predominantly a 'leafy' green, I'm planning on using one of the figures as a pilot piece to see whether some simple shading and dry-brushing will suffice in quickly bringing out most of the sculpt's detail.

With "Salute" 2018 just around the corner and my painting queue still crammed to capacity, "Warlord Games" have announced that their "Dominators" expansion set will apparently be available at the show alongside their "Ninth Doctor & Companions" box. As a huge Patrick Troughton fan, this set will prove irresistible, so expect plenty of Quarks and "humanoids from Drahb" being based and primed soon...

Sunday, 8 April 2018

"To Nurgle, Every Raddled Corpse Is A Welcoming Nursery..."

"...For wriggling maggots and cloying plague spores."
This 40mm tall Putrid Blightking is one of the five multi-piece plastic miniatures which can be built from the sprues found inside the “Games Workshop” Putrid Blightkings boxed set. However, as I had actually already used the legs I wanted for this figure on a previously painted "favoured mortal servant" of Nurgle, I actually took the somewhat expensive step of purchasing a second pair of limbs from a 'bitz' seller and subsequently 'stuck' a different torso upon them in order to help satisfactorily mask their similarities.

As a result of this 'Exalted Champion of Nurgle' wearing so much armour and chainmail I initially primed the model with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before brushing on a couple of coats of "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey over it. The warrior was then shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey. The bloody desecrator's stained loincloth was treated to a little "Citadel" Abaddon Black, two thin coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Red", some "Citadel" Nuln Oil" and a gentle dry-brush of "Vallejo" Heavy Red.
"Black Tree Design" "Doctor Who" WIPs - These Late Sixties Cybermen needs some detailing work 
With the basics finished, I began slowly working up the highly-detailed figure blessed by "the touch of Nurgle's insectoid messengers" and 'picked out' his pouch, skull trophy and brass symbol of the Plague God with a cacophony of colourful combinations, such as "Vallejo" Heavy Blue and "Citadel" Nuln Oil, as well as "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. A couple of splashes of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson were also thrown into the mix to give the impression of dried blood.

I applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna to both the Blightking's hand-axe, shield and shoulder-pad as a base-coat, and later treated the age-corroded areas to coat of "Vallejo" Brass, a wash of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and some dabs of the "Citadel" Technical paint Nihilakh Oxide. These parts were all then later dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Brass so as to blend in the patina. In addition I decided to change the brute's ghastly green-hued face to a deep reddish one, as if the entire head was grotesquely swollen, so simply re-painted it with Vallejo" Heavy Red" and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
"Nexus Miniatures" WIPs - These Caprican Legionnaires still have some armour plating to 'pick out'
Wanting to progress something a little less taxing than another Putrid Blightking, I have taken the opportunity to dig ever deeper into my recently discovered drawer of old "Black Tree Design" miniatures, and dry-brush some previously painted Cybermen. All of these figures come from one of the company's "Doctor Who: Invasion Earth" boxed sets, and are based upon the silver giants' tear-drop eyed version from the 1968 BBC Television story "The Invasion".

Lastly, sticking with a silver-coloured theme, I have also found some of my long-lost Caprican Legion models by "Nexus Miniatures". These armour-plated extra-terrestrials, which seem to be out of stock these days due to 'someone ordering a bunch', make great-looking Cylons and once finished should finally permit me to get a "Battlestar Galactica" skirmish game on the tabletop... 

Friday, 6 April 2018

"Field Major Styre Reporting From Earth Base."

"The results of my experiment indicate that they are puny beings..."
This 28mm metal Sontaran model is produced by “Black Tree Design", and can be bought from their "Doctor Who" range as code DW475 Sontaran Warrior. A "race of belligerent and militaristic clones from the planet Sontar", the "humanoids with large, bulbous heads" were created by Robert Holmes and made their BBC Television debut in the 1973 story "The Time Warrior".

The miniature was initially undercoated with two layers of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and heavily dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal. The figure was then shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, before having its knee-pads, belt and helmet layered with "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey. These areas were also subsequently washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, whilst the alien's rheon carbine was 'picked out' with a combination of "Vallejo" Dead White and Pale Grey.
"Black Tree Design" "Doctor Who" WIPS - A Cyber-Leader, the Master and a Mandrel
Having completed my Sontaran, I have started to recommence work on another three of the Penzance-based company's partially-painted models which have lurked unloved for far too long within one of my hobby drawers. As I want to use these figures for some large scale tabletop battles using a set of homemade rules, I thought it would make sense to have the 'forces of evil' marshalled by none other than the Doctor's arch-nemesis, the Master.

I've actually already completed a mobile version of the renegade Time Lord's TARDIS, known as the Melkur, so thought having the decayed incarnation of that time machine's Gallifreyan owner would make sense; especially when the "Black Tree Design" version of the model appears such a nice little straightforward sculpt. As a result I've tidied up and finished the dying criminal's base, as well as put down a couple of thinned base-coats of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand in preparation to paint his rancid flesh.
Putrid Blightking WIPs - The warrior has yet to have his bronze hand-weapon weathered and shield finished
In addition to my putrefying Master, I have also made some progress on a couple of pilot pieces for a horde of Mandrels and a party of ("The Invasion") Cybermen. The "large, dangerous predator" from the planet Eden should prove somewhat simple to paint, despite his rather colourful appearance, whilst the Late Sixties silver giant is actually a Cyber-Leader taken from an old boxed set which I have repeatedly tried (and failed) to finish over the past decade...

Lastly, I am now on the 'home straight' as far as completing my minimum-sized "Games Workshop" Putrid Blightkings unit is concerned. I have been plugging away at these infuriatingly well-detailed plastic warriors for some months now, and just need to paint this "favoured" mortal servant of Nurgle to field a five-strong figure force for my Chaos Host in "Age Of Sigmar".

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

"They Were Normal Daleks, But With Black Domes."

"They sometimes possessed claws instead of standard manipulator arms."
This 38mm scale "easy-fit plastic" model of a Dalek is made by “Warlord Games” and can be found within the Nottingham-based company's Davros & the New Dalek Empire Expansion Set. Designed to be played with with their excellent "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" "fast-paced tabletop miniatures game" I've actually painted this particular miniature up as a member of the Emperor's Personal Guard; "a Dalek organisation made up of Daleks dedicated to protecting the Emperor Dalek at all costs."

Created by Terry Nation for the 1965 BBC Television story "The Chase", in which a pair of them were destroyed during the Daleks battle against the Mechonoids on the planet Mechanus, this superior version of the "hostile alien life-forms" was super-glued onto a 40mm lipped circular stand before being undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna. I then gave the Skaro mutant a double coat of Brass, liberally washed it with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and finally gave the "elite Dalek" a heavy dry-brush of more "Vallejo" Brass.
Draconian WIPs - The three reptilian humanoids have had their legs layered and shaded 
With the basics finished, I subsequently picked out the guard's eye stalk, control arm and multi-range variable power destructor with some "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil, and additionally painted the Dalek's audio scanners with "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey. As a last touch, I used some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to coat the pepper pot's fender and dome.

Having previously painted two of these veterans of the Last Great Time War, this third figure finally allows me to field an Emperor's Guard Recruitment Card on my "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" battlefield. These "Unique" Daleks are understandably significantly more powerful than the game's basic Dalek Patrol, utilising the traits "Marksman" ("may reroll any or all Combat Dice when shooting") and "My Stuff [Upgrade: Elevate]", alongside their improved Shooting and Close Combat statistics.
Copyright "Warlord Games" - The Ninth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness and Rose Tyler
In addition I'm at long last finding the time to return to the first three of eight Draconians I want to get on the tabletop as part of my ongoing Dalek Invasion of Draconia campaign. These reptilian humanoids are packed full of detail with their pimpled skin, flowing green robes, gem-stones and gold adornments, but should still hopefully be fairly straightforward to finish over the next few weeks.

One of my main motivators this month to get so many of my "Warlord Games" "Doctor Who" models finished is the manufacturer's announcement of their imminent "Ninth Doctor & Companions" boxed set. This expansion not only contains Christopher Eccleston's incarnation of the Time Traveller, but also Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness, Mickey Smith and Jackie Tyler.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Garrek's Reavers" April 2018

Garrek's Reavers WIPs - The warriors have all had their pre-sculpted bases layered, dry-brushed and washed
This month's themed attempt to try and reduce my overwhelming collection of metal, plastic and resin miniatures will be dedicated to the four remaining models I need to finish so as to (finally) field Garrek's Reavers for "Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire". I've actually been slowly pottering away on these "push-fit" Bloodreavers for some considerable time, but never managed to properly 'break the back of them' with some concentrated painting sessions.

Resultantly, I've fallen well behind the Nottingham-based company's release schedule, and although I own their Ironskull’s Boyz and The Sepulchral Guard expansions, I really want to finish both of the "action-packed" combat game's starter warbands first. This desire to lose myself amongst "the twisted streets of the Mirrored City" has been furthered by "Games Workshop" announcing the imminent release of a second Khorne faction with Magore’s Fiends, as well as an interesting addition to the Stormcast's forces in the shape of the cross-bow bearing Farstriders. 
"Doctor Who" WIPs - A Dalek, a Sontaran and Professor Kettlewell's Robot
In addition, Garrek's Reavers will also be entirely playable for "Age Of Sigmar", and provide my sizeable Chaos Host with a unit of extra-durable axemen for a paltry 60 points. Indeed, Garrek alone can cause mortal wounds with his Blooddrinker Axe ("do not make a wound or save roll"), whilst for every enemy Hero he slays all of his flesh-eating men's melee weapons "add 1 to the Attacks characteristic" for "the rest of the battle."

Of course, this new-found fervour for the "nightmare plane of illusions and madness" won't be stopping any progress on my recently discovered drawer of "Doctor Who" miniatures. Produced under the banner of both "Harlequin Miniatures" and "Black Tree Design" I have plans to field a number of factions from the cyclopean Monoids to the ant-like Zarbi; plus a fair few reinforcements for my Tomb-based Cybermen and heavily-hooved Nimon.
"Warlord Games" Newsletter Wednesday 14th March 2018
For now however I have been persevering with some test pieces for a rebel Dalek force and Sontaran invasion party. One of the more enjoyable elements to these old, somewhat clunky sculpts, is that they are a lot simpler to paint due to their lack of detail; albeit both of these particular miniatures still contain plenty of eye-catching elements. I therefore hope to have both of these figures, along with a pretty straightforward Experimental Prototype Robot K1 finished soon.

Sticking with "Doctor Who" momentarily, I've sought permission to utilise some of "Warlord Games" preview photographs of their range for this website, so for the next few weeks I'll be trialling a new series of posts unimaginatively labelled "Warlord's Who Wednesdays". These will hopefully cajole me into finishing painting some of their current range's line-up, as well as encourage me to keep going in order to make space for some of their upcoming new products. Ultimately this should help me stage a few more mash-up battles for the Time Traveller using my homemade rule-set "M.I.S.S.", as I was rather pleased recently when my Dalek/Cybermen invasion of Draconian's Moon Battle Report featured in the regular "Warlord Games" customer newsletter...