Friday, 20 July 2018

"Legions Of Doombots Pursue Doom's Maniacal Plans."

"Some are more deadly than others..."
This 38mm tall “Wizkids” model of Doombot 3095 is miniature number 106 from the Secret Invasion Marvel Comics "Heroclix" range and was once also available as part of the New Jersey-based company's Fantastic Four 2010 Starter Set. Created by Doctor Doom to act as robot soldiers, and "often equipped with weapons such as laser rifles", these Servo-Guards "were programmed to recognise any enemy", as well as "protect the people of Latveria."

The plastic figure's original pink pre-paint was 'masked' using two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Violet and had it's boots, gloves and pants 'picked out' with Heavy Blue and "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade. I then applied some a combination of Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil to the defence droid's firearm and head. These areas were later dry-brushed with more Ironbreaker so as to try and bring out the sculpt's somewhat soft detail.
Hiss, Cuss & Silent Weerd WIPs - The three Search/Destroy agents have been built, based and primed
The Doombot's face was painted using some "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone, a splash of "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade, and a 'highlight' of some additional "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone to brighten up its cheek areas and nose. Finally, the automaton had his purple armour shaded with "Citadel" Druchii Violet.

Maintaining my momentum for the "Strontium Dog Starter Game: The Good, the Bad and the Mutie" by "Warlord Games", I have assembled, based and primed the three metal miniatures which can be found within The Weerds expansion box. Consisting of Cuss, Hiss and Silent, who "fought alongside Johnny Alpha during the first mutant war", I actually experienced a couple of frustrating problems with these miniatures.
Boromite Work Ganger WIPs - The alien miner still needs a lot of attention
The sculpts themselves are fine, but Cuss and Silent each lost one of their hand-weapons within seconds of my opening their blister. Upon close inspection the pair of miniatures both seemingly suffered with some terribly crumbly metal, and resultantly I have had to drill, pin and super-glue their blasters back into place...

Finally, I have actually been persevering with one of the last models I need to complete in order to finally field my 500-point Scouting Force for “Beyond The Gates Of Antares”. This remaining rocky-skinned miner still needs all his weaponry, ammunition packs and hip-flask to be pigmented, along with his impressive Mass Compactor, but I'm confident I should be able to get the Work Ganger completed within the next few days.

24 comments:

  1. The Weerd Brothers are cracking good sculpts. Sorry to hear you had problems with yours. My pack was perfectly fine. Did you get the all in bundle or just certain sets? I went all in for the complete bundle as that got me the most bang for my buck.

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    1. I've only bought certain sets Bryan, as I don't like some of the minis tbh. The Weerd Brothers are the only ones I've had the issue with so far. I've had minis do something similar when they've come from some of the lower level producers before but don't recall experiencing the issue with "Warlord Games" models.

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  2. Nice looking Doombot. Very stealthy looking chap he is to. Nice start to some more SD agents! I am a bit tempted by it but to much cool stuff is coming out at the moment and I don't know where to turn to!

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    1. Thanks Simon. I've a load more of these Doombots to come, as I want to give Victor a serious upgrade in robot-power :-)

      There's loads of top stuff coming, and I'll be dipping my toe into another genre very soon as well ;-)

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    2. Ha Ha... Just finished assembling the first six minis today, Simon. Ready for some priming and then Work In Progress pics... ;-)

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  3. Nice work on the doombot. Takes me back to the art style from a few years ago. I can see him alongside some Sentinels and such, very cool! Sorry to hear about the Weerds, but you can tell there has been a mishap from the photos. Good hobby skills! The Boromites are making another appearance? You seem to be in the zone to get them done. Can't wait to see some of the Strontium Dog stuff painted up, so don't keep me waiting too long please.

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    1. "Should be can't tell. Butter fingers!" - Cheers Undercoat. I was not a happy bunny when I discovered both weapons on my tabletop, especially when I examined the quality of the metal at their points of failure - very poor imho. Fixed but now I'm a little nervous of the other weapons; particularly Silent's... and indeed was actually tempted to snap it off simply to pin it. Time will tell whether it survives the painting process.

      Big push on the Boromites as I try and complete them at last. I've had a good year since April finishing all my micro-challenges, so currently am stepping back in time to try and complete some of my older ones - and this one is an old one :-)

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  4. I love the Doombot Simon, he has a wonderful retro sci-fi feel to him.

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    1. Thanks Michael. There's a definite Jack "King" Kirby feel to the Doombot's sculpt :-)

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  5. Another great looking doombot Simon, the Boromites are almost there, and look forward to your SD month and some comparison shots on scale

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    1. Cheers Dave, I've a few irons in the fire currently, and something of a surprise genre starting soon too - just to keep me busy!! ;-)

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  6. Love the Doombot, real "retro chic" as they call it, (I just prefer bl**dy cool!).

    I don't really remember the SD characters (but I fell out of 2000AD for quite a while, so may have missed them), nice figs but sorry to hear about your issues.

    Last push on the Boromites, but yet another project! Will we need to send the house clearers and mental health workers from "Hoarders" round to your house soon?

    I could possibly find a new home for some of your excess stuff, you know just to help you out. ;-)

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Many thanks Roger. I have a few of the Servo-Robots to paint, in order to build up a nice force for Victor, so expect them to crop up from time to time. The "Stronty Dog" stuff is great-looking, but I was rather annoyed at my issue with the weapons and crumbly metal.

      Last push on the Boromites indeed. Hoping to get them finished soon, and then straight into another project - just got to assemble them first ;-) LOL

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  7. Boss Doombot Simon! Looks perfect for a pulpy Rocketeer adventure I want to run :)

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    1. Cheers Ivor. The Servo-Robot is one of the nicer "Heroclix" sculpts imho. More to come too :-)

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  8. I agree with all the above who say the Doombot looks great. I have two of them myself, from the Fast Forces set you mention. I've been trying to get more for a big "siege of Doomstadt" idea I have kicking around, but they aren't cheap on the secondary market!
    Love what you did with it!

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    1. Thanks very much Angry Piper. I've managed to pick up a fair few from across the Pond from "Troll And Toad"; cheap as chips if you buy enough minis to warrant the p&P.

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  9. Excellent stuff as ever Simon, and the Doombot is just spot on!
    Great news on the Boromite front too :-)

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    1. Cheers Greg. Slowly getting my old projects completed - which leaves plenty of room for new ones :-)

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  10. I looked at that finished Doombot and get a feeling of non-Marvel deja vu...tgen twigged that he reminded me of Charlie the Robot from Scooby-Doo! Another possible use for this figure.

    Sorry to hear that you had issues with the SD figures - you'd think that Warlord's QC would be a bit more stringent on a brand new line. I have to admit to not being completely familiar with these characters - however, if they end up doing Midden-Face McNulty and Durham Red, I might be tempted to buy them.

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    1. I too saw the similarities between the Servo-Guard and Charlie, Jez, but believe Victor's Doombot pre-dates the animated fun fair monster :-)

      You'll be delighted to know that I have both McNulty and Red on pre-order with "Warlord Games" already, as the pair are due out in a few weeks time as part of the same boxed set :-)

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  11. I love the finished Doombot, he looks very "buck Rogers"ish - which I have a great affinity too.
    THe new Strontium minis are interesting and no doubt will come 'alive; once finished despite their 'accidents'.
    And of course good to see you're still plodding your way to finishing off your force of Boromites - the light at the end of the tunnel must be well in sight.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I must do some "Buck Rogers" stuff at some point ;-) I'm really pleased to be within just a couple of minis of completing my initial Boromite Scouting Force for "Beyond The Gates Of Antares". Fingers crossed that finishing line will be crossed soon :-)

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