Friday, 27 July 2018

“The Aforementioned Rimmer, To Whit, Me, Attended Inspection Parade."

"He was totally naked except for a pair of mock-leather driving gloves and some blue swimming goggles."
This 28mm miniature of Barry was made by "Y.F.T. Design Studio" and forms part of the company's limited release 'Scarlet Midget' - Cosplay Away Team. Very much a ‘look-a-like’ for Chris Barrie’s character in the "British science fiction situation comedy Red Dwarf", the second class technician was initially primed using two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Green, subsequently washed with “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Green.

In order to slightly break up the model’s somewhat monotonous palette, I ‘picked out’ Arnold’s shoes in “Vallejo” Black Green and strongly considered using the same darker paint for his hat too. In the end though I simply settled for shading his footwear with some (more) “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green and applied a little Ironbreaker to the hologram’s ‘H’.
"Lister to Red Dwarf. We have in our midst a complete smegpot!"
With Rimmer finished, I have also applied myself to completing another of my Work Gang Boromites by “Warlord Games”. This particular extra-terrestrial miner will actually lead my latest unit for “Beyond The Gates Of Antares” and actually proved something of an experiment from the oft-times tedious technique I’ve been previously applying upon this specific genre of miniatures.

Ordinarily, I have been priming my Boromites with “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey, and then washing them with “Citadel” Nuln Oil so as to better see all the detail on the sculpts. This initially seemed like a ‘cunning plan’ as this combination of layer and shade is the one I use to pigment all of the aliens’ rocky hides, and resultantly gave me the opportunity to complete a good two-thirds of each figure with a really simple process very early on in the painting process.
"Borom itself vanished into the Antarean collapse at the end of the Second Age..."
Unfortunately however, in subsequently having to ‘pick out’ all of the models’ intricately detailed, as well as occasionally hard-to-reach, armour with “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade, I usually end up having to ‘clean up’ much of the grey ‘skin’ areas later on, essentially re-doing the vast majority of it and ‘wasting’ a considerable amount of time. With this figure I therefore undercoated the entire miniature in “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and only concentrated upon painting his stony flesh until the end.

Disappointingly, because this Work Gang Leader was so much more detailed than his brethren and carried his Mass Compactor in a rather unorthodox manner, it soon became evident that the figure was always going to be a rather long-winded paint-job, so any hope of comparing my ‘new’ approach to his colleagues was never going to really work. All I can say though is that having painted another Boromite using my old technique since, I’ve a feeling I’ll be using the “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre undercoats for any future additions to my 500 point Scouting Force…

20 comments:

  1. Rimmer looks great Simon, and another Boromite finished, almost there ! I say that and then think but how many other pieces as he bought for this force and just hasn't shown us yet ? I'm sure they'll all get finished one day, at least that's what I tell myself ! LOL

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    1. Thanks Dave, and yes I've just got the one Boromite left, and he's already in the flock tin :-) You won't believe how many more of the mining aliens I still own, and yes I have already started basing and priming some additional figures for my force. Looking to ramp its size up to 750pts by the end of the year :-)

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  2. Great job Simon, just the Cat to go! I am thoroughly enjoying this series.

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    1. Cheers Michael. Cat should be up soon, and that'll conclude this initial "Red Dwarf" mini-project :-)

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  3. More excellent stuff it was a big part of my teenage years and good to see it here. Smoke me a kipper I'll be back for breakfast

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    1. Ha Hah, Martin. I hope to add Ace Rimmer to my painted collection at some point in the future - either as a simple one-off or as part of a second project.

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  4. Rimmer is very nice, good job. Can't wait to see the whole crew done and your plans for them. I am so glad the Boromites are done! More by the end of th year? All I would ask is what year?!😁

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. Hoping to get a couple of "Red Dwarf" BatReps completed once the quartet are finished. Always got on my eye on painting more Boromites too; especially as it'll just be the odd couple of minis here and there from now on.

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  5. Nicely done mate. Look forward to seeing the crew finished.

    The Boromites are coming along at a good progress dude. I am sure they all look good en mass now.

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    1. Cheers Simon. The Boromites do look good as a mass, even if I say so myself, so hopefully they'll feature in a BatRep at some point soon.

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  6. Great work all round, if a little frustrating.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. Slow and steady ;-)

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  7. Whilst the other Dwarfer figures are pretty much spot-on, the Rimmer figure is a little weak, in my opinion. I think it's the hat...however, I am kern to see the variant versions of this character, including Mr. Flibble.

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    1. Cheers Jez. I rather liked this version of Rimmer; albeit he's not as good as Ace or Mr Flibble. I'm not sure when I'll get round to painting them, but sooner rather than later I'd have thought :-)

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  8. The Crew is almost finished then..great stuff and another Boromite to add to the growing force - the large photos really show the incrdible detail you manage., well worth the effort imo.

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    1. Thanks Joe. Hoping to get Cat finished soon and then on to my "Strontium Dog" project. Fingers crossed the Boromites will be posted in all their 500 point glory soon too :-)

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  9. Terrific stuff Simon - and the green matches my 'envious tone' perfectly ;-)
    Well done with the Boromite, but the "Dwarf" crew have stolen the post for me, and I'm just looking forward to Cat now (which knowing you, can't be that far off) :-)

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    1. Cheers Greg. Cat is indeed on his way, but I have some “Strontium Dog”, “Kill Team” and the last Boromite to post up first ;-)

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  10. Red Dwarf Crew looks spot on. Makes me want to watch the series again.

    Sorry to read on the difficulties with the Boromite. Sometimes it's those final pieces that really draw it all out...

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    1. Thanks Dai. I was rather lucky to get my "Red Dwarf" order in before the gates closed on that particular offer. At least my Boromite leader is finished, and that means one step closer to fielding a 500-pt scouting force.

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