Monday, 8 July 2019

"We Wish For No Strangers In The Land At This Time..."

"...Unless they be mighty men of arms in whose faith and help we can trust."
This "cartoon scale" white metal figure of the Your Hobby Place Knight Mascot is produced by “Lucid Eye Publications” and can be bought from the company's "Toon Realms" range as a single casting. Sculpted by Steve Saleh, I plan to utilise the miniature to represent the Man of Gondor, Ingold, who "was the leader of the soldiers guarding the northern gate of the Rammas Echor as it was being repaired just before the start of the Siege of Gondor during the War of the Ring.

Initially primed with two coats of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, the heroic warden was predominantly painted using some "Citadel" Ironbreaker, doused in "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and later dry-brushed using some (more) Ironbreaker. The “soldier of the realm” then had his belt, sheath, and straps 'picked out' with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, whilst his belt buckle, shoulder-pad decoration, shield emblem and sword-hilt were spotted in Gold. All of these areas were subsequently washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
"When I first came here, my androids surveyed and mapped the whole system.
Alongside pigmenting my latest addition to my "Toon Realms" collection, I have also finished three more of the 28mm metal automatons produced by “Black Tree Design" as part of the company's "Doctor Who" miniatures range. Available as Code DW518 Sharaz Jek Android, these robots fought General Chellak's federal troops on the planet Androzani Minor in the March 1984 BBC Television story "The Caves Of Androzani".

Designed by the facially mutilated Sharaz Jek, the trio of figures were all undercoated with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, vigorously dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal and later had their scruffy dark-coloured clothing shaded with plenty of "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The models' submachine guns were then pigmented using a combination of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil.
"Reaper Miniatures" WIPs - The Large Earth Elemental and Ape-X
Lastly, I applied a double layer of watered-down "Vallejo" White over each android's featureless head, and later washed them using some "Vallejo" Pale Grey. As a final touch the humanoids' faces were dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" White so as to ensure their cyclopean eyes were made all the more distinctive from the rest of their craniums.

Despite having 'polished off' four models in quick succession, I have still managed to find a little hobby time to make some progress on my latest "Reaper Miniatures" destined for my "Gamma World" tabletop. Admittedly, I've only shaded the Large Earth Elemental with some "Citadel" Nuln Oil. But I have also applied the first coat of "Citadel" Ironbreaker onto the cybernetic appendages of my campaign's main antagonist, Ape-X...

18 comments:

  1. Great work on the toon realm model and androids, and good progress on the Gamma world models

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    1. Thanks very much, Dave. Lots of minis on the go at the moment.

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  2. Your Stone Elemental looks superb with that colour scheme. Nice one, Simon!

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    1. Cheers Bryan, still early days yet with just the wash having been applied.

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  3. The Toon Realms miniatures are a hoot Simon, but the Automatons are really wonderfully sinister. Great job.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I've a pair more of the Androids to finish up and then that'll be Sharaz Jek's force finished.

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  4. Ingold soldier of Gondor looks great!

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    1. Cheers Simon. I love the backstory to Ingold, so it was great to be able to weave him into my 'Lord Of The Toons' force.

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  5. Always good to see more Toon Realms models and your little knight looks just as splendid as his predecessors.

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    1. Thanks very much Wouter. Much appreciated :-)

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  6. Nothing better than a giant robotic space gorilla. The elemental should look good when finished. Nice Dr.Who stuff.

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    1. Cheers Phil. Quite a few little painting projects on the go currently.

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  7. Love the new Toon knight - these models always bring a smile to my face for all the right reasons.
    The Android, however is a more serious figure and that white head leavesme cold - maybe it's meant to - a really sinisyer figure imo.
    Great start on the Golem and I must admit I originally thought it to be the finished aricle as it looks so good even in its current state.

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    1. Thanks Joe. Glad you like the new Toon Knight. Sharaz Jek's Androids should be featuring in a BatRep very soon, so hopefully they'll live up to your expectations. Sadly, I've got a way to go with the Golem yet, but its good to know I'm on the right track :-)

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  8. Great assortment of eye candy Simon - the golem is my runaway favourite (yes, I would runaway if I met one), but the androids also have my attention.

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    1. Ha Hah, cheers Greg, good to know you like the Golem and Androids as I'll be posting some more about them soon :-)

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  9. The toon knight is just lovely. Really great looking paint job, I love it. The wips are coming along nicely too. I am especially keen to see the rock elemental finished. Great job!!

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. Nice to clear some space off the painting table with the Knight and three more of Sharaz Jek's Androids.

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