Wednesday, 28 August 2019

"My Life Was A Wreck -- All Because A' My Addiction."

"I couldn't function, y'know..."
This 28mm scale model of Andrew is produced by “Mantic Games” and can be found inside "The Walking Dead: Call To Arms" Prisoner Booster Pack. Sculpted to represent the "ex-junkie convict" trapped in the cafeteria of the Meriwether County Correctional Facility, the drug dealer fled "into the surrounding countryside" following the death of Dexter in Issue 19 of "The Walking Dead" comic book.

The African-American figure was initially primed using two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Orange, and had his prison overalls shaded with "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. I then ‘picked out’ the narcotics addict's rifle holster and shoulder strap with "Citadel" Doombull Brown and his skin with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna. All of these areas were later shaded in “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade.
"Hey. You guys want some meatloaf?"
The prisoner's actual rifle was treated to a combination of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Badab Black. Whilst I delicately picked out the tiny tip of Andrew's shirt with a spot of "Vallejo" Dead White and later a splash of Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter". Finally, the inmate's shoes and hair were tidied up with a lick of "Citadel" Abaddon Black.

With all four of my Meriwether County Correctional Facility survivors now completed, and suitably armed with an additional Shiv and Tear Gas Grenade, I’m pleased to say that I’ve accomplished the second of my Wargame Hobby Bingo challenges this month by painting all of the models in a faction starter box. In addition, this short sojourn into the post-apocalyptic world of comic book creator Robert Kirkman has lead me to both dig out my still unopened starter set for "The Walking Dead: All Out War", as well as purchase a few new items from the "Mantic Games" webstore...
"Star Trek Adventures" WIPs - Sulu, Uhura and a Romulan Commander
Of course, my determination to complete a faction for “The Walking Dead: Call To Arms” hasn’t distracted me from my desire to continue pigmenting a number of “Star Trek Adventures” figures by “Modiphius Entertainment”, especially as I’ve now dug out the models from their Original Series Bridge Crew boxed set to join my remaining Romulans and Borg. Disappointingly, I am definitely finding these miniatures a tad problematic to assemble on account of their separate limbs supposedly only requiring the tiniest amount of superglue to stay permanently affixed, despite some of their poses being rather dynamic.


Hikaru Sulu’s model is a good case in point, where the smallest of ‘ball and cup’ sockets is all that holds his out-stretched arm to his shoulder. As a result I have opted to pin the Starfleet officers together instead, but in doing so have found their true alignments somewhat difficult to replicate. Fortunately, due to being resin, any positioning errors on my part, such Nyota Uhura’s right arm initially protruding from her shoulder, can easily be rectified courtesy of some very careful filing…

14 comments:

  1. Congrats on getting your last prisoner done. They look great in the group shot. Nice job. What next for TWD? Have you picked who you will be adding to up the points? I particularly like the Uhura sculpt, looks really good. They do sound a bit difficult to assemble though! What era are those Romulans by the way?

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. To make 150 points all I would seem to need add is a Meat Cleaver, as the Prisoners with their Shiv and Gas Grenade hit 140 points already. Alternatively I need to find a 25 point fifth member and I haven't found one yet... The Romulans are from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and I'm still debating whether to paint their commander with Sela's blonde hair or not tbh...

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  2. Good looking prisoners and Trekkers! Sad to read that the assembly is a pain though. You'd think for being such pricey models they'd have done a better job.

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    1. Thanks Dai. I think the problem with the "Star Trek Adventure" minis is that a tiny ill-fitting bobble of resin in a miscast indentation is not going to fix an outstretched arm to a shoulder under any circumstances, so pinning is my only alternative, imho.

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  3. Good work on the TWD prisoners, Simon. I look forward to seeing them in action.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. The prisoners should appear in an AAR reasonably soon.

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  4. Great work on your cons Simon, and congrats on another square on your bingo card.
    Look forward to seeing more of your trek models develop

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    1. Cheers Dave. I've just finished all of my current Borg now, and just have to find the room to post them up. But I've another ten en-route along with some TOS regular crew which look great fun to paint. I'll be taking your advice and going with a black-haired Romulan Commander too - as I just don't like the blonde hair on the figure.

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  5. Another great paint-job on what to me is another "less than exciting" scupt. The finished group does look good though ,
    The three trekkies are superb sculps and excellently proportioned too.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I have to agree Andrew's pose is less than great. Still all done now and on to the next project LOL!! Still plenty more Trekkies to come as I plan to keep cranking them out throughout September too :-)

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