|"It's shrugged off everything the police throw at it!"|
This 43mm tall plastic “Wizkids” model of a Carnage Bot is miniature number 011 from The Lab “Horrorclix” expansion set, and depicts Pandora Labs’ rogue robot just as its heading towards a High School. Released in January 2007 as part of an initial 96 figure-strong expansion set with “a sci-fi/horror theme”, this miniature was a most welcome gift from Bryan Scott of “Vampifan’s World Of The Undead” blog fame.
Removed from its 'clicky-base' and subsequently super-glued on to a lipped 40mm circular stand, I actually decided to use this particular automaton as something of an experimental piece by priming it with two layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna rather than my usual “Abaddon Black”. I then simply gave it a heavy-brush of “Citadel” Ironbreaker and darkened the ensemble with a generous splash of Nuln Oil to blend its rusty palette together.
|"Mantic Games" WIPs - Three of the Prisoners primed from "The Walking Dead: Call To Arms" Booster Pack|
As I plan to use this homicidal machine for my “Gamma World” gaming as a maniacal wanderer of the post-apocalyptic wasteland with corrupted logic circuits, I applied a second (lighter) dry-brush of “Citadel” Ironbreaker over the robot and later brazenly dabbed some “Mig Productions” Extreme Rust Wash all over the multi-tentacled figure. This “extra touch of realism and accuracy” was ‘toned’ down with a third dry-brush of “Citadel” Ironbreaker, whilst a sporadic wash of “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade helped dull down much of the automaton’s inappropriate shininess.
Lastly, I ‘picked out’ the Carnage Bot’s somewhat bulbous eye-piece with a layer of “Vallejo” Heavy Red and a dash of “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson. I also contemplated adding some additional colour to the model’s torso by painting its rear gas canister a dirty green. But having laid down a coat of “Citadel” Abaddon Black over the piece of junk, I decided to simply apply a smidgeon more “Mig Productions” Extreme Rust Wash to it, and leave the miniature resplendent in all its decaying glory…
|"Star Trek Adventures" WIPs - Three Borg from the "Modiphius Entertainment" Collective set|
Having throughly enjoyed my recent play-through of “The Walking Dead: Call To Arms” by “Mantic Games”, I have decided to dip my toe into this “walker-infested world” by pigmenting the plastic Survivor models found within the game’s Prisoner Booster Pack. These inmates of the Meriwether County Correctional Facility who survived the outbreak actually total 140 points including their two equipment cards, so in order to field them in the future I need to either add an extra 10 points worth of guns, knives and baseball bats, or simply find a reasonably priced additional (neutral) member for the team.
Finally, I have settled upon a painting scheme which I hope will help me quickly finish the incredibly detailed Borg Collective miniatures manufactured by “Modiphius Entertainment” for their “Star Trek Adventures” game. The current recipe will consist of an “Abaddon Black” undercoat, followed by a strong dry-brush of “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal, significantly lighter dry-brush of “Citadel” Ironbreaker and some Nuln Oil shading. Hopefully this will then let me simply ‘pick out’ all the grey(ish) flesh, body plating, weaponry and light-emitting diodes.