Tuesday, 20 August 2019

“We’re Going To Hang Him.”

"The man barely spoke and he gave me the willies anyway."
This 28mm scale model of Thomas Richards is manufactured by “Mantic Games” and can be found inside "The Walking Dead: Call To Arms" Prisoner Booster Pack. Sculpted to represent the bloodthirsty "psychopath convict, who survived the outbreak" trapped in the cafeteria of the Meriwether County Correctional Facility, the quiet “nerdy” homicidal lunatic was killed by a Maggie Greene “when she unloaded her entire sidearm’s magazine” into him in Issue 18 of "The Walking Dead" comic book.

The balding bespectacled 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 murderer’s tiny blade and glasses with a layer of “Citadel” Abaddon Black, before applying a little Ironbreaker to his hand-weapon and frames, as well as a smidgeon of “Vallejo” Dead White to his lenses. All of these areas were later treated to a wash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil.
"Star Trek Adventures" WIPs - Three male Borg from the "Modiphius Entertainment" Collective set
Thomas’ skin was painted using a base coat of “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone and shaded with a splash of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade. I then ‘highlighted’ his fingers, hands, and some facial features, such as his ears and nose, with a careful second application of “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone. Finally, the killer with a penchant for decapitation, had his receding hairline pigmented with some “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade.

With the second of my prisoners finished for “The Walking Dead: Call To Arms”, I have momentarily turned my attention towards some more Borg drones for “Star Trek Adventures” by “Modiphius Entertainment”. One of the most disappointing elements to the Fulham-based tabletop game publisher’s Borg Collective ten-figure boxed set is that despite its lack of variety concerning female poses, it frustratingly still contains an even split between the cybernetic organisms sexes.
"Star Trek Adventures" WIPs - Three Romulan Centurions
Fortunately, there’s a bit more diversity to the male drone sculpts, so I haven’t felt obliged to chop/convert any of their prosthesis on this occasion; albeit if I purchase a second set such extra preparation prior to priming will become a necessity. In addition, they are significantly larger than their more slender-sized counterparts, which has provided my brush-tip with more opportunities to pick out the extra-terrestrial’s surgical augmentations in “Citadel” Ironbreaker and “Vallejo” Dark Grey.

Lastly, I have been busy building and undercoating the remaining miniatures from my Romulan Strike Team. I’m not admittedly a fan of these figures’ joints, as the tiny ‘ball and socket’ mechanism doesn’t seemingly survive contact long despite my super-glue’s best efforts. So instead I’ve been busy pinning the militaristic aliens’ limbs to their torsos. This has disconcertingly lead to a couple of misaligned elbows, which I’ve subsequently had to carefully file smooth, at some cost to the detail of their ‘quilted’ uniforms.

12 comments:

  1. Nice work Simon. Out of all the characters in the comics this guy I detest I absolutely can't stand him.

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    1. Thanks Simon. Not a likeable character by any stretch of the imagination once he reveals his true self. Does come from my favourite era of the comics though, when things still seemed fresh and the zombies were a real problem.

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  2. Great work on the con Simon, and nice work on the Borg and Romulans so far

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    1. Cheers Dave. I've managed to finish all the female Borg drones now, so am hoping to get the rest of the box finished sooner rather than later - as I'm eyeing some more Collective reinforcements ;-)

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  3. Simon, I'm really liking all the figures you are currently showcasing on your blog. I am not a big fan of "Star Trek" but I do appreciate how well you paint your figures. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks very much indeed, Bryan. I've finished the final two inmates now, but to avoid 'death by orange' they won't be posted up until next week now. Instead I have some more finished "Star Trek" and "Kitbash Games" super-heroes to come :-)

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  4. Thomas looks the part for sure. Good stuff.

    Happy to see more Borg! Do they make a Locutus?

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    1. Cheers Dai. More finished Borg to come, and yes, I do have both Locutus and the Borg Queen. They'll be tackled just as soon as the drones are completed.

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  5. That's a much better inmate imho, possibly because he's a named character ? I at the stage where I can only guess that his jumpsuit is correct from the comics and I like the faded look (from my pov).
    The borg look the biz - very impressive (and black)and whilst I can't remember how Romulans are meant to look (didn't they change their look sometime on the past?), these really do look excellent sculpts.

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    1. Thanks Joe. The Borg are great fun to paint, and I'm already tempted to pick up some more soon. The Romulans have indeed changed their attire since James T. Kirk's days, as these ones have a more quilted top.

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  6. Great job on Thomas, he looks really nice. Can't wait for a group shot of all of them.

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. Fortunately the foursome are now all finished and based, so you won't have to wait long on that group shot :-)

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