Sunday, 15 December 2019

“You Bred Raptors?”

"The point is, you are alive when they start to eat you."
These two 28mm scale white metal dinosaurs from the late Cretaceous Period used to be produced by "Copplestone Castings" under Code K12 , but currently only seem to be available via the "Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company" as Code DI54 - Deinonychus x2. Coming in two different poses the Terrible Claws "measure approximately 63mm long" and form part of the Birmingham-based manufacturer's rather extensive range of dinosaurs, prehistoric animals and monsters.

Rather shockingly, I've actually owned this pair of models for a significant number of years, and initially super-glued each of them upon a couple of adjoining two pence pieces. Fortunately, my somewhat ad hoc basing methodology of yesteryear is well behind me, and as a result they were more recently re-based upon a couple of "Games Workshop" plastic 40mm circular bases.
"Clever girl..."
The two Deinonychuses were also re-undercoated using a double layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Grey, which quickly masked the original (and horribly translucent) "Citadel" Dark Angels Green paint I had applied so many moons ago. The sharp-toothed meat-eaters were then drenched in "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and dry-brushed using some (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Grey.

It was at this point, approximately eighteen months ago, that a desperate attempt to finish these carnivores first failed, as I unsuccessfully attempted to paint some lines down one of the dinosaur's backs. This time round though, I simply decided to leave them well enough alone, and instead focused on 'picking out' the crest using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. These colours were also used on the monster's tongue.
"Warcry" WIPs - The Drillmaster now just needs to have his red armour pigmented
I pigmented both prehistoric animals' "unusually large, sickle-shaped" talons with "Vallejo" White, as well as all their tiny teeth and formidable-looking claws, and subsequently washed them with some "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. Lastly, I spotted the duo's eyes with a dab of "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre, and shaded them with a little "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.

With two reasonably straightforward painting subjects completed, I have managed to subsequently make some very visible progress on my Drillmaster for "Warcry". This Iron Golem by "Games Workshop" has caused me some significant frustration on account of all his brass-coloured chain-mail and uber-dynamic fighting pose. However, I have finally reached the stage where I am ready to apply some "Citadel" Flesh Tearers Red Contrast paint to the figure's armour...

16 comments:

  1. Really nice dinosaur. I like the colour of its skin enormously, great paint scheme. Your drillmaster looks very good too and I think she may turn out to be the best so far.

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    1. Many thanks Undercoat. I'm a bit behind on my "Warcry" postings, as the Drillmaster is now finished, and should hopefully be posted up soon - bit of a backlog currently.

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  2. A great pair of dinosaurs, Simon. They would appear to be a decent size, too.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. They are a good size, and I was pleased to see that the "Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company" do a fantastic range of similar-scale sized dinos too. Definitely some future purchases :-)

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  3. Nice work. You will find the Copplestome borrowed a lot of stuff from HLBS both being Brummie companies. A lot of the resin vehicles they had for spy fi were from there.

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    1. Cheers Simon. I certainly plan on getting a few more dinos from HLBS in the New Year. Did Mark sculpt for HLBS originally then?

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    2. I don't think so just sold them along side his pulp line.

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  4. Good to see the Dinos in their finished state an I'm still surprised bthat you have them and may have a use for them !
    I think you summedup theDrillmaster rather well with "Uber dynamic fighting pose", he'll be cracking when finished .

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    1. Thanks Joe. I'll probably add a few more dinos to my collection in the New Year, now I've seen the HLBS range. The Drillmaster is finished and should be posted at the end of the week. I have some more "Toon Realms" Undead ready for my mid-week article.

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  5. Lovely lizards mate. Will they have some Velociraptor pals to go gnaw on people with?

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    1. Cheers Dai. I certainly hope so in the New Year, mate. For now, these are possibly the only 28mm dinos I own, but I definitely want to get some more in the future; especially as I like how the monotone colour scheme works. I will be having a dig around though, to see what else I can find in my lead mountain.

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  6. Great dinosaurs, you can't do anything wrong with a pair like this.
    If you want more I suggest you take a look at 'The Drowned Earth' website, they got quite a few. https://thedrownedearth.com/beasts/

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    1. Thanks Wouter. I've had some of those "Drowned Earth" dinos in my hand before, and as you say, they've got a few; especially with their current Dino Bundle deal :-)

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