Friday, 17 July 2020

"If There Be Wraith Evil Here..."

"...It will be... destroyed utterly by the blacklight eyebeams of Terminator!"
This 28mm scale plastic model of Terminator is produced by “Wizkids” and is miniature number 031a from their Avengers Infinity Marvel “Heroclix” range. Born in the Galadorian space colony, Thayri, Balin's home planet was ravaged by a plague caused by the Dire Wraiths and was created by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema for the January 1981 issue of "Rom" by "Marvel Comics".

"The only one of the cyborgs who did not have a human body to await his return" the figure was prised off of his 'clicky' base and super-glued on to a 25mm circular base. I then applied two coats of Colbalt Alchemy from the Metal n' Alchemy Steel Series boxed set by "Scalecolor"over the model, including the Galadorian's blacklight eyebeam effect.
"Kitbash Games" WIPs - The Blue Scarab and Battle Engine
Ordinarily I don't like figures with smoke, lasers or other weapon effects sculpted upon them, and usually cut, snip or file them off before painting. However, I actually had already done this to the first "Heroclix" model of Terminator I bought, and frankly struggled to salvage the unmitigated mess of a face such a removal caused. As a result I left well enough alone with this second miniature, and simply steeled myself to pigment the energy blast as best I could.

The first generation spaceknight was washed using plenty of "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade", and later dry-brushed with (more) "Scalecolor" Colbalt Alchemy. Finally, I carefully re-painted Terminator's blacklight eyebeams using a combination of "Vallejo" White and "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade. The effect was then carefully dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" White to bring out some of the sculpt's details.
"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - The Skeleton Warrior has been washed and dry-brushed 
Sticking with superheroes, I have made some progress on a couple more "Supers Unlimited" Miniatures by "Kitbash Games". Blue Scarab is taking a little longer to finish than I anticipated on account of all her boots and gloves needing to be treated to a fair few layers of "Vallejo" Gold, despite the areas being undercoated Heavy Brown beforehand. I have however, also managed to assemble my newly-acquired Battle Engine, and get the heavily-weaponed automaton primed and shaded.

I've also got to grips with a second of the Skeletons I recently acquired from the "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" Fantasy range. The Undead warrior has been washed in some Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter", and had it's bones high-lighted using a combination of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and White...

10 comments:

  1. Great work on Terminator Simon, the blue seems lighter than what I was expecting, but looks good none the less.
    Blue Scarab is progressing well as is Battle Engine, and the skele

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    1. Thanks Dave. I think with hindsight I'd have probably swapped around the "Vallejo" paints used for Javelin and Terminator. But such is life. The Blue Scarab should be finished soon, and the first of my skeletons is - I want to paint a few more though to post them up as a group.

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  2. Another good win and interesting to see the 'effect' on this one. Very cool.

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    1. Cheers Michael. Just trying to play catch-up and clear some table space currently, so pleased to get Terminator finished at long last. The "Scalecolor" paints are rather impressive imho.

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  3. Terminator looks really nice. I like that blue a lot. Those kitbash minis look excellent. I especially like Battle Engine, he looks like he could fit into many games and have lots of colour schemes. Your bone colour painting is also top notch sir!

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. The Cobalt Alchemy is a nice colour, and unlike the "Vallejo" metallic paints, seems to have nice coverage straight from the pot. It doesn't show in the picture but that's a larger lipped base for Battle Engine too, so he's rather taller than the likes of Blue Scarab etc.

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  4. Cracking stuff Simon, Terminator looks great in that colour/sheen as you say I'd prefer him without the "effect" but you have done wonders with what you had.

    Blue Scarab just looks better and better, love that figure.

    Looking forward to seeing your finished skeleton horde too!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. Such a pity about the SFX on Terminator, but more and more "Heroclix" seem to suffer from such sculpts these days. Hoping to have Blue Scarab finished next week and the first three skeletons too.

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  5. CAn;t say I'm a fan of the 'eye-beams' but it does make for a very recognisable charactere I guess.
    Scarb coing along nicely, but the skellies are still very impressive.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I don't like the at all, but as I say, the mini looks awful without them, and I don't have the green-stuff skill to correct the damage. Hopefully the Skellies will be posted up soon.

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