Monday, 15 March 2021

"It Remains Unknown If This Sentient Fungus..."

"...Is a native or mutation triggered by hazardous wasters."
This 28mm scale white metal model of an Ambulatory Fungoid is sold by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought alongside a Horned Urz cub as part of their Alien Pets 2 deal. Sculpted by Andrew May, and originally produced as a freebie to all backers of the company's Colony 87 - The Third Wave - 28mm Sci-Fi Civilians Kickstarter, the creature is designed to be used with the company's other "Colony 87" sci-fi civilian miniatures "for any RPGs and tabletop wargames."

"Growing in the vast labyrinth of tunnels, sewers, Maran-Tchi cysts and chambers below the outpost", the alien was initially undercoated using "Vallejo" Sombre Grey before being shaded in "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed using (more) "Vallejo" Sombre Grey. I then painted the walking mushroom's top with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and sporadically spotted its irregular lumps with some White using a piece of torn foam.
"Privateer Press" WIPs - The Paladin Enforcer is slowly having all his detail 'picked out'

This entire area was subsequently shaded with plenty of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson and its spots reapplied with more "Vallejo" White over the same bumps as before. This gave the impressive of some dots slowly emerging alongside others which were already fully-visible. As a final step I 'picked out' the Fungoid's numerous eyes with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Grey and "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green.

With the latest of my "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" alien pets finished I have managed to keep my momentum going with the three Paladin Enforcers I'm currently pigmenting for "Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika". These multi-part metal miniatures by "Privateer Press" were a little fiddly to assemble, but now they've been primed, shaded and dry-brushed I'm hoping to now be on the home straight to getting my Iron Star Alliance Starter Set completed before the end of the month.
"Kitbash Games" WIPs - Lightning Bug has had all his "Vallejo" Brass shaded and dry-brushed
In addition, I have tried to dedicate some hobby-time to getting my Lightning Bug by "Kitbash Games" ready for the tabletop. The somewhat small resin super-hero was actually released as part of the manufacturer's first "Supers Unlimited" Kickstarter. However I have waited until recently to purchase the fellow after some casting failures saw its sculpt get revised to be both "slightly bulkier and approximately 1 or 2mm taller in relative terms."

As with so many of the figures from this range I have also decided to steer well away from both the 'official' character and colour scheme, so as to use my miniature as part of a Weird War Two campaign I have planned using some homemade rules. To this end, I won't be giving the model a predominantly black costume, but rather a red and brass one in order to better represent the Soviet splendour of the Bolshevik Bug...

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  1. All lovely offerings today Simon! The Fungoid is a fun looking sculpt, very arachnid.

    I think the Bolshevik Bug's colours though are far better than the standard scheme. Almost looks like a mighty morphing power ranger!

    1. Thanks Dai. I think the Ambulatory Fungoid is one of the best Alien Pets "Crooked Dice" currently produce, imho.

      Glad you like the colour scheme on Lightning Bug, its "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson combination ties it in much better with my previously painted Mother Russia and Stalingrad.

  2. I've commented on the wix site, (catching up), but is this going to be a thing of you double posting ?.
    I still can;t figure the techy thing out of getting notices fromwix, but this comes up on my bloglist - which I prefer.

    1. Hi Joe. I simply used this posting to see how well Blogger was behaving, or in this instance misbehaving following the departure of its legacy version. It won't be a regular thing for sure, as I had to keep coming back into Blogger to edit this posting as it kept adding spaces and changing fonts each time I went into the editor - for no reason which I could fathom, and as a result it took an hour plus to get ready whereas Wix ordinarily takes literally five minutes. However, as it was finished I thought I'd post it up anyway, and clearly a few people still like to visit Blogger and comment here.

  3. Nice work on the Fungi Friend :D Liking the progress on Lightening Bug.

    1. Thanks Simon. Much appreciated, and hopefully you'll like the Lightning Bug when he's posted next week :-)


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