Monday 5 February 2024

"Move The M-16 Or I'll Make You Eat It."

"You make it back safely and I'll tell you the story of my life."

This 28mm metal model is manufactured by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" and can be purchased either as part of the four-figure SKU: DEAL 339 Resistance Fighters, or separately as SKU: MINI 1191. A former CIA operative who "went on specially requested missions for the U.S. government into other countries", this miniature has clearly inspired by Michael Ironside's character, Ham Tyler, in Brian Taggert and Peggy Goldman's 1984 teleplay for "V: The Final Battle".

Helping to form the W.L.F. (World Liberation Front), as well as "develop the ammo that could cut through the Visitor armour", Tyler was originally primed using a mixture of "Vallejo" Surface Primer Black and "Warlord Games" Pitch Black, before being layered in "Citadel" Abaddon Black, enthusiastically dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal, and shaded with plenty of "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then gave the figure's pants a lick of "Two Thin Coats" Marine Blue and darkened it down with (more) "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - These Volgan Yaks have been dry-brushed and then shaded with a Speed Paint

I did actually consider dry-brushing Ham's trousers with some Marine Blue by "Two Thin Coats so as to act as a 'quick and dirty' highlight. However, I actually thought they looked suitably dark (for night-time raids upon the alien's facilities) as they were so ultimately left them well enough alone. In addition, this short-cut allowed me to spend a little more time on the mercenary's watch-face, firearm and hair, so these different areas were appropriately given a coat of "Two Thin Coats" White Star, "Vallejo" Gunmetal and Heavy Sienna, and then later washed with either "Citadel" Nuln Oil or Agrax Earthshade as needed.

With my latest entry into the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) completed, I have turned my attention back to two 28mm resin Volgan Yaks I pre-ordered from "Warlord Games" late last year. This pair of killer robots have now been dry-brushed with (more) "Two Thin Coast" Sir Coates Silver, and sploshed in Algae Green by "The Army Painter".

"Black Tree Design" WIPs - Three Sea Devils at various stages of completion

I'm actually hoping to use this particular Speed Paint as the central colour for all my Volgan forces, and have been pretty happy with the metallic effect it creates when applied over the top of a predominantly silver-looking miniature. There is however, clearly a skill yet to be mastered in getting the "highly saturated and specially designed paint" precisely where it needs to go within a short time limit. But I'm hoping to be able to cover any mistakes with some weathering whenever the need arises.

Alongside these "war droids with [a] powerful flight capability", I've also made some considerable progress on five classic Sea Devils from the "Doctor Who" range by "Black Tree Design". I still need to finish all the maritime monsters' hand guns, 'dot their eyes' and tidy up the creatures' fish-net clothing. But hopefully they'll soon be table-top ready, and allow me to move on to seven more Aquatic Silurians - who will form a force of shock troops for my ever-expanding force of Reptilia sapiens...

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