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"Adorning The Leafy Walkways Of Luna City..."

Updated: Aug 24, 2022


"...Are these ancient carvings."

This 28mm metal miniature of a Lion Statue is produced by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" and was a free stretch goal unlocked during their successful Pirates of Luna City Kickstarter. As I wanted to use Andrew May's sculpt as an objective marker I super-glued it to the usual thin-lipped 40mm plastic circular bases I use.


The model was initially primed with two layers of “Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey, before being shaded in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. It was then heavily dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey, sporadically shaded with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, and finally dry-brushed with (even more) "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey. As a last touch I picked out its eyes using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Violet and "Citadel" Druchii Violet.

"Shortly after the Interex campaign the Luna Wolves became the Sons of Horus."

In addition to my second "MacGuffin", I have also completed work on another 28mm plastic Space Marine by "Games Workshop". This multi-part figure wearing MK III power armour was assembled from pieces taken from the now OOP (Out Of Production) Burning Of Prospero boxed game, and is one of ten figures I plan to field as my first Sons of Horus Tactical Squad for the Horus Heresy.


The figure was originally undercoated with "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green, before being heavily washed with Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) Sons Of Horus Green. I then applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to both his shoulder-pads, as well parts of his backpack and Bolter. The model's power tubes and firearm were subsequently treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Whilst I 'picked out' all the ridges on his shoulder-pads and helmet's brow with a little "Vallejo" Gold.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Three Killbots primed in "Vallejo" Heavy Grey

These areas were later given a splash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and highlighted with some additional touches of "Vallejo" Gold on the sharpest edges and rivets. To round off the miniature I later applied some "Scalecolor" Speed Metal to the Space Marines's eye slits, and then a single layer of the "Citadel" Contrast colour Flesh Tearers Red. I also applied one of the many decals found on the "Games Workshop" Sons of Horus Legion transfer sheet onto the space marine's right shoulder-pad.


Finally, having been (financially) inspired by the very recent "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" Corporate Wars Kickstarter, I have based and primed three of the company's Killbots to use as a futuristic automaton peacekeeping force by the American military. These should hopefully fit in very well with the Interpol Troopers and Slick Gang which I have pledged for, and give me a bit of 'leg-up' to get the old East Riding sculpts onto the tabletop once my miniatures arrive in October 2022...

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undercoat2670
Aug 28, 2022

I like that statue. Great sculpt and you have achieved a nice stone effect on it. Another great Sons of Horus marine, I really like that colour a lot and the more brutal mk3 armour suits some legions better than others, the SoH being one it does.

Those killbots look awesome. I can't wait to see what colour scheme you come up with for them.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 28, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. The CD objective markers are proving a lot of fun to paint, as they're simple but nicely sculpted. Another SoH off the list just twenty-eight more to go, LOL!!!

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wsd50
Aug 20, 2022

Lovely work on the "lion head statue" colours look absolutely spot on! Another nice marine, I'm running out of new positive things to say about these.so...den' dead good!


Nice robots too, immediately reminded my of the old Marvel story "War Toy", not exact but very reminiscent. 😁


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 23, 2022
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Oh. Well I used to get that myself as a boy so I might recognise it if I saw it again. My biggest memory of those was the space rabbit, Jaxxon. LOL!!!

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planetmut
Aug 19, 2022

I really like the painting on that statue, Simon, it's got a very realistic stone look to it! The SoH marine is excellent as always, and those Killbots are awesome sculpts. Can't wait to see what you do with them!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 19, 2022
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Cheers Matt. The Killbots will hopefully look a bit rusty and have a decal or two on them. I've got a few more ready to paint up after these.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 18, 2022

Great work on the marker Simon, and another great looking sons to, interesting robots from CD, personally not a fan of the heads, but that's just my taste.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 18, 2022
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Thanks Dave. Just clearing space on the hobby table, and the objective markers mean give me something new to post each time. I rather like the jawless skull look of the Killbots, but you could easily head swap them - as there's a distinct flat collar area just below them.

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