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"Bobby Is At The Xavier Institute When It Is Attacked..."

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

"...And arrives at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier with the other X-Men and Magneto."

This 32mm scale plastic model of an undead Bobby Drake is produced by “CoolMiniOrNot” and can be found inside the "Marvel Zombies: X-Men Resistance" expansion set for Zombicide. Unsuccessfully "sent back down to the surface to battle the zombies" by the Leader of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Resistance, this particular incarnation of Iceman was created by Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips for the May 2007 issue of "Marvel Zombies: Dead Days" by "Marvel Comics".


Originally undercoated using a mixture of "Vallejo" White Surface Primer and their White Model Colour paint, the figure and his impressively sculpted skull-headed base were absolutely drenched in a torrent of Drakenhof Nightshade, before being given several patient dry-brushes of "Two Thin Coats" White Star using an old make-up brush. The founding X-Man's eyes were then picked out with (more) "Two Thin Coats" White Star, some heavily watered-down "Vallejo" Turquoise and two further dots of White Star by "Two Thin Coats".

"Wargames Atlantic" WIPs - These two Vlad the Impaler figures have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

For the final, gory touch, the brain-chomping zombie's mouth was splodged in "Citadel" Flesh Tearers Red, dry-brushed with (even more) "Two Thin Coats" White Star, and subsequently bloodied back up with a dab or two of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. I did consider adding some additional claret to other parts of the mutant-turned-walking dead comic book character - possibly even mixing some extra "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson in with the sculpt's base to better separate it from Bobby. But in the end I felt that less was probably more with this particular miniature.


Alongside this latest addition to my slowly growing collection of Zombicide gaming pieces, I have also managed to 3D print a couple of 28mm multi-part Vlad Dracul figures by "Wargames Atlantic" in "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin. These STL (Standard Triangle Language) files were clearly inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 movie "Bram Stoker's Dracula", and having read Peter Breau's excellent Weird War One comic "Mud And Madness", in which the Transylvanian Count is penned aiding the Kaiser's army, I thought the Eastern nobleman might make an eye-catching Commander for my own fantasy-based German WW1 contigent using "Xenos Rampant".

"Games Workshop" WIPs - These three Sons of Horus Space Marines have been assembled and primed

I did actually plan on pigmenting a third variant of the model, using some more of the surplus weapon arms which come with the digital product - such as a huge two-handed pike. However, for some reason my Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer wasn't apparently too happy with the third torso on its build plate, so simply produced a flat puddle of semi-cured resin in its spot. Of course, this means I've now got an excuse to make another batch of body parts, and may well take up this opportunity to include some First World War hand-guns or rifles for the Impaler to hold.


Lastly, I've primed another trio of 28mm MK IV former Luna Wolves Space Marines by "Games Workshop". These traitors were assembled using the sprues found in the now sadly Out Of Production (OOP) "The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth" boardgame, and once completed will help form a third tactical infantry unit for my Sons of Horus legion. I really am finding myself to be increasingly enthused to complete this project, so aim to properly knuckle down next month in order to quickly get the Warmaster's renegades battling across the world of Isstvan III.


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undercoat2670
30 nov. 2023

Iceman looks rather nasty, in a good way. Ice looks a real nightmare to paint and you have done a good job on this sculpt. You seem to have captured a rather ghoulish look to him, which makes him look all more disturbing. Some lovely descriptives in the painting guide too!

Those Dracula 3D prints look awesome. I also find it so interesting that some things print and others dont. It's almost like it has a life of its own?

More marines equals more awesome!!!


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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
30 nov. 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. The white basecoat, blue wash and patient white dry-brushes are a staple technique for me and ice going all the way back to the first range of metal miniatures for "Malifaux". LOL!! 😁


I've changed the FEP film on my 3D printer to see if that will reduce the failures, and at least seems to have sorted the blob problem. Though as its getting colder I am still getting the odd failure where the resin becomes too gloopy to get into some gaps in between curing stages. 3D printing is definitely a hobby in its own right.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
27 nov. 2023

That iceman is actually a "chilling" sculpt and your painting is spot on to add to that. Yikes!


Your Vlad figs are interesting. That film was the first ever rated-18 movie I ever snuck into as a lad too. :)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
27 nov. 2023
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"Dracula" is actually the only Dracula film where I genuinely wanted him to win, as I thought Oldman was so good playing the tragic anti-hero, and to see him fail when he was so close to his castle's gates gutted me at the time. I thought it was such a sad way to tell the tale, as opposed to Sir Christopher Lee's (awesome) performances where he is clearly very much the baddie.

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
24 nov. 2023
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What a great Dracula's minis!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
24 nov. 2023
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Thanks Michal. Hoping to have at least one of Vlad's figures finished by the end of the month. 😀

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Invité
23 nov. 2023

As always an entertainingly eclectic post, I'm sure Vlad will make an excellent addition to your weird ww1 collection!

Best Iain caveadsum1471

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
23 nov. 2023
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Cheers Iain. Lots of weird genres on the go currently, though the next post should feature some more Napoleonic news. I do think Wargames Atlantic do some cracking STLs for their Patreons, so doubtless plenty more will be joining Vlad in the future. 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
23 nov. 2023

Great work on Iceman Simon, looks truly zombified. Great looking Vlad the impaler models, and off to a great start on the painting, and more sons on the horizon as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
23 nov. 2023
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Thanks Dave. I'd happily have an armour of Vlads as I love that armour design. LOL!!!

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