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“Boy With Spitfire.”


“You can almost hear him crying out, budda-budda-budda as he plays being a Spitfire ace."

This 28mm scale metal commemorative figure of the Battle of Britain was given away as a freebie by the “South London Warlords” at this year’s “Salute”, and was sculpted by Paul Hicks. I’ve seen the miniature beautifully pigmented by the incredibly talented Kevin Dallimore as an actual school boy playing with his toy aeroplane, and whilst I was momentarily tempted to try to replicate such a paint-scheme, I eventually opted for something far more straightforward which would hopefully enable the model to see much more tabletop time as an objective marker.


To begin with though, I felt the ‘statue’ should at least be placed up on a pedestal some kind, and having scoured through my collection of resin pieces, found just such a plinth cast by “Telfer Model Design”. Unfortunately, the block’s top was just too small to ‘house’ the model’s detailed base, so rather than build a wide enough ledge myself I simply resorted to flipping the stand upside down instead and hoping that my subsequent paint-job would fill/cover the quite visible casting bubbles on show.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Three Kobolds primed with "Vallejo" Heavy Red

In addition, I had a slight issue with my “Loctite” super-glue whilst placing the figure on its stand, as my previous brand of cyanoacrylate always allowed me a few moments to slide a miniature into position. This new “precision max” variant provided no such leeway, so just as soon as I touched the model down on its column it became stuck fast, and the only thing my frantic tugging and pulling was ever going to achieve was for the sculpt to snap at the ankles – something I quickly decided I didn’t want to risk. As a result, the ‘statue’ is slightly off-centre on its plinth, albeit I think you’d have to look quite closely to spot the mistake.


Luckily, I had no such issues gluing the resin foundation to one of the thin-lipped 40mm plastic circular bases I use for all of my objective markers these days, and once dry set about priming the ensemble with “Citadel” Abaddon Black. The figure was then layered with “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, before being given a coat of Brass and a generous drowning of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Three Sorcerous Sentinels primed with "Vallejo" German Grey

Due to wanting this statue to look reasonably well-maintained, I decided against adding any patina or weathering to the figure, and simply highlighted it back up with a dry-brush of (more) “Vallejo” Brass. Admittedly, this did make the miniature look a little too shiny for my liking, so I dulled it down a bit more with a second application of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. The model’s plinth was pigmented using some “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey, which was later shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil (as well as the odd drop of Agrax Earthshade), before being dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey.


Alongside this objective marker, I have also been steadily prepping and priming a number of miniatures for the upcoming Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. This includes some more of the “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” Kobolds I purchased at “Warfare” 2021, as well as the three (final) Sorcerous Sentinels I own, which I intend to pigment “Vallejo” White to represent some elite Fortress Guards…

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planetmut
Dec 04, 2021

Lovely job on the statue, sir! The metallic paint looks very realistic and it's a very evocative mini... dress him in a snorkel coat and flared corduroy trousers and it could be me in the 1970s LOL! The plinth looks really good too, and flipping it upside down was a clever idea.


The kobolds are cute sculpts, and the Slayers look awesome as always.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 05, 2021
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Thanks Matt. I have a statue of a wizard I plan to paint up quickly for the AHPC which will now use the self-same palette as this one. I too wore a snorkel and corduroys in the 70's as a kid, LOL!!! Lots more Crooked Dice primed minis to come as they'll form a large part of my AHPC contribution once I've finished the FoW push I plan.

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undercoat2670
Dec 04, 2021

Great use for your Salute mini. Looks really good. The Kobolds look awesome, I like those a lot, can't wait to see them painted. More Sentinels? Are you painting an army?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 04, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. I too think the Kobolds look great, and should be a fun little party to paint. I did go a little mad when I ordered the Sorcerous Sentinels, but they did come in packs of 4 figures, so I didn't realise quite how many I was getting when I ordered them. These will though be the last, and give me 12 in total for a campaign I have planned for next year.

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wsd50
Dec 04, 2021

Statue looks ace mate, and the figures works really well as such, the base really makes it though.


The Kobolds look good too as do your white Slayers, so it'll be mainly prep work for the rest of the month I guess?


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 05, 2021
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LOL!!! I've just checked my posting schedule and I have eleven more postings to go before our usual New Year Top Ten one. Now I'm not saying all of them will be finished models but the last one will be up on Weds 29th Dec. 😁

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Dec 04, 2021

Nice job on the statue Simon, and good call on flipping the plinth upside down to give a bigger area for the base.

The prep work is coming along well for the challenge.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 04, 2021
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Thanks Dave. The plinth worked out well, imho. I've ordered some "Vallejo" White Primer for the Sorcerous Sentinels, as I've found them prone to stripping back to the bare metal with just "Vallejo" German Grey as the undercoat on their edges. So I may well go back to them before the AHPC and try that.

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