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“Can You Alphamaniacs Smell What The Alpha Male Is Cooking?"

"Woo! Oh yeah!"

This 36mm tall resin model of Alpha Male is produced by "Kitbash Games", and was bought as part of my pledge from their highly successful "Supers Unlimited" Miniatures "Kickstarter" in August 2019. Transformed overnight with a physical prowess to match his larger-than-life wrestling character, I actually plan to use the casting as a Third Reich super-villain known as Áchtung for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign utilising some homemade rules.


Having super-glued Albert Mannheim onto a 28mm lipped base, I first primed him with a double layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone before shading "the bad-boy" in "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. I then applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to the big star's boots, lengthy hair, moustache, prominent eyebrows and leather belt, as well as delicately dry-brushed his laces with some "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal.

"Privateer Press" WIPs - The Paladin Enforcer is slowly having all his detail 'picked out'

The wrestling heel's toe-caps, belt emblem and spikes were given a 'lick' of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Whilst his trousers were treated to a combination of "Vallejo" German Fieldgrey WWII and "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green so as to help tie-in the figure with my Weird War Two setting.


I also picked out the heavily-muscled maniac's gold bracelet using some "Vallejo" Gold and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. One particularly noticeable mistake I did make was to 'pick out' both of Mannheim's eyes, whereas the actual sculpt shows him winking with one eye closed. Fortunately, I didn't actually like the look of that facial expression, so having painstakingly 'dotted' both eyes I wasn't going to go back and paint over one socket with "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone.

"Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago" WIPs - The Shark's watery base has been sculpted and painted

With another of my "Kitbash Games" super-villains completed I've continued to make some excellent progress on my Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika. Iron Star Alliance Starter Set, to the point where I've almost finished all three of its Paladin Enforcers. Despite some 'build-issues' with the multi-part metal miniatures, I've been rather enjoying these "Privateer Press" sculpts, and resultantly even ordered a second unit to add to my force from "Firestorm Games".


Slightly left-field has been my decision to pigment a few old Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago animals and monsters I recently found. I'm not necessarily planning on playing the fantasy wargame in the lost isles, but, having never fully-painted a water-based miniature before - at least not one where I'd need to sculpt the waves on its stand - I thought I'd give the resin Shark maw by "North Star Military Figures" a go...

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undercoat2670
Mar 17, 2021

I like the painting on Alpha male, great job but the sculpt is a bit disconcerting for me!

Your Paper on enforcer is looking good, I really love those sculpts.

That shark is looking awesome. The water you have sculpted and painted looks fantastic. Great job on both as water can be tricky to get right and you have done a top job there matey. You might have a hidden sculpting talent you may wish to unleash!!!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 17, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. I think Alpha Male is going to look pretty good on the table-top, especially when partnered up with Mayhem for some tag-team action.


I've thoroughly enjoyed painting the Paladin Enforcers (or "Paper on enforcer" as you call them!?! LOL!!!) to the point where I've bought another three-man unit. They're great minis and pretty straightforward to pigment now I've found a recipe I like.


Not sure about hidden sculpting talent, but I was very pleased with how the water turned out, and am certainly now eyeing some vessels for a future project...

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wsd50
Mar 17, 2021

Nice work on the Alpha mate (or should that be Achtung) Simon, I think you were right not to have him winking 😉


Did you sculpt the water effect around that shark head? if so you did a bang up job mate!


I think the mouth on the Shark is a little off, the angle its opening looks slightly wrong.


Different figure though.🦈


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 17, 2021
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Thanks Roger. I prefer the two-eyed paint-job too on Alpha Male.


There is a little bit of water-ripple effect just around the Shark's head, but the rest was done with green-stuff. I was rather pleased with how it turned out, as I've not sculpted water before. I was also pleased as to how well the water painted up too.

Now you mention it, the Shark's head is a little off - perhaps a little too rounded? But I do like it I must admit, and I've already finished painting the fin model which came with it.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Mar 17, 2021

Great work on your Alpha Male Simon, with that pose, you should have gone with a Ravishing Rick Rude quote ! LOL your paladins are progressing well.

There's something off with the shark head sculpt, but can't put my finger on it yet, the next time you photograph it can you do a side shot ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 17, 2021
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Cheers Dave. Alpha Male is clearly inspired by Rick Rude, but I always like to take a quote from the mini's manufacturer where I can, and Kitbash Games dedicate an entire page to the backstory of each of their figures - which is where the quote is taken from,


When the shark is posted I'll do a sideways shot of it. I think the shark's sculpt is a little too round that's all.

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