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"Delegate Izlyr From Mars."


"Negotiations are only possible in a peaceful atmosphere."

This 28mm metal miniature of "the Ice Warrior delegate to Peladon when it applied for membership in the Galactic Federation" is produced by “Black Tree Design", and can be bought as Code DW326 Ice Lord Izlyer from the manufacturer's "Doctor Who" miniatures range. Correctly spelt "Izlyr", the Martian delegate was played by Alan Bennion and appeared in Brian Hayle's January 1972 BBC Television story "The Curse of Peladon".


Having sat in a drawer gathering dust for more years than I care to remember, I discovered that the figure had already been primed in "Citadel" Chaos Black, so simply needed its helmet, gloves, boots and cape to be layered in "Vallejo" Dark Green. These areas were then shaded with "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green before being enthusiastically dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Dark Green.

"The Churchill VII was one of the most important British tanks of World War Two."

The reptilian humanoid's partially-visible face and body-suit were 'blocked in' using "Vallejo" Heavy Grey and plenty of "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green. Whilst Izlyr's eyes were 'picked out' with a little "Vallejo" Heavy Red and a splash of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. Interestingly, this sculpt isn't as accurate as it first appears with the Ice Lord's famous clamp-like hands being replaced with human-looking five-fingered ones.


Alongside my classic villainous "Doctor Who" monster, I have also finished two more 10mm metal British infantry tanks sold by “Pendraken Miniatures” as Code BRV41 - Churchill VII, 75mm. These armoured vehicles were given a generous covering of "Vallejo" Leather Brown primer before being treated to a double helping of Russian Uniform WW2. The tanks were then sploshed with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and highlighted back up with (more) "Vallejo" Russian Uniform WW2.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - These three Sons of Horus space marines are almost finished

I finished painting the Churchill VIIs by 'picking out' their front-facing skirts with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before applying a combination of of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil to their largely covered tracks. As a final step I applied a pair of historically incorrect Union Jacks by "Decal Details" to the tanks' turrets, and some brigade/regiment markings by "Scale Specialties". I was actually planning on using a few more of the 1/160th scale British Armoured Division NW Europe 1944-45 transfers "printed by Microscale". However, some proved prone to disintegrating with minimal handling, whilst others required a blank white background decal to be placed prior to the actual number/insignia - something which caused me many a mad moment.


Finally, I'm desperately trying to complete the last of the Mark VI armoured Space Marines by "Games Workshop" which I've had lurking around my hobby desk for the past several months. I've managed to get all the main colours now blocked in on these three Sons of Horus tactical traitors, so just need to apply some washes and highlights on them before tidying them up prior to decals/varnishing/flocking...

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undercoat2670
Jul 17, 2023

Good job on the Ice Warrior. I think it is a pretty good sculpt given its age, but the newer Warlord ones do highlight the march of progress!

The Churchill tanks look great. They are real brutes aren't they? It sounds like you had a right old time with those transfers.

Mk6 power armour was never my favourites but these sculpts have changed my mind and I really like them a lot having painted a few up myself. Looking good!!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 17, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I certainly like the Ice Lord. I was tempted to dig out some Warlord Games Martians - I think I own a couple of boxes at least 😃 But I'm going to be sticking to the Black Tree Design Dr Who stuff for now.


Really pleased with the Churchill tanks. That's all four finished for my Battle Of The Bulge campaign, so hopefully I'll get them on the tabletop soon. Not a fan of the Microscale decals as you can probably imagine.


Should have the Mk VI Beakies finished soon(ish). But I must admit to being distracted from them repeatedly by other figures. 😐

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planetmut
Jul 02, 2023

Ooo, the Curse of Peladon, one of my fave Dr Who Target books! I've only seen the actual serial once (but have it on my hard drive along with many, many others I "found" online) and I did enjoy it, but I do remember one of the aliens having an unbelievably irritating voice. That aside, he looks great! Interesting that they changed the design of his hands, I wonder if that was just to make the molding easier?


The tank is another corker and the Beakies look great as always!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 02, 2023
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Thanks Matt. I've always loved the Ice Warriors, though sadly found the Peladon stories a little disappointing with rewatches - albeit I loved Curse as a child. Considering all the other Black Tree Design Ice Warrior sculpts have the clamp hands, I'm not sure why this fellow has human hands.


Lots more completed 10mm tanks to come - unsurprisingly. And hopefully the Beakies will be finished soon too. 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 29, 2023

Great work on the Iceman, and Tanks Simon, more of the to do list, hopefully you can get the sons finished soon, as they haven't seen as much attention lately.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 29, 2023
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Cheers Dave. The Ice Lord was nice and simple to paint tbh, as were the Tanks - though as I say I'm not a fan of the overly complicated "Scale Specialties" decals. Fingers crossed I'll have some more SoH finished soon.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Jun 28, 2023

I do not recall the Ice Warrior, but he's satisfactorily cheesy in only a WHO fashion.


Mk vii Churchills are one of my favourite tanks of the war. Just utter beasts.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 28, 2023
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Thanks Dai, LOL!! This particular Ice Lord was actually an ally of the Third Doctor - just a pity about him being sculpted with gloves rather than the race's clamp-like hands. Still, a nice sculpt imho.


I'll probably try to pick up some early Churchill tanks next time I see Pendraken at a show, so I can field them in my Early War campaign. For now though I need to paint some Panthers (and maybe the odd Tiger II tank) for the Axis powers, so they can contend with a quartet of Heavy Churchills during the Ardennes.

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