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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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