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"Do You Now Believe We Mutoids Are Vampires?"

"My function will be impaired if I don't get further serum soon."

This 28mm Federated Security Mutaint was previously manufactured by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and comes from their out-of-production Federated Security Starter Set. However, these days both the miniature and several other 'dead-ringers' from the BBC science fiction television series “Blake’s Seven”, are available from "Beast In The Broch".


After pinning the "technologically modified" human's separate head to her torso, the figure was primed in "Citadel" Abaddon Black and enthusiastically dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal. I then picked out the female trooper's gauntlets and chest covering using pure "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal, before the entire model was treated to a splash or two of "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

"Saurman's defection to the service of the Dark Lord left him with one monstrous obsession."

This was somewhat of a step away from the 'official' Mutoid costume broadcast on the small screen. But I felt the all-black palette used by Space Commander Travis' Command Crew was a little too bland even for my liking, and that the subtle difference in colour between the "Citadel" Abaddon Black and "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal made her slightly more interesting to the casual eye, without veering away too much from the soldier's original concept.


I also tried to make the Federated Security Mutaint a little more sinisterly pale-looking by using "Vallejo" Heavy Warmgrey for her face's flesh, and shading this with "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. As a final touch, the trooper's firearm was 'picked out' using a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The weapon was later dry-brushed with a little more "Vallejo" Gunmetal.

"Zealot Miniatures" WIPs - This Frost Horror has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

With my Mutaint test-piece finished, I have also managed to complete a plastic Uruk-hai Warrior by "Games Workshop" for my 500-point Isengard force. This age-old sculpt came inside "The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers" boxed set, and has been pigmented along very similar lines to those used for my previously-painted "Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game" figures.


In addition, I've made some in-roads on an approximately 60mm tall Frost Horror by "Zealot Miniatures". This multi-part resin miniature, sculpted by Boris Woloszyn, will be used as either a Frost Giant or perhaps a Snow Troll in my games of "Frostgrave". But will first need to be varnished in "Vallejo" Matt acrylic resin so as to seal in its "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey paint-job, before it can be further progressed - owing to this colour combination usually transferring to other areas of a model whenever it is varnished.

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undercoat2670
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The Mutoid looks good. Great work on the face.

Another fab looking Uruk. Liking these a lot.

The frost horror is another interesting looking sculpt from that company. Shaping up to be a nice range!

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Cheers Undercoat. Hopefully the remaining five Mutoids will look equally as grim-faced. They should start cropping up within some of my postings over the next few weeks.


Lots more Uruk-hai to come in the future as next month I plan dedicating a significant amount of time on the range to bring my Isengard force up to 500-pts, if not significantly more ;-)


I'm hopefully going to start on some of the Zealot Minis heroes soon, and then do some short Frostgrave BatReps featuring them fighting off my resin-based Bestiary.

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Nice work on the Mutoid, that's a face only Servalan could love!😉


I love the way you call the Orc "Age old", I remember those coming out, not that long ago (now I feel old! thanks 😁 ).


That is one impressive Frost Giant, odd reaction with the white paint, looking forward to seeing the finished fig though.


Cheers Roger.

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Thanks Roger. I think the "Vallejo" Heavy Warmgrey colour scheme has definitely made the Mutoid look a lot more sinister than if I'd used my usual "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone.


I believe the GW LotR Two Towers set won the 2002 Origins Award for Best Science Fiction Or Fantasy Miniature Rules, so that was 19 years ago, LOL!!!


I think its the "Vallejo" Pale Grey which causes the problems with the varnish, tbh. It was particularly noticeable with my Yeti, as I had to go back and re-paint all the claws and the inside of its maw. There was also a lot of whitening around the Yeti's feet on the base, which fortunately I could simply cover with snow flock. The…

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Love all these minis, especially the uruk-hai, it looks great and matches your others. I do like its muted colours and definite air of menace.


The Frost Horror looks suitably terrifying, even without that giant axe. Can't wait to see it finished!

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Cheers Planetmut. I'm really enjoying the Uruk-hai currently, and plan to have a few more posted for next month's LotR push. The Frost Horror is an excellent sculpt imho, I just love the Zealot Miniatures winter-monster range of figures - they're so different from anything I've seen before.

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Great work on all Simon, you seem to be on a roll with your Uruk's

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Thanks Dave. Plenty more Uruk-hai to come, which I'll simply plonk in the middle of postings for the foreseeable future, as I can only document how I paint a particular model so many times before it becomes utterly tedious, LOL. I do have some Uruk-hai Bezerkers to post up next month though, as I plan on dedicating May to Lord of the Rings.

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