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"Fearless And Eager To Prove Themselves In Combat."

Updated: May 3, 2021

"The young officers who command the Paladin forces in battle lead from the front."

This 35mm scale metal miniature of a Paladin Commander is produced by “Privateer Press” and can be found inside the Iron Star Alliance Command Group Starter Set for Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika. The three-piece figure comes "armed with a shoulder-mounted, self-targeting pulse cannon and wrist-mounted fusion sword", and "can attack with both its melee and ranged weapons in the same activation."


Having pinned and simultaneously super-glued the solo unit's cannon and shield in place, the entire assembly was primed in "Citadel" Abaddon Black before being treated to a coat or two of "Vallejo" Gunmetal. It was then shaded using "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal using a large make-up blusher brush.

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

I had originally intended to make all my Iron Star Alliance miniatures appear somewhat rusty and battered from their "aggressive expansion throughout the galaxy". But in the end decided to predominantly keep the somewhat 'clean' look of their metallic armour, and instead simply 'pick out' some of their more apparent details. As a result I applied "Citadel" Abaddon Black to the Commander's knee-pads, central chest plate, elbow-pads, and repulsor shield.


In addition, I layered equipment and weaponry such as the model's spats, shoulder-pads, face-plate, pulse-cannon and fusion-sword with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, and later gave them a 'lick' of Brass followed by a splash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. These areas were later delicately dry-brushed with a touch more "Vallejo" Brass to try and bring back some of their shine after being shaded.

"Kitbash Games" WIPs - Doc Cosmos, Alpha Male and Lightning Bug

Lastly, in an effort to somewhat further break-up all the metallic pigments on show, I applied some "Vallejo" Turquoise to my Iron Star Alliance leader's loincloth and washed it with "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade. I also decided to paint the garment's elaborate rear clasp with a combination of "Vallejo" Brass and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade to make it look even more ornate.


With the first of my Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika miniatures finished, and work on three Paladin Enforcers well on their way too, I've made a bit more progress on some of my "Supers Unlimited" resin figures. These costumed vigilantes by "Kitbash Games" are in various states on completion, with characters such as Doc Cosmos being 'taken back' to an early stage courtesy of a re-priming, whilst those like Alpha Male are very close to being given a protective coat of "Vallejo" Matt varnish...

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joehcc
joehcc
Mar 16, 2021

The paladin fuigures all seem to be very 'busy' but when finished theyre very effective, the little splashes of colour among all the silver are a delight.

The upcoming figures, are as usual weird and wonderful and I have never heard of them (as usual). The alpha male could easily cross genres though.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 16, 2021
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Cheers Joe. I think the sculpting on the Paladin Commander is a little soft tbh, but he was a good test model to work out a colour scheme on. I think the Warcaster armour figs are very busy as you say, hence my desire just to pick the odd thing out rather than paint everything a different colour etc.


Alpha Male is definitely one of the more interesting Supers Unlimited figs to come from Kitbash Games, and as you say, he could easily cross genres and perhaps even be used for something like Rumbleslam - not sure about his height in comparison with them though..?

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undercoat2670
Mar 12, 2021

I really like the Paladin commander. Great model and nice paint scheme. A metallic colour scheme is perfect for a futuristic space knight. Lovely!

Some interesting heroes too. Some are nice and some are, er....different!

Very keen to see how the metallic one turns out.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 12, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. The Iron Star Alliance palette is simply and quite quick to apply, so I'm super-happy with it tbh. Just wish the minion troops had some scraps of cloth for the blue to really help set them off.


Unsurprisingly, Alpha Male will be a Third Reich super-villain on my tabletop. I think that will suit his ego very well, LOL.


Doc Cosmos is a bit further along now, and should hopefully be finished before the end of the month - fingers crossed.

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wsd50
Mar 12, 2021

Nice work on the Paladin Simon. interesting range of figures that, the bit of blue on his loin cloth really adds a bit of interest to his predominantly silver and brass palette.


Alpha Male looks like a "70's pornstar" with that moustache 😉 nice work on him.


Did you say MATT varnish!! surely you aren't coming over to the dark side!! (well less shiny side anyway😁


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 13, 2021
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Yup. One of my fave WWF Heels. His cage match against the Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Heavyweight title at Summerslam 1990 is one of my fave matches. Remember watching it live with my Dad. Great memories.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Mar 12, 2021

Great work on your Paladin Simon, must be good to get one finished, and the others seem to be progressing well. The supers are looking good, with Doc Cosmos, try a blue wash instead of black, could give some interesting results, you could even use purple in the shadows

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 12, 2021
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Thanks Dave, I've actually got two of the Paladin Enforcers finished already, as their colour scheme is rather straightforward to apply once the "Vallejo" Gunmetal dry-brushing is finished. Hopefully, that should mean the entire Starter Set will be finished before the month was out - as planned.


I've already used a black shade on Doc Cosmos, as my WIPs are usually a few days behind the curve so to speak. However, I will be using a watered-down blue wash too, as I thought that'd give me an opportunity to go back to my Ultron and apply it to him as well - in the hope that my "Vallejo" matt varnish won't remove it the way my gloss varnish did.

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