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"Gort! Klaatu Barada Nikto!"

"For our policemen, we created a race of robots."

This 28mm scale Gort was sculpted by "Big Mr Tong" and can be downloaded for free as an STL (Standard Triangle Language) file from "Thingiverse". Based upon the giant robot seen in Robert Wise's 1951 science fiction film "The Day the Earth Stood Still", the figure was produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer.

The miniature was primed using a double helping of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and then layered using a mixture of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Scalecolor" White Alchemy. Initially, I had planned on pigmenting the "eight-foot tall, seamless" automaton with pure "Vallejo" Gunmetal. But having seen a colourised photograph taken from an old black and white movie still, it was clear that the metallic member of an interstellar police force was a lot shinier than normal.

Gort with heavy supports applied through "Chitubox" Basic

However, the disconcertingly weak "Scalecolor" White Alchemy paint was so transparent that without some assistance from the much thicker, almost gloopy, "Vallejo" Gunmetal", it was never going to cover the figure's original "Citadel" Abaddon Black undercoat. Indeed, even after I used the "Vallejo" Gunmetal as a thickening agent, I still needed to apply numerous coats of pure "Scalecolor" White Alchemy over Gort in order to ensure good coverage.

With this problem well in mind, I also watered down the "Citadel" Nuln Oil I ordinarily use to help shade any silver-coloured metallic areas. The entire miniature was then dry-brushed with (more) "Scalecolor" White Alchemy to bring out any details. I also 'picked' out the law enforcement robot's visor using a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Abaddon Black to help it stand out from the rest of the model.

"Squiddies sweeping in quick."

"Big Mr Tong" has actually sculpted Gort in three additional poses, which are available via his Patreon. and I may well 3D print one of these at a bigger scale in the future, in order to better capture the automaton's towering height. Furthermore, I'll be a bit more careful removing the heavy supports applied by "Chitubox" Basic, as I inadvertently snipped off one of the automaton's thumbs whilst cleaning the figure up with a pair of clippers. Luckily, "Elegoo" water washable resin really bonds together when given a smidgeon of superglue.

Finally, alongside Klaatu's guardian I have also completed two more 28mm scale metal SpyBots by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio". These can be bought individually as SKU: MINI 649 or as part of the four-figure deal - DEAL 193. The single-cast models were predominantly painted using "Vallejo" Heavy Grey, "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green, "Vallejo" Gunmetal, "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash so as to tie them in with my previously painted 'pilot' piece...

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