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“He's A Cyborg, You Idiot!”

Updated: Oct 2, 2022

“You're gonna have to kill it.”

This 28mm scale "white metal" miniature of a Cyborg Killer is produced by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", and can be bought alongside a second (differently-posed) model as SKU: DEAL 356. The figure was sculpted by the late Jim Bowen, and was originally previously produced by East Ridings Miniatures as part of their Corporate Wars range,

Prior to priming the figure with two coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Red, its somewhat thick integral stand was trimmed/filed down enough so it could be super-glued onto a 25mm circular plastic base. It was then shaded with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Three base-layered Slicks

The stone-cold killer’s pistol and head were base-layered with some “Citadel” Abaddon Black, before they were treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The robot’s face-covering was later delicately dry-brushed using a little (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal, whilst its eyes were spotted with "Scalecolor" Speed Metal and the "Citadel" Contrast paint Warp Lightning.

Alongside the Cyborg Killer I have also been progressing a trio of Corporate Wars “Slicks” too. These bald-headed gang-members initially reminded me of the Navigator's Guild from Frank Herbert's "Dune" novels. But having now spent some time working on them I’m also getting a distinct vampire vibe from the “Underworld” movie series – so much so in fact, that I may well paint up a second gang at some point with red leather long-coats and deathly white flesh.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - A Sons of Horus Space Marine awaiting some shading

In the meantime though, I have been pigmenting my three test-pieces in a manner similar to that seen in the Slick Gang’s official “Kickstarter” photographs; albeit I didn’t want (yet) another predominantly all-black band of miniatures, so decided to use some “Vallejo” German Grey for their shin-length jackets as opposed to “Citadel” Abaddon Black. I’ve also decided to go with brass for the gun-toting goons’ fastenings.

Lastly, I am still having a lot of fun working on more 28mm plastic Space Marines by "Games Workshop". I’m planning to soon move on from these multi-part figures wearing MK III power armour and apply my brush to some MK VI Sons of Horus infantrymen instead. Hopefully this change of subject matter will help me maintain my motivation for my initial, five-hundred point, thirty-one figure strong Horus Heresy project…

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