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"His Mind Focused On The Dread Imperial Troops..."


"...The killers without mercy, the soldier-fanatics of the Padishah Emperor."

These four 28mm scale Sardaukar were sculpted by "Big Mr Tong" and can be downloaded for free as part of a ten-figure set of STL (Standard Triangle Language) files from his "Patreon" subscription service. Based upon David Lynch's vision of the Emperor's elite warriors as first seen in his 1984 American science-fiction film "Dune", the miniatures were produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer.


Each figure was undercoated in "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and heavily dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal. The super-human soldiers' belts were then 'picked out using a little "Vallejo" Steel Blue, and their firearms with Gunmetal. Finally, each model was entirely 'drowned' in "Citadel" Nuln Oil and the Sardaukar's distinctive green face-visor realised using a combination of "Scalecolor" White Alchemy and the "Citadel" Contrast paint Warp Lightning.

"Papsikels Miniatures" WIPs - This Yurneyan Golem Exofist Mask has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

Alongside the last of my Sardaukar for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC), I have been progressing three more models produced by "Papsikels Miniatures" as part of their PAPSIPACK Welcome Models subscription set on "Patreon". I actually produced four of the Yurneyan Golem Exofist Mask figures. But during the printing process one of them sadly lost an arm.


The miniatures are strongly influenced by the look of the Engineers from the Alien movie franchise, and are absolutely crammed full of fine detail as a result. Like the vast majority of the company's considerably-sized science fiction range I am planning on using them to try out my "Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats", so have settled upon a somewhat simple, predominantly blue-grey paint-scheme for the "beneficent creators of sorts."

"Wizkids" WIPs - Sauron has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

In addition, I seem to have found myself caught up in the digital "fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping, strategic card battler" known as "Marvel Snap" by "Second Dinner". This frighteningly addictive computer game has definitely got me highly enthused for super-heroes, so having had a rummage around my "Heroclix" backlog, I thought I'd put my passion to good use by pigmenting an old plastic figure of Doctor Karl Lykos' villainous alter-ego I've had gathering dust for many a year.


I'm hoping that by focusing upon this single miniature I will stave off any possibility of me abandoning my painting plans for this month and suddenly diving headlong down a rabbit hole crammed full of Marvel, DC Comics and other Indie comic book characters. Albeit, I have 3D printed a handful of "C27 Studio" sculpts, just in case I fancy tackling a few more of their 40mm scale metahumans...

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planetmut
25. Feb. 2023

Great work on the Engineer mini, although going by its curves are you sure it's not supposed to be female?


For a second I was all, "that isn't Sauron!" LOL!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
25. Feb. 2023
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Thanks Matt. Yes the Yurneyan Golem Exofist Mask is a female model. Papsikels do a range of both male/female (not) Engineers. I only own a few of the sculpts though as they only sent me a few freebies. But I do plan on getting more - especially as I get a big discount in their store.


Spookily, Sauron is named after the LotR character, as one of his creators was a big fan of the books.

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wsd50
10. Feb. 2023

More lovely stuff mate, though I have to say it's great seeing you re-painting Heroklix again! that takes me back (well a few years anyway), that looks like smashing work you are doing on Sauron too.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
10. Feb. 2023
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Cheers Roger. I have thoroughly enjoyed painting Sauron, so I'm pretty sure more "Heroclix" will follow - I'm definitely in a super-hero mood currently, thanks to Marvel Snap. Lots of "Papsikels Miniatures" to come too - though they are a bit difficult to successfully print at times as I'm not too sure about some of their pre-supports. However, I'm back into "X-Crawl", so merging Aliens, Predators & Terminators with Shadowrun D&D is certainly keeping me enthused for the range.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
10. Feb. 2023

More Sardaukar is never a bad thing. (Looking forward to the new flick?)


The golem is yet another damned cool sculpt. Big gloves on that one though - how does he tie his shoe laces whilst wearing them?


Sauron is an interesting XMen villlain. Liking where you've gotten him to so far.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
10. Feb. 2023
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Thanks Dai. I'm very much a David Lynch "Dune" fan, so haven't seen the new one (which I'm told is pretty boring tbh) & no plans to see the second part either.


"Papsikels Miniatures" do an interesting range of (not) Engineers, and so she really is just a small(ish) version, though they do some other Exofist variants of a comparable size - I don't own them though, as I got this one free and the others I'd need to buy.


Sauron is already finished, and should be posted next week once I've submitted it to the AHPC. I do have my eye on a few more Heroclix figs though, so it probably won't be my last despite my hopes. LOL!!!

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undercoat2670
09. Feb. 2023

Excellent Sardaukar. Very consistent with your previous ones so you should have a nice uniform looking unit. Great stuff.

The Engineer looks excellent. These alien inspired minis you are showing us are very nice indeed.

Sauron! Never heard of him apart from in Marvel Snap so great to see him in the real world so to speak and find out a bit about him. Superheroes are always great to see!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
09. Feb. 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. The Sardaukar should be hitting the tabletop soon. They're a very simple recipe, but one which I think captures their definitive cinematic look. 😁


The Yurneyan Golems are pretty tall tbh, as befits an Engineer. But even these are dinky compared to some of the other Engineer-influenced humanoids "Papsikels Miniatures" produce.


Sauron is a major X-Men villain, and foe of Ka-Zar. As a result I thought he'd be quite relevant seeing as Marvel Snap has just finished its Ka-Zar/Savage Lands season.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
09. Feb. 2023

Great work on the Sardaukar Simon, how many in total have you got done now ? Nice start on the engineers, and Sauron

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
09. Feb. 2023
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Thanks Dave. I've got fifteen Sardaukar to go with my 15 Sentry Robots, and 10 Cybermen. I just need to paint a fourth army before my campaign can start, but in the meantime I intend to play a few test games.


Hopefully all three of the Engineers and Sauron will be finished soon, and can be posted up over the next few weeks - as I'm developing a bit of a backlog, LOL!!

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