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“I'm In The Middle Of An Interrogation.”


“Thank you for your cooperation.”

This 28mm metal miniature of Natalia, Female Secret Agent is by "Reaper Miniatures" and comes from their Chronoscope range under code 50149. I bought the model just as soon as I spotted it on Planetmut’s excellent blog “PM Painting”, as I thought it would make an excellent addition to my party of adventurers for Gamma World.


The two-piece figure was actually rather fiddly to assemble due to her disconcertingly fragile-looking limbs, but once the super-glue had set I was able to undercoat the covert operative with “Vallejo” Black Prime. I then treated the miniature to a couple of layers of “Citadel” Abaddon Black, heavily dry-brushed her with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal, and picked out her gun holster, leg strap and belt with Heavy Sienna.

"The others must have cannibalized it for the blood!"

I also applied some “Vallejo” Gunmetal to the deadly assassin’s pistol, before all of these areas were ‘drowned’ in “Citadel” Nuln Oil. The not-Black Widow’s belt buckle and thigh gadget were treated to a combination of “Vallejo” Gold and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, before I gave Natalia’s hair a lick of “Vallejo” Heavy Red. This was subsequently shaded with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, and carefully dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Red.


Alongside this submission to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC), I also entered (as my final entry) five more 15mm metal Xenomorphs by "Ground Zero Games". The figures are available as code SG15-X01 from the company’s Stargrunt Infantry range, and come in packs of six figures (consisting of two alternative sculpts).

The tanks have been assembled with different sets of Schürzen armour

Due to using the models for some homemade rules, the deadly extra-terrestrials were super-glued onto either a medium or small-sized plastic “Flames Of War” stand by “Battlefront Miniatures”, and primed using two layers of “Citadel” Abaddon Black. The Internecivus raptus’ were then dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey, before being given a double-helping of “Citadel” Nuln Oil in order to help tone down their highlights and better blend them in.


Lastly, I have finally assembled and primed the four plastic Panzer IV (7.5cm) tanks I plan to add to my German Beach Defence Company for “Flames Of War”. The “Hit The Beach” Starter Set by “Battlefront Miniatures” actually only contains three of the vehicles so as to make a 16 point platoon. However, having had a rummage through the numerous sprues I collected for their skirmish game “Tanks”, I’ve been able to add a fourth tank and bolster the unit up to 22 points worth of heavy armour.

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undercoat2670
Apr 03, 2022

That Black Widow is so different to the MCP ones you did last year. Amazing the variety of sculpts and styles that exist isn't it. Those aliens look very nice. Nice to see some vehicles for your FoW, can't wait to see that completed.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 03, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. Natalia's nose is rather flat for my liking, but I did enjoy painting her - one of my fave figs of the year so far, The GZG Aliens proved a bit interesting when varnished with "Vallejo" Matt Varnish - as some came out shiny and one in particular came out ultra-matt. Very odd.

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wsd50
Apr 02, 2022

She's lovely mate.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 02, 2022
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Thanks Roger. The shine on her face has now been flattened somewhat with another coat of Matt Varnish.

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planetmut
Mar 25, 2022

Great job on Natalia, Simon, she looks very Black Widow :-) Was it her right arm that had to be glued on? I can't remember, but I do remember it being a bit fiddly.


So those Aliens are 15mm and so are your FoW Germans? There's a crossover waiting to be made LOL!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 25, 2022
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Cheers Matt. The Reikland Fleshshade seems to still be shiny on Natalia's face, so I'll be treating her to another coat of "Vallejo" Matt Varnish. It was her gun hand that needed super-gluing etc. I think it was too slender to drill and pin.


Isn't it funny that I based the Aliens on FoW stands... 😉

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Mar 25, 2022

Nat turned out excellent Simon, and is a great sculpt. The Xenomorphs have turned out great also, can't decide if I like the sculpt or not on these alternatives.

Sounds like you have a lot of armour to work on, and the ablative armour looks good.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 25, 2022
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Thanks Dave. Natalia was a lot of fun to paint though the model was a little thin in places. Not sure about the Xenomorphs myself tbh. Though they look great en-mass on the tabletop whenever we're playing. Lots of armour to do. I want some Tigers next once I get past the 50 points point for my Germans.

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