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"Iceman Right On Schedule, Sir."

"Hot diggity! A test for me at last!"

This 32mm scale translucent plastic model of Iceman was produced by “CoolMiniOrNot” as part of their "Marvel Zombies" stand-alone game using the "Zombicide" rule-set. One of the "Kickstarter" campaign's numerous exclusive figures, this particular incarnation of Bobby Drake's frosty alter-ego was created by Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips for the May 2007 issue of "Marvel Zombies: Dead Days" by "Marvel Comics".


Presumed to be residing at the Xavier Institute on Earth-2149 when the zombie plague first struck, the mutant superhero was initially undercoated using a mixture of "Vallejo" Surface Primer White and the Spanish company's Model Colour White. He was then drowned in "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade, before being slowly 'built back up' using multiple patient dry-brushes of White Star by Duncan Rhodes' "Two Thin Coats". Finally, the X-Man's eye sockets were given a dab of "Citadel" Abaddon Black and spotted with (more) "Two Thin Coats" White Star.

"Black Tree Design" WIPs - These Silurians have been shaded and dry-brushed

Having completed my first entry for the Fourteenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC), I have moved on to four 28mm metal Silurian figures by "Black Tree Design". These "three-eyed land-dwellers" were actually bought from the Penzance-based manufacturer way back in July 2016, and were due to be part of a much larger Homo Reptilia force I started assembling some three years later for a "Doctor Who" aliens/monsters galactic conquest campaign using some homemade rules.


Disappointingly though, these particular models were never properly completed, and after so many years of being jostled together in a drawer, their original "Vallejo" Heavy Brown undercoat and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade wash required some much needed tender loving care (i.e. redoing). As a result, I've started them from scratch, and plan to enter them into the AHPC as a Children's Books Challenge Library bonus submission.

"Alternative Armies" WIPs - These two 15mm hover-tanks are having their details 'picked out'

In addition, I have managed to make a little more progress on two partially-painted 15mm Black Adder Combat Lifters by “Alternative Armies” I recently discovered rather embarrassingly buried beneath a load of other long-forgotten miniatures on my painting table. Already primed in "Vallejo" Heavy Red and shaded with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, these two (not) Blood Angels chapter vehicles did admittedly need a little 'sprucing up'. But are now slowly having all their details 'picked out' with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, "Vallejo" Gunmetal" and "Citadel" Nuln Oil.


I've quite surprisingly uncovered a fair few more models from "The Ion Age" miniatures range at various stages of completion in a drawer, so have set aside a motley array of hover-bike riders, large-clawed robots and Prydian Army foot-soldiers to 'squeeze' in to my painting queue as and when time allows. Furthermore, there's a load of vehicles and giant automatons to be found too, so if the mood takes me I can well imagine a plethora of resin Mechs, (more) Combat Lifters and Battlesuits leapfrogging their way onto my tabletop over the coming few months...

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undercoat2670
13 Oca

Another great looking Marvel zombies miniature. You have shown off some fantastic sculpts from that game and what a great attempt at painting ice. I am not sure I would even attempt it so hats off to you!

Do you have a Tardis full of Dr Who miniatures? Lol.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
13 Oca
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Thanks Undercoat. For a tabletop standard I don't think you can beat a simple white basecoat, blue shade and white dry-brush for ice tbh. The only annoying thing with this particular Iceman sculpt though, was that it didn't have any sharp, angular edges on it like the Zombie version - everything was much more rounded. So the dry-brush technique didn't come off quite as well as previosuly.


I have a whole drawer absolutely chock full of Black Tree Design Dr Who metal figures - it weighs a ton!!! LOL!!! 😁

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
28 Ara 2023
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Agree, Iceman looking great!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
28 Ara 2023
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Cheers Michal.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
27 Ara 2023

Great work on Iceman Simon, and must have been a good feeling to get your first challenge figure up quickly. Nice progress on the Silurians, and tanks, and sounds like you have found plenty more Ion Age models to keep you busy over the coming months ! LOL

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
27 Ara 2023
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Thanks Dave. I've been itching to get Iceman finished as soon as I saw him - as I thought he'd be a great figure to quickly get done. All four Silurians and now completed and in the flock bin. Hopefully, these two tanks should be done soon too - as I do have an absolute load of Ion Age models to wade through. LOL!! 😁

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