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  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

"In Future, Refer All Decisions To Your Masters."

"Do not resist orders."

This pair of 28mm metal single-piece figures are produced by "Black Tree Design" and are available as Code DW127 Roboman from their "Doctor Who" miniatures range. Sculpted with a slightly different pose to that of the Penzance-based company's Roboman Guard model, the miniatures are based upon the Daleks' mindless minions from Terry Nation's November 1964 BBC Television six-episode story "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".

Initially primed using a mixture of "Vallejo" Surface Primer Black and "Warlord Games" Pitch Black, the two "surgically-modified humans" were heavily dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal and drenched in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then worked on their trousers, using a base layer of either "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna or Heavy Brown. The pants were subsequently shaded using some "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and roughly highlighted using a careful dry-brush of their original base layer colour.

"Black Tree Design" WIPs - Ben Jackson is having all his details 'picked out'

The "surgically modified captives" later had both their clunky headsets and machine-guns 'picked out' with "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Whilst their shirts received a lick of White Star by Duncan Rhodes' "Two Thin Coats", a dash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade to dirty them up, and finally a highlight of (more) "Two Thin Coats" White Star.

With my latest contribution to the Fourteenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) completed, I have now begun working on a figure of First and Second Doctor's companion, Ben Jackson. Surprisingly, despite owning a number of the Time Lord's assistants sold by "Black Tree Design", I haven't actually pigmented all that many of them. So thought I'd start to make amends with that oversight by getting the sailor tabletop ready in short order.

"Alternative Armies" WIPs - This Orange Adder Combat Car has been primed. shaded and dry-brushed

Furthermore, I've managed to get cracking on an old 15mm Orange Adder Combat Car by "Alternative Armies". The detail to this predominantly resin vehicle is a little 'rough around the edges' when compared to how the much sharper kit is manufactured these days using their "improved production technique." But it should still provide a worthy addition to my (not) Imperial Guard mobile armour attachment.

I'm really enjoying working my way through my backlog from "The Ion Age" range, and certainly don't see myself stopping any time soon. Indeed, I've dusted down some more Retained Knights which I had previously started working on a few years ago, and hope to add them to my (not) Crimson Fist Space Marine Chapter within the next few weeks...

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