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"It Is Unknown If These Masked Assassins Are Man Or Machine."

Updated: Sep 27, 2022


"But rest assured they will not stop until their target has been eliminated."

This 28mm scale "white metal" miniature of a Cyborg Killer is manufactured 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,


Unfortunately, unlike the vast majority of Crooked Dice's other miniatures, the android comes with its own integrated base, which is surprisingly thick and deep. This meant I would either have to carefully snip the figure from its stand and then patiently file its feet flat, or just quickly trim its edges enough so I could super-glue it to a 25mm circular plastic base. In the end I decided upon the far less time-consuming option, even if it meant the model would stand somewhat taller than most of the company's other figures.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - A Slick, a Cyborg Killer and Max Konigstiger

Once fastened, the Cyborg Killer was primed using two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Red, shaded with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson", and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red. It then had its sword, pistol, head and spare ammunition 'picked out' using a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The blade and face-covering were subsequently dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal. Finally, its eyes were dabbed with a little "Scalecolor" Speed Metal and the "Citadel" Contrast paint Warp Lightning.


Besides my basing decision debatably consigning the entire Corporate Wars range to a self-contained painting project - as I had originally hoped to mix in some Crooked Dice Killbots - I have been rather impressed with the quality of the "retro classics", and can easily see why "133 backers pledged £9,488 to help bring this project to life" on Kickstarter in August 2022. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I quickly wilted and not only bought the Slick Gang, Corporate Hit Squad and Interpol Troopers, but also a few Add-ons too.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Ray & Finny, a Slick and an Interpol Trooper

The "Slicks" are my favourite of the figures as Jim Bowen's sculpts seem to be a mix between science fiction author Frank Herbert's Navigator's Guild from his "Dune" novels, and the hired assassins depicted in "Bullfrog Productions" old computer game "Syndicate Wars". Furthermore, their predominantly dark attire means that they should prove reasonably straightforward and fast to paint.


In addition to the Kickstarter's free Stretch Goal of Max Konigstiger, who for some reason reminds me of the hapless vigilante Kirk Matunas from Russell Mulcahy's 1986 movie "Highlander", the range also appears to include the likenesses of gun sharks Finnigan "Finny" Sinister and Ramone "Ray" Dexter from the British anthology comic "2000 A.D." I actually aim to split up the Corporate Hit Squad into small groups of player-run hitmen for some homemade rules, so this infamous gun-toting duo will doubtless be two of the first miniatures painted from this group...

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planetmut
Sep 24, 2022

Ooo, I love that assassin! The red works really well and gives him/it a very slick look.


The other minis are really cool sculpts, but I love how Max is literally named King Tiger LOL! Maybe they should make a documentary about him :-)


Looking forward to seeing these chaps painted up!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 24, 2022
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Cheers Planetmut. I have the second figure painted in the same palette ready for posting next week. Max was actually sculpted by Shane Hoyle, but I think he fits in with Jim Bowen's style rather well.

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undercoat2670
Sep 23, 2022

Interesting looking mini. It certainly has a different feel to the usual Crooked Dice style, but is still a nice model. I like the red as opposed to the traditional black for assassins etc.

The minis from this collection are certainly varied and eclectic. Keen to seem them finished to get a feel for this collection and see how they look together.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 23, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. I followed the 'official' palette for this Cyborg Killer. I think the models, especially those making up the Corporate Hit Squad, are probably a bit closer to Mark Copplestone's sci-fi range than perhaps CDs, tbh. But they do look like they'll tie in well together.

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Simon Quinton
Simon Quinton
Sep 21, 2022

Nicely done Simon! I had to skip this one as i'd just picked up some extra Luna City stuff. Though the monks and martial arts heroes are on my to get list!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 21, 2022
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Cheers Simon. As I was admittedly more interested in the Corporate Wars stuff than the Golgo Island minis, the KS was a bit cheaper than normal, LOL!!! Plus, I didn't get all the CW stuff either - albeit I did get a few more minis once the pledge manager was open. 😀


CD are knocking it out the park currently, and I really need to crack on with my Luna City stuff too.

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wsd50
Sep 21, 2022

So interesting figures thee mate, the two assassin's immediately made me think of the "ladies" that were produced by GW for their "Inquisitor" game in 70 or 80mm years ago, I believe there are a lot of people playing it with 28mm figures these days so these would be ideal for that.


Max reminded me of Stallone's character from the "Expendables" franchise (Barney I think). but they are are all great character figures for a skirmish. 😁


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 21, 2022
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Thanks Roger. I know precisely the models you mean. I never got into "Inquisitor" despite owning the book, but if GW brought it back with plastic figures I fear I'd get badly swallowed up by that particular rabbit hole, LOL!! I have looked at "Inq28" but never got hold of a copy of the rules.


Now you've mentioned Max and Stallone, I can't help thinking of the figure looking like the Demolition Man, LOL!!


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