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"It'll Breed. You'll Die."

Updated: Feb 18, 2023


"Everyone in the company. Will Die."

These three 32mm scale Cheetah Aliens are produced by "Papsikels Miniatures" and can be downloaded for free as part of a six-figure set of STL (Standard Triangle Language) files from their "Patreon" subscription November 2022 release - Aliens Verses Skull Hunters 2. Based upon a species of H.R.Giger's infamous deadly xenomorphs, the figures were produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer.


Inspired by a statue of a xenomorph crouched on all fours which H.R. Giger had exhibited at the opening of the Austrian Ars Electronica institute in 2013, the trio of death-dealing extra-terrestrials were undercoated in Doom Death Black by "Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats" and dry-brushed with Scorched Earth. I then drowned them all with Oblivion Black Wash to help make their base layer decidedly dark.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - These Castellans Of Dol Guldur have had all their metal areas 'picked out'

I next (re)dry-brushed the models with (more) Scorched Earth, before applying a light highlight of Dust Bowl across all the prominent raised areas. Finally, to help blend all the different browns together, I sploshed Battle Mud Wash all over the trio with great gusto. This left me just needing to 'pick out' all the aliens' metal teeth with a combination of Sir Coates Silver and Oblivion Black Wash, as well as apply a coat of Doom Death Black (and later "Coat D'arms" Gloss Varnish) across their foreheads.


One of the things which did concern me about these particular three sculpts was both the fragility of some of the figures' contact points upon their "Citadel" 60mm oval bases, as well as some large open (and arguably therefore boring) areas on their stands. Resultantly, I snuck a few 3D skulls by "Encounter Terrain" under the odd claw, as well as created the odd 'brain pile'. These were pigmented using White Star, Battle Mud Wash and some "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - This Spirit Jaguar has had its gold armour layered and washed

Alongside these latest submissions to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) I have continued to make some progress upon my first batch of Castellans of Dol Guldur by "Games Workshop". Perhaps somewhat naively I had hoped that these predominantly cloaked figures would be a reasonably quick little project (as I own half a dozen of them). But each figure is actually packed full of elaborate detail, whether it be simply their ornate armour, swords, daggers or belt buckles.


Somewhat less fiddly to put a brush-tip to, at least at this early stage, is the resin Spirit Jaguar by "Warlord Games" I recently chose to pigment after randomly selecting it from a set of twelve figure-filled drawers. I'm using the miniature to test out a new technique for bright gold, using a "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade wash and "Vallejo" Silver dry-brush. Currently, things are looking good, even after I realised that I hadn't needed to be meticulously neat with my "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna base coat for the gold armour as I'll be making a mess with my dry-brushing anyway...

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wsd50
Jan 23, 2023

Absolutely lovely work on the Aliens mate, they look like they could crawl out of the screen!


Nice progress too on the other miniatures, especially like the spirit jaguar.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 23, 2023
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Cheers Roger. I'm really happy with the palette for the Cheetah Aliens, and plan to use it on some other "Papsikels Miniatures" xenomorphs when I get the chance. Happily, the Castellans of Dol Guldur are now finished, and simply waiting to be varnished prior to submission for the AHPC. The Spirit Jaguar(s) are on hold for a short while, as I need to get some 10mm Saxons done first.

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undercoat2670
Jan 20, 2023

Those alien models are superb. They do look a bit spindly and fragile in places, but I guess that is the price for capturing the look of the xenomorphs so well. I like the skulls on the bases too. As You say it adds something extra but it is also quite thematic in my mind. Awesome stuff.

The castellans of Dol Guldur do look great, but I can see what you mean about them too. You have achieved a nice gold on the jaguar already so I can't wait to see the finished result.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 20, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I've a lot more stuff by "Papsikels Miniatures" planned (and indeed printed), including some of their other xenomorph variants.


The Castellans are almost finished now, but there should still be another WIPs posting about them before the completed models are shown.


I'm loving the new Gold technique I'm trying as its looking super-shiny imho. Fingers crossed I can get the Spirit Jaguar finished soon enough.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Jan 19, 2023

Cheetah Aliens look very similar to the Alien in the 3rd film (My fav of the series). Pretty darn cool!

Those Dol Guldur characters are wraiths? Regardless, I like the sculpts and I'm sure even though they are a pain to paint up, they'll look suitably imposing once completed!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 19, 2023
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"Papsikels Miniatures" do a ton of different Aliens, Dai, but these are my fave to date. I rather like "Alien 3" myself.


Yes. I believe the Castellans are empty suits of armour which house an evil spirit inside. As you say they should look good once finished - especially when I have half of dozen of them on the tabletop.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jan 19, 2023

The aliens look excellent Simon, as if they came straight out of a movie, if the movie versions had cool head plates ! LOL Nice progress on the other models, you'll get there in the end with all those details.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 19, 2023
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Thanks very much Dave. I really like the dark brown colour scheme with gloss varnished black head plate. I've printed up another version of the xenomorphs which "Papsikels Miniatures" have provided me with so as to try a blue tint instead.


Now the wash is on the Castellans I can see what I'm doing a bit better, tbh, so I'm hopeful to have all three finished by the end of the week - along with the Jaguar Spirit.

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