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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Papsikels Miniatures” February 2023


"Do You Have Any Faith, Sister?"

After last month's dismal effort to reduce my peak of plastic by supposedly focusing upon the remaining 15mm World War Two Germans by “Battlefront Miniatures” I need to complete my 50-point strong “Flames Of War” German Beach Defence Company, I thought I'd spend the next four weeks concentrating upon a range of figures I'm currently 3D printing like the Volkswagen Wolfsburg Plant - namely, "Papsikels Miniatures”.


This company actually have two different Patreon subscriptions covering Science Fiction and Cyberpunk models, which can both be accessed via their penny-saving "Add On" pledge. I'm currently still working my way through their backlog of super-generous welcome packs and monthly releases with an eye upon playing some "Aliens verses Predator verses Terminator" games in the near future.

Papsikels Miniatures WIPs - Some figures being progressed from the "Papsikels Massive Sci-Fi Welcome Pack"

In addition, their Shadowrun-flavoured Cyberpunk models have got me interested in revisiting "X-Crawl" by "Goodman Games", so I have already started producing some Cyber Ravager sculpts on my "Elegoo" Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer to use as a potential band of "superstar athletes taking their chances in a live-on-pay-per-view death sport." For starters though, I'll be sticking with the plethora of various Xenomorphs and E-1000 Annihilators I've already got on my painting table, with the notion that I can always use them as futuristic 'dungeon denizens' at a later date.


Of course I still have a fair few other 'irons in the fire' too with a handful of Sardaukar by "Big Mr Tong", B2 Droids by "Nyverdale Tabletop" and a ton of Golemmar Gnomes by "Artisan Guild" waiting in the wings. But most of these figures are actually close to completion and should be ready for next week's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) submission window. Indeed, if things go to plan then I should be able to enter some twenty plus 28mm-32mm scale figures into the event as 'a one hundred point bomb.'

January 2023 - "Big Mr Tong" has already taken a strong lead after just one month

The AHPC has certainly sparked a major increase in my output over the past month, with me experiencing one of my most productive starts to a year since I first began recording my output almost a decade ago. This success has predominantly been due to the large number of “Big Mr Tong” sculpts I've pigmented, most notably their aforementioned "Dune" inspired Sardaukar, as well as his marvellous Sentry Robots (from "The Black Hole).


However, I did also surprise myself by painting a few old 28mm metal models from my "The Lord Of The Rings" collection by "Games Workshop". Admittedly, I am hoping to play some more of the Nottingham-based manufacturer's "Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game" once I've reinforced my Isengard army with some Warg Riders. But much of the motivation to revisit Middle Earth principally came from the opportunity to collect some bonus points during the AHPC - something I had previously promised myself I wouldn't get distracted by...

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planetmut
Feb 25, 2023

The Papsikel prints are really good. Have you seen the ones that are based on the spacesuits from the first Alien movie?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 27, 2023
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Cheers Matt. I agree, Papsikels Miniatures are excellent. I actually own both the STLs and some prints of the Nostromo spacesuits you mention (which I bought before I owned a 3D printer). They'll be appearing reasonably soon on this website I assure you. 😉

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wsd50
Feb 04, 2023

Those are some very cool looking prints mate. I can see why you are concentrating on them at present. That at first picture is wonderfully staged but I don't think Riply will be in the next sequel! 😁


The Arnie mini looks good too, can't wait to see him finished.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 27, 2023
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Thanks Roger. Arnie is now all finished, and should be posted up at some point in March.

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undercoat2670
Feb 03, 2023

I think the Papsikels Miniatures you have painted so far have been really good, so I don't blame you for getting a few more done. The xenomorphs are so good, but I do worry about how spindly some of them look.

I am not surprised your LotR minis have appeared in the top 5. They are almost timeless in their quality.

Let's see if you stick to the theme this month! (Poor Flames of War!) There is so much great stuff out there so I don't blame you for straying.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 27, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. Papsikels Miniatures have really caught my imagination. But I'm struggling to keep up with their current releases on Patreon, let along trying to go back and play catch-up with their past STLS - hence my determination to stick with them for a period and get a load painted.


The "LotR" stuff was a bit of a surprise, and I'm now somewhat hankering to go back and finish off the Warg Riders I had planned to do before the New Year. It's just a matter of squeezing them in. LOL!! 😁


I'm rather embarrassed by the lack of "FoW" figures painted last month. But I was completely floored by Papsikels new miniatures, and don't see myself getting any less…

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Feb 02, 2023

Hope the plan goes well, and interested to see all the Xenomorph and Terminator models you've printed off. Hope the challenge goes well and you can get your points bomb drop done

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 02, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I've got my last four Sardaukar in the flock, and just need to varnish the quartet of B2 Droids I've done. Most of the Xenomorphs and Terminators are in the sand box currently, but once out should hopefully consist of little more than a prime, shade and dry-brush. As I'll be using Duncan's Two Thin Coats for them this should be a smooth process - as his metallics are first-rate imho. I will be piloting a blueish tinge to some of the Aliens though - similar to the way I did my brown ones but obviously with blue paints.

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