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"Many Believe This Nickname Comes From Their Distinctive Headgear..."

"...When in fact it derives from jibes by the Colonial Police."

This 28mm scale metal model of a 'Shellhead' is sold by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought either individually or as part of their Security Troopers four-figure deal. Dedicated to protecting "our law-abiding citizens... within the spaceport’s zenfield" the figure is designed to be used with the company's other "Colony 87" sci-fi civilian miniatures "for any RPGs and tabletop wargames."

The kneeling guard was originally undercoated using two coats of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and enthusiastically dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal. His only visible metal knee-pad, digital information pad, and canister lid were then 'picked out' with "Vallejo" Gunmetal, before all of these parts were drenched in "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

"Frostgrave" WIPs - These three Giant Rats now need to be 'tidied up'

The trooper's face plate and side-arm were initially treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and, along with his mask's breathing holes, given a coat of Brass. Due to wanting this particular model to slightly stand out from the rest of the squad, I additionally 'picked out' his pistol's holster and leg straps with some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna.

All of these areas were later shaded using a combination of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter". As a final touch I delicately dry-brushed the model's pitted face-plate with several sweeps of "Vallejo" Brass, simply to catch the raised detail of the helmet's pitted mesh.

"North Star Military Figures" WIPs - These two Tribal Archers have been assembled and primed

With all four members of my Security Troopers unit for Dave Stone's latest (Unity) Community Challenge now completed, I have been able to spend some extra time pigmenting the first three of six Giant Rats by "North Star Military Figures" for "Frostgrave" Second Edition. All of these rodents' "Vallejo" Heavy Warmgrey flesh has now been shaded and dry-brushed, so the trio of the black-furred pests simply need their fur 'touching up' before being essentially finished.

I have also assembled, based and primed the first two new members for my Witches warband using parts taken from the excellent "Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago" hard plastic Tribals boxed set. These two archers cost 75 gold coins each, and come armed with a bow, quiver, dagger and light armour (wooden tribal mask). They're obviously going to be a bit cold wandering the streets of Felstad with so much exposed flesh, so I like to think their magician concocted an envigorating potion of warmth or some such before they agreed to accompany him on the mission...

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