"Perhaps Mankind’s Closest Relatives In The Animal Kingdom..."
Updated: Feb 14, 2021
These two 30mm tall Gorilla models are produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought from their Heroes and Allies range as part of a set of three Great Apes. Designed to be used with the manufacturer's "fun, cinematic style skirmish" game 7TV - Second Edition, these huge primates' rules can be found in the 7TV: Pulp expansion Menagerie of Terror.
The figures were originally treated to a double layer of "Citadel" Abaddon Black and thoroughly dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal so as to highlight all of the wonderful fur sculpted onto each model. I then applied some (additional) "Vallejo "Heavy Charcoal to all the Great Apes' chests, hands, faces and feet, before shading these parts with "Citadel" Nuln Oil.
Finally, I 'picked out' the miniatures' eyes with a couple of dabs of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and applied a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "Citadel" Nuln Oil to their foreheads to indicate that they Western gorillas. Some additional "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna was subsequently dry-brushed over this area to help better blend it in.
With the first couple of "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" figures finished for the month, I have taken the plunge to paint up at least one miniature for the Fembruary event being lead over on the "Leadballoony" blog. This will be my already partially-pigmented Kayo the Bouncer "Supers Unlimited" model by "Kitbash Games"; albeit I fully intend to continue applying a brush-tip to both Alpha Male and Mayhem at the same time just so I can get all three of the super-powered hero/villains completed in reasonably quick time.
I've also been slowly chipping away at the front line of my first 15mm "Epic Battles: American Civil War" infantry unit by "Warlord Games". I was hoping to have finished at least a couple of ten-man strips of Confederate soldiers by now, but the fiddly nature of their diminutive detail means that I'm finding them a bit of a hard project to pick up when I have much more straightforward projects sat in front of me on my painting table.
Happily however, I have managed to dedicate at least one full hobby-session to my Alabama volunteers, and even gone so far as to pick out a few beards, horseshoe rolls and water bottles in "Vallejo" White and Heavy Sienna. The soldiers now just need their rifles finishing, and a little tidying up where I missed the odd spot before they're varnished ready for their second line to be fully-painted and glued into place directly behind them.