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"Removed Surgically Before Embryo Implantation.”


“They killed him getting it off.”

This horde of ten 10mm scale metal Manumala noxhydria are produced by “Pendraken Miniatures” as part of their Science Fiction range, and are available either as code SFC8 Face Huggers, or as part of code SFC-AP Alien Creatures Army Pack. The parasitoid models are clearly strongly influenced by Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror flick “Alien” but are arguably much too large in size compared to the rest of the extra-terrestrial creatures manufactured by the Middlesbrough-based company. Indeed, despite me personally using the xenomorphs alongside a number of 15mm scale aliens made by “Ground Zero Games”, I’d argue they’d work very well alongside 28mm models as well.


The single-pose models were attached in pairs to a small sized “Flames Of War” base by “Battlefront Miniatures” and primed using “Citadel” Abaddon Black. Each figure was then treated to a double application of "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre, followed by an initial wash of "The Army Painter" Quickshade Ink Strong Tone and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.

"Terrain Tiles" WIPs - The Quarter Cliff Outside Corner has been assembled

I had actually hoped that these Face Huggers would prove super-quick to complete. However, the rather flat sculpts required a lot of patience to be properly ‘picked out’, especially as the “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre was a little too runny when taken straight from the pot, so tended to simply spill down the model’s sides if not allowed to congeal a little on my mixing plate first.


With another of my Weekly Challenges finished, I took the opportunity to assemble a 6” x 6” MDF Quarter Cliff Outside Corner by “Anomalia Games” which was freely handed to me to try out during my recent trip to “Warfare” 2021. The multi-part kit was reasonably straightforward to build, although due to its very precise engineering I’d strongly recommend assembling it all at once as opposed to waiting for parts of it to dry separately, that way it is much easier to juggle some of the parts together so they properly fit inside a few of its holes.

"Lucid Eye Publications" WIPs - Two primed 'Hype Nifty Gifty Fifty Give Away' figures

Overall I was very impressed with the wooden board piece (valued at £4), and, should my plans to grit, flock and appropriately decorate the corner satisfactorily prove successful, intend to purchase at least a few more of the “Terrain Tiles” kits so as to build a small 2’ x 2’ skirmish board in the New Year. Of particular note is the fact that the company’s website has an excellent 3D builder on it which not only allows you to assemble a board from scratch, but then both orders and costs all the pieces required to build it.


In addition, I have based and undercoated the last two ‘Hyper Nifty Gifty Fifty Give Away’ figures I have previously been given by “Lucid Eye Publications” for the upcoming “Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.” The 28mm metal models were freebies to anyone who made a large enough order, and is now sadly out of production (OOP) having been replaced by an updated sculpt of a wizard sat upon a dice. However, I was lucky enough to get five in total before they were withdrawn, and resultantly have been painting them as objective markers.

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undercoat2670
09 Δεκ 2021

The facehuggers look really good. You must have a considerable xenos force now?

That terrain looks interesting. I am not sure if stands out as a cliff to me at the moment due to the sharp edges but I suppose as a framework for some filler or putty it could work. It looks more like a building to me so I await your magic brush and transformation to come!

I think you are going to run out of colours before you run out of dice wizards!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
09 Δεκ 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. I think the Xenos force has doubled in size since I returned to using it for some gaming at LvL Up earlier this year, and I still have a few GZG Xenomorphs to paint yet.


I'm off to a hobby shop tomorrow to see what goodies I can find for the MDF piece, but I'm now thinking the sides are so sheer they'd look good for sci-fi walls... Maybe a post-apocalyptic tabletop with metallic walls or some such.,?


These'll be the last of my Dice Wizards, and I can't wait to get them done and do some Lord Of The Toons gaming with them.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
07 Δεκ 2021

Nice work on the facehuggers Simon, as for the scenery piece, not sure on it yet, so will wait to see how it develops.

More dice wizards ! How many more of these do you have ! LOL

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
07 Δεκ 2021
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Cheers Dave. I think a 2' x 2' board (or larger) made up of the terrain tiles would look rather good, imho. But I want to finish this pilot piece first to see how they look before I pull the trigger on any more.


Lucid Eye have kindly sent me five dice wizards in total, which is what my tabletop usually uses for objectives, so its worked out well. 😀

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planetmut
06 Δεκ 2021

Love those facehuggers, a creature that not only scares me because of what it does but also because it looks like a whopping yellow spider with a tail LOL! And good use of an Aliens quote for the headline, sir.


I like the scenery piece, and if you're going to texture it I recommend using chinchilla dust. It's what I used for my MDF convenience store, it works really well, it's easy to apply and it's cheap.


That dice-dwelling wizard is a cool mini and for some reason to me it has a real 70s vibe to it. I'm looking forward to seeing what you can do with it :-)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
07 Δεκ 2021
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Thanks Matt. That's now 20 of Pendraken's Face Huggers I have painted up. More than enough for my 15mm mass-battle games. Although, due to their large size, I am tempted to buy some more and put them each on a 25mm round base to use with my 28mm gaming too.


I'll be predominantly using the same grit as I use for my bases for the Terrain Tile, although I'll be off to a hobby train store later this week to pick up some of their super-fine grit (probably very similar to chinchilla dust). Plus I want to see about getting a mould for rocks to use on the flat vertical surface. I'm hoping some Greenstuff will work for that.


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