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“Simmer Down!”

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

“You especially.”

This 28mm scale white metal model of Simian Minion D: Man-catcher is produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought either separately or as part of their Simian Minions four-figure collection. The figure is designed to be used with the company's "7TV" United Radionics Programme Guide, but I intend to field it as one of several gorilla soldiers for my ongoing project based upon Franklin J. Schaffner's 1968 science fiction film "Planet Of The Apes".


Having super-glued a Simian head onto the torso, the miniature was initially primed with two coats of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before being enthusiastically dry-brushed in Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal. It was then drenched in "Citadel" Nuln Oil, before having its trousers and sleeves pigmented using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Violet and "Citadel" Druchii Violet.

A selection of my old English Civil War collection by "Front Rank Figurines"

Next I applied a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna to the ape’s “wielding a sinister man-catcher” and ammunition belt, whilst the rope on its hand-weapon was painted using some Heavy Brown. All three of these areas were later shaded using "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Finally, I 'picked out' the gorilla’s very visible teeth using a combination of “Vallejo” White and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade.


Alongside pigmenting my latest MoVember miniature I have been following Iain White’s simply splendid rebasing of a load of 28mm English Civil War miniatures I was able to personally give him during the summer. I actually bought these old “Front Rank Figurines” second-hand myself over twenty years ago, and had planned to use them as the basis for some Pike and shot wargaming. However, having started to base them individually (on two-pence pieces) I soon lost the will to live, especially when I later discovered that the sculpts were no longer produced so I couldn’t paint any more to match their previous owner’s rather unique, colourful style.

Prince Rupert, Boy and some Royalist cavalry rebased by Iain

Fortunately, Iain has really put the effort it to rank them up appropriately, and the cavalry look especially impressive en masse. I purchased the collection in several batches, including some Scottish forces, cannons and even Prince Rupert’s pet hunting poodle Boy, and resultantly was always a bit disconcerted by the inconsistency in some the paint-jobs – almost as if some units were rather rushed in an effort to get them on the battlefield. Happily though, Iain’s basing process appears to blend them all together rather well, and I would urge you to visit his excellent blog “Caveadsum1471” for more pictures.


In addition, I walked away from our meeting with some more lead to add to my own burgeoning collection, most notably the 1988 edition of “Blood Bowl” by “Games Workshop”, complete with a full metal Dwarf team. Iain was also super generous enough to gift me his copy of the Spacefarers Guide To Alien Races by “Phoenix Games” and the excellent Starships & Spacecraft playing aid “approved for the use with Traveller” as penned by Dave Sering. Two books which have really got my imagination rocking with ideas for future space battles…

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planetmut
Nov 18, 2021

Excellent work on the angry ape! You've got his facial expression coming through loud and clear.


Those Civil War minis are amazing, really well painted.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 18, 2021
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Cheers Matt. The chap who originally did the ECW paint-jobs did a sterling job. But as I say, some of the later ones I bought weren't as well done - almost as if he missed a final step to tidy them up. But I don't think you'd notice now Iain has based them the way he has - as opposed to my idea of doing them as singles.

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undercoat2670
Nov 18, 2021

Great work on the ape. I think this one has bettered the previous one you did. Very nice.

The pictures of the ECW minis look fantastic! The site of massed ranks of soldiers and cavalry really can't be beaten can it? Great pictures and it is always nice when minis get dusted down and given new life. Hats off to the new owner, they look splendid and I hope they give him lots of gaming fun.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 18, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. I have a fair few more of the man-catcher gorilla soldiers lined up for this year's AHPC, so I plan to crank out a few more over the coming months.


The ECW in 28mm look awesome, don't they? Iain has done a great job so far of taking my sorely neglected figures and rebasing them to suit his own ends. I really hope he enjoys them.

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wsd50
Nov 17, 2021

Nice work on the Ape, I don't know if I'm going to get another figure in this month (or this year, as I have December off), have pretty much ground to a halt at the moment, if not I will do a Mo'vember round up at the end of the month.


Those ECW figures are very nice, and he's done a great job of tying them all together, and using 2p's too, I didn't know you were a 2p man Simon, a man after my own heart in so many ways! 😉


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 17, 2021
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Cheers Roger. I'm currently stricken with some Salute lurgy, so no painting for me for a while sadly either. Hopefully you'll still be up for a Top Ten posting though?


It was me that did all the 2p bases, and Iain has removed them from those and put them on rectangular bases instead. I think they look awesome, and should be the business on the tabletop. Quite jealous really, as I wish I'd had the drive to do it myself, rather than have them gather dust for 20 years in the loft.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Nov 17, 2021

Great work on the Gorilla Simon, only several hundred more to go ! LOL just kidding.

Have been following along with Iain's rebasing and making them into units

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 17, 2021
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Cheers Dave. You've probably already made the small attack craft as they're literally just one of the Liberator class nacelles, LOL. Looking forward to painting them up for the AHPC when they arrive.

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