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"So, What Do You Think Got To My Tractor?"


"Something the commies built? Some kind of monster? Something from outer space?"

This 28mm scale Giant Robot is produced by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", and can be bought as SKU: MINI 688 from their Science Fiction range. Sculpted by Andrew May, the multi-piece resin kit comes with a choice of two hands (claw or death ray), and stands approximately 90mm in height. Due to my wanting this 'towering war machine' to be fielded alongside my previously-pigmented Killbots and Spybots, it was undercoated with a double helping of "Vallejo" Heavy Grey before being drenched in "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green.


I then applied a dry-brush of "Vallejo" Gunmetal to the entire miniature, making sure to especially 'hit' the edges of its head and numerous rivets, and shaded it further with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. To build upon this illusion of the automaton being significantly weathered I later drenched it in "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and meticulously dabbed each head with a splodge of "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash. Once this time-consuming process was completed, I attempted to blend everything together with a dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Grey.

C27 Studio WIPs - Lazer Face and Namaste Haiku primed with the "Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats" range

This technique was rather patiently done as I wanted to ensure that some of the previously-used "Vallejo" Gunmetal still shone through so as to the pair a slight metallic sheen. Once finished, the Giant Robot's cyclopean eye and chest laser were subsequently spotted with a combination of "Scalecolor" Speed Metal and the "Citadel" Contrast colour Flesh Tearers Red. Finally, I applied some fifteen year old American military decals to the deadly machine, feeling that the transfers rather faded, bleached look would suit a towering droid which was still stalking a post-apocalyptic battlefield.


In addition to the Giant Robot, I have also been busy testing out a number of paints from "Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats" range. These were very kindly sent out by Peter Buxton of "Trans Atlantis Games" and, whilst I've only so far tried out a handful of the colours generously posted to me, they have already become my favourite pigments within just a day.

C27 Studio WIPs - Alien Soldier, I Know Kung-Fu, and Duck-tective

I've been using them on some of the 40mm scale STL (Standard Triangle Language) files by "C27 Studio" I've recently created using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer, as I wanted to see how well they covered the super-heroic figures with a single application. Being just a tabletop standard painter I'm always keen to try to 'miss a step' in the painting process by priming my miniatures in their main colour, so this experiment provided me with an opportunity to try out the mainstays White Star and Doom Death Black, as well as Emerald Green and Sir Coates Silver.


The dropper bottles all come with agitators inside of them, so a simple shake of each pot certainly seems to mix up their contents good enough for my uses. Furthermore, I've been pleased with how smooth-flowing each colour's consistency is straight from the nozzle, with only White Star (perhaps unsurprisingly) being a bit 'goopier' than its peers. All of them though have provided me with a solid foundation for future layers, with Sir Coates Silver arguably being the most impressive (over an undercoat of "Citadel" Abaddon Black) and I'm now looking forward to getting some further washes/other pigments from "Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats" range onto the models over the next few hobby sessions...

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planetmut
Dec 14, 2022

I love everything about that robot! The sculpt is superb and your painting's just taken it to another level. The dark green suits it really well and the details stand out perfectly.


I like Lazer Face (is that the robot thingy from the first Thor movie?), and the metallic paint has provided excellent coverage, especially over black. Looking forward to seeing your WIPs finished off!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 14, 2022
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Thanks Matt, much appreciated. Big fan of the Giant Robot sculpt, so wanted to make sure I did a good job on it.


The Destroyer (Lazer Face) was created by Stan Lee way back in 1965 and is one of my fave Thor villains, so I was super-pleased to have C27 Studios send me his STL - this is the 40mm scale version too, as they also sent me a 75mm scale one. 😀


Perhaps unsurprisingly, he's already finished and should be posted up soon.

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undercoat2670
Dec 13, 2022

The robot looks fantastic. Great work on the rust/weathering as it really makes it look top notch. Your superheroes look like amazing sculpts and the Duncan Rhodes paints look very promising, especially that metallic one which seems to have a great colour and excellent coverage. More thoughts on these paints would be good.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 13, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. Pretty pleased with how the giant robot has turned out, especially as its armour plates gave me an opportunity to apply a fair few decals to it - something I always think adds to a figure - especially a military one.


Really happy with the prints from C27 Studio, and absolutely delighted that I was sent some of Duncan Rhodes' paints. They're excellent imho, and I can't wait to get hold of a regular supply.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Dec 12, 2022

That Robot looks all kinds of good! The claw was the better option imo - his cyclopean eye can be his "Death Ray". :)


Howard the Duck! Excited to see that mini painted up!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 12, 2022
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Thanks Dai. I've a second one to build so might go with the death ray hand on him. Although I plan to use it as one of Ming's big weapons for a future Flash Gordon project - so the clawed hand would be good for that too. LOL!!!


The Duck-tective is one of the main motivators for my joining C27 Studios Patreon, tbh. Plus I've been sent a 75mm scale version of him too - which I may well print out as a statue.

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wsd50
Dec 11, 2022

Very nice work on the Robot mate (I got the Iron Giant" reference too!).


Some nice looking prints you have there too, and not a paint brand I'm familiar with.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 11, 2022
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Cheers Roger. Good call on the "Iron Giant" quote!!! LOL!!!


The C27 Studio stuff is first-class, imho, so expect to see a fair few of their sculpts over the coming weeks/months.


Duncan Rhode's paint range was financed via Kickstarter late last year as I recall, and from what I understand its taken a while for Trans Atlantis Games to fulfill the demand - hence the delay in me getting some much appreciated freebies to trial.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Dec 10, 2022

Great work on the robot Simon, should fit in perfectly with the rest of your automatons. Sounds like a range of paints to keep an eye on, and nice prep work on some cool looking models.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 10, 2022
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Thanks very much, Dave. I've discovered I own a second Giant Robot, but I'll be keeping that for when I tackle a rather large "Flash Gordon" project next year using all the figures I've picked up from two of CD's Pulp Sci-Fi kickstarters.


You could have knocked me down with a feather when Duncan got in touch about sending me some of his paints - I clearly applied to receive some at some point though. Very grateful to both him and the people at Trans Atlantis Games for getting them too me, and I've been lucky enough to get quite the selection too - so expect plenty of posts concerning them in the run up to the AHPC.


The C27…

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