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"Something Got On Board."


"Some kind of... animal... hostile."

These two 32mm scale Proto Keelers are produced by "Papsikels Miniatures" and were sent to me as a free STL (Standard Triangle Language) file as part of their PAPSIPACK Welcome Models subscription set on "Patreon". The miniatures were produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer and are clearly inspired by the fledgling xenomorphs seen in Ridley Scott's 2017 science fiction action horror film "Alien: Covenant".


Unfortunately, one of the sculpts' hind legs repeatedly misprinted due to the suction on my build plate causing the area's pre-built supports to fail. So I decided to strengthen the offending limb on each figure by placing a skull produced by "Encounter Terrain" directly behind them. Both models were then super-glued onto a pair of "Citadel" plastic 40mm circular bases, primed using a couple of layers of "Vallejo" Heavy Warm Grey, and shaded with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.

"Killed Ledward..."

I next gave the two miniatures a light dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Warm Grey followed by a lighter dusting of plain White. Disappointingly, disaster struck at this stage with one of the aliens' arms snapping completely off. Luckily, the Water Washable Resin really takes super-glue well, so I was able to reattach the offending limb and continue on my merry way with only a night's delay. In addition, the elbow joint is arguably stronger now than it was before breaking.


In order to try and blend the dry-brushing together a bit better I swamped each miniature with a watered-down wash of (more) "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson and subsequently picked out the softly-detailed mouths with a combination of "Vallejo" White and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. Lastly, I decided to bloody the xenomorphs up a bit, as seen in the motion picture, so repeatedly dipped a torn piece of sponge into some diluted "Citadel" Flesh Tearers Red, and sporadically dabbed each model with the Contrast Paint.

"Papsikels Miniatures" WIPs - An Omega Yurneyan Exofist, Gigerian Royal Brood Warrior & Exterminator E-800

This 'blotching' technique seemed to work rather well, and also allowed me to 'cover over' any mistakes, as well as the aforementioned broken joint. Once everything was dry. I gave the hapless human skull a coat of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand, drenched it in "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, and then dry-brushed it with a little (more) "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and White to bring out all is grim details.


Alongside my latest submission to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) I have been working on all manner of other 32mm scale models by "Papsikels Miniatures", ranging from more Xenomorphs and Exterminator E-800s, through to a trio of Omega Yurneyan Exofist battle golems. In addition, I've started 3D printing, basing and priming a number of the company's 28mm Cyberpunk figures with a view to potentially pigmenting a number of these sculpts next month...

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planetmut
Mar 16, 2023

Wonderful work on the alien, Simon, the skin tone is spot on and really gives it a horrifying look as if it's just a mass of raw flesh. Papsikels do some great sci-fi stuff based on pop culture, although I haven't bought any of their minis yet.


The one good thing about these 3D prints breaking is that it's usually a very clean break and easily repaired with superglue.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 16, 2023
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Thanks Matt. Papsikels do a few more of this particular alien in some different poses. But I find it so disturbing that I'll be settling for just these two. As you say, the beauty of 3D prints breaking is that usually they take superglue incredibly well - it certainly seems to have worked on the broken one of these anyway.

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undercoat2670
Mar 01, 2023

I didn't really enjoy Alien Covenant to be honest but those aliens inspired by the film look rather good. I am sorry to hear one broke during painting, but they do look rather spindly in places. I don't always think 3D renders translate to the physical world. Your paint job looks great and I like the gore splattered look enormously. Your work in progress shots look great too.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 01, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I certainly don't plan on buying any more of the Proto Keeler models since I have this one, and indeed, this is actually my favourite of all the poses. Luckily, super-glue definitely seems to work well with the "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin. All three of the WIPs are now finished, and should be posted up during early March.

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wsd50
Feb 25, 2023

Yep lots lots of very cool stuff in this post mate!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 25, 2023
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Thanks Roger. Pleased to say I'm slowly getting through my backlog of early "Papsikels Miniatures" 3D prints, thought my Mars 3 Pro printer is still churning out plenty of their Patreon's latest releases - LOL!!! I've stuck the third Proto Keeler figure I made into a box for you - it's just missing the tip of its tail.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Feb 24, 2023

Great work on the Xenomorphs Simon, were the only good things to come out of the prequels, nice progress on the other mini's as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 24, 2023
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Cheers Dave. I'm a bit of a fan of Prometheus tbh, and always feel it gets a bit of a bad rep. I also thoroughly enjoyed the opening to Covenant. But once David appears it does become ultra-rubbish LOL!!! And ruins Prometheus' ending too.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Feb 24, 2023

So much cool stuff in this post!


those xenoforms are chilling! my favs yet!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 24, 2023
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Thanks very much indeed, Dai. I am super-pleased with how the Proto Keelers turned out. Lots more xenomorphs to come too... 😀

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