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“Sssss! You Have Done Well, Soldiers.”

“No-one expects General Blackblood and his Straw Dogs!”

This 28mm scale metal model of General Blackblood was produced by “Mongoose Publishing” and formed part of my rewards from the company’s 2012 “Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: Block War” Kickstarter. The now long out of production (OOP) figure was originally part of the company’s A.B.C. [Atomic, Bacterial and Chemical] Warriors release, but was later also made available by “Warlord Games”.

Taken straight from the pages of the British comic book “2000 A.D.”, “the most feared of the Volgans' war robots” colour scheme was predominantly green according to most of the cover illustrations which he graced. However, having recently used "Scalecolor" Emerald Alchemy on my Ro-Jaws figure, I decided to adopt the metallic silver palette used when artist Bryan Talbot was pencilling the character within the pages of “Nemesis The Warlock: Book Four”.

"The poor weather had lulled the defenders into a false sense of security."

Resultantly, the “sadistic killer with a penchant for drinking the oil of the robots he killed” was therefore undercoated using “Citadel” Abaddon Black before being layered with "Vallejo" Gunmetal, shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo” Gunmetal. The treacherous automaton's knee-pads and epaulettes were picked out with Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, whilst his braid was treated to a combination of “Vallejo” Gold and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. Finally, I applied some “Vallejo” Heavy Grey and “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green to his firearm and officer’s cap.

Alongside my latest entry to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC), I have also submitted four more plastic 15mm miniatures sold by “Battlefront Miniatures”. These figures will provide my German Beach Defence Company’s second Panzergrenadier Platoon an additional MG34 and K98 Rifle team, and exclusively used models found within the company’s “Hit The Beach” starter set for “Flames Of War”.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - This Mounted Commander is slowly having all his details 'picked out'

As with all my other “FoW” German soldiers, the sculpts were initially super-glued onto wooden strips, before being primed in “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII, shaded using “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. Their details were then ‘picked out’ predominantly using “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, Gunmetal, Buff, German Camouflage Dark Green, Heavy Brown and a series of “Citadel” Shades.

Lastly, I’ve temporarily stuck the 15mm plastic Mounted Commander which came free with Issue 393 of the magazine "Wargames Illustrated", onto a painting stick, so as to practice my painting technique on the American Civil War officer before I settle down to paint some Epic scale Napoleonic British cavalry miniatures by “Warlord Games”. These American Civil War models are proving tremendously helpful in allowing me to figure out just how it’s best to apply my ‘black line’ method to such diminutive models…

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