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Star Trek: The Motion Picture – “Citadel Miniatures”

"Citadel Miniatures" WIPs - A Security Guard, Captain Kirk and Mister Sulu

One of the best things about the wargaming hobby is undoubtedly the generosity of some of its members, and their beautiful benevolence in bestowing gifts upon their fellow gamers. One such fellow is my Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge comrade-in-arms, Iain White, who just this week sent me an extremely well-received box of miniatures from the early Eighties.


I plan to leave my review of its two well-cared for boxes of officially approved 15mm figures for “Traveller” for another day, and focus this posting’s attention upon the fantastic array of old “Citadel” Star Trek models my present contained. These truly are something of a holy grail for me, as they’re based upon the original U.S.S. Enterprise’s bridge crew during Robert Wise’s 1979 American science fiction film “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, and were released over forty years ago in early 1980.

"Citadel Miniatures" WIPs - A repositioned Mister Sulu, a Security Guard and an Enterprise Crew member

The Paramount Pictures Corporation licenced 25mm figures were sold in twenty-four pairs, including both the central characters from the Constitution-class starship’s bridge, and a “multitude of background aliens seen in the feature [film].” Iain’s box did contain a few Vulcans and Klingons, but I thought I’d tackle Admiral Kirk and his crew first and foremost, as at least one of the Qo'noS-born warriors requires some conversion work before being pigmented.


To be honest, time has not been terribly kind to these “white-metal” models, as many of them have the remains of an all-blue uniform painted on them, which seems strangely reminiscent of the Federation attire worn in “Star Trek: Enterprise” than Robert Fletcher’s somewhat monochrome two-piece tunics. In addition, the actual detail on the sculpts is incredibly soft, almost as if they’ve been worn smooth by over-handling and Father Time himself. They’re certainly nowhere near the crispness of the castings which were advertised way back in Issue Eighteen of “White Dwarf” by “Games Workshop”.

"Citadel Miniatures" WIPs - Captain Kirk, Lieutenant Uhura and Lieutenant Ilia

I had initially considered simply throwing the miniatures into a bath of detergent or some such in an effort to remove the remnants of their former paint-jobs. However, I’m really a little unsure as to just what impact such a dunking would have upon such old metal figures, especially as those which have suffered the odd hard impact during their lives would appear to be a little crumbly in places.


As a result I’m planning to treat the models as simply being pre-primed, and use both some watered-down layers and shades to bring out what detail remains on them. In addition, I don’t actually have all the Bridge Crew characters, so intend to use some of the duplicates for Spock and McCoy, whilst utilising some of the alternative casts of Admiral Kirk for the likes of Captain Willard Decker…

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caveadsum1471
2021年6月17日

That was rapid,getting them up on your blog! They don't stand close ups well,do they? They we're painted in my early teens, they would have been painted in Humbrol enamel paint, without any primer and ( as is clear from the pictures) straight from the tin and undiluted! I think they should bear stripping quite well, they were quite nice sculpts before I got my hands on them. They're a bit battered because they( together with the citadel spacefarers)actually got used for traveller, using some traveller approved 25mm ship plans as opposed to the 15mm traveller figures which are in such good condition because A I'd worked out diluting paint was a good idea and B because I nev…

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年6月17日
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Thanks ever so much, Iain. I think they're absolutely awesome, and love them to bits. It's great to know that they've been both clearly loved and well-used. Hopefully, I can do them justice. The partially worn-enamel paint actually seems to make quite a good primer on the first Kirk figure I'm re-painting, so my fingers are crossed he is going to turn out well. I absolutely adore them, and certainly plan to give them some new adventures in the near future.

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wsd50
2021年6月17日

Well if it makes you feel any better, I've just spent £150.00 of a Ltd edition Godzilla Blueray collection that I'm having for Christmas and Birthday!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年6月17日
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Ouch Roger!!! Still, I still recall that marvellous Godzilla miniature you painted a few years back (and which you kindly let me know about when you spotted another copy of it for sale later on). I am sorely tempted by Scotty and Chekov but for now I plan to see how well the others paint up first...

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undercoat2670
2021年6月17日

What a lovely gift. Hats off to Iain, for a lovely gesture. Well I hadn't heard of these at all so they must be quite rare! I can't wait to see what you do with them as you have a good knack of bringing minis to life that I have initially thought weren't that good when first viewed in bare metal. It is easy to judge old minis using modern sculpts as a yard stick, but these do have a certain charm to them.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年6月17日
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Cheers Undercoat. Iain was extremely generous in sending me these models. They are absolutely superb, and as you say, definitely have a charm all of their own.

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planetmut
2021年6月17日

Citadel made Star Trek minis based on The Motion Picture? Colour me surprised!


If you have a few doubles it might be an idea to try stripping the paint from one just to see how it goes. But I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with these.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年6月17日
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Sadly I don't have enough spares to use for the entire Bridge Crew as it is, Planetmut, so I've no plans for any paint stripping yet. Indeed, the first layers on Admiral Kirk seem to have taken very well, so I'm reasonably confident my cunning plan is going to work. 😉

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wsd50
2021年6月16日

Those are rather cool, though as you know I'm not a big Star Trek fan, but it should be fun seeing what these come out like. 😀


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年6月16日
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Cheers Roger. I'm super-pleased with them as I love Star Trek, and have already started working on Admiral Kirk - so expect some WIPs of him very soon, LOL!!!

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