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"Subcommander Cheney To All Units."

"This is a red alert. I repeat, this is a red alert. Electronic security reports intruders in Sector Three."

This 28mm metal model of a Federated Security Guard was produced by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" and is from their out-of-production Federated Security Starter Set. Like the rest of the Security Guards in this (video-like) boxed set, the figure came with a choice of two heads including one with a balaclava, and is a ‘dead-ringer’ for one of the despicable black jump-suit wearing minions of the Terran Federation from the BBC science fiction television series “Blake’s Seven”.


The 'Subcommander' was initially given a double undercoat of “Citadel” Abaddon Black before being rather roughly dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal so as to highlight the soldier's excellent detail. I then picked out his belt buckle and key chains with "Vallejo" Silver and his Federation carbine rifle with Gunmetal. All of these areas were later washed with a double-helping of "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

"Privateer Press" WIPs - These Paladins have been primed, layered and shaded

As I wanted this particular miniature to potentially represent the clean-shaven officer in charge of the security detail guarding the residence of the exiled former president Sarkoff, I did initially consider scraping the figure's bushy moustache off. But eventually decided it would perhaps be something of a shame to ruin such an eye-catching detail...


In addition to finally finishing a model which has rather embarrassingly sat amidst my collection for a good five years, I have assembled and started painting my long-awaited Paladins for "Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika" by "Privateer Press". These new 35mm models form part of the Iron Star Alliance hobby miniatures game starter set and seem to have been persistently delayed since I first pre-ordered them a couple of months ago.

"Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika" WIPs - The Paladin Weaver and a Paladin Enforcer

The Command Group are still missing their partly-assembled Firebrand-class Warjack, as frankly they have proved something of a nightmare to put together on account of their chunky metal pieces and minimalist joints. Indeed, I very quickly found myself drilling, pinning and green-stuffing all but these elite shock troopers simplest of parts together in an effort to ensure they didn't fall apart once I began applying a brush-tip to them.


Of course, the figures couldn't have come at a worse time as I'm currently trying to clear an unhealthy backlog of my old projects rather than tackle a brand new one. But I'm hoping my plan to make them somewhat rather rusty, steel and iron-coloured space battle veterans as opposed to the bright yellow Paladins depicted on their box's cover art, will actually allow me to slowly progress the odd model over the coming months...

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 13, 2020

Cheers Undercoat. The Subcommander's eyes are a bit too doe-eyed for my liking, but they do tie in with the other Federated Trooper Officer I've previously painted. Should have some more WIPs of the "Warcaster" minis in my next post.

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undercoat2670
Dec 13, 2020

Your subcommander looks very nice and the moustache is great! I really like the look of those Warcaster Paladins, they have a fabulous asthetic! Can't wait to see those painted up as they look like great sci fi minis.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 13, 2020

Thanks Joe. Very much appreciated. The Paladins have simply been primed, layered with "Vallejo" Gunmetal and shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Plenty of work to do on them yet, but I'm waiting on my assembling their Warjack before going any further.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 13, 2020

Cheers Dave. "Warcaster" is very new and doesn't seem to have been that well-publicised tbh. Hopefully I'll be able to show much more of them once I've assembled their Warjack. I actually need to get these painted quickly as I see "Privateer Press" have already announced some additional units to be released later this month.

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joehcc
joehcc
Dec 12, 2020

Shame on me that I can't recollect the goons from "Blake's 7", even though I watched the entire series all those years ago.

I do like the look of the security guards though and kudos to Crooked Dice for adding in extra heads for variety. You've done an excellent job with the black uniofrms (you;re very adept at black).

Are the mechanics entirely silver or this just in their mid-way finishe state ?

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