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"The Aquaphibians Are An Aquatic Humanoid Species..."

Updated: Dec 9, 2023


"...From the Supermarionation series Stingray."

This 28mm scale Aquaphibian was sculpted by "Big Mr Tong" and can be downloaded for free as part of a ten-figure set of STL (Standard Triangle Language) files from his "Patreon" subscription service. Based upon Titan's monstrous minions from the 1964 science-fiction television show "Stingray", the miniature was produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer.


The figure was initially undercoated in "Vallejo" Heavy Grey, before being consecutively drowned in "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green and Agrax Earthshade. It was then heavily dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Grey and having all its fins 'picked out' with a base layer of "Citadel" Abaddon Black. These areas were later treated to a combination of "Vallejo" German Camouflage Dark Green and "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - This Tiger tank has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

Finally, I gave the Aquaphibian's "poisonous gas gun" a lick of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Feeling that the 'puppet' possibly lacked some of the silver Videcolor shine seen on the small screen I did consider giving the entire miniature a light dry-brush of "Vallejo" Gunmetal. However, in the end I decided to leave well enough alone, fearing that the slightest misjudgement in tip pressure could result in me having to repaint the entire model again thanks to a misplaced metallic splodge.


Alongside my most recent 3D printed figure I have also been working on (even) more 10mm armoured vehicles by "Pendraken Miniatures". To be honest this particular project has suffered a bit of a slump in recent days on account of my running out of the Middlesbrough-based manufacturer's WWII German Insignia and Swastika [Insignia outlined in white] decals. Whilst this little predicament doesn't obviously directly affect my painting, it does mean I can't quite call the particular trio of Panzer IIs I've been working on completely finished and that's always annoying when I'm truly in the groove for any given genre.

"Wargames Atlantic" WIPs - Four freshly assembled World War One Germans

To try and offset my disappointment as I impatiently wait for Leon to pick and post my transfers (along with a few new shines I bought to ease my pain), I have made some good progress on the two Tiger tanks I bought from him at Salute 50. These are super-chunky, heavy beasts, and I'm grateful to those on the Pendraken Forum who kindly helped me master assembling the beauties after I failed to ascertain where certain parts of the metal kit were supposed to be placed.


In addition, I have finished assembling another four 28mm German Infantry (1916-1918) by "Wargames Atlantic". These multi-part plastic soldiers will be added to the other six I recently glued together so as to form the basic core of my Early Great War Conscripts detachment for "Xenos Rampant". I'm actually planning on pigmenting these 'Weird War' soldiers 'en-mass' as part of a twelve-hour painting experiment early next month in an effort to see whether I can batch them in a week...

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planetmut
Jun 13, 2023

Great work on the aquaphibian, Simon, and thanks for putting the bloody Stingray theme tune in my head LOL! I like the colours you've used and the sculpt really has that Gerry Anderson look about it.


The Tiger looks great and I'm looking forward to seeing it in an AAR :-)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 13, 2023
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Thanks Matt. I've a load more Aquaphibians to paint, so that theme tune probably won't be going away any time soon, LOL!!! Hopefully, Big Mr Tong will sculpt some members of W.A.S.P. as these chaps are a bit bigger than his usual fare, so don't fit in as well with the Cybermen and Sentry Robots of his I've previously painted.


Two TIgers should feature prominently in the next BatRep... 😉

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undercoat2670
Jun 05, 2023

The aquaphibian looks great. The detail looks superb. I think the skin looks good as it is so I think not dry brushing some metallics was probably a good call. The Tiger tank looks tremendous. I am surprised if has so many bits though!

Those WW1 Germans look absolutely fantastic. What a great kit!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 05, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. One down about nineteen more Aquaphibians to go, LOL!!! Hoping to get the Tiger tanks finished soon, though I'm still waiting on Pendraken to deliver my order from May (which includes some decals) and that is increasingly demoralising me from the project... 😐

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wargamesterrainworkshop
May 29, 2023

The Aquaphibians turned out great Simon, and are great representations of the classic Stingray villains. Nice progress on the tanks, and hopefully the transfers arrive quickly to keep the enthusiasm for the project going. The early Germans look good all assembled the sculpts have a lot of character.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 29, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I think the Big Mr Tong sculpts of the Aquaphibians are spot on.


I've got quite a few tanks on the shelf awaiting the decals currently, as I just stopped feeling the project when I realised I couldn't finish off some of the vehicles I'm currently working on. I'm sure once they arrive though I'll be back on the 10mm wagon. LOL!!


Really looking forward to settling down with the Wargames Atlantic figures. Should be a lot of fun as there's tons of character in the sculpts, and I'm hoping my new approach will help get them done quickly. I'll probably post up the four-day challenge in the second week of June.

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