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The Beginning Of A War Between Man And Machines."


"Three billion lives would vanish in an instant."

These four 32mm scale E-800 Exterminators are produced by "Papsikels Miniatures" and were downloaded for free as part of a set of STL (Standard Triangle Language) files from their "Patreon" The Exterminator December 2022 subscription service, The miniatures were produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer and are clearly based upon James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd's science-fiction "Terminator" franchise.


The two heavily damaged, crawling figures are actually both Model L, with one of them simply being 'mirrored' using "Chitubox" Basic. As with all my E-800 Exterminators, I have been using the sculpts to try out some of Duncan Rhodes' Two Thin Coats paint range, so like the others I've previously pigmented, they were all primed with some "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and subsequently treated to two layers of Sir Coates Silver and a hearty dousing in Oblivion Black Wash.

"Judgment Day."

"Skynet's most famous products" were then carefully dry-brushed with (more) Sir Coates Silver and had their eyes picked out with a spot of Demon Red and a dab of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. Lastly, due to wanting their metallic hand-weapons to somewhat stand out from the rest of the E-800 Exterminators shiny surfaces, I applied a second shade of Oblivion Black Wash over all the firearms.


"Papsikels Miniatures" The Exterminator release is rather extensive, so in order to break up the long line of android assassins I'm still working on, I've turned my attention to some of the company's other STLs I've been sent - primarily focusing upon some treaded probes. Foremost of these to catch my eye is a Papz Industries UOD Explorer from their current Star Entrance release, which looks ideal for investigating the sort of extra-terrestrial portal seen in Roland Emmerich's 1994 science fiction adventure film "Stargate".

"Papsikels Miniatures" WIPs - Papz Industries UOD Explorer and Papz Industries Daloy 9 - Sentry Drones

Likewise, I've 3D printed and based a couple of Papz Industries Daloy 9 - Sentry Drones, which struck me as being inspired by the UA 571-C Automated Sentry Guns from James Cameron's "Aliens" motion picture. All three of these mobile support units have initially been primed in "Vallejo" Heavy Grey to help tie them into the colour scheme I have in mind for some future members of the United States Colonial Marine Corps.


Finally, I have also managed to make a little more progress on the manufacturer's Zelucerean Tamer, Cyber Death and Cyborg Ender Type 5432 0 figures. It's still very much early days on this trio, as I've simply applied some basic shades, base layers and dry-brushes to the miniatures. But with the exception of the flame-headed, chainsaw-wielding Cyberpunk combatant, I hope the other two models will prove pretty straightforward to complete...

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planetmut
Mar 16, 2023

The Terminators are looking stunning as always, and I really like the crawling ones that give a good visual to Kyle Reese's classic "it absolutely will not stop!" quote from the movie.


I like the drones too, and weirdly enough we watched Stargate last night :-) You're right, that middle probe is bang on for the one in the film.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 16, 2023
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Thanks Matt. The crawling ones are a lot of fun, and I've just finished two more as Papsikels kindly sent me a different crawler pose for free. Spookily, I'm just working on Reese too... 😉


If you like Stargate then you should love some of the figures I'm currently printing/priming as they're from Papsikels' recent Star Entrance release. 😁

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undercoat2670
Mar 01, 2023

More great work on these terminators. Chef's kiss for the metallics, they look fabulous. Clever little program that it can mirror a miniature and effectively give you two from one sculpt. I like these a lot.

Interesting and different set of sculpts in your works in progress, very keen to see what they turn out like.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 01, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. The mirror function on Chitubox Basic is awesome, and essentially doubles all your STLs. I've got a fair few drones to trial, so these are some of the simpler ones...

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wsd50
Mar 01, 2023

Lovely work as usual on the Terminators, I do like the look of those "Drones" , they are very nice.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 01, 2023
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Thanks Roger. That's only half of them though, LOL. The other half will be posted over the next week or so, and then I'll be doing some of the more specialist (not) Terminators which Papsikels produce.


Those Drones are the start of a whole new genre I'll be covering using Papsikels STLs, as I step through a "not door to heaven"... 😉

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Feb 28, 2023

All excellent new additions! Looking forward to seeing what scheme you're choosing for those drones.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 28, 2023
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Cheers Dai. The drones will all be predominantly colonial marine green, tbh. But I'm hoping to pick out a load of their wiring etc to break up the colours a bit.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Feb 28, 2023

Excellent work on the Terminators Simon, and really enjoy the damaged ones crawling along. The new drones look good, and can see the influences you mention.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 28, 2023
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Thanks Dave. Papsikels Miniatures have released a second Exterminator crawling for free, so I've printed out a couple of that STL too. Should be posted up next week or so, as I've already finished painting them.


There's quite a few drones in Papsikels range, including some truck-sized monstrosities. LOL!!!. Not sure how many I'll 3D print. But these two sculpts looked good to me.

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