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"The Mechanical Monsters Ruled With An Iron Fist..."

"...And cold logic by mad scientist Dr Ulysses Argo."

This 28mm scale resin model of a Titan is produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought as SKU: MINI 94 Titan A (Reaching) from their Villains and Monsters range. The kit comes in three parts, and had its arms pinned into place with both some copper wire and green-stuff, before being permanently attached using some super-glue.

Approximately 45mm in height, the large robot is supposed to represent one of Doctor Ulysses Argo’s metallic minions for the second edition of the skirmish rule-set “7TV”. But as I wanted it to tie in with the significantly larger Talos figure I have previously painted, I decided to give the machine a palette more in keeping with the giant statue's appearance in Don Chaffey’s 1963 film “Jason And The Argonauts”.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Three part-way finished Simian Minions

Resultantly, the entire miniature was primed in “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and later layered with Bronze. The mechanical construct was then shaded using plenty of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, before being dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Bronze. Lastly, I applied various amounts of “Citadel” Nihilakh Oxide onto its numerous joints and ridges. These areas were later blended in with the rest of the miniature with a (third) dry-brushed of “Vallejo” Bronze.

With the last of my five planned submissions for the Monster May(hem) challenge completed, I have started working on three more of the Lincolnshire-based manufacturer's Simian Minions. These Apes with Baton are the last of this particular sculpt I own, and once finished should provide my "Planet Of The Apes" project with a fair number of Gorilla soldiers.

"CoolMiniOrNot” WIPs - Iron Man and Captain America

In addition, I've spent some time progressing my hard plastic Iron Man figure from the Marvel United boardgame by "CoolMiniOrNot”, I had previously hoped to use "Scalecolor" Ruby Alchemy for the Golden Avenger’s armour. But after applying a shade of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson to a test area on the sculpt's leg, it soon became clear that at best Shellhead's armoured suit was going to be pink and gold, as opposed to his famous red and gold.

This caused me to search for an alternative solution, and in the end I decided to purchase a bottle of the highly recommended "Vallejo" Red from their Mecha Colour range. In anticipation of the paint's arrival, I decided to give Tony Stark's alter-ego a rough coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Red, and I'm rather pleased I did so too. For disappointingly, the new Mecha Colour, whilst a lovely bright vibrant red, is strangely not metallic in any way, despite being "designed especially for painting Robots, Gundam, Transformer and Gunplas figures..."

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