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“The Tiny Head Lunges Forward.”

“Comes spurting out of Kane's chest trailing a thick body.”

These 10mm scale metal miniatures of some young Xenomorphs are produced by “Pendraken Miniatures” as code SFC5 Small Creature from their Alien Creatures range, and come in packs of ten single-pose figures. The models are actually 15mm in height from base to tail-tip, and seem to show H.R. Giger’s creations during the early stages of their transition from Chestburster to adult drone.


Due to their relatively small size, the entire horde were initially super-glued onto a couple of wooden strips to help with their eventual dry-brushing. However, disaster soon struck once I had finished painting a pair of test pieces, as I discovered that the miniatures badly ‘frosted over’ when later attached to the small-sized plastic “Flames Of War” stands by “Battlefront Miniatures”. I therefore permanently stuck the remaining extra-terrestrials to their bases before starting to pigment them.

"Splatters fluids and blood in its wake."

I was also in two (or three) minds as to what colour to predominantly paint the little horrors in. Due to their evolution’s close proximity to the Chestburster, I did consider going with a yellow-orange pigment or perhaps the dark brown hue of the so-called doggomorph from “Alien 3″. But having realised I had previously used “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre on a batch of “Pendraken Miniatures” Facehuggers, I decided to simply re-tread precisely the same palette as I used on my warrior aliens by “Ground Zero Games” over seven years ago.


This lead to me priming all of the vicious extra-terrestrials with two layers of “Citadel” Abaddon Black, and subsequently dry-brushing them using a little “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey on an old, well past its prime, bushy brush. The aliens were then given one or two washes of “Citadel” Nuln Oil to help shade down their highlights and better blend them in.

"Battletech" WIPs - A Stormcrow, Griffin and Mongrel have all been primed and shaded

Finally, I started to give them a seal of “Citadel” Ardcoat to make them disagreeably shiny. Disconcertingly though, the curse of applying gloss varnish with a brush struck once again, and I soon returned to my pot of “Vallejo” Matt Varnish when I saw the Ardcoat was literally stripping the tiny figures back to their bare metal. Luckily, a few touch-ups with “Citadel” Abaddon Black, “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and “Citadel” Nuln Oil soon had my latest additions to the fearsome space monsters’ gruesome life cycle ready for the tabletop.


Alongside the Small Creature sculpts I’ve been plugging away at three more “Battletech” 1:285 scale plastic models by “Catalyst Game Labs” for my Weird War Two project. These medium-sized walkers are destined to represent Germany, Italy and Japan on the battlefield, and are giving me a great opportunity to explore some of the newer colours I’ve recently added to my “Vallejo” acrylic collection…

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 20, 2021

Indeed their your models you paint them whatever colour you want.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 20, 2021
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Absolutely. 😀

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planetmut
Aug 19, 2021

Those xenomorphs look almost cute! If I hadn't seen all the movies I'd be tempted to pet one LOL! They look great in those colours.


Nice to see some more mechs on the production line!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 20, 2021
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Thanks Planetmut, The Xenomorphs are super-dinky, but should make an excellent addition to my Alien force. I just need to find a suitably-sized Queen figure which will go well with the rest of the 10-15mm forces. Sadly, the Pendraken one isn't as large as I'd hoped and is smaller than the 15mm Xenomorphs I use by "Ground Zero Games" - understandably so seeing as they're scaled to 10mm.

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undercoat2670
Aug 19, 2021

Nice work on your mechs, coming along nicely.

You seem to have had some real bad luck on your aliens. First the fogging from the super glue then the varnish issue, blimey you need to break a match to avoid a third hobby problem!! They have turned out great in the end so good job. I must admit I always thought the big aliens were a black colour apart from those weird things in Alien Covenant but I am by no means an expert and just enjoy the films, well the good ones anyway!!!!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 19, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I did some simple research on the colour of aliens - which took down some particularly detailed fan-sites, and all said the dog alien was brown, hence my comment. Indeed, I was even watching some unused footage of a whippet being dressed up as one, and that costume is decidedly brown in colour. Hard to believe its been four years since I started trying to recover from watching the appalling Alien: Covenant, LOL!!! 😆

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 19, 2021

The aliens look very much like the dog alien from Alien 3, which was actually dark blue like the other aliens, it was just the lighting from the torches that made it look orange and yellow. Nice progress on the Mechs

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 19, 2021
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Well, as I say above, that's not the colour scheme I've seen in my research, and indeed the making of the costume in the bright light of the design studio shows them spraying it brown. However, I'm not bothered as I didn't go with either the blue or brown colour scheme, but stuck to my old dark grey one instead, LOL!!!

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