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"These Hulking Metal Skeletons..."


"...Are often crudely disguised as humans."

These two 28mm scale metal Killbots are produced by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", and can be bought individually as Killbot C and Killbot D, or as part of the four-figure deal - SKU: DEAL 347. Strongly reminiscent of a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 from the "Terminator" science fiction franchise, I actually plan to use them as long-serving (near future) robots designed by the American Military to support the government's troopers in the "Corporate Wars".


Both single-cast models were originally primed with a double layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Grey before being shaded in "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green. I then applied a dry-brush of "Vallejo" Gunmetal to the miniatures, making sure to especially 'hit' their armour plating, limbs and head, so as to suggest some significant weathering had taken place on those areas.

"Each one absolutely will not stop until its programmed target has been terminated."

I continued to 'distress' the automatons by drenching them in "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and sporadically dabbed their joints in "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash. Once applied, it was clear that I had really made quite a mess of the Killbots, so I blended everything together with a dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Grey. This was somewhat delicately done as I wanted to ensure that some of the previously-used "Vallejo" Gunmetal still shone through so as to the pair a slight metallic sheen.


Lastly, I 'picked out' the robots' firearms with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, dry-brushed the weapons using "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal, and shaded them in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I also dotted their eyes with a little "Scalecolor" Speed Metal, and then dabbed these areas with a smidgeon of the "Citadel" Contrast colour Flesh Tearers Red. To mark the virtually indestructible soldiers out as being American, I applied a single Allied Star decal to one of each figure's shoulder-pads.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Sauron's armour has been base-coated, shaded, dry-brushed and washed

Alongside these two Killbots I have also been making some progress on my Sauron miniature for the Middle Earth: Strategy Battle Game by "Games Workshop". Costing an impressive 400 points, this second-hand metal monster will eventually command my Barad-Dur forces. But for now is simply being painted up for a rather fun 'What If?' narrative scenario where the Dark Lord single-handedly confronts the treacherous Saruman the White.


In addition though, I have started assembling a trio of Warg Riders to provide my 500 point Isengard army with some reinforcements, as well as ordered a Uruk-Hai standard banner. Along with a couple more Bezerkers, these models will add another 100 points to my force, as well as give the emissary of the Valar both some much needed mobile cavalry and a flag around which my formidably ferocious "Orc-folk" can rally around whilst in the midst of battle....


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planetmut
Sep 12, 2022

Wow, the Killbots look superb! I like the way you've painted them in fairly basic Army colours but they still look wonderfully weathered and very mean! Sauron is looking awesome too, great work on all these!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 12, 2022
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Cheers Matt. I think the CD Killbots are one of my fave new sculpts of the year. Sauron is a beast too, LOL!!! He's so heavy he hurts my hand if I end up holding him too long.

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undercoat2670
Sep 11, 2022

Great work on the killbots. Lovely models and I like the paint scheme enormously, fantastic stuff. Sharon (see last post!) Is coming along nicely.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 11, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. Having now received my "Corporate Wars" models I'm not sure the Killbots will fit in any more as these two are considerably smaller than the figures from that Kickstarter - the CW stuff are old East Riding sculpts and stand on rather thick bases rather than being slotta-models, so they're considerably taller once glued upon round plastic bases.

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wsd50
Sep 04, 2022

Really lovely work on the "Killbots" the white skull faces are totally inspired and lift what would otherwise have been just another lot of robots into something rather special!!


(might even make my top ten....🤔)


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 04, 2022
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Cheers Roger. I've a few more Killbots to come - albeit four of them are in the same pose. I just wanted enough to field a reasonable skirmish force. Definitely wanted them to look different to my usual robots, though it was super-tempting to just paint them metal, shade and dry-brush, LOL!!! Ohh... Top Ten stuff, eh..? 😊

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Sep 03, 2022

The Killbots turned out great Simon, with just the right amount of each colour showing through. Nice progress on Sauron, and look forward to seeing your new additions for the Uruk's

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 03, 2022
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Thanks Dave. Now my Corporate Wars Kickstarter rewards have been posted I want to get the rest of these Killbots done - I plan to have a game with them by the end of the month. Sauron should soon be finished - just really need to highlight his armour and cloak (and paint the mace). Then it'll be on to the Wargs etc.

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