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"This Is Ripley..."

Updated: Feb 18, 2023


"...Last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off."

This 32mm scale figure of Silvia Dela Torres is sculpted by "Papsikels Miniatures" and can be downloaded for free as an STL (Standard Triangle Language) file from their PAPSIPACK Welcome Models subscription set on "Patreon". Clearly based upon Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley from the "Aliens" science-fiction horror franchise, the model was produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer.


Having decided to use the sculpt as a test piece for "Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats" paint range, I took inspiration from the character's appearance in the 2014 survival horror video game developed by Creative Assembly entitled "Alien: Isolation" and primed my (not) Ripley with some Cold Corpse Blue. The model was then shaded using Oblivion Black Wash and dry-brushed with (more) Cold Corpse Blue.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - These Castellans of Dol Guldur have been dry-brushed and tinted

With the main bulk of the figure pigmented, I slowly worked my way up by applying Scorched Earth and Battle Mud Wash to her boots, as well as Doom Death Black to the feisty officer's belt, zipper and wrist-bands. The fastener, buckle, belt studs and tracker device were subsequently 'picked out' using a combination of Sir Coates Silver and Oblivion Black Wash. I also applied a little White Star and a short time later, some Battle Mud Wash, to the woman's vest.


Finally, I gave all Silvia Dela Torres' areas of flesh a base layer of Dwarven Skin, treated them to a splash of Flesh Wash, and then highlighted them back up with (more) Dwarven Skin. I also 'picked out' her lips with a smidgeon of Sanguine Scarlet and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, before giving her hair a coat of Cuirass Leather and sploshing it with Battle Mud Wash. Ordinarily, I would usually go back and dry-brush such wavy locks with more Cuirass Leather. However, on this occasion I rather liked the dark, dank look so left it alone.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - All the gold has been finished on these Spirit Jaguars

Alongside my seventh 3D print by "Papsikels Miniatures" I have also made more inroads on my Castellans of Dol Guldur by "Games Workshop". I have finally finished base coating, shading, highlighting and tinting all the single cast metal miniatures' rather extravagantly-styled armour. So now just need to tidy up their flowing cloaks and 'pick out' their leather belts in brown (in order to slightly break-up the predominantly "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Abaddon Black colour scheme).


In addition, I've gone back to the "Warlord Games" Inca: Sapa Warlord on Spirit Jaguar boxed set which I recently opened, and dug out the other three resin 'big cats' found inside. With a bit of priming, layering, shading and dry-brushing I've managed to now have all four Jaguars up to the same painting stage, so from now on intend to pigment the pack as a quartet. I'm using a different technique on their ornate gold armour than I usually use, having shaded them with "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade and subsequently used "Vallejo" Silver as a final highlight...

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wsd50
Jan 23, 2023

Lovely work on Ripley Simon, she looks ready to have a magazine jammed down her throat at any second!😁 (this is a compliment by the way!)


Your LoTR stuff is excellent too as always, but those Jaguars are truly wonderful sculpts!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 23, 2023
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Thanks Roger. I do like the "Papsikels Miniatures" range, and have a load more sculpts to print/paint and post over the coming months. Pleased that the Castellans of Dol Guldur are now finished, and the Jaguars should be completed soon enough.

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planetmut
Jan 22, 2023

Excellent work on Ripley, sir! She really does look the part and is ready to blast an alien out of an airlock while wearing a spacesuit and not much else LOL!


The Castellans are excellent, nicely sinister and evil, and the gold on the Spirit Jaguars is just stunning.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 22, 2023
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Cheers Matt. Really happy with Silvia Dela Torres. Still a bit more to do on the Castellans, and the Spirit Jaguars. But they're all coming along to an end now, and then it's 10mm Norman/Saxon time. LOL!!!

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undercoat2670
Jan 22, 2023

That Ripley looks awesome! Great job on painting the mini. It looks really splendid.

The castellans of Dol Guldur are coming along nicely and are looking great too.

Well. You have found a great technique for painting good as it looks absolutely brilliant on those spirit jaguars.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 22, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I'm very pleased with (not) Ripley. The Castellans are an incredible paint to paint, tbh, and the thought of tackling the other three after these isn't giving me something to look forward to. The sculpts really are showing their age - if that makes sense. Super-pleased with the gold on the Spirit Jaguars. I thinks the gold and black is going to contrast nicely.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Jan 20, 2023

That is indeed a very good Ripley. Will there be a Newt and Jonesy to join her?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 20, 2023
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Cheers Dai. Not at the moment, no. My plans are to use the "Papsikels Miniatures" for an Alien Vs Predator Vs Terminator campaign, so I've printed out some of those figures for inclusion in the opening BatRep.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jan 20, 2023

Ripley looks excellent Simon, and very like her first incarnation. Great progress on all the other models, especially like the new gold recipe

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 20, 2023
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Thanks Dave. Much appreciated. I do like the (not) Ripley figure. It's genuinely nice to see her without some big gun - though I'm sure I'll find. print and paint one in just such a pose eventually. LOL!!


Really pleased with how the new gold is working out. Plus it doesn't take that much longer to achieve than my old darker version.

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