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“This Mighty Simian May Be The Rare Breed…”


“…King of all he surveys in some remote jungle in an explored corner of the world.”

This 28mm scale resin model of a Giant Ape is produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought as SKU: MINI 350. The kit comes in three parts, and immediately reminded me of the “RKO Radio Pictures” 1949 American black and white fantasy film “Mighty Joe Young” due to the figure attaining an overall height of 47mm once assembled.


Having potentially “been carefully bred in captivity, altered by drugs and advanced psycho-conditioning to serve a human master”, the large gorilla was originally primed using a couple of coats of “Citadel” Abaddon Black, before being heavily dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal so as to highlight all of the wonderful fur sculpted onto it.

"A planet where apes evolved from men..?"

I then applied some (additional) "Vallejo "Heavy Charcoal to the Giant Apes' chest, hands, face and feet, before shading these parts with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Finally, I 'picked out' the model’s eyes with a couple of dabs of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and applied a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "Citadel" Nuln Oil to his forehead to indicate that he was a Western gorilla. Some additional "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna was later dry-brushed over this area to help better blend it in.


With the first of my five planned submissions for this month’s Monster May(hem) challenge completed, I also found the time to finish one of six Simian Minions I plan to complete within the next few weeks. Also manufactured by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio”, and available as SKU: MINI 98, the ape soldier was undercoated using "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and dry-brushed in Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Talos, Strawman and a Titan

General Ursus’ trooper was subsequently drenched in "Citadel" Nuln Oil, before having his trousers and sleeves pigmented using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Violet and "Citadel" Druchii Violet. Lastly, the Ape with Baton's face, ammunition belt, rifle and strap were treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna", whilst the soldier's wooden stick was painted using some Charred Brown. All of these areas were eventually shaded using "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.


Alongside my latest addition to my “Planet Of The Apes” project, I have also been progressing the rest of my larger-sized miniatures for Monster May(hem). As a result, I’ve managed to get some shading applied to my Strawman, as well as a layer of “Vallejo” Bronze and Brass upon my Talos and Titan respectively…

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
16 de mai. de 2022

Appreciating the simian love in this post! That big boy is going to look intimidating on the tabletop. Good stuff Simon!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
17 de mai. de 2022
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Cheers Dai. Many more Planet of the Apes figs coming, plus more big beasties by Crooked Dice. 😀

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planetmut
14 de mai. de 2022

You've done a great job on the great ape, Simon! Are you constructing an Empire State Building for him to climb? LOL! I love the brown shades on his head to define him as a Western gorilla, that's a great touch of realism.


As always, looking forward to seeing the rest painted up!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
14 de mai. de 2022
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Thanks Matt. No Empire State Building, but I do have a previously painted "King of the Monsters" for the Great Ape to face. 😉

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wsd50
13 de mai. de 2022

Lovely work on the "Great ape", he looks spot on mate. if fact a rather tidy ape heavy post with another "monkey minion" for Urko's army on show too.


Nice progress on the monsters as well like the fact you've gome brass on one bronze on the other, breaks them up.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
14 de mai. de 2022
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Cheers Roger. I've a few more Simian Minions to post up, just to keep the Planet Of The Apes project going. I think the brass and bronze should really help separate the different constructs, albeit their contrasting size pretty much does that anyway.

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undercoat2670
13 de mai. de 2022

Mighty Joe Young is looking great. Lovely model and a nice paint job, you can't hope for more than that. You must have a whole planet's worth of human apes now? Again, looks very good.

Your 3 unusual monster WIP's are coming along nicely. All really nice clean sculpts. I am disappointed there isn't a baby Godzilla in there to face off against baby Kong!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
13 de mai. de 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. I've certainly got enough apes etc to try out some 7TV skirmish for a future BatRep. Hoping to have the majority of my Monsters finished during the next week. Plus I need to finish the rest of my Marvel United starting line-up.


I've already done a similar-sized Godzilla, using a "Heroclix" figure - so don't be surprised if a titanic tussle appears in a BatRep at some point 😉

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