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"Those Other Robots Aren't Any Friendlier Than Doctor Frankenstein's Monster."

Updated: Jan 11, 2023


"Think there are any more?"

These four 28mm scale Sentry Robots were sculpted by "Big Mr Tong" and can be downloaded for free as part of a ten-figure set of STL (Standard Triangle Language) files from his "Patreon" subscription service. Based upon Hans Reinhardt's security forces aboard the U.S.S. Cygnus in Gary Nelson’s 1979 American science fiction film “The Black Hole", the miniatures were produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer.


Responsible for capturing Frank McCrae's crew and turning them into "Humanoids", the automatons were primed using plenty of "Vallejo" Heavy Red, and drenched in "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. They were then thoroughly dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Red, and had all their eyes and blasters layered with "Citadel" Abaddon Black." These areas were later ‘picked out’ using a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal” and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"At an appointed time Baron Harkonnen will return to Arrakis and launch a sneak attack on House Atreides."

Finally, to help illustrate that these particular Sentry Robots were part of Maximillian's "crack squad", I applied a lick of "Citadel" Abaddon Black base layer to one of the panels on the back of their heads, before treating the area to a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal” and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Luckily, this intricate detail is very clear on the "Big Mr Tong" sculpts I 3D printed (as opposed to the ones I bought from “Twisted Pinnacle 3D” on "Etsy", so it wasn't as difficult a task as I initially feared.


Alongside my latest entry for the Thirteenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) I have also finished/submitted another 28mm scale Sardaukar sculpted by "Big Mr Tong" which I produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer. Based upon David Lynch's vision of the "elite military force" as first seen in his 1984 American science-fiction film "Dune", the miniature was predominantly painted using "Citadel" Abaddon Black, "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal, Steel Blue, Gunmetal, "Citadel" Nuln Oil, "Scalecolor" White Alchemy and the "Citadel" Contrast paint Warp Lightning.

"Papsikels Miniatures" WIPs - Silvia Dela Torres has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

Lastly, I've made some progress on my first 32mm 3D printed sculpt by "Papsikels Miniatures". Space crew maintenance worker Silvia Dela Torres bears a striking resemblance to Ellen Ripley from the "Alien" franchise, so I thought she would make a good start to (yet) another project focusing upon the numerous science fiction characters made famous through "Twentieth Century Studios" movies.


In addition, the figure should gain me an extra 20 points for the AHPC as part of its film studio-based bonus rounds. I wasn't intending to utilise this element of the event. But having almost inadvertently obtained similar rewards for painting Science Fiction and (then) Eighties-based figures, it seemed rude not to; especially as these 'pick me ups' will allow me to attain my target tally of 500-points all the quicker...

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undercoat2670
Jan 09, 2023

I have already said enough about the Sardukar and sentry bits so I will move on.

That Ripley looks awesome! Aliens is a terrific film and I can't wait to see your version come to life.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 09, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. You can never have enough Sardaukar and Black Hole Sentry Robots, imho - so expect plenty more to come, LOL!!!


Big fan of "Papsikels Miniatures" and their Aliens range, so expect plenty of xenomorphs to start appearing on this website soon too. 😁

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wsd50
Jan 07, 2023

Your chewing through them now mate and no mistake! Funny you should have a Ripley figure as we bought my eldest the "Alien" board game (as seen on Matt's blog) for Xmas, luckily he took it back to the midlands with him so I'm not tempted to paint up the miniatures! 😁


If I was doing the Analogue I think I'd take all the bonuses I could get! 😉


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 07, 2023
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Cheers Roger. I purposely thought Big Mr Tong's figures would be great for the AHPC, as I can simply put something on the iPad and listen to it whilst working my way through them. Quite a few more forces to progress, but I might take a break once the last of the Sardaukar are completed and focus on some "Papsikels Miniatures" instead.


I was sorely tempted by the Alien game myself. But don't really need another rule-set to play tbh, and thought, like you, that I probably would need to paint the figs. LOL!!!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jan 06, 2023

The sentry robots and Sardukar look great Simon, and you're getting through these at a great pace for the target, nice start to your latest print as well, and bonus points are always nice ! LOL

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 06, 2023
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Thanks Dave. Five more Sardaukar are already finished for next week's AHPC submission, and hopefully I'll have Silvia Dela Torres completed by then too. Indeed. I'm hoping to have an extra half dozen other models by "Papsikels Miniatures" ready for that deadline as well.

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