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"Unauthorized Opening Of Cage Three."


"Unauthorized opening of cages five, seven, eight, ten..."

This trio of 32mm scale Gigerian Royal Brood Warriors are produced by "Papsikels Miniatures" and can be downloaded for free as part of a set of STL (Standard Triangle Language) files from their "Patreon" subscription service. Based upon a species of H.R.Giger's infamous deadly aliens, the figures were produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer.


Due to these sculpts looking somewhat different to the other Xenomorphs I've recently pigmented I decided to go with a different palette than the predominantly brown one I've used in the past. Resultantly, whilst the three Xenomorphs were all still primed in Doom Death Black by "Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats", they were then dry-brushed in Cold Corpse Blue before being drowned in Oblivion Black Wash.

"Papsikels Miniatures" WIPS - Two Series 5 Sexycops and a FKMSA Failed Experimental Battle Droid Series 1

I next (re)dry-brushed the miniatures with (more) Cold Corpse Blue, before applying a light highlight of Gravestone Blue across all their raised areas. Finally, to help blend all the different blues together, I enthusiastically showered them in Drakenhof Nightshade. This left me just needing to 'pick out' all the aliens' metal teeth with a combination of Sir Coates Silver and Oblivion Black Wash, as well as apply a coat of Doom Death Black (and "Citadel" 'Ardcoat across their silky-smooth foreheads.


Alongside my latest submission for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) I have also continued working on some of the figures from "Papsikels Miniatures" latest "Patreon" release entitled "Corpo Cops". Based upon Paul Verhoeven's 1987 science fiction film "Robocop" and its subsequent sequels, I've actually finished 3D printing the entire release now. But have actually begun rescaling a few of the smaller 28mm sculpts so that they better match the 'girth' of the company's larger 32mm scale figures. Furthermore I am hoping this move might help strengthen some of the incredibly fragile-looking limb joints a handful of the models have at the smaller size.

"Battlefront Miniatures" WIPs - All the details on these Panzer IVs is slowly being 'picked out'

In addition, I've almost finished the four-vehicle strong 15mm Panzer IV unit I require as an armoured support unit for my 50-point German D-Day Defence Force for "Flames Of War". I'm currently really enjoying working on these marvellous plastic kits by "Battlefront Miniatures" and having picked out such little details as fire-axes, shovels, tow-wires and stowage on three of them I've decided to utilise a fifth tank sprue with a view to expanding the platoon up to maximum strength for some 75-point conflicts.


With an imminent battle against an invading force of Americans scheduled for later this week, and my sole-remaining Panzer IV currently sat in the grit-box as part of its post-painting process, I'm now focusing much of my attention upon the eight German soldiers I must swiftly pigment as part of two 7.5cm Anti-Tank gun teams. These heavy weapons were temporarily pushed aside to allow me to work on my tanks. But now the Panzerkampfwagens are almost completed, I've shifted my brush-tip back to them...

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wsd50
Mar 14, 2023

Great work on all of them mate, the blue works really well on the Aliens, love the way you've tinted them all slightly differently to differentiated them.


I was going to ask about a blue tint to the Robocops too, perhaps it is just the photo's as I can't see the difference to the experiment figure, but as has been said the photo is often different to the real figure. are you going black on the abdomen areas?


The Panzer looks great, already planning the next additions to your army? You must be enjoying the rules then. 😁


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 14, 2023
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Thanks Roger. I think the blue hue better suits those sculpts close to Giger's vision tbh. That's the way I rationalise the choice anyway.


I can see the blue on the figures but there again I know where I'm looking, LOL. Maybe a second watered-down wash is in order. But I didn't want to turn them bright blue in the process. 🤔


Yes. The abdomens will be black etc. I plan to do each one with difficult flesh tones though, to show that they're a trio (whenever I locate the third fig I'm pretty sure I printed).


I did enjoy the two test games I played at the start of the FoW painting project. So am very hopeful I'll enjoy…

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undercoat2670
Mar 14, 2023

Great work on the aliens. I think the blue-black is fabulous. I really liked the brown-black ones, but these ones are my favourite I think, with the use of shiny varnish on the heads being the cherry on top of the cake. Great work.

Those Robocops are coming along nicely, those sculpts are really growing on me as you bring them to life.

Your FoW tanks are looking awesome! I really like them a lot.

Great collection of stuff.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 14, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I certainly like the difference between the two palettes. Each has their merits, though I think the blue one fits the more sleeker, more recognisable Alien design.


Should have the Robocops vfinished soon, along with a third if I can find it - I'm pretty sure I printed all three female versions. But I've such a grey resin backlog now that they're all getting mixed up with one another in the containers I store them in.


Hopefully the tanks will perform well on the tabletop. It's interesting as I was basing their numbers/insignia on the 11th Panzer Division, which Battlefront Miniatures refer to as the Ghost Division in their book/decals. Yet a Google-Fu search shows the Ghost Division…

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Mar 14, 2023

The aliens look great Simon, and nice progress on the robocops, will you be adding a blue tinge to one of them ? The tanks look great, and hope you get the guns and crew done in time for your game.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 14, 2023
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I think its probably more noticeable if you compare the two Robocops with the failed experiment model in the model - that's a simple Sir Coates Silver dry-brush.

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