top of page
  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

“Velociraptors Were Actually Feathered Animals.”

Updated: Nov 24, 2021


“They grew up to 100 pounds, about the size of a wolf.”

These 10mm scale metal miniatures of three Velociraptors are produced by “Magister Militum” as code DIN43 from their Pre Historic Dinosaurs, Animals & Marine Reptiles range, and come in packs of five models. The late Cretaceous creatures are all “sculpted with feathers” and have been sat languishing upon the ends of some wooden painting sticks in a cup, since I first purchased them a few years ago at the Newbury & Reading Wargames Society’s show “Colours”.


Each animal was initially primed with two coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Brown, before being washed in a combination of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. They were then dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Brown, and had their feathered necks ‘picked out’ using a combination of Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - These Ape Minions have required some gap-filling with Green-stuff

I wasn’t all that happy with this particular colour scheme, despite some time researching all the different palette possibilities Palaeontologists proposed a feathered Velociraptor could be, so tried blending the neck in with the rest of the dinosaur’s body by giving it a light dry-brush of (even more) “Vallejo” Heavy Brown. However, this didn’t seem to work either, so in the end I simply settled upon shading these ‘highlights’ with a little additional “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson.


As a final touch I attempted to dab a little “Vallejo” White on to the claws and teeth of each miniature, and later splashed them with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. The three figures were subsequently super-glued to a 30mm x 40mm plastic rectangular base, so as to match my preferred basing style for all my other 10mm miniatures.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Five Sorcerous Sentinels are currently on the painting table

I was originally planning only a couple of these Velociraptors as part of one of my self-imposed weekly challenges. Happily however, the following week’s subject matter, randomly chosen by the turning of a playing card, revealed I needed to pigment another single 10mm model, so I quickly made up my mind to simply populate a single stand with a trio of deadly killers in order to kill two birds with one stone.


Rather frustratingly though, I have realised that I only seem to own two more of the figures, so I’ll need to pick up an extra bag or three of the dinosaurs if I want to make any more bases. This is a tad annoying as I was only stood looking at the entire range in the flesh a little over a week ago, when I visited “Magister Militum” whilst attending “Salute” 2021. Although I have dug out a load of previously painted figures from the range that I am currently in the process of re-basing/touching up…

6 Comments

Rated 0 out of 5 stars.
No ratings yet

Add a rating
undercoat2670
Nov 24, 2021

Very good scaly skin effect on your teeny tiny dinosaurs. They have turned out well. More dinobirds would be good but didn't you undercoat some 10mm Franco-Prussian soldiers the other day that would fulfil your 10mm challenge?I

Your apes are looking splendid, in particular the open mouthed one who has some great character to him. The sentinels are coming along nicely too.

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 24, 2021
Replying to

Thanks Undercoat. The Velociraptors were painted before Salute for those particular weekly challenges, it's just taken this long to find a space to post them up. LOL!!! All the 10mm Franco-Prussian stuff is for the AHPC - which doesn't start until Dec 21at 2021.


Hopefully I should have at least one of the apes, and some of the sorcerous sentinels ready for the next couple of posts.

Like

planetmut
Nov 23, 2021

Those velociraptors look great, I think you've got the red bits really well. Loving those Slayers, too, they're such good sculpts!

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 23, 2021
Replying to

Cheers Matt. Simple stuff tbh, as they're only 10mm but pleased with the way the dinosaurs turned out. Hopefully I'll have at least three, if not all five, of the remaining grey Slayers finished this week.

Like

wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Nov 23, 2021

Nice looking Velociraptors Simon, and good progress on your apes and slayers

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 23, 2021
Replying to

Thanks Dave. Definitely some deck-clearing starting in preparation for the AHPC. I've still a few Weekly Challenge subjects to post up too, so things should be flying thick'n'fast before Dec 21st when the AHPC starts. I have a few things based and ready to be primed, so doubtless I'll commence covering them over the next few weeks too.

Like
bottom of page