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"Warlord Broton Was A Zygon Commander."

Updated: Oct 20, 2022

"He kidnapped and took the form of the Duke of Forgill in Scotland."

This 40mm resin model of a Zygon was sculpted by Nikola Stankovic and 3D printed by "Encounter Terrain". The miniature is based upon Steven Moffat's modern-day version of the extra-terrestrials from his November 2013 "Doctor Who" anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor", and was resultantly painted using a much more 'pink' palette.

The figure was initially primed with two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone and shaded in "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. It was then enthusiastically dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone, before being washed with some heavily watered down "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. As a supposedly final stage I applied a second, much lighter dry-brush of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone over the entire miniature, and discovered to my horror that somewhere along the process my brush had picked up some super-glue, dried PVA adhesive, or possibly even just some blobby bits of paint from the rim of the pot.

"Encounter Terrain" WIPs - The Kandyman, Ace and Leela

Either way, the smooth surface surrounding my Zygon's face was now distinctly spotty, and short of completely stripping the model back down to its resin, there was no way I was going to be able to salvage it. At least until I suddenly thought I could apply a little "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green to the affected areas and claim it was 'space battle damage'. In addition, this would allow me to mark one of the five identical miniatures out as the group's leader.

Alongside the last of these alien shape-shifters I have also been slowly working on the rest of the Doctor Who figures I recently bought. These are all actually sculpted as 100mm tall STL (Standard Triangle Language) files, so to shrink them down to a more manageable size, "Encounter Terrain" used the eye-line of the Ace model to base their 40mm printing template upon. This approach has really helped show just how tall and menacing some of the monsters are, with the Kandyman weighing in at 47mm in height.

"Encounter Terrain" WIPs - The Seventh and Sixth Doctor

My goal is progress half a dozen or so of these miniatures a month, and then use them for some collaborative homemade rules with each player 'fielding' their own TARDIS crew against a simple Artificial Intelligence-driven scenario. To that end I've purchased the Seventh Doctor and Dorothy [McShane], as well as the Sixth Doctor and Leela for my initial pairings. Plus, Gilbert M's "psychopathic, candy-obsessed android" as their arch-nemesis.

Those familiar with the BBC's science fiction television series might be scratching their heads at just why Colin Baker's incarnation of the Time Lord would be teamed-up with the 'Sevateem savage', or how a robot from Terra Alpha came to be leading a load of Zygons. But the rule of cool prevailed in some circumstances, whilst in others I was limited as to what characters/creatures had been sculpted. What I can promise though, is that I already own enough STLs to feature both the Cybermen and Sea Devils, as well as some allies from outside the Gallifreyian's genre...

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