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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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planetmut
Oct 01, 2022

I think you got away with the green wash, and I have to say that having slightly different skin tones on the same models adds a bit of realism. He is a chunky model, and he's got a slightly jolly expression as if he's taking a nice stroll :-)


The other Dr Who figures look great and I'm looking forward to seeing them painted!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 02, 2022
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Thanks Matt. Plenty of similarly sized beefy boys to come in this range, and not all Doctor Who too. 😉

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undercoat2670
Sep 26, 2022

Another nice Zygon and the green effect looks rather good for an accident! Could be an injury or just some skin variation to be honest it looks so good. The rest of your cartoon-like Dr Who models look very nice and, as a previous comment has already said, it's your game so do what you want in terms of team ups etc! Besides, it's science fiction so any timey-whimey explanation or gobbledygook phenomena can explain it!!!!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 26, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I certainly think the "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green has paid off nicely. Just need to power through the remaining five Dr Who figs before the next consignment are 3D printed & posted. LOL!!

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wsd50
Sep 26, 2022

I really like your "repair" gives him a meaner look, I would never know it wasn't your intention all along mate.


There are some cool looking mini's there too, but no Dalek? 😀


The rule of cool is the only rule that counts, unfortunately it's a rule I fall short of on so many levels! (oh and of course they are cool, they are all original series characters! 😉)


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 26, 2022
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Thanks Roger. I did contemplate leaving the bobbly bits around the face alone. But they were driving me crackers. LOL!!! Painter's OCD I suppose. If you know the mistake is there it gets under the skin. 😁


I have bought a Davros STL, but the chap hasn't yet produced a Dalek. Tbh though, its going to take me many a year to collect/print/paint all the figures he has done - though I do have a wish/commission list in mind and the Daleks are on it. In the meantime I'm awaiting some horror-based allies to join my TARDIS teams for Zomtober. 😀


"They are all original series characters!" - Well, technically these Zygons are the Nu Who ones. But I know…

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Simon Quinton
Simon Quinton
Sep 26, 2022

Looks good dude! Nice looking figures as well. I imagine painting 100mm would be a new learning curve. They look good scaled down to 40mm

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 26, 2022
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Cheers Simon. I did momentarily contemplate 100mm minis. But then thought just how much they'd cost to get 3D printed. I then thought I might as well just collect multiples of the Eaglemoss minis if I was going to do that. They'd only be about a tenner each and already painted. 😁

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Sep 26, 2022

Wonderful work on the Zygon Simon, I thought the additional colours in the face were intentional rather than covering a problem so great repair. Some interesting models and pairings coming up, why they may not be standard to the mythos, these are your games and you put them together how you think.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 26, 2022
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Thanks Dave. I was very frustrated when I first saw the bobble issue, but think the "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green has saved the day. LOL!! Nikola has sculpted some cracking figs so the rule of cool really is prevailing currently.

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