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"Well I Made Up The Name TARDIS From The Initials..."

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

"...Time and Relative Dimensions In Space."

This 145mm tall printed MDF Police Box Dice Tower is manufactured by "XLC Wargame Terrain" and can currently be bought from their range of seven different dice towers. Built using 3mm MDF and comprising of nine separate pieces, the "object used by gamers to roll dice fairly" comes bearing a pre-painted design based upon the 1929 Gilbert Mackenzie Trench British Police telephone call box, and resultantly would prove especially thematic for any "Doctor Who" inspired tabletop.

The tower was assembled reasonably quickly using both PVA Wood glue and the kit's crystal clear instruction leaflet. However, it's one frustration was that the glue didn't bond terribly well with those parts covered by its satin finish 'veneer'. Whilst this was perfectly understandable, it did mean that the ensemble wasn't really stable enough to stand on its own (to properly dry) until after the majority of the build was complete.

"Heroclix" WIPs - The Abomination and Bi-Beast

Alongside side working on my MDF Police Box Dice Tower I have been slowly re-basing and priming a number of "Wizkids" pre-painted plastic figures linked to the "Marvel Worldwide" comic book character, the incredible Hulk. Foremost of these miniatures is an old sculpt of Emil Blonsky's alter-ego, the Abomination, which depicts the cursed KGB agent as he originally appeared way back in the late Sixties. I've actually already previously painted "The Ultimates" version of the Hulk's arch-rival, but much prefer this (admittedly smaller) traditional-looking Master of Evil.

In addition, I have starting working on two more of Bruce Banner's leading foes, namely Zzzax and the Bi-Beast. The Zzzax model whilst originally a reasonably-sized chunk of translucent orange plastic, will hopefully prove a straightforward enough painting subject, courtesy of a fair amount of dry-brushing. Unfortunately however, the Bi-Beast's figure is tremendously disappointing, and isn't anywhere near as tall as the monstrosity pencilled by the late Herb Trimpe in the early Seventies.

"Wizkids" WIPs - The Abominable Snowman, S.T.R.I.P.E. and Zzzax

Far more impressive looking, is the "Wizkids" Promotional "Heroclix" of the Abominable Snowman, which as memory serves I was able to track down from its frozen lair at "The Troll And Toad" website in America. I've previously already undercoated the brute with a couple of layers of "Vallejo" Dead White as part of my preparation for the Tenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, so have now treated the furry beast to a wash of Pale Grey prior to some significant dry-brushing.

Lastly, I've stumbled across a partially-painted miniature of Pat Dugan's powered armour suit S.T.R.I.P.E. (Special Tactics Robotic Integrated Power Enhancer). This "DC Comics" figure still has a fair amount of work to do on it despite having already had all of its metalwork finished, and, like the Abominable Snowman, doesn't fit in with my current notion to 'Hulk Out' with my "Heroclix". But it's such a cool-looking figure, that I thought I'd spend enough time on it to get it completed anyway...  

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