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"What Do You Mean Flash Gordon Approaching?"

"Imbecile! The Emperor would shoot you for interrupting his wedding with this news!"

This 28mm metal model of a Ruthless Lieutenant is produced by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" and can be brought as a pack of four figures from their SKU: DEAL 238 Galactic Villains. Clearly inspired by actress Mariangela Melato's portrayal of the ruthless, cold-hearted General Kala in Mike Hodges' 1980 science-fiction movie "Flash Gordon", this model has been sat in my Pile of Potential since I first received her way back in 2020 following the Lincolnshire-based company's successful Pulp Sci-Fi Heroes and Villains Kickstarter.


Described as possessing "a merciless streak matching that of Ming and Klytus", the miniature was undercoated with a mixture of "Vallejo" Surface Primer Black and "Warlord Games" Pitch Black, before being dry-brushed in “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal and shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then carefully 'picked out' all her gold finery with some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, Gold, "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade, a careful dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" Gold, and an incredibly delicate dry-brush of Silver.

"After the fall of Sauron in the War of the Last Alliance their race dwindled swiftly."

In addition to my latest entry into the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, I have completed three more of the 28mm 3D printed Black Númenóreans which I bought from a seller on "eBay" way back in November 2023. Described as a "not official product", these resin miniatures were purchased as infantry proxies for my Barad Dur army until "Games Workshop" once again produce them for their "The Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game".


Despising both "the followers of Elendil and their realm Gondor", the trio were initially undercoated using a mixture of "Vallejo" Surface Primer Black and "Warlord Games" Pitch Black, before being enthusiastically dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal and soaked in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then 'picked out' their belts and shield straps with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, before applying some "Vallejo" Gunmetal to the warriors' ornate armour and swords.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - These two Resistance Fighters are having their details 'picked out'

These metallic areas were later drenched with (more) “Citadel” Nuln Oil and later dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Gunmetal. To dirty the armour down somewhat and create a contrast between it and the Númenóreans' blades, I gave all the plate armour a splash of "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. Lastly, I 'picked out' the models' teeth using a little "Two Thin Coats" White Star and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, as well as their chins with a dollop of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.


Lastly, I've also managed to make some noticeable progress on the four figures which make up the Resistance Fighters pack sold by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio". Heavily influenced by Kenneth Johnson's 1983 science-fiction television miniseries "V", both its (not) Ham Tyler and (not) Mike Donovan miniatures have particularly caught my eye - so resultantly seen probably more than their 'fair share' of my brush-tip's time...

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undercoat2670
Jan 28

General Kala and the black Numenoreans both look really good. Both are a fantastic set of miniatures so I am glad you are getting through them and producing some great looking miniatures.

The resistance fighters are coming along nicely. The Crooked Dice and Middle Earth ranges are really good.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 28
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Thanks Undercoat. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've been so taken with the "V" models from Crooked Dice that all the Resistance Fighters are now finished, and just need to find a place in the posting schedule. LOL!! 😀


I'm not sure when the next trio of Black Numenoreans will be, but I'm really pleased with how these non-official LotR figures have turned out.

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D Lan
D Lan
Jan 16

"...on a Hawkmen rocket-cycle" Great work there on Kala. I'm really enjoying the variety of figures!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 16
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Cheers D Lan, very much appreciated. I think Kala's face appears a bit blotchy when its blown up so closely, tbh. But, it's such a great sculpt that she stands out nicely on the tabletop. Loads more Flash Gordon and V figures planned from Crooked Dice - as I plan to focus on those ranges next month. Should have plenty more Black Tree Dr Who coming over the next few weeks too. 😀

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
Jan 15
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Great LOTR stuff, but I love the Crooked Dice Game Design Studio minis too :)

Have to buy some day something for pu projects :)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 15
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Thanks very much Michal. I've got a load of Crooked Dice figures coming, so perhaps I can tempt you with some..? 😁

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jan 15

Great work on both Kala, and the Numenoreans Simon, how many Numenoreans does that leave to finish now ? Great progress on Ham and Mike

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 15
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Cheers Dave. I'm halfway through the Black Numeonoeans now. But probably won't touch the remaining six figures for a while. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all four of the CD Resistance Fighters are already finished now. LOL!! 😀

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Jouvene 69
Jouvene 69
Jan 15

Nice work on these

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 15
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Thanks Jouvene, much appreciated. I've got a fair few more of Crooked Dice's sci-fi figures coming over the next few weeks.

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