“When You Cross Swords With A Sardaukar, You Know It.”
Updated: Dec 31, 2022
This 28mm scale Sardaukar was sculpted by "Big Mr Tong" and can be downloaded for free as part of a ten-figure set of STL (Standard Triangle Language) files from his "Patreon" subscription service. Based upon David Lynch's vision of the Emperor's elite warriors as first seen in his 1984 American science-fiction film "Dune", the miniature was produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer.
The model was undercoated in "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and heavily dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal. The super-human soldier's belt was then 'picked out using a little "Vallejo" Steel Blue, and his firearm with Gunmetal. Finally, the entire figure was 'drowned' in "Citadel" Nuln Oil and the Sardaukar's distinctive green face-visor realised using a combination of "Scalecolor" White Alchemy and the "Citadel" Contrast paint Warp Lightning,
Alongside my test-piece I have managed to complete two more of Big Mr Tong's 28mm scale Cybermen too. Like so many of the sculptor's miniatures these are freely available to members of his "Patreon" and are based upon Eric Saward's incarnation of the travelling Time Lord's archenemies as first seen in the March 1982 "Doctor Who" story "Earthshock".
Just like the three Mondasians I've previously pigmented, these two models were primed in "Citadel" Abaddon Black and given a couple of coats of "Vallejo" Gunmetal. They were then shaded using "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal, before I applied a combination of "Scalecolor" Speed Metal and "Citadel" Flesh Tearers Red to the visible power cylinders on each of their hand-weapons.
Lastly, I have managed to get all the flesh finished on what I hope to be the final four German Infantrymen I need for my 50-point "Flames Of War" German Beach Defence Company. I actually find this part of the 15mm plastic soldiers the most difficult and time-consuming aspect, as the individual fingers are understandably super-tiny to highlight. However, now I'm on to simply layering and washing their backpacks, rifles and equipment, I hope to get them tabletop ready reasonably soon.
In addition, I have shaded the first of four Panzer IV Tanks I aim to tackle once I've finished my second German Panzergrenadier Platoon. This quartet of heavily armoured vehicles have been patiently waiting for me ever since I primed them in "Vallejo" Dark Yellow a few months ago. So, my plan is to practice my brush techniques on one of them whilst I work through the crews of two 7.5cm Tank-Hunter Teams I also need to fill out my Late War force.