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  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

“You Are Terminated.”

“You only postponed it. Judgment Day is inevitable.”

These four identically-posed 28mm scale metal Killbots are produced by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", and can be bought individually as Killbot B, or as part of the four-figure deal - SKU: DEAL 347. Clearly evocative of a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 from the "Terminator" science fiction franchise, I was originally planning on using them as long-serving (near future) robots designed by the American Military to support the government's troopers in the "Corporate Wars". But have since realised that their height (due to them being slotta-base sculpts) won’t really fit in with the old, slightly taller standing “East Riding Miniatures” range.

Each single-cast model was undercoated with a double-helping of "Vallejo" Heavy Grey before being shaded in "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green. I then applied a dry-brush of "Vallejo" Gunmetal to the quartet, making sure to ‘catch’ their armour plating, limbs and head, so as to suggest some significant weathering had taken place on those areas. I further distressed the Killbots by drowning them in "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and randomly dabbing at their joints with a little "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash.

"Sting of the Zygons."

All of these techniques were later blended together with a dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Grey. Furthermore the robots' firearms were given a combination of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal, and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I also dotted their eyes with a little "Scalecolor" Speed Metal, dabbed these areas with "Citadel" Contrast colour Flesh Tearers Red, and applied a single Allied Star decal to one shoulder-pad on each model.

In addition to completing my current collection of Killbots I have finished three more 40mm Zygons sculpted by Nikola Stankovic and 3D printed by "Encounter Terrain". These figures are based upon Steven Moffat's ‘Nu-Who’ incarnation of the shape-changing aliens from his November 2013 "Doctor Who" anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor", and were painted up to mimic this more 'pink' palette.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - This Space Marine just needs some washes and a 'tidy up'

Each model was primed with two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone and shaded in "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. They were then heavily dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone, before being washed with plenty of watered down "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. Finally, I applied a second, much lighter dry-brush of "Vallejo” Heavy Skintone over the trio, and 'picked out' their tiny eyes and teeth with a little White.

Finally, I have made some significant in-roads on another 28mm plastic Space Marine by "Games Workshop". This multi-part figure wearing MK III power armour was assembled from pieces taken from the now OOP (Out Of Production) Burning Of Prospero boxed game, and is one of ten figures I plan to field as my first Sons of Horus Tactical Squad for the Horus Heresy…

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