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“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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undercoat2670
Sep 23, 2022

Great collection of minis. Another great robot, although probably my least favourite pose so far. Those Zygons look amazing, you have got their skin tone down to a fine art. More space marines is always nice to see. How many have you got done so far?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 23, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. That's the last of the Killbots, though I do have some more CD robots to paint up in the rusty American colour scheme - as I fancy expanding the force a bit more. Just one more Zygon to go and then I'll be on to more Dr Who minis from the range. Currently I have a five-man squad of these MK III armoured space marines finished including their sergeant.

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wsd50
Sep 21, 2022

Don't know how I missed this post I was sure I checked here yesterday! Anyway, lovely work on those Killbots as said above very creepy looking, I could see them is so many different scenarios.


The Zygons too are very well painted, shame there isn't a bit of variation in the posing not your fault of course, I would have though it was easy to change poses in a 3D print (but I could be completely wrong as I know nothing about 3D printing!).


And another marine on the way, nice start, I can't keep up with all these different marks of armour, I'm sure back in my day we'd just call them variations by different sculptors! 😉


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 21, 2022
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Cheers Roger. Its good to get a painting project finished, even if it is just a little one like the seven Killbots.


The chap doing my Dr Who sculpts does do quite a few variations for some of his models, but the Zygons aren't one of them. Tbh, I'm more obsessed with him simply going through my fave monsters. LOL!! There are a few, and I have a posting ready where I just concentrate on some of his up and coming models. 😀


Still a loooonng way to go with the Sons of Horus marines. But I do believe I have now finally got my painting method down to a bit of a fine art when it comes to the…

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planetmut
Sep 20, 2022

I really like what you've done with the Killbots, Simon, the faded skull faces and rusty bodies give them a very creepy look!


The Zygons are great and you've really nailed that fleshy look, and as usual the SoH marines are looking good!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 20, 2022
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Thanks Matt. I'm really pleased with how the Killbots turned out. I have some different CD robots to do next, which will also be US rusty palette but a different model. They're the flying octopus ones from Matrix.


Last of the Zygons to finish, and then a load of singles. I've got a posting covering the range planned for tomorrow funnily.


That SoH marine is also completed. Got quite the factory process in place for them now. LOL!!!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Sep 19, 2022

The Killbots look great Simon, as do the Zygons, and nice progress on the Sons

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 19, 2022
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Cheers Dave. Slowly clearing the painting queue so I can focus on more Sons of Horus.

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Simon Quinton
Simon Quinton
Sep 19, 2022

Fab work dude!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 19, 2022
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Thanks Simon. Very much appreciated 😀

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