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"You Have Only Seen The Autons."

Updated: Jul 21, 2023


"Crude weapons with a single offensive function."

This 28mm scale metal model is sold by “Black Tree Design", and can be purchased as part of the DW1013 - Autons boxed set from their "Doctor Who" miniatures range. "Animated by the Nestene Consciousness as soldiers", the artificial beings first appeared in Robert Holmes' January 1970 BBC Television story "Spearhead From Space".


The life-sized plastic dummy was undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Blue, drenched in "Citadel" Drakehnof Nightshade and subsequently dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Blue. The Auton's belt-buckle and hand-gun barrel were then 'picked out' using some "Vallejo" Gunmetal and its neckerchief with "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey. Both of these areas were later shaded using a little "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - Two Panzer IV tanks and a Panzer II tank

The sliver of Nestene intelligence's hands and face were treated to a layer or two of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone before being washed with some quite heavily watered-down "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. Finally, its fingers, ears, nose, mouth and eye ridges were 'highlighted' with some additional lines of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone.


Alongside my Auton, I've managed to make some progress on a trio of 10mm German tanks by "Pendraken Miniatures" for my Early World War Two project. These quite sizeable metal models were found whilst I was recently clearing out my loft, and are somewhat old sculpts now as they date back to the company's 2011 catalogue - having been the leftovers from my decade-old Operation Barbarossa project.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - These Confederate soldiers have had their shoes and trousers 'picked out'

The Panzer III E/F 37mm gun, Panzer IV F2 and Panzer IVD short 75mm have all been undercoated using "Vallejo" Black Surface Primer and given a couple of licks of the water-based acrylic paint company's Neutral Grey. Despite being few in number, at least until I purchase some of newer models, they should still provide the Axis Forces with some reasonably effective firepower for the campaign's first few battles, especially once supported with a contingent of Panzerjager I tank hunters.


Finally, I have dabbled on a second long-abandoned strip of 15mm scale plastic Confederate soldiers produced by “Warlord Games” which came free on a sprue accompanying Issue 393 of "Wargames Illustrated". Due to the "Epic Battles: American Civil War" game basing two infantry lines per base, I thought I'd try to pigment a pair simultaneously and am slowly 'getting there' with the troopers' various shoe and trouser colours...

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undercoat2670
25 de jul. de 2023

Nice work on the Auton. Looks very good indeed. Those tanks are looking very good too, the details on those looks very crisp indeed.

Your ACW troops are coming along superbly. You are a bit of a nutter for doing different coloured trousers and boots but it looks mighty good, so hats off to you Sir!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
25 de jul. de 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. Simple stuff on the Autons - but they make a nice change from all the detail on the ACW figures. The Straw Hats of Florida were a bit of a rag-tag unit, hence the different colours etc. I might go for a more regular-looking Reb unit next.

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planetmut
17 de jul. de 2023

Great job on the Auton, you've got the mannequin look nailed again!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
18 de jul. de 2023
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Thanks Matt. I've got another three on the go so I can field a five-figure squad for Xenos Rampant. 😀

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
11 de jul. de 2023

Autons are wierd looking buggers but they are as I recall them from the series when I watched the VHS tapes of that storyline. :)


Panzer4 with the short barrel I think are my fav version of that tank. Just mean and stubby like a British Bulldog.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
11 de jul. de 2023
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Cheers Dai. The Black Tree Design sculpts are spot on for the early Autons and a lot of fun to paint - nice and straightforward. Should have some of the Panzers finished pretty soon - once they're done I should be ready for some Early War BatReps.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
10 de jul. de 2023

Great work on the Autons Simon, you've achieved a great plastic look to the skin. nice progress on the rest.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
10 de jul. de 2023
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Thanks Dave. Reasonably simple stuff. Nice not to have to paint in any eyes tbh. LOL!!

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