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"You Sure Don't Look Like An Iguana."

“We are not on your planet now. We are on mine.”

This 28mm metal model is manufactured by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" and can be purchased either as part of the four-figure SKU: DEAL 339 Resistance Fighters, or separately as SKU: MINI 1190. A "news cameraman at the time of the First Invasion", this miniature has clearly inspired by Marc Singer's character, Mike Donovan, in Kenneth Johnson's 1983 American science-fiction television miniseries "V".


"One of the leaders of the Visitor Resistance", "Gooder" was initially undercoated using a mixture of "Vallejo" Surface Primer Black and "Warlord Games" Pitch Black, before having his trousers base layered in "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey and later sploshed with some heavily-watered down "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade so as to provide him with the illusion of wearing faded jeans.

"Resisting the Alien Invaders are this ragtag group of freedom fighters."

I next applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna to the central part of the figure's two-tone jacket and Heavy Brown to its sleeves. The entire coat was subsequently shaded in "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, and then both the torso and sleeves were dry-brushed with their previous base colour. One of the last areas I tackled was the journalist's famous video camera, which was treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil.


Following a dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal, I then carefully tried to 'block back out' the predominantly plastic parts of the optical instrument with some "Citadel" Abaddon Black. Finally, I used my regular recipe of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone, "Citadel" Reikland Fleshtone", and (extra) "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone to highlight the nose, lips and cheeks, on the model's face.

"Black Tree Design" WIPs - Sea Devils undercoated in a mixture of "Vallejo" Surface Primer Black & Verdigris

With one of my last contributions to the Fourteenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) completed, including an additional bonus 20-points for tying my entry in with the Challenge Library's Romance section (alongside a previously posted [not] Juliet Parrish Freedom Fighter I have pigmented), I have started working on nine more Sea Devils by "Black Tree Design" I recently discovered in a drawer. The majority of these classic "Doctor Who" monsters come from the company's seven-figure set DW1015 - Sea Devils, and should slowly be brought up to tabletop standard over the next ten days.


Indeed, I plan to use the miniatures as (yet another) experiment in overcoming my loathing for batch-painting - so everyday I'll just work on applying a layer here or dabble with an area there, before focusing on some of the other models I have on my painting desk. This might well seem like a long-winded affair. But as I've never been able to properly knuckle down to a factory conveyor-belt like process before, thus I'm hoping that this might work out better than some of my other attempts...

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undercoat2670
28 févr.

Great painting on your not Mike Donovan, I particularly like the two fine jacket and the jeans. Awesome stuff! I really like those Sea Devil, they are great minis get can their age so more of those is always welcome. It would be great to see a made force of those on the table.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
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Thanks Undercoat. Lots of Sea Devils (and other Silurians) planned for the next few weeks. 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
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Great work on Mike Simon, and more Sea Devils to enjoy soon as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
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Cheers Dave. 😀

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
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Oh, Sea Devils looking great!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
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Thanks very much Michal. I've already got five finished Sea Devils to post over the coming weeks. So these extra ones should give the group a strong visual presence on the tabletop.

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