Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Yeti - man in a monster suit 2

Another fun monster from the early Doctor Who episodes :) The Yeti! This sculpt had lots of nice texture to it with all the fur.

The Second Doctor ( 2nd Doctor )

I did my 2nd Doctor today. I like it, but would have liked checkered pants better. I've seen some great mini painters do quite detailed freehand clothing, and I tried to do some checkers at first, but my free-handing with very tiny lines was too rough, and I ended up giving him solid colour trousers. I'll have to practice that sort of thing a bit more at a later date. Anyway, here's a step-by-step painting the Black Tree 2nd Doctor.

Step 1: Undercoat in black

Step Two: pants in karak stone

step three: shirt in fenrisian grey (light blue)

recorder in screaming skull

skin in cadian fleshtone

handkerchief in white scar

jacket in very dark grey ( a colour I got a lot of in a sample pot from the hardware store. I got three shades of grey - dark, medium and light, in big sample pots, for just $8 each. Much cheaper than buying lots and lots of pots of miniatures paints. I use sample pots to get big amounts of paint for working on scenery, and use the dark grey paint as a base coat for black clothing now - after applying a black wash over it, the folds in the now-black clothing are automatically shaded.)

Put the blue (fenrisian grey) on the frilly cuffs of the shirt sleeves

Wash with nuln oil (black wash) to bring out all of the details. Note how the grey jacket now looks black, but the raised folds still show the dark grey, automatically highlighting the black jacket (instead of the whole thing being pitch black with no visible detail).

Once the wash has dried, all of the colours you painted are now shadowy. Take the original colours and paint back onto the model, to highlight the surfaces. Areas to paint again - the face (being sure to leave the recesses shaded) and up-facing sides of the model such as shoulders, tops of hands, collar of shirt, etc. Also highlight some of the folds in the pants to make them more visible and contrasty.
 Paint the shoes dark brown, with light brown on their top side, and stick on a base! Done!

Cyberman !

Fantastic! Got my cybermen in the mail from Black Tree ! So easy to paint - bright silver, black wash, highlight up-facing surfaces with the silver again. Done!
Gotta be careful when cutting the slot-bit of metal off, that runs under their feet (for slotting into a regular slot-base) as his right foot snapped off. Luckily some super glue helped get him standing again. Once glued onto the clear base, he was solid again.

Monday, August 27, 2012

clear bases on paper maps

Works great on paper maps - the image underneath shows through the bases really well!

That's no chicken!

Got a dozen of these little guys a while back, when I was painting up some dinosaurs :) Feathered raptors!

London Resistance Fighter

These guys are good for all sorts of scenarios, from London Resistance Fighters during the Dalek Invasion of Earth, to dock workers, to mobsters, etc. Put a bit too much glue under his feet, and it marked the plastic  out from the feet when I attached him, so I'll have to watch that on future figures when sticking them on the base.

UNIT Soldier

On a roll today! Got another done - this time I tried out a UNIT soldier (classic who uniform, not the new series!)

Sontaran Warrior

My first Sontaran warrior!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Slyther - man in a monster suit :)

I love this 'terrifying' 'alien monster' from one of the First Doctor adventures. More than that, I love the miniature - because it captures the feel of Classic Doctor Who television serials - a low budget suit thrown over a man's head to be a monster. It's like you can actually see the cloth beneath clumps of hairy fur - like a blanket thrown over someone's head, and the cuffs of the sleeves, as if the furry graspers are a hairy glove shoved over an actor's hands. Not to mention the fearsome cardboard tubes with foam balls for eyes glued onto the end of the stalks.

paint it black

paint it all a swampy green (castellan green)
paint the furry clumps brown (bestial brown)

paint eye globes bright (cream or white)

cover with a wet black wash (nuln oil)

wait for it to dry!

Touch up areas where the 'undersuit' shows through the fur, and the stalks, and cuffs on arms, in the green again

drybrush the fur areas with the brown again. Drybrush parts of the fur, and the up-facing parts, in a brighter brown/tan/fleshy colour to highlight (cadian fleshtone)
Highlight the eye stalks and cuffs with lighter green (elysian green)
paint eye globes in white

Glue it onto a base, flock, paint the base, etc (or stick it on a clear base).

Clear Figure Bases Awesomeness!

Trying out something new. I've only actually based a couple of my doctor who minis, and I've ordered a bunch more for some classic cyberman and yeti scenarios with unit, etc. I've decided that my Doctor Who collection will use Clear Bases - something that I think is pretty neat.

Because Dr Who scenarios take place all over the place - city streets, space station interiors, desert wastelands, British farming fields, etc, I didn't like the fact that if I flock and decorate the bases of my figures, then they will only blend in with some types of boards. For example, if I put dirt and grass on the figure bases, it looks odd when walking down metal grated space station corridors.

So for Doctor Who, I am going to do my whole collection in Clear plastic bases, which I found a guy selling good ones on Ebay! Here's my first test: a civilian man with a briefcase. He is a metal mini that was sculpted with a metal base as part of the figure. I sawed off everything beneath his feet with a big craft knife, and then superglued his feet to the middle of the clear plastic base (after painting him - don't want to get any paint or wash stains on the base!) and now I have a guy whose base fits in with any type of scenario!

It is a trade off though, because it isn't flocked, it's reflective clear plastic, but I've decided I really like it anyhow :)

In the snow!

In a military installation!

On a grassy, rocky hill!

In the hand of a giant!

Sunday, August 19, 2012