Sunday, 11 January 2015

From SimonM - The Tomb Of The Cybermen (45 Points)


All of these 28mm metal models are based upon the Cybermen from the British Science Fiction television series “Doctor Who”; more specifically from the four-part serial "The Tomb Of The Cybermen", which opened Season Five back in September 1967 when Patrick Troughton was the (second) Doctor. They're made by “Black Tree Design” and "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio".


These eight Cybermen miniatures are all code DW207 Tomb Cyberman by "Black Tree Design". Whovian officionardos though will naturally recognise it as the Mark II Cyberman, which first appeared in the 1967 adventure “The Moonbase”. However it is far more widely recognised as the Timelord’s foe from the aforementioned story “Tomb Of The Cybermen”, which was broadcast later that year.

I must confess to this figure being one of my all-time favourites, despite its rather static pose, but some of the features on the sculpt are a little soft. All of the Cybermen were first undercoated with “Citadel” Abaddon Black and then given a layer of Boltgun Metal. Once dry each was washed with the Shade Nuln Oil. The models were then dry-brushed with more Boltgun Metal before receiving a light dry-brush of Mithril Silver. Finally, as these were really 'Moonbase' Cybermen, I picked out their chest and shoulder piping with Abaddon Black and washed around these areas with more Nuln Oil to blend them in.


This Cyber Controller figure is code DW217 by "Black Tree Design". The model does suffer from being slightly smaller in size than his fellow cybermen. Something which is greatly at variance with his television presence as the Cybermen's leader should be somewhat taller than his silver minions. But there’s a nice lot of detail on him to be brought out through dry-brushing. In fact too much detail, as the Cyber Controller does not actually have a chest device in "The Tomb Of The Cybermen".

The model was painted in exactly the same way as the Cybermen, except his (slightly skewed) command dome was finished off with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.


These Cybermats are all the Robo Rodent model by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio". I've previously painted five of the small 28mm models before, but felt an additional five would allow me to 'table' a serious cyber-swarm of them. The models were also painted the same way as my Cybermen, with the exception of their eyes. As I wanted these models to mix with my previous Cybermats, I painted all of their eyes first with "Vallejo" White and then dabbed a spot of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson" in each pupil. This had the effect of giving the robo rodents nice deep pink eyes which lighten as less Shade billows out to the area's edge.

 Finally there's the 160mm tall Cyber- +++ Delete Delete +++ But you'll have to go over to the Victorian Themed Bonus Round to see all about that.

24 comments:

  1. Very nice indeed Blax. You've achieved a suitably dark and menacing metallic effect on these chaps. I really like it.

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    1. Many thanks Michael. I swear I never want to see Boltgun Metal again though this project has almost used up my last pot.

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  2. Is it just me or is the text dark and menacing as well...?

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    1. Some days I just HATE Blogger...

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    2. I simply thought it was Curt showing off some of his artistic flair ;-)

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  3. Nasty nasty, I always hated these the most and s well painted I almost hid behind the sofa (couch)

    Ian

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  4. There are days in the challenge when you see things like this and ponder why I had not painted cybermen already. Lovely job mate. I MUST now go and oder some cybermen!

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    1. Many thanks Clint. I only picked one up to repaint and then suddenly I had this lot in my hands and couldn't put them down!! Very addictive ;-)

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  5. Wow, this entry was a surprise. I never saw this one coming [sarcasm mode off, as Kryten from Red Dwarf would say] ;)

    And I'm glad you mentioned them as the MkII Cybermen, as I wasn't around in '67 (though it was the year my parents married) so didn't see the shows.

    Good stuff! :)

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    1. Oh you make me feel old. I was around and old enough to watch these as released. Along with a lot of classic telly.

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  6. Thanks Roy. I'd recommend the DVD for sure :-)

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    1. Sorry, the storms kept us all awake during the night and I talk rubbish when I'm tired.

      Never been a fan of Dr Who to be honest. I remember watching it when Sylvester McCoy was the Time Lord, but it doesn't really do it for me. I'm only now becoming a convert to Star Trek, however. So you never know.

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  7. Another great entry Simon! Recently I attempted to mimic your style for using metallics. Ya, I think I blew it, but I'm going to submit it next week anyway.

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    1. Cheers Anne. I look forward to seeing it. To be honest the glut of metallic minis I've painted recently was so I could practice for my Victorian Themed entry. Hope to steer clear of Boltgun Metal for a while now ;-)

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  8. Lots of genres these fellows can fit in! They turned out very well!

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    1. Thanks David. Much appreciated my friend.

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