Monday, 22 February 2016

From SimonM - 28mm "Horrorclix" Aliens (20 Points)

This rather large 40mm pre-painted plastic "Wizkids" model of an Alien is from the "Horrorclix" AVP Alien Verses Predator: Aliens Collector's Set. The sculpt is based upon the extra-terrestrials which attacked Charles Bishop's doomed expedition to Antarctica in the 2004 science-fiction horror film "Alien Verses Predator".

The miniature originally came complete with a hapless scientist as part of a small vignette. But as I initially planned on just using the Alien I removed it from the model's 'clicky base' and set about trying to work out whether I could also detach the "serpent" as well. After a bit of head-scratching it became evident that the creature would be hard to place upon an essentially flat-surfaced stand without it's pose looking especially odd. So I eventually decided to leave the monster attached to his ornately carved Inca-inspired stone column and simply superglue the assemble onto a thin-lipped circular 40mm bases in order for me to use it as an Alien spawn marker.

Having decided how I was going to use the model on the tabletop I gave the vicious monster an undercoat of "Citadel" Abaddon Black and subsequently dry-brushed the model with "Vallejo" German Grey. Once I was satisfied I had 'highlighted' all of the Alien's well-sculpted detail I washed the figure with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and then applied a second, significantly lighter dry-brush of "Vallejo" German Grey over its more prominently raised surfaces. The Alien's mouth was painted using a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil, whilst its head's carapace was given a coat of Abaddon Black.

Finally I painted the Alien's stone column using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Brown and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. This piece of scenery was then dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Heavy Brown.

In addition to my Alien spawn marker I have also painted three more of the Xenomorph drones which Weyland and his team encountered deep beneath Bouvet Island. These Aliens were all painted in the same way.


Another creepy group of aliens Simon.  Once again I like the work you have put into these decidedly monochromatic beasties.  I also really like your basework and I think that the Faux-Incan stele works really well and give beasty #1 some great movement.  He (she?)  looks about to swing out and pounce on someone.

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  1. Love that one on the stele its a very cool nice to see a base gives a sense of the creatures abilty to scale surfaces.

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    1. Thanks Adam. Definitely the right decision to keep him attached imho.

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  2. Two scary aliens. Including a "Free runner!" I knew there was something ODD about that sport!

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    1. Eh? There's four Aliens actually Clint ;-)

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  3. Cool looking fig. Definitely right to keep on post

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    1. Indeed they are Dave... and more to come, albeit Alien hounds to come next week.

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  5. You really get the best out of these models

    Ian

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    1. Much appreciated Ian. Its hard to see the highlights in the photos but they are nice imho.

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  6. Whoa! That is really nicely done! The way you've done the basing is brilliant-so much movement present.

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    1. Thanks Anne. Very much appreciated :-)

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  7. Suitably slick and nasty. I also like the basework you've given them.

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    1. Cheers Curt. That's the last of the Aliens... as such :-)

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  8. Once again with the slimy aliens,Simon! ;)
    They do look really good!

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