Friday, 30 December 2016

From SimonM: "Black Tree Design" Doctor Who & The Horns Of Nimon (25 Points)

"Welcome to Skonnos, my friends."
These five 28mm metal models of the Nimon are manufactured by “Black Tree Design” and can be bought as code DW428 from their "Doctor Who" range. Large, black-skinned humanoids with bull-like heads, "similar to the minotaurs of Earth's myths", this parasitic species first appeared in the December 1979 BBC Television science fiction serial "The Horns Of Nimon", and quickly demonstrated their desire to enslave the citizens and soldiers of the Skonnan Empire.
"Welcome to the new home of the Nimon race - the next step in The Great Journey of Life."
As all five of the single-pose miniatures were cast with their hands at their sides, I tried to mix their poses up a little bit by slowly prising their arms out to various degrees with a modelling knife. The figures were then primed with "Citadel" Chaos Black, dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Charred Brown and washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
Nimon WIPs - From dry-brush and wash, through to having its loincloth 'picked out' with gold
Having finished the basic layers, I then applied a double coat of "Vallejo" Gold to the Nimons' loincloths and had their clothing subsequently washed with Strong Tone Quickshade. The  extra-terrestrial energy-drainers' eyes were 'picked out' with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. Whilst their horns, capable of shooting deadly beams, were painted with "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre, shaded with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and finally dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre.

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More crazy Dr. Who stuff for which I have no cultural reference. Still, I think they're terrific.

The Horns of Nimon 'quickly demonstrated their desire to enslave the citizens and soldiers of the Skonnan Empire'... Well, being that these Nimon chaps are like minotaurs with a S&M fetish I'm not surprised the folks from the Skonnan empire were not keen on the idea.  A planet of Millsy's on the other hand? Not a problem, love the horns.

Seriously, very nice work Simon. I particularly like the contrast of the horns and gold loincloths to their ebony skin.  Will there me more Dr. Who beasties in the Challenge this year? I hope so.

Well done! 
  

 

38 comments:

  1. "Lord Nii-mon? Lord Niiii-mon...?"

    Possibly the worst Fourth Doctor adventure ever, this one is a guilty pleasure. Thanks for the nostalgia!

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    1. Thanks Evan. This was a cracker imho with some of the best hammy acting going. Guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of any class "Who" fan. Nice models too imho.

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    2. Special mention to Graham Crowden for leaving no bit of scenery unchewed!

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    3. Just imagine what the Fourth Doctor would have been like if Crowden hadn't turned down the role in 1974, when Jon Pertwee left!?!

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    4. It's like a whole other language...

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    5. Sounds like the Snow Lord had a deprived childhood! Too much Degrassi and not enough of the good stuff...

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  2. I always like seeing Dr. Who themed miniatures. Your painting is excellent. Thanks for sharing your secrets of the dark arts.

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    1. Many thanks Jonathan. These were nice and straightforward sculpts to paint, so just needed a clean and neat paint-job tbh. The hardest part was getting the gold to lay evenly as the castings were a bit rough around the legs.

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  3. It's fun to see some Doctor Who related miniatures. Well done!

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  4. Well they just scream bad 70s tv scifi don't they? Great stuff!

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  5. Who could forget that episode? Great to them them finished after seeing them being painted "live" the other day Simon!

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    1. Cheers Paul. I think that's one of the best things about the chat, is listening/seeing people paint and then later seeing the finished minis on this site.

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  6. Nice work Simon, or as we say in the Skonnan Empire... "Horns Up!"

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    1. Thanks Michael. "The Horns of Nimon" was indeed "good stuff" imho.

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  7. very nice but I feel a bit like Curt - what?

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    1. Cheers Martin. Next time we're on the chat together I can tell you all about Soldeed and his plans to dominate the universe with the help of the Nimon if you want? ;-)

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  8. very stange looking figures, but nice job on them

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    1. Thanks James. The sculpts really do capture the bulk of the bizarre show's costumes.

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  9. Can we have some more please! Dr WHO. How good is that. More and More Of the good Dr and the monsters. The BBC making good use of men in rubber suits for decades and no one complained!

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    1. Cheers Clint. I hope to do just that and post up quite a few "Doctor Who" monsters over the next few months, as well as a few TARDIS crew too.

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    2. Do not forget to save something for the final bonus round. (Just in case)

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    3. Thanks Clint, I have plenty I assure you ;-)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin. Simple stuff these ones :-)

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  11. Great work Simon. I did think you'd gone all Stargate on us then?

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    1. Cheers Ray. I do have some "Stargate" minis somewhere, but they're buried away fortunately, as the last thing I need is another sci-fi show to paint ;-)

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  12. Real nice, should I tell you Black Tree have a 50% sale on at the moment?

    Ian

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    1. Thanks Ian. I'm still waiting on a large(ish) order from "Black Tree" from the start of the month, so I'll be waiting for that one to arrive before I splurg again (otherwise I lose track with their 'unreliable' delivery times). Cheers for the thought though!!

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  13. the horns of who? I have never heard of this (me not being a fan of the doctor) but the figure is really good!

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    1. Cheers Sander. In all fairness you probably haven't missed one of Tom Baker's better stories, but I'm glad you like the figures.

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  14. Very nice, Simon!
    I appreciate the extra step of altering arm positions, regiments of the same dude drive me nuts! ;)
    And now I know why my geek daughter has been searching and watching Dr who Nimon stuff on YouTube! ;)

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    1. Cheers David. Glad to see your daughter has your very good taste in YouTube :-)

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  15. Spooky. With those gold loincloths, they'll be ready to conquer Studio 54.

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