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Monday, 29 October 2012

Short Sci-fi interlude

I had a hankering to paint something sci-fi-ish towards the end of last week so had a dig through my to do drawers and managed to come up with a bunch of suitable models to slap some paint on. After a shout out on the Lead Adventure forums I've got a few more avenues to investigate for some more suitable aliens to add to the group.

From the depths of the lead pile I've resurrected 6 Bob Olley Retained Knights, 3 Bob Olley Space Goblins, a Space Crusade Necron, an ancient space Hulk genestealer, a battletech Centurian and some Kryomek Aliens that still need some TLC.

Here's a couple of close ups (click to enlarge)
Snipping off the integral bases on them all was a pain in the arse but as I wanted them all standing on piles of decaying scrap it was worth the effort and finger blisters. For the bases it was just a case of raiding my bits box for anything that wasn't organic looking and dissembling some of the watches kindly provided by my wife. If you're thinking of doing some similar type bases I would suggest keeping all your base off cuts as these came in handy for filler.

Here's a couple of close ups of the bases:

I usually paint the bases of my mini's last but as painting these was going to be messy I thought I'd finish them up first so I don't mess up the mini's feet.

The edges need cleaning up but I'll sort this out as a final step.

For the bases I undecorated everything black, dry-brushed Bolt Gun Metal, then a lighter layer of Mithril Silver, then a little GW bronze, (not sure which one) and a small amount of blazing orange. Once all this was dry I watered down a little blue that looked suitably verdigris like and hit a few areas to add some variety. Lastly before the slime stage I gave the base a light dusting of Dark Yellow Vallejo Pigment. Once this was all dry it looked a little too boring so I whacked on a little watery Vallejo Fluorescent yellow around the edges and in the deep recesses to give it a little colour and contrast.
Here's a couple of close ups so you can get a better view of the bases:

If anyone wants to see a step by step tutorial give me a shout in comments and I'll get one put together.

Most of these minis are still in production so if you want to get your hands on them check out the links below.
Bob Olley Retained Knights:
Bob Olley Space Goblins:
Battlemech, Centurian:
Kryomek Aliens:


  1. Very nice classic mini's here. The bases look really good look forward to seeing these painted up

    1. Thanks very much, just got to decide on the scheme.

  2. Those bases look fantastic...

    I love that they are dirty and grimy, yet still colourful...

    I for one would love to see a step by step of them.

    1. Cheers, I'll try and get a step by step together at some point this week!

  3. Cracking start. The minis and the basing are top notch. Can't wait to see 'em with some paint (skilfully) slapped on!

  4. Wicked classics! I've still got that Battletech guy somewhere too...