Greetings Terrans, I have more Sludgy goodness to share with you folks today. For those that don’t know, Sludge is a wargame created by Sean Sutter, (available in Blaster vol. 4), and comes with a really appealing setting which mixes Blackpowder, medieval and steampunk vibes into one nightmarish dystopian reality… It is also miniature agnostic, so for me, was a great excuse to go and get some Perry Miniatures – a range that I have been itching to have a look at for a long time!
So I started out with the ‘PN1’ Prussian Line Infantry from the Napoleonic range… that’s a whopping 46 minis for £22 – less than 50p per mini!! The set includes 40 muskets including officer, standard and drummer, plus 6 bonus Jaegers. I was quite happy with the general vibe of the Prussians, but I wanted to tie them in more tightly with the concept of the Toymaker Kinge, and so wanted them to look horrifically like automatons… (or, even more horrifically, like they might NOT completely be automatons…).
I picked up some robot heads somewhere (Spellcrow I think?), and ended up with these creatures – I’m very pleased with the Cyberman vibe:
Yellow epilates & cuffs
Blue epilates & cuffs
So let’s talk about the models… Well, they are really very good for 50p! They are ‘proper plastic’ for a start, so very amenable to converting and so on. They are truescale, so won’t look great spliced with GW minis – you can see that the more heroically scaled automaton heads come up a smidge large, but I can get away with it in the context of this project I think. If I’m being hyper-critical, the detailing is a bit of a faff to pick out here and there, but really nothing too terrible when you consider the price!
The painting was suitably sludgy & mucky – very quick work with Contrast paints, shading and drybrushing being very much the order of the day! I also went to town with the texture & technical paint, plus plenty of grass tufts to hide any wonky bits… I wanted these poor machines to look almost derelict – the Toymaker Kinge cares not if they break as a result of enacting his will!
So that’s all on this project for the tie being – off to Dublin on Thursday for a weekend playing Ghost Archipelago so supper excited about that!! Catch you droogs on the flip side :-)
Pete S/ SP said:
Great work. The replacement heads give them a nice creepy vibe
Cheers mate, I’ve always found Cyber-types to be kinda sinister so chuffed if I’ve captured a hint of that 😊
Holy shit, awesome work on these! The robot heads are really creepy, and the tufts stuck to them look like their stuffing is coming out! Nicely done again, sir!
Cheers mate, they do look like they’ve had the stuffing knocked out of them don’t they 😁
Love the head conversions, totally transformed the figures to produce a cracking looking army. Hope you have a great time in Dublin. 🙂
Cheers dude, I’m sure I will 😊
They look great, and I think the slightly oversized heads actually add to the look. The body tufts give them a cool scarecrow vibe too. Looking forward to seeing you in Dublin!
Cheers mate, they’ve worked out nicely eh? Catch you in a couple o’ days in the Emerald Isle!! Aarrrr!!!☠️☠️☠️
Dave Stone said:
Great conversions Alex, and your painting looks suitably sludgy
Cheers dude, the subject suits my style perfectly 😊
I’m loving this project man. The head swaps are inspired and I don’t think they look too big at all.
Cheers mate, I figured this would be right up your street 🤘😊
Oh wow! These are truly something! The steampunk Cybermen thing is pure genius, I think the conversions work perfectly and the paintjob is top notch. I love them
Aw, thanks mate – they are good fun eh?
Bugger me mate! I have to say I’m truly impressed !! brilliant, never seen anything like them!!
Cheers matey, certainly not bad for the price eh? 😊
Fan-bloody-tastic mate! Those robot heads work so well on those bodies! Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got up your sleeve for this project. Oh, and have a cracking time in Dublin with those pirates! :-D
Cheers dude, good fun ain’t they? 😊
Dublin’s gonna be cool ☠️☠️☠️
Great work yet again on these – the Cyberman look and feel is real – and nice use of the bases to add some extra colour variation to the models!
Cheers dude, they were fun to do, and mass produced & virtually identically posed minis seem to be a sweet spot for me! Some people hate it but I can roll with it quite happily when I’m in the mood😁👍
It all depends on the who and what models are, I find – these automata fit the theme of near-identical posing perfectly!
Love them! creepy toy soldiers from hell!
Cheers mate, creepy is very much the desired state 😊