A long time ago after being inspired by the Man of Tin blog I grabbed my first tub of Poundland Army Men and painted some of them up as an unknown sci fi force:
Later on I dubbed them the Allegiance of Gnossos and Deathzap was born. What this little project did though was make me realise that some times the cheap and nasty can be transformed into something to get excited about! Your wargaming figures don’t always have to be expensive.
My little brother visited this weekend, and while I was waiting for his train to come in to Barnstaple station I spent some time wandering around the rather large Poundland nearby. The usual culprits were there, our good friends seen above, and the fellas below:
I’ve never seen the use in these larger action figures before. The plastic is always bad and with basically no articulation they can only get into the most robotic of poses. What I did see on them though was a decent amount of detail, that could definitely be picked out.
Once home I started chopping and reposing limbs, holding everything together with superglue. I managed to get something pretty dynamic.
It was at that point I had to fill all the gaps and strengthen all the joints with Milliput.
After priming him grey I started to get rather excited. It was at this point he started looking like something worth putting on your shelf. The problem I had now was thinking of which Deathzap faction to paint him as.
I chose the lesser known and basically brand new faction The Davian Supremacy. Painting wise this was your fairly standard basecoat, wash, highlight affair. The face was probably the most difficult part as you may have noticed in the primed image above he was distinctly lacking in detail, so everything had to be painted on.
All I’ve written on the faction so far is this:
In recent times the Davian Supremacy have emerged as something altogether different from your average Solar Raider Wartribe, their troops are much better trained and equipped and their technology seems far in advance of the rest of the Tribes and even exceeds some Xolar factions.
My major inspiration for them was Oswald Cabal and his Airmen from H.G Wells’ 1936 film Things To Come.
Something I remembered while painting was that you can highlight black with any colour. His banding and equipment was probably over highlighted with the green, but it does at a distance at least look black, the green also helps his pretty dark purple uniform pop a little more.
For now he’s just a display piece, but I’m considering the possibility of putting together a fire fight game. The sort of game where you only have one or two figures to a side and keep track of all the nitty gritty for each soldier.
Anyway I think that is one polished turd!