Saturday, August 31, 2013

Doctor Who: Silurians

Well, it's been a bit since my last post.  My long trusted camera for photographing miniatures went belly up earlier this month, and we just recently go a replacement, which I am trying out here with these newly painted Silurians from Doctor Who.
 Sadly, it doesn't seem to be able to focus as well as the last one when it comes to smaller objects (I had hoped to get some close ups), but I'll have to live with it.

OK, enough about the camera.  These Silurians are from the Black Tree Design range, which I go through their American office. I know some people have had hit or miss service from them, but I got my complete order (about 30 figures of various sorts) within about 2 1/2 weeks after placing it. The casting quality was good, and I didn't have to do too much clean up on them.

I went with a mix of the 70's (figures 3 and 4) and 80's (Figures 1,2, and 5) costumes to add a bit of variety.  Looking at photographic references, the 70's versions seemed to be a bit darker and greener than their 80's counterparts:

1970's Silurian. Source: Doctor Who Concordance

1980's Silurian. Source: Doctor Who Concordance

I wanted them to blend together a bit better, so I used something close the the 80's color scheme, but used a bit of khaki to give it a greener tint.  To accentuate the scaly skin, I used a subtle pointillist style with the highlight color, similar to my Pterosaur (sadly it doesn't show well in the photo).   For the third eye, I went with red to mimic the attack color.

EDIT:  I tried to get some better pictures with our video camera.  The pictures are a little grainy compared to the other camera, but can can get a bit closer without it going out of focus:

 I will use the 70's figures for command and the armored 80's versions as the attack troops. In addition to the aforementioned Pterosaur, my Silurians will eventually be joined by a group of Sea Devils as well.

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