Thursday, 23 October 2014

Dr. Kobalt's creation!


Zomtober 2014 - post#4


Just the briefest of posts to share a couple more characters that I'm hoping to shoehorn into the fun that is 'Zomtober'.  In fairness, not sure that I can claim this as a fully fledged 'Zomtober' post as Dr. Kobalt isn't really a survivor, but as the creator of the Tod-truppen he is often surrounded by the bodies of the recently re-animated.  Once again to quote direct from the 'North Star Military Figures' site:
The Count’s personal Artificer is Dr Kobalt, the twisted genius behind the Tod-truppen. He is short, balding and wears wire-rimmed glasses. Lightly armoured in a long, lined black leather coat Kobalt is nevertheless dangerous to face in battle. He carries both an Arc pistol and an Arc generator. In addition to providing constant power for his sidearm, this generator provides the energy to keep the Tod-truppen animated – so he is usually surrounded by them.
This was such a great sculpt and one I found too irresistible to put back in the box having discovered it.  Perhaps it was my infinity with the good Doctor's hairstyle that saw him promoted through the ranks to the head of the painting queue, but whatever the reason, I was determined he had to be painted next.  One effect that I was trying for with the painting was to give the illusion of a mysterious reviving energy held within the Arc generator on his back.  I wanted it to look as if it was bubbling and swirling, reading to bring the recently fallen back to life.  The same effect can be seen on the arms of the Tod-truppen themselves in a bid to link the troop together.


In order to legitimise the post I needed to find a bona fide zombie and duly came across this chap lurking around the periphery of the lead pile.  Dressed in his hospital gown this Lead Adventure Forum miniature had the elaborate title, 'Zed, Just Zed", A Failed Experiment' and was picked up at Salute 2013.  With the addition of a red stripe down his trouser leg he could pass as an experimental 'Tod-truppen' that, judging by the smeared and bloody handprints on the front of the gown, has recently run amok in Dr. Kobalt's laboratory of terror.  


Two more for the tally and with a bit of luck, we should still mange to finish some additional miniatures before Sunday's deadline.  






64 comments:

  1. Totally Mad. Totally kooky. Totally Brilliant

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  2. I like your reanimation energy effect, it's like the evilist lava lamp!

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    1. Thank you Brian and why didn't I think of that when looking for reference - spot on!

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  3. Stunning as ever Michael! Great job.
    That group shot is amazing

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    1. Thank you so much Mike, I'm really glad with how they've turned out!

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  4. Great pair of figures that ticks all the boxes and they both easily fit in with the group shot

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  5. The Doctor is in the house! Love the Failed Experiment, very nice indeed.

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  6. Very nice paintjob on an extremely characterful sculpt! The wackyness is really captured very nicely on the model

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    1. Thank you, there was something that drew me to this characterful sculpt, just couldn't resist.

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  7. Great job Michael!
    Dr Kobalt is very nice but Zed, just Zed is priceless.
    Superb!

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    1. Thank you Bob, it is such a fun pose that one.

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  8. Terrific duo. One of the great things about Zomtober is that some people are posting some great double-acts and these two are brill :-) I'm really trying to resist the temptation not to buy these models but you're making it more and more difficult to stay away from them!!!

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    1. Thank you so much and I couldn't agree more. Seeing what everyone else is doing is truly inspirational.

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  9. Brilliant and of course it counts! He's just more of a cause rather than symptom :D

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    1. That's incredibly generous of you Simon, thank you.

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  10. They both look just ghoulishly brilliant!

    Christopher

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  11. Disgusting and beautiful...brilliant job!

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  12. Well you certianly can't stop now Michael, your going to have to finish that IHMN Company now that your just about halfway!
    Nice job on the Professor!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing myself, but there is so much to do!

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  13. Outstanding work. Love the Good Doctor's face. Oozes character from every brushstroke.

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    1. Thank you so much Herbert, he was a blast to paint up.

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  14. The Doc's revitalizer regulator apparatus and fizzy bubbling goop is excellently presented, Michael.

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    1. Thank you Jay, it was just one of those silly ideas that I just had to have a go at.

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  15. Both figures really work together and I love the result

    Ian

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  16. Awesome additions! The red stripe on the Z's trouser really makes him fit in with the others.

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    1. Thank you, it was such a simple device, but I was pleased that it worked.

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  17. Gruesome work on the madman and his minions! Reminds me of a the B grade movie, "Re-animator."

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    1. Thank you Monty and good call on the movie, I'd forgotten about that one.

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  18. two classic subjects for a great job!
    my compliments.
    bye

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  19. A wonderful sculpt indeed! And you've done him great justice, sir! (Love the liquid nastiness he's toting around.)

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    1. Thank you Curt, I'm enjoying getting back into some painting, however small, since having the break, I just find it so relaxing.

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  20. Brilliant and mental in equal measure!

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    1. It's certainly out there, but great fun.

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  21. Great as always , first characters i love it .
    Cheers .

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    1. Thnak you Vincent, that is very kind of you to say so.

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  22. Brilliant work Michael - freakish looking group to be sure!

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  23. Excellent work - a freakish looking mob to be sure!

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  24. Hola
    Que pasada como molan
    un saludo

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  25. Michael a great addition, I did consider this range when it first came out, thinking now I should revisit it. Regards Stuart

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    1. Thank you Stuart, I'm slowing getting some painting, but nowhere near enough for a game yet - maybe one day.

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  26. He's a bit of alright Michael, very nice.

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    1. That's very kind of you Francis, thank you.

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  27. Brilliant stuff Michael. The choice of light blue for the Doktor's lab coat is quite inspired, and the bloody handprints are so creepy. That lost shot of the Doktor and his minions is quite unnerving.
    Bravo,
    M

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    1. Thank you Michael, there were a lot of decisions like that, which I wasn't sure would work. Seeing them altogether, I have to say that I'm really pleased.

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  28. I seem to be overusing the word "cool" in commenting on all the excellent Zomtober submissions, but as the word fits I'll give it one more go... very cool indeed!

    The good doctor seems the sort who enjoys his work far too much. That boy ain't right, I tell ya. The zed in the gown is classic; fits perfectly with the group.

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    1. Thank you so much Mr. Finch, these have really helped to get me back into the swing of painting again so I'm delighted that you like them.

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  29. These two minis are brill, very nicely done :-) See I didn´t use the word cool...damm!!

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    1. Thank you Toni, on a related note I tried to follow your blog, but I can't seem to find a followers button - sorry.

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