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In 2007 I began doing gig posters for The House Café in DeKalb IL. Most of these involved the antics of a group of Greys who had a running feud with a mad scientist. Instead of the usual ideas concerning aliens, that they're either here to bring us to either enlightenment or destruction, I went with the idea that they were instead intergalactic juvenile delinquents who were basically greasers in space. So for several years I was thinking about doing 3d figures of them, and eventually found Reaper's saucer. Unfortunately I didn't realize for a couple weeks after buying it at the FLGS that the grey's head was missing, and once I did I put it aside with the rest of my "eventually will get done" projects. So last week I realized that some dollhouse sized easter eggs would work well as a grey head, and I revived the project. I ended up having one of the greys donate his head to the saucer as the egg would not fit under the canopy, and feeling slightly guilty about this I attached the egg to the donor, discovering that he now looked very close to my drawings. This was my first time painting flames, and it didn't quite come out as I expected. But I thought about it more and the paint jobs on early hot rods weren't usually professional looking either, so I decided to run with it. The Big Daddy Roth style engine was from a Hot Wheels Golf Cart. (which will be intergrated into my redneck warband at some point.) For the pictures I had to place it on an unglued Reaper flight stand, as the one it was glued to snapped under the uneven weight. After I move I'll see about tracking down a more durable one that hopefully will have it sit higher off the table. And a pic of "Lil Prober", the brave head donor. Eventually I've have to mold a leather jacket for him.
Just finished up my greys. They are rebased and semi-pinned on bases from Secret Weapon (the "creeping infection" line). I used the sparkling blue on about half of them and just a metallic on the other half. Mix of splintered bone, gingerbread, and alien goo on the base with the rock star pink highlighting the little mushroom things and golden shadow for the worms. They were fun! I used my matte paint on varnish for their non-metallic bits and they still came out shinier than I wanted, but at least my glossy varnish kept their suits shiny. I usually spray on testors but didn't want their suits and tools/weapons to lose their shininess. Anyways, hope you all enjoy, and thanks for reading! Also - I finished these guys off with my first official miniature drill (from army painter) and I just have to say if you were like me using something not intended to pin minis (I was using a sharp point of a sculpting tool) the miniature drills are amazing and so much quicker and better to use and I should have invested the small amount of money for it sooner, along with some wire instead of bending too-fat paper clips in these guys all the time.