“The Professor”

“So you’re telling me that this genius of yours lives in that little blue shed, in the middle of nowhere?”

“I said he was an eccentric genius”.

“I mean he couldn’t even lay down in it for god’s sake!”

“It’s bigger on the inside”.

“Oh right, of course it is! You’re sure he’s the only one who’s eccentric around here?”

“I mean it’s just built over the entrance to an underground cavern”.

“Oh… well, I guess that makes sense”.

Well it’s back to painting figures this week (well figure to be exact), the inspiration for this little ensemble came from a couple of places firstly from Simon Moore and the excellent work he’s been doing on the new Warlord “Dr Who” range of figures that keep cropping up on his blog, but mainly I have to say from “Jez” Winstanley and his exceptional “Blackadder” time machine (There are links to both these brilliant blogs at the bottom of this post). Now back when my “Future Warrior” figures arrived I had picked this little chap out to be a bit of a “hero” and the brains of the bunch simply because he has a bit of an air’ about him of a certain time travelling “Doctor”, and a bit of a re-working on this theme began crawling its way around my brain. So genius Edmond Atkinson was born. One of the original architects of Salvation city he was betrayed when he threatened to reveal the corners that had be cut in his original design which rather than disposing of the toxic waste generated by the city in the environmentally friendly way he had planned, it was in fact being pumped out into the wasteland, contaminating the very people it was his dream to save with the creation of more “Salvation Cities”. Thought dead after his laboratory was burned to the ground by order of General Cowley, the horrifically burned scientist escaped through the sewers into the wasteland to begin a new life as a hermit, hiding his disfigured face and surviving on his technical knowledge, declaring that Dr Atkinson was indeed dead, he became known only as the Professor, vowing to never get involved with the human race again, something that didn’t quite go according to plan…

As for the figure after he was based up on a “Tuppence” and given a coat of matt black, I began by dry-brushing him with some chainmail, even though there was very little that would remain this colour it was easier to get to those bits now, then his belt, baggage, holster, trousers and hat were undercoated with chocolate brown, the first three highlighted with leather, the last two with butternut, I then added the stripes to his pants with some coffee. His jacket was painted in sand, and highlighted with the same only with a little coffee added, I added some pipping and the handle of his brolly in bright red, the rest of this was left black but highlighted in dark grey and while it was out I highlighted his shoes and painted in his rucksack too, this being highlighted in light grey. Flesh next European flesh highlighted with pale flesh covering this, and his ragged shirt was coffee and cream. The bedroll and tie were then added in blue grey with porcelain blue highlights, royal blue stripes were added to the tie. Lastly his gas mask and water bottle were added in deep bronze green, with highlights of stone green and olive respectively. After a coat of “Quickshade mid tone” the base of the figure was painted up by first giving it a coat of chocolate brown then dry-brushes of khaki and coffee went over this, and after patches were picked out in scenic green they had some “Javis” Summer mix static grass glued to them.

His “shed” was built from cardboard, the bottom of which was deliberately cut on an angle to add to the dilapidated feeling, then I added the details in card, coffee stirrers (what would wargamers do without these!), car body repair mesh and corrugated card, The front door I made from greenstuff, and I added some bits and pieces from the bits box around the side. Once based up on an MDF base, it too was given a coat of matt black before being dry-brushed in chainmail, then areas were stippled in rust coloured paint. I then painted in areas with royal blue and these were then highlighted with the same mixed with a little blue grey. Butternut mixed with light grey was then added around the edges of the wooden panels to represent where the paint had worn away. Orange was then stippled over the rusty areas, and I then basically went round the piece adding more of the colours above until I was happy with the overall effect. I added some slogans around the top like “This is not a toilet” and “Polite Box” for interest and finally I added some hanging wires coming out of the back of one of the robot arms in porcelain blue, yellow, red and dayglow green. This too had the obligatory coat of “Quickshade”

Once the “Quickshade was dry I dug out the sheet of “vine wall hanging” I bought last year from our local “florists supplier” and after pulling three “lumps” off of it, these were twisted together before being glued into the hole I’d poked into the filler on the base and glued up around the structure. I decided to paint the leaves olive as they were a little bright, and then added a few more leaves in green paper before these too were repainted olive. The base was then painted up to match the figure and a couple of rubberized moss pieces were added to the base, before both box and figure were given a blow over with matt varnish. I nearly called this week’s post “The madman with a box”, but just couldn’t bring myself to reference “Nu Who”.

Till next time, cheers Roger.



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26 Responses to “The Professor”

  1. Top Ten stuff without a doubt, Roger (I still have my article for your output last year if you want it to do a post with!?!) and many thanks indeed for the shout out!! I love everything about how you’ve painted both the Professor, as well as assembled, painted and weathered his not-loo!! Great work and a terrific posting for the Bank holiday Weekend 🙂

    • Many thanks Simon, I imagine he’s number one at the moment! (not a lot of competition), I have been thinking about the old “Top Ten” thing of late actually, I didn’t know if you wanted to stick with “Undercoat” for this which I’m fine with, as I don’t want to tread on any toes, though I would of course be honoured to retake my position. And I had wondered if you wanted to take my top ten from this and last years output? (as I’ll only have about two six months worth by then). Happy to do whatever you prefer.

      “Great work and a terrific posting for the Bank holiday Weekend 🙂”. Shame the same can’t be said about the weather (it’s piddling down here at the moment!).

      Cheers Roger.

      • Well I certainly have enough minis in my 2017 Top Ten list Roger, for you to post what I think would be a very enjoyable article – and may help refresh your loyal audience with some of last year’s tip top minis? I suppose it depends on whether you feel you’ll provide enough choices for 2018 to support a posting on its own at the end of this year?

        As for you returning to deliver your “Top Ten”, then the answer is a definite yes; indeed, I was actually going to be greedy and get Undercoat to deliver a Christmas Top Ten and then have you provide your usual New Year one 🙂

        In addition I wouldn’t be against posting your 2017 “Top Ten” of my output for last year now; I actually have a draft posting of my Top Ten genres for 2017 which I’ve yet to finish/post so I could do a reflective week and cover both over two articles 🙂

      • Hmmm, interesting idea Simon, your “Top ten” of 2017 would be very interesting to see, but how would you feel about keeping hold of it till December (or you could give it to me now, but would you mind if I kept it till December?), I would be happy to do a “Top ten” of your last years output too if you would like, when would you want it for?

        I hope to do enough mini’s for a top ten this year, I just hope I can get enough variety in there to keep it interesting. 🙂

        Cheers Roger.

      • Happy to keep your 2017 Top Ten til December Roger, just let me know when you want it – I presume that’ll give you two postings during your ‘painting break’ that you won’t then need to worry about 😉 Just send me you Top ten whenever you want and I’ll slip it into my posting schedule. It would be great to keep the annual article going 🙂

      • Great Simon, December would be best for me (or a few weeks before, to give me time to sort out the pic’s and stuff). Will deliberate over your wares and get back to when I get chance (hopefully now to long in the future, but have now come back with another project from Dennis!).

        Cheers Roger.

  2. This is just superb and I love how you all work off each other’s ideas! Fabulous choice of miniature for the Professor, but the ‘shed’ steals the show for me. Great to have you back to your best.

    • Thanks Michael, what do you mean “work off of each other!” this is all me, didn’t you know that everything that comes out of my brain is pure gold!! (Even I’m shaking my head as I write this!!!). He is a rather good little chap isn’t he, and one of the figures I never got first time round back when Grenadier used to sell them. I’m quite pleased with how the “shed” turned out, it was a bit of a test piece as I hope to make a few more post apoc building soon.

      “Great to have you back to your best.” So all down hill from here then. 😉

      Cheers Roger.

  3. Dave Stone says:

    From a great concept comes great miniatures ! the whole piece works so well, and with all the extra details it becomes a standout piece, fantastic stuff Roger

    • Thanks Dave, as I said the concept part has to be credited to Jez and Simon, along with a nod to Mark Copplestone for doing the wonderful miniature in the first place. (I just made a cardboard box.)

      Cheers Roger.

  4. **”I just made a cardboard box “**
    An absolutely fantastic cardboard box! Beautiful scratch build and fab paint job on both the miniature and the “box”.

  5. Love the paint work on the mini and the mini itself is an awesome sculpt. The shed is also rather cool with lots of character

  6. Carrion Crow says:

    Very nice work, Roger. A nod to those who inspired you, but you’ve taken an idea, made it your own and tied it nicely into your post-apocalyptic project. Good to see you back doing what you do best.

  7. vampifan says:

    Very imaginative, Roger and superbly well executed. It’s great to see you back on form again.

  8. angrypiper says:

    Great work, Roger. I love the “this is not a toilet”…little touches like that really add so much character to a miniature.
    Speaking of miniatures, this one is very cool and unique. I’m not familiar with Future Warriors, but now I’m intrigued.
    Great paint job, of course. Glad you’re back!

    • Many thanks Keith, glad you like the “shed” originally I was going to write “Polite Box” on all four sides, but thought that might be a bit boring so ended up doing something different on each one (tough the toilet one is my favourite).

      The Future Warrior’s range was originally produced by Grenadier in the eighties/nineties and is now produced by EM-4 miniatures and Moonraker Miniatures (basically the same company), and at £1.50 a fig you really can’t go wrong. I heartily recommend them.

      Good to be back, thanks.

      Cheers Roger.

  9. borderguy190 says:

    Very cool new character. I enjoy your painting tips. Really useful!

    Jez is the root of all of this!

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