In this case the game was Warlord Games "Exterminate!" and the set was The Twelfth Doctor and Companions. Which is good, because Peter Capaldi is my favorite of the modern era of Doctors.
I painted these up in a very enjoyable weekend when I probably should have been doing something more productive.
First off we have the 12th Doctor doing his best Johnny Cash impersonation. This is taken from the promotional image for season 9 episode "Hell Bent". It's quite interesting that you can sometimes track down the exact picture the sculptor has used to create the miniature. I painted this one first which is why all the models ended up with a sandy base.
A word about the bases. These metal models come with little cast on metal bases for display, and then round gaming plastic bases you can glue on to make them more stable and a uniform footprint. I didn't want all my models to be standing on tiny hills, so I clipped off the metal bases to attach them to the gaming bases supplied. This was tedious - and even my big sturdy metal clippers are now a little out of alignment. Also, if you don't own a second set of clippers for brute forcing through lumps of pewter, don't use your everyday snips, that will not end well. The sculpts are otherwise very clean and with very little flash.
Painting the model was interesting. I am very used to painting Games Workshop stuff which tends to be absolutely festooned with detail, and with a lot of contrasting colours. This was a far more subtle project where I really had to think about how to paint black in a number of different ways to try and imply a sense of texture. The models are also proportioned like human beings, and are not at all heroic scale. Which presented a challenge in some regards. That guitar is tiny.
Finally we have Strax. I do think it is a little unfair that Strax is in his street clothes where the other two are in there battle costumes. Stax does in fact stomp around in his armour with a big laser gun later in the episode, which might have been cool to see. Again, a very black costume, but again, the head was very interesting to paint. Took me a long time to get him to a point where I thought he looked okay. I think it was a dark fleshtone, with a brown wash, and then a light brown, and then a second brown wash.
I did also look into the "Exterminate!" game. I am still somewhat on the fence about whether or not this is a game I will buy into any further. I enjoyed painting the models, because a change of pace is good and it let me flex different creative muscles. And, they are very nice miniatures. On the other hand, it's very difficult to find any information about the actual game online.
I like to try and picture the collection of models that getting into a game will leave me with. Form what I can grasp, listbuilding is a very simple affair you get a number of cards as determined by the scenario. Some armies (such as Daleks or Cybermen, the two armies in the starter set).have cards which provide three 'grunt' models in one go, but if you are playing as the doctor and his companions, you will have cards with one model on each.
This raises a couple of questions in my mind that I would like the answers too:
Firstly, won't everyone want to play the Doctor? As far as I have been able to work out, the scenarios have one set of win conditions for two fighty armies playing them, but then if the doctor turns up he gets a separate set of wind conditions. I suppose it will be wise to collect two forces.
I also can't work out quite how list building works. I get that you get a number of cards. And If you are playing the doctor, you can recruit companions. (Can I recruit any companion, so 12th Doctor with Captain Jack, even though they never shared screen time?)
The other races are more straightforward. Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon, Silence. You can take a group of one particular race.
I'm a little more confused about things like the Missy. Right now you get a Missy miniature in a box full of Cybermen, so presumably she can go in an army with the Cybermen - but shes not a Cyberman. Does that matter?
Could I take Missy (or another incarnation of the master) with other things? And make like a dark counterpoint to the Doctor and companions? Sort of like the Doctor and hangers on vs the Master and hangers on?
Because that would be cool.
I think to get answers I will need to pick up the starter set, rather then trying you read the rules off of youtube videos. It's cheap enough (compared to other miniatures games) at £35 so it might be worth a bit of a punt. My wife says she will paint one of the sides and play against me if I decide to pick it up, so that's something.