Except they weren't 20mm tall...they were 55mm-60mm tall! My tiny cute aliens were now big hulking brues (but still cute). I've since discovered that the three digital sculpts were by Ill Gotten Games from their Urzan Liberty Corps Kickstarter - it turns out that the 20mm scale refers to tiny teddy bear commandos, not the big alien beasties!
I decided to paint up my favourite of the three, a three-eyed, mono-horned furry beast with fairy wings. I got rid of the wings, roughly covered the unsightly cut marks and painted it up in around 45minutes.
My approach was to take a big brush and stipple / drybrush over a black undercoat. I started with a dark grey, then a light grey, then an off-white. I did some sepia washes in a few places, a light blue wash around the face and belly, then painted the face, claws and tech bits.
I'm very happy with the results given the quick and dirty paint job - the resulting figure provides the perfect muscle for any alien mercenary crew! My 9-year old son was also very taken with the figure - he said it looked like a Star Wars alien or creature from his favourite Netflix series 'The Last Kids on Earth'.
|Picture of the beasties in the ebay listing.|
|And the three of them (28mm servitor for scale).|
|A selection of aliens (L-R: Two Kryomek aliens, Crooked Dice Colony 87, Four-A Miniatures, Ill Gotten Games|
The alien is probably a bit too cute to fit into the 40k universe, but in a broader setting, it fits in perfectly. Irrespective of that, it makes me smile looking at its cute face!