This is a model of the alien creatures featured in the well-known James Cameron movie "Aliens", released in 1986. Most of you probably have seen some/all of these movies (as of today a total of three sequels have been made to the original Ridley Scott movie "Alien", released in 1979), for those of you who haven't I'll quote the short story excerpt on the kit box of this the second movie:
"When the crew of the ill-fated
starfreighter Nostromo set down on the barren, un-explored planet of
LV-426, little did they know that they would encounter a lifeform of
unbelievable savagery and destructive killing power.
57 years on, the barren world of
LV-426, now designated Acheron, is undergoing a transformation. Human
colonists are busy at work turning the inhospitable atmosphere and climate
into something fit for man.
The ill-matched battle is joined when a group of colonial marines are sent to Acheron to investigate the mysterious loss of contact with the colonists."
I completed this model back in early 1999 and it is part
of the Halcyon Movie Classics series, in the product catalogue it is
listed as HAL 04: "Alien Warrior with base & egg". There is
another similar model kit listed as "Attacking Alien" available
too, this kit is almost identical but feature the Alien creature
positioned a bit differently.
Construction starts with cementing the front and back body halves together. The legs on my example were slightly warped, this was however easily rectified by holding them firmly together with clothes-pegs and masking tape until the cement had dried completely. A tiny amount of putty and a little bit of sanding then made the joints disappeared.
The four breathing horns on the back also needed some putty along the upper and lower joints, otherwise fit is good. I didn't open up the end of the horns but this can easily be done.
The head is beautifully moulded, looking just like the "real" thing. Note that when attaching the head to the body you must have it looking slightly to the right in order to clear the dorsal spines.
Finally the long tail, the arms and the heel "spurs" are cemented in place and... that's about it!
Painting and scenery
I began by painting the entire Alien flat black followed by a subtle purple wash to give it some depth. Then a brown-grey mix (Humbrol 94 & 127 & 160) was drybrushed on the raised details, a bit more extensively on the ribs, tail and the legs. Some veins running along the legs, body and head were picked out in light grey. The teeth, claws, tail tip and heel "spurs" were heavily brushed with grafite powder in order to give them an almost metallic sheen.
The entire model was then carefully sprayed with clear varnish in order to give it a more moist look, quite extensively on the torso and forehead and a little less on the rest of the body (giving it a semi-gloss appearance).
the movie the creatures slobber constantly. I tested different ways of
replicating this and finally found transparant silicone sealant to be the
most convincing looking. The "slime" was added around the mouth
with some large drops hanging down under the chin.
The egg was painted green (Humbrol 114) with a dark brown/black tone-down at the bottom. The uppermost part was drybrushed in light grey with the sealed "lips" in gloss black. Flat varnish was sprayed on the top with a smooth transition to the gloss varnish on the bottom half.
Finally the sides of the egg and the base just around it recieved a generous amount of transparant silicone sealant.