Saturday, 28 February 2015

Cherno Alpha

"That tank, last of the T-90s, Cherno Alpha. First generation Mark 1. Heaviest, oldest Jaeger in the service. But make no mistake Mr. Becket, its a brutal war machine. And those two, Sasha and Aleksis Kaidanovsky."

"Yeah, I've heard of them, perimiter patrol, siberian wall." 

"On their watch it stayed unbreached for six years. Six. years."


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Hey Internet,

As some of you might have noticed, I am a real sucker for modelling things that I see in films or games or books. Never has this been more so than with Cherno Alpha from Pacific Rim.

I can very clearly remember sitting in the cinema and letting out an audible "gwwah!" as Idris Elba's character introduces the machine.

My Cherno is a fairly simple re-paint of a Japanese Gashapon ("collectable candy toy") that I picked up on Ebay for a few quid.

The detail is pretty good, considering that it was never designed to be a display piece. My only major criticism would be that it was made out of some kind of god-awful rubbery substance that flaked off when it was filed, which made taking off the mold lines a right old pain.

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The only photo I took of the figure before painting. It's being held by a 7" action figure, for gauging scale.
I went for 'washed out green colour' to better match the figure to some of the fantastic concept art - and to tie it in with my other 6mm Soviet Armour.

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Concept Art.
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Concept Art.
A few of the details have been brought up with a nice contrasting red, but fewer than I would have liked. Ideally he'd have some red lines on the head and arms, like he does in the film, but freehand really isn't my thing, and I was too happy with how the figure turned out to risk ruining it with wiggly lines all over the place.

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In the end it took far longer than I had expected to get this one painted up. Although it was mostly a single colour, the edge highlights still took ages simply due to the seer size of the piece.

Like him?



The Lead Tally - 2015

Acquired: +12       Painted: +2          Total: -10


  1. Damn I love what you're doing. Cracking stuff.

  2. Great looking piece and nice paint work too.

  3. A great paint job! Nice and clean; I think any obvious "weathering" would look horribly out of scale.

    The head design is hilariously reminiscent of a nuclear cooling tower - with the name "Cherno" it's about as subtle as a brick. Still a very pleasing design on its own merits though.

    1. I had the same feelings on the weathering front - neither the scale nor the genre really give over to it. That said, the weathering in Pacific Rim is rather fantastic, particularly on Cherno' - particularly the rain effects and the 'Kaiju Blue'.

      And the 'nuclear bucket hat' is strange, but I'm rather fond of the look myself. Very silly. Very Russia.


  4. It looks fantastic, and now I must go watch Pacific Rim again!