In this post I review the Cerulean Clade Posse Set by Warcradle Studios. Whether you are into Wild West Exodus or other games that allow you to use the miniatures that you want, I am going to tell you about these alien miniatures. So, pull up and enjoy!
The Cerulean Clade Posse Set is my first experience with both Warcradle Studios and Wild West Exodus. Before getting this boxed set, I have never built a Warcradle Studios miniatures before. This post will be on the longer side. In it, I talk about the build of the miniatures, how I painted them, the challenges that I faced, and I share a scale comparison image too.
Before going further, I would like to thank Warcradle Studios for sending me these miniatures for review purposes.
Review, Showcase, Build and Paint
In this article, you will see me Build, Paint, and Showcase these miniatures. Overall, they are very nice figures. How do they work in the game, Wild West Exodus? I am unsure. I just like the miniatures. Maybe I will use them in Wild West Exodus, maybe I will use them in something like Stargrave, or maybe I will just keep them for my collection of painted miniatures.
In this post, I will be focusing on the models themselves.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at this box.
Unboxing the Wild West Exodus Miniatures
Opening this box is really something special. Warcradle put a lot of effort into the packaging of this product. Getting into this package is a very pleasant experience.
Mrs. Must Contain Minis saw me opening the pack and thought they might be high end chocolates. Sorry love. They are treats for me!
The miniatures are scaled for a 35mm game (Wild West Exodus), but I think they would fit in with other ranges and scales too. A little further on in the article, you will find a scale comparison image. That said, let’s look at one of the sprues.
The Freshly Built Miniatures
Now, before I start talking about how I painted these figures, let’s take a look at them unpainted.
That last guy looks to me like he is stylized after Giorgio A. Tsoukalos. If you don’t know about him, he hosts the History Channels’ show Ancient Aliens. In that show, Giorgio talks about Aliens and their possible links to Human History.
Below I share a short clip of him talking about Extraterrestrials and Early American Legends.
Before discussing how how I painted these miniatures, lets look at how they scale versus other manufacturers.
Scale Comparison Shot – Wild West Exodus
For those wondering about the scale of these miniatures, below is a shot that will interest you.
They are scaled to fit in with the 35mm gaming system of Wild West Exodus. That said, the small infiltrators are on par in size to 28mm figures.
I am pretty sure that you could mix these Cerulean Clade miniatures with other gaming systems, or use them in Warcradle Studios’ Wild West Exodus.
How I Painted my Squad of Aliens
To paint my miniatures, I used all of the paints below. You don’t need to paint them in the same way, but below is a lot of detail on how I painted them. I even share with you a chart telling you exactly what paints I used and how I used them.
Before looking at all these paints though, keep in mind the following. If you don’t own this many paints, that is fine. Often I find miniatures can end up looking pretty good with just three to five colors plus a shade.
Now, let me tell you how I used these paints.
The First Layers – Straight Up Miniature Aliens
To start, I “primed” the miniatures with Citadel Abaddon Black. I just brushed it on. I used this very same trick in my tutorials on painting Space Marines and Role Playing Miniatures. There are links to those articles in my resources section at the end of the article.
After that, I dry brushed all of the aliens with Administratum Grey followed by Corax White. This gave me a really nice starting point for these figures. Check these guys out.
Next, I painted the arms, legs and chest with Black Grey. Basically, anywhere I thought these aliens were wearing an alien outfit, I painted it Black Grey by Vallejo.
The First Layers – Painting Aliens in Transition from Human Form
I used two browns for the clothes on Giorgio, red for his tie and grey for his paints and shirt.
For the female Vixen, I used red for her dress and gun metal for her fan of knives.
I then used the Flat Earth paint for the bases. I painted the rims of the bases with the Abaddon Black.
Below, I will lay out exactly which colors I used and where I used them on the miniatures.
My Paint Recipe for the Alien Miniatures for Wild West Exodus
For more details on how I painted the Cerulean Clade miniatures, you can use the chart below. This tells you exactly which paints I used and how I used them.
|Abaddon Black||Citadel||Used as brush on primer. Rings of the bases.|
|Administratum Grey||Citadel||First layer dry brushing of aliens. Paints and shirt on one of the Vixens (Giorgio).|
|Corax White||Citadel||Second layer dry brushing of aliens.|
|Flat Earth||Vallejo||Flat parts of the bases.|
|Dragon Red||The Army Painter||Use for the tie and the dress.|
|Basic Skin Tone||Vallejo||Base layer on human skin.|
|Barbarian Flesh||The Army Painter||Human skin highlights after the shade.|
|Leather Brown||Vallejo||Hair and clothes.|
|German Camo Medium Brown||Vallejo||Second color on hair and clothes.|
|Black Grey||Vallejo||Alien clothes.|
|Gun Metal||The Army Painter||Knives fan.|
|Drakenhof Nightshade||Citadel||Shade for alien parts of the miniatures.|
|Agrax Earthshade||Citadel||Shade for all other parts of the miniatures.|
|Anti Shine Matt Varnish||The Army Painter||Varnish on the miniatures after painting them.|
For those wondering, I bought these paints from my favorite FLGS (Forbes Hobbies).
Shading of the Miniatures
After completing the base layers, I shaded the miniatures with Citadel shades.
Anywhere that was alien (alien flesh and clothes), I shaded with Citadel Drakenhof Nightshade. I then shaded all of the human clothing and skin with Citadel Agrax Earthshade.
At this point, I was extremely happy with the look of my miniatures.
All that was left to do was to color in their eyes and varnish them to seal in the colors. To fill in the eyes, I used a black pen. The trick works very well and is discussed in my “How to Paint Role Playing Game Miniatures” tutorial. The link to that one is also in the resource section below.
With these miniatures, I did not bother with the highlighting phase of painting with these miniatures. Once I got them to this point with their eyes done, I was very happy. All that was left to do was to varnish them.
Problem with the Varnishing
I am not sure if it was because it was too humid out when I sprayed, or the fact that I used the same box for priming earlier, but I had a mishap with my varnishing of these miniatures.
I originally thought that the dusting is a spray back of white primer from the project that I sprayed before varnishing these guys. Since then, some readers told me that it could have been from the varnish too if it was humid out. Regardless, it was disappointing to see a dusting over my beautiful paint job.
Fixing my Varnish Issue
To fix the white flex, I repainted the rims of the bases black.
I then decided that the white flecks on the brown part of the base will not be noticeable once I get the terrain on them.
Finally, I took a good look at the miniatures. Being that I have a backlog of other projects to get to, I decided that the miniatures were good enough. After repainting the base rims, I applied the basing materials and considered the miniatures complete.
Oddly enough, the issue affected the fronts of the miniatures more than their backs.
The Finished Miniatures
Here we have my finished models.
Now, for some close ups.
I have to saw that despite the slight dusting of white on the fronts of the miniatures, I am still very happy with my paint job.
These miniatures are going to be fun on the tabletop no matter what game I choose to use them. In the YouTube video, I plan to talk a bit about them in Wild West Exodus.
YouTube Video to Come
A YouTube video to go with this post is in the works.
Related Resources and Links…
Mentioned Articles on Must Contain Minis
- How to Paint Space Marines
- How to Paint Miniatures for Roleplaying Games
- Painted Gray Aliens Showcase (Reaper Miniatures)
- Review of my LED Workbench Light
Wayland Games owns Warcradle Studios. Buying from them is basically buying from the creators of the game. The links in the list below are all affiliate links. If you buy from them, I get a portion of the sales price as commission at no extra charge to you.
- Check Price of Cerulean Clade (Affiliate Link)
- 35mm Wild West Exodus Alien Miniatures (Affiliate Link)
- All Wild West Exodus Products (Affiliate Link)
Below are a few links related to Warcradle Studios that you may find interesting.
- The Wild West Exodus Website (Free Rules, Unit Cards, Information about the game and setting)
- Warcradle’s Website
- News and Interesting Stories about Warcradle (Warcradle Blog)
Wrapping it up…
There you have it. My painted Cerulean Clade Posse Set. Personally I like the miniatures and they are fairly crisp in their details.
As mentioned earlier, the spread between the legs of the Cerulean Clade seemed larger on my miniatures than pictured on the Wayland Games webstore. That said, it still fits on the base and it is a nice looking miniature.
Hopefully you enjoyed this post. If you want more related stories, be sure to check the Related Resources and Links above.
Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!