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As aShock force player I remember him well.


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6 June 2021page first published

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

It's a shame that rare minis aren't worth more, because I have plenty of exotic minis in my collection!

The Pale Rider

The Pale Rider was part of the DeadTech range for Shockforce. The DeadTech were kind of a science-fiction/Western Undead, best as I remember. The minis have been produced by different companies over the years, being with Mega Miniatures last I heard, but that company closed down in 2013. I'm guessing the range is out of production now.

Pale Rider

This particular model was painted for us over a decade ago by B-Z Paintshop in New Jersey. They, too, seem to be out of business now (their website wants me to download free software!).

Pale Rider base

The reason we're talking about this mini today is the basing. The picture above shows the model back in 2009. In the original Workbench article, we were told the base was made with wood, glue, gravel, and static grass. He forgot to mention there was also a layer of soft Styrofoam, similar to the kind sometimes used for egg cartons. The problem is that over time, as this heavy model sat over a flexible layer of Styrofoam, things flexed and glue disintegrated until the base was broken with Styrofoam showing through.

And, after years of gaming, there was minor damage: the gun arm had been knocked off, and the paint on the horns was chipped.

So this model recently crossed my workbench for some loving care! The first stage was the easiest: I cleaned up the 'gun arm' and glued it more solidly into place. The horns were touched up. The side wheels needed repainting after I had to (gently) break them off the original base, so I gave all the wheels a new dark gray paintjob.

I realized that, for my current gaming needs, it would be best to rebase the model to match my other 'car combat' models. I drilled holes into the side wheels, inserted wire, drilled holes into a LITKO wooden base, and glued the model in place.

I finished by flocking the top of the base with black sand, and placing a self-adhesive LITKO magnetic base on the bottom.

Pale Rider, Refurbished

Pale Rider, Refurbished

Pale Rider, Refurbished

Pale Rider, Refurbished

The Pale Rider Rides Again!