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THE MOONBASE by Herbarianband THE MOONBASE by Herbarianband
This was a commission for the front cover of the 1990 DWB Christmas Special featuring The Moonbase photonovel. I was later asked to add Patrick Troughton's face when the painting was reprinted in the DWB Interview File in 1993.
It is painted in acrylics and is a tribute to the classic black and white era of the programme, it's base-uder-seige theme re-surfacing in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People!
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gravelgirty Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the scariest versions I've ever seen.   Good Lord, I tip my hat.  Congratulations.  You're really taken the prize here.
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Herbarianband Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional

That's very kind of you!  I originally wanted to expose a section of skull beneath the faceplate but the editor said no :(

Glad you get the scary aspect of it !!

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gravelgirty Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The older Cybermen...well...it was harder to forget they were once human.  Sorry the editor didn't let you see your vision...perhaps you can paint it to suit yourself someday!
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Herbarianband Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional
I've said it before but there was something infinitely more creepy about the hint of faces beneath those cloth masks of the very first Cybermen. At least we got to see the skull inside the Cyber head in THE PANDORICA OPENS!
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MrCow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Awesome! Better than the Existing Episodes!
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Herbarianband Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional
That's very generous of you, many thanks!!
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MrCow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Awesome! Better than the existing episodes!
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JameytheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
That's what I love about the old Cybermen. You know there's a human being in there.... even the redesign in Nightmare in Silver still has them stomping around, and now they can take their heads off and turn them 360 degrees. I guess there's only a brain or a head left.

I don't remember this type of Cyberman ever having human hands, that was only in The Tenth Planet. But I guess that was pretty hard to know back in 1993.
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Herbarianband Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional
You're right, there were indeed no Cybermen with human hands in The Moonbase - thing was we were given quite a free reign with artistic licence on these covers and I loved the idea of the human hands so much I kept them in; I also wanted to paint part of a decaying human face showing through the helmet but the Editor said NO!!!!!
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JameytheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Too bad you didn't get to paint for The Tenth Planet then.
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