With the ‘Forgotten Heroes’ challenge entering its second week, and having already finished my initial submission of Imperator Furiosa (predominantly using a “Copplestone Castings” sculpt), I’ve started work on converting three plastic “Wizkids” figures into some of the lesser known members of the “Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.“; a comic book series published by “Marvel Worldwide” which depicts the escapades of a top secret division of operatives who “defend the world against super human threats too dangerous for normal men.” The first of these ‘unusual’ S.H.I.E.L.D. agents is the leader of Area Thirteen’s S.T.A.K.E. team, Martin Reyna. Codenamed Warwolf, he has a Gene Package embedded on his right mechanical arm which he can use to transform into a werewolf. In order to approximate such an unusual anti-hero I have taken the top half of a “Mage Knight” Feral Werewolf and replaced one of its claws with a “Games Workshop” powerfist. I have then pinned the bulky torso to the waist of a “Heroclix” S.H.I.E.L.D. Trooper.
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The ensemble currently looks a little top-heavy. But I have already used some grey-stuff to make the waist fill out a little more smoothly into the hulking lycanthrope. I also plan to ‘bulk up’ the area somewhat by cutting off the model’s current waist pouch and replacing it with a number of larger bags and grenades courtesy of a “Games Workshop” Cadian Trooper sprue I acquired for my ‘Forgotten Heroes’ conversions. In addition to Al Ewing’s co-creation, I have also started work on my models for Vampire By Night and Manphibian. The female blood-drinker should prove quite a simple task, as I plan to just repaint a “Horroclix” She-Wolf miniature Bryan over at “Vampifan’s World Of The Undead” kindly gifted me a while ago. Whilst the green-skinned extra-terrestrial will require quite a bit of attention in order to turn it into something which more closely resembles his comic-book counterpart.
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Interestingly the “Heroclix” figure doesn’t come with feet on account of it’s original pose depicting the fearsome alien emerging from out of a pond. As a result I have pinned the boots of a hapless “Games Workshop” Cadian soldier onto the creature. Hopefully the addition of such footwear won’t look quite so odd once I’ve given the Howling Commando some S.H.I.E.L.D. agent trappings and a weapon… Lastly I’ve made some progress on the five ‘converted’ “Wizkids” Lackey figures I have adapted in order to represent the Sixties henchmen of “Mister Freeze”. Having completed these bobble-hatted minions’ grey trousers I have begun working my way through their blue woolly pullovers using “Vallejo” Heavy Blue.