“It ssseemsss ssssomething has been inssscribed.”
This 28mm scale plastic “Wizkids” model of Manphibian was kit-bashed predominantly using the scaly green extra-terrestrial’s miniature from their “Heroclix” Amazing Spider-Man range. However, because the pre-painted figure has no feet (on account of the original sculpt depicting “the creature from the deep” stalking through the waters of a lake), I additionally super-glued some boots, grenades and pouches belonging to a “Games Workshop” Cadian soldier onto the miniature.
Created by Marv Wolfman, Tony Isabella, Dave Cockrum and Sam Grainger, the alien first made his comic book appearance in the September 1975 issue of “Legion of Monsters” by “Marvel Comics”, and would develop from being a simple monster seemingly seeking revenge upon the murderer of his mate, into a member of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Special Threat Assessment for Known Extranormalities (S.T.A.K.E.) department and one of Dum Dum Dugan’s “Howling Commandos”.
The miniature was initially primed with “Vallejo” Heavy Grey, and then had its boots and numerous large waist-bags painted using a combination of White and Pale Grey. His automatic rifle was undercoated with “Citadel” Abaddon Black, double-layered with Ironbreaker and finally treated to two washes of Nuln Oil.
In order to try and give Manphibian’s skin a “shimmer quality” I shaded the entirety of the S.H.I.E.L.D. weaponsmith’s scales with both Biel- Tan Green and Agrax Earthshade and subsequently used a little Carroburg Crimson on and around his webbing, and some Druchii Violet in the model’s darker recesses. The entire monster was then lightly dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Grey. As a final touch I highlighted the extra-terrestrial’s eyes with “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson.