(Lead) Mountain Musings – June 2018 (Simon Moore)

This month’s randomly themed attempt to try and reduce my sadly ‘significantly increasing’ collection of metal, plastic and resin miniatures has been put on the back burner as a result of the announcement by Dick Garrison and Carrion Crow that “Forgotten Heroes” is back for another year. Collated on the ‘official’ “Forgotten Heroes” website, this wonderful challenge specifically encourages bloggers to create/convert “an existing figure into a costumed superhero or villain” of their choice, “from any source (be that Comic’s, TV, Film, Adverts, Toy lines, Novels basically anywhere you can think of).”

Previously, I have rather naively attempted to complete a considerable number of conversions for “Forgotten Heroes”, many of which have rather embarrassingly taken several months longer to finish than I had initially anticipated. This time round however, I’m sticking to five relatively straightforward figures, which after a bit of cutting, will rely solely upon their paint-jobs in order to change their appearance rather than heavily rely upon my usual ‘spot of kit-bashing’.

With this in mind I have turned to arguably my favourite “DC Comics” publication, the February 1979 edition of “Batman”, and hope to create the band of hulking mindless ice zombies Victor Fries mistakenly creates for himself as a result of his failed experiments to make some of Gotham City’s richest inhabitants immortal. Currently my “Heroclix” crew for Mister Freeze only consists of a gang of bobble-hat wearing goons, so these brutishly heavy minions will help provide the “former cryogenics expert” with a bit of extra muscle.

Having done a bit of research I’ve chosen five Solomon Grundy miniatures from “Wizkids” “Arkham Asylum” range for this project, as the lumbering slow-minded revenant is the perfect sculpt to replicate the wealthy suit-wearing cryogenic rejects. Initially, I actually considered leaving the gnarled branch the figure was carrying in one of his hands, and converting it with a sharp modelling knife into a menacing-looking icicle. But in the end I just cut the wooden weapon off, leaving the menacing model with two closed fists instead; besides the frosted fiends didn’t use any weapons in their comic book appearance.

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