|“This man’s jaw feels like it’s made of solid ice!”|
I have had more time to progress the ‘converted’ “Heroclix” pieces I am submitting for this year’s “Forgotten Heroes” challenge.
Having initially intended to work on five Solomon Grundy “Wizkids” miniatures, I’ve actually since decided to scale down my plans and simply produce three ice zombies for Mister Freeze to use as mindless minions. Not only does this total make the mini-project far more manageable, but it also means Victor Fries’ ordinary goons won’t be out-numbered by the more specialist, heavy-hitters; a far more realistic ratio in my mind.
I am currently making some slow progress on my test piece for this year’s “Forgotten Heroes” challenge, as organised by Dick Garrison and Carrion Crow. Having already done a fair bit of chopping on the five Solomon Grundy “Wizkids” miniatures I aim to ‘convert’ into some ice zombies for Mister Freeze to use as mindless minions (as per the plot to the February 1979 edition of “Batman” by “DC Comics”, I’m now just slowly ‘picking out all the “Vallejo” Dead White flesh on the frozen corpses…
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.
“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.
This 28mm scale plastic model of the “Marvel Worldwide” character Warwolf was kit-bashed together using the top half of a “Mage Knight” Feral Werewolf, a “Games Workshop” powerfist and the legs of a “Heroclix” S.H.I.E.L.D. Trooper. The conversion piece initially looked rather top-heavy, so after pinning the lycanthrope’s torso to his legs, I used some grey-stuff to make the waist fill out a little more smoothly. In addition, I ‘bulked up’ the area by cutting off the figure’s original waist pouch and replaced it with a number of larger bags and grenades, courtesy of a “Warhammer 40K” Cadian Trooper sprue.
The miniature was initially primed “Vallejo” White, with its furry torso and head receiving a coat of Heavy Sienna. I then began tidying up and highlighting all the figure’s pouches, as well as his boots and belt with Pale Grey. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent’s distinctive blue uniform was painted using a combination of Heavy Blue and “Citadel” Drakenhof Nightshade (with some Asurmen Blue too).
Disconcertingly, I then faced a similar dilemma with Warwolf’s jagged teeth and mouth. The anti-hero’s open jaws are full of teeth, tongue and slobbering lips, as well as a roof which has lots of delicate tissue ridges sculpted upon it. However, I felt that if I painted the inside of the palate red, then that would clash with Martin’s lolling tongue and simply make the entire snout look far too busy. As a result I simply ‘brushed’ all the fangs with “Vallejo” White and a dab of “The Army Painter” Heavy Strong Tone Quickshade, whilst ‘picking out’ his tongue with “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson.
Sticking with “Marvel Worldwide” influenced figures, I have focused much of the past few days’ hobby-time upon a conversion I’ve previously ‘engineered’ using pieces taken from a “Mage Knight” Feral Werewolf, a “Games Workshop” Space Marine, and a “Heroclix” S.H.I.E.L.D. Trooper. This miniature of the cyber-werewolf Martin Reyna was originally one of my planned submissions for last year’s “Forgotten Heroes” challenge, and even comes complete with a grey stuff sculpted utility belt, with accompanying plastic grenades and pouches.
Unfortunately, I never got to finish the former team leader of S.T.A.K.E. before the event was over, so this year I am determined to get Warwolf done. As a result I have already completed the model’s S.H.I.E.L.D. belt pouches and shoulder-guard, as well as painted/washed the anti-heroes’ torn blue uniform. Now all I need do is wash his furry torso, apply some brown dry-brushes and pick out the figure’s sharp fangs…
This month’s randomly themed attempt to try and reduce my ‘ever so slightly dwindling’ collection of metal, plastic and resin miniatures has been rather waylaid as a result of the announcement by Dick Garrison and Carrion Crow that “Forgotten Heroes” is back for its second year. Collated on the ‘official’ “Forgotten Heroes” website, this particular 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).”
This 28mm pre-painted plastic model of a She Wolf is by “Wizkids” and can be bought as number 082 from their “Horrorclix” Freakshow range. Originally produced as an ‘enticing’ werewolf, I have reposed the miniature, courtesy of a new paintjob, in order for it to represent the Howling Commando of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nina Price, a.k.a. Vampire By Night. Co-created by Jeff Parker and Federica Manfredi, the niece of Jack Russell has “the ability to become either a werewolf or a vampire between dusk and dawn”, and first appeared in the September 2005 issue of “Amazing Fantasy”.
Initially undercoated with “Vallejo” White the model was subsequently washed with Pale Grey before being dry-brushed with more White. The lycanthrope’s top was then painted using a combination of Heavy Blue and “Citadel” Asurmen Blue. Finally I ‘picked out’ the anti-hero’s fangs with “Vallejo” White and discoloured them with a touch of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. I did consider additionally applying some Abaddon Black to the creature’s nose, as per its original paintjob. But as I rather liked the all-white finish to her muzzle I have left it be… for now at least.