With the likes of Roger over at “Rantings From Under The Wargames Table”, Michael at “28mm Victorian Warfare” and Jez at “Carrion Crow’s Buffet” bringing their ‘Forgotten Heroes’ challenge postings to a climatic end, I have feverishly been applying paint, wash and shade to the “Wizkids” figures I have converted into either members of the “Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.” or the bobble-hat wearing goons of “DC Comics” Mister Freeze.
Foremost of these transfigurations has been my miniature of Martin Reyna, a cyber-werewolf who was originally the team leader of S.T.A.K.E. Having picked out Warwolf’s readily-recognisable S.H.I.E.L.D. white boots and belt pouches, I have been busily painting (and washing) his uniform blue trousers and mechanical forearm. In addition I have started ‘picking out’ his numerous grenades before finally turning my attention to the anti-hero’s furry upper body.
A model which requires far less time before being finished is my conversion of Vampire By Night. This “Horrorclix” She-Wolf figure merely required a simple re-paint in order to resemble Nina Price in her werewolf form, and having finished both painting her blue costume and inked it, now needs her white fur to be tidied up before I ‘pick out’ her teeth and jaws.
Equally close to completion are some of the five “Heroclix” Lackey figures I have adapted in order to represent the Sixties henchmen of “Mister Freeze”. Having completed these bobble-hatted minions’ grey trousers, blue woolly pullovers, hands and crowbars, I am currently in the process of finalising their faces and pom-pom hats. Originally I was planning on simply painting all their hats blue, as seen in the Sixties “Batman” television episode “Instant Freeze”. But I may well now make all the bobbles white instead in order to make the minions stand out a bit more.
Lastly my brushwork is working its way up my figure of Manphibian. The extra-terrestrial’s white boots, originally worn by a “Games Workshop” Cadian Trooper, have proved rather problematic to paint “Vallejo” White. But having now finished that stage, and washed them with some Pale Grey, I am making some good ground on the alien’s multi-pouched belt and automatic rifle.
As a result of the ‘Forgotten Heroes’ challenge rapidly approaching the end of its third week, I have increasingly been spending my hobby time assembling, priming and dry-brushing the three plastic “Wizkids” figures I intend to convert into members of the “Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.”; a disappointingly short-lived comic book series recently cancelled by “Marvel Worldwide” which featured the exploits of Director Maria Hill’s newest team of monster agents.
The simplest of these ‘conversions’ is my model of Nina Price in her lycanthrope guise. The niece of Jack Russell from the comic book “Werewolf By Night”, this hybrid actually also possesses the abilities of a vampire after sunset. However as Vampire By Night predominantly appears in the recent comic books as a white-furred Artic wolf creature I thought just painting a “Horrorclix” She-Wolf miniature appropriately would make for an easy representation of her formidable supernatural abilities.
Somewhat harder to construct was my model of the S.T.A.K.E. team’s leader, Martin Reyna. But having now started to apply some basic layers to his somewhat ‘top-heavy’ frame, I think Warwolf is beginning to take shape nicely. I have already started work on the anti-hero’s standard-issue white S.H.I.E.L.D. boots and rich blue leggings, and hope soon to start washing and dry-brushing his were-wolf fur.
In addition I have also used “Citadel” Abaddon Black to undercoat his enormous cybernetic hand and the handful of grenades he’ll be wearing around his waist. I’ve also subsequently noticed that the original “Mage Knight” Feral Werewolf model has a shoulder-guard and some scraps of torn shoulder sculpted onto its torso, so these will be ‘picked out’ out in blue and white in order to suggest its part of his S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform.
Finally I’ve finished compiling my “Heroclix” figure of Manphibian. Having previously given the extra-terrestrial some much needed footwear courtesy of a “Games Workshop” Cadian soldier, I have since used grey-stuff to make a utilities belt for the webbed creature, and then covered my rough-work with all manner of grenades and pouches. Finally, as I wanted to illustrate the fact that the alien is actually a highly intelligent weaponsmith, I gave him an impressive-looking “Warhammer 40,000” automatic rifle.
As with Warwolf, just as soon as the superglue holding Manphibian’s pouches, belt buckle and weapon in place was dry, the model was given a rough undercoat so I could start painting in all his detail over the next few days. Disconcertingly this means the vast majority of his equipment will be S.H.I.E.L.D. white. But the monster’s scaly skin will hopefully be more readily highlighted via a combination of a “Citadel” Thrakka Green wash and some dry-brushing.
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.
|Mister Freeze Minions WIPS – The pipeline for these five bobble-hat wearing henchmen is at the jumper stage
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.
This 28mm metal miniature of a female post-apocalyptic survivor is by “Copplestone Castings” and can be bought, along with four other models, as code FW31 Scavenger Heroes from their “Future Wars” range. The figure has been converted in order to better represent Charlize Theron’s character Imperator Furiosa from the 2015 motion picture “Mad Max: Fury Road” and as a result has had her long pony-tail removed in order to create the appearance of the female road warrior having short close-cropped hair. In addition to this simple modification I have also ‘amputated’ the miniature’s left arm, from the elbow to wrist, and replaced it with the plastic sword hilt of a “Wizkids” Silver Samurai figure. This has (hopefully) somewhat replicated Furiosa’s famous hydraulic mechanical limb.
Once I finished these simple alterations I gave the entire model an undercoat of “Citadel” Abaddon Black, and then painted her footwear using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. I then ‘dirtied’ the black trousers of Immortan Joe’s top soldier by enthusiastically dry-brushing “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal all over them and subsequently shading the entire area with “Citadel” Nuln Oil.
Having realised that the majority of the Citadel soldier’s attire was seemingly black I decided to break up the somewhat monotonous colour scheme by picking out her patches, belt, undershirt and waist pouches with “Vallejo” Heavy Brown and her numerous straps with either “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna” or “Doombull Brown” before washing them all with more Strong Tone Quickshade.
Lastly I painted the war rig driver’s formidable-looking scoped SKS rifle with “Vallejo” Gunmetal Grey, her bionic arm with “Citadel” Ironbreaker and her ‘skinhead’ with “Vallejo” Charred Brown. As with Furiosa’s heavily-worn slacks, I then generously applied some “Citadel” Nuln Oil across all these areas. Although in order to make her prosthetic limb stand-out a little from her weapon, I gave the Imperator’s left arm a wash of “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade.
As like some of my other fellow bloggers, the majority of this month will be dedicated to converting and painting a small number of ‘superhero-related’ miniatures which a wargamer can’t otherwise purchase, or at least, whose model is in some way a disappointment. My ‘Forgotten Heroes’ will, perhaps unsurprisingly, mainly consist of “Heroclix” adaptations, and to begin with I thought I’d try my hand at quantity over quality by creating five bobble-hat wearing goons for my “DC Comics” supervillain Mister Freeze. I’ve found myself somewhat frustrated by the lack of suitable “Wizkids” manufactured minions for the cryogenically-suited scientist, so have decided to make some minions similar in appearance to those seen in the 1967 “Batman” television episodes “Ice Spy” and “The Duo Defy”.
These simple conversions were created by drilling, and then pinning, a small amount of grey-stuff on top of the head of five “Heroclix” Lackey miniatures, and then patiently dappling them with a modelling knife in order to try and create a woolly-looking bobble. Now dry, they will each be given grey trousers and blue jumpers, as well as white and blue hats.
I have also been patiently waiting for ‘Forgotten Heroes’ month to start in order to paint my altered “Copplestone Castings” model of a female Scavenger Hero. There are admittedly, already a couple of nice sculpts depicting a likeness of Imperator Furiosa from the 2015 motion picture “Mad Max: Fury Road” available. But as my post-apocalyptic project will be exclusively using models made by Mark Copplestone I wanted to try and ‘transform’ one of the former Foundry sculptor’s Future Wars figures into an approximation of Charlize Theron’s character.
As a result I have been busily progressing Immortan Joe’s soldier by picking out her charcoal trousers, leather belt and waist pouches, alongside the shaven-headed sharpshooter’s formidable-looking sniper rifle. Having now finished her the base colours for her backpack, straps and vest, I hope to have Mad Max’s ally completed within the next few days.