Over the past couple of days I have mainly concentrated on applying a series of white drybrushes to the model I plan to use as my Cold theme submission for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Although in many ways this can be seen as a lazy way of painting, I also find it can be one of the most rewarding techniques for bringing out a miniature’s detail, if you are patient and don’t try and get the ‘job done’ in one application.
The original “Heroclix” figure was actually a bright translucent (plastic) blue and I was keen to retain that ‘ice cold’ feel for his colour but bring out the frostiness and hard edges Iceman seems to have whenever the X-Man is illustrated in a comic book. To achieve this I have simply been building up the layers, and occasionally dabbing onto the figure’s detail whenever the paint on my brush has become powdery enough. I’ve still a fair few more applications to go yet, but once finished I’ll then draw a rather heavily charged brush across the actual Mutant in order to highlight his hard edges in a brighter white.
Meanwhile I have also started work on the belts for Sergeant Rock and ten soldiers from his Easy Company. These are a little fiddly as the sculpting is actually rather soft in this area on the plastic models, and their rather thick pre-paint has not helped matters either.
Finally I have been preparing (and then having been unable to resist, started painting) my target for next week’s Challenge posting; Aquaman’s arch-nemesis Black Manta and five of his scuba-diving henchmen. I actually based the super-villain when I was posting on my old 2007-2008 blog, and he’s been waiting for a ‘lick of paint’ ever since.
This “Heroclix” figure’s actual (pre) paint scheme is just plain black with a metal (wobbly) trident and large red eyes. However as the majority of his hired muscle will also be predominantly black, and the more recent depictions of Black Manta in "DC Comics" has him wearing a silver helmet and accessories, I plan to ‘pick out’ a lot more of the detail on the miniature with "Citadel" Boltgun Metal.