|The Black Mist - A wonderful sculpt doubtless inspired by The Shadow|
These 28mm models of The Black Mist were sculpted by Bob Ridolfi for “Reaper Miniatures” and are available as part of the company's Chronoscope range in either pewter (code 50217) or "Bones" plastic (code 80007).
Both figures were undercoated with "Citadel" Abaddon Black before being dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal and then washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The pulp anti-heroes' sleeves were painted using "Vallejo" White and then also washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil in order to darken their brightness. The miniatures' scarves were initially given a couple of layers of "Vallejo" Heavy Red before being glazed with "Citadel" Bloodletter. Finally the vigilantes' pistols were simply picked out using a combination of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil. The "Bones" figure was additionally given a pair of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna gloves, simply as an experiment to break up the rather overpowering blackness of one of the models.
|The Black Mist ("Bones") - Some tearing of the plastic around the hat's rim is clearly visible|
Both these miniatures are now heading across the Pond to Canada as 'payment' to Curt for running the "Fifth Annual Hobbies Painting Challenge" at the start of this year, and for him winning the Pulp Trio Side Challenge as well. I'm also grateful to Michael over on the marvellous "28mm Victorian Warfare" blog for reminding me that I still hadn't posted them...
Having finished both of these models I am sorely tempted to buy myself a metal version of The Black Mist the next time I order some more "Reaper Miniatures" as it really is a great-looking dynamic sculpt of the Thirties pulp hero The Shadow. Admittedly the polymer figure is significantly cheaper but I found it lacked a lot of the detail of the pewter model and also suffered from some snagged or torn edges here and there.
|"Heroclix" WIPs - The Silver Surfer and the Joker should soon be finished|
As I plan to utilise the next few weeks in order to help clear my painting table of old(ish) projects, I have made some more progress on a few of the "Heroclix" miniatures currently littering my painting area. The Silver Surfer model is unsurprisingly almost finished already, as having applied a black shade to its metallic undercoat I now need only dry-brush Galactus' herald for Jack Kirby's creation to be completed. My "Wizkids" Joker figure is also nearly ready for a coat of gloss varnish, as I really now just need to ink his purple suit and paint his ghoulish face and hair. Lastly I have actually been painting this model of Superman since before this blog was born, and have probably got more done on him recently than I have achieved over the past few years. The sculpt suffers with a rather overly thick paint-job. But should still be salvageable now I've started to work on the plastic miniature in earnest.