|"So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts."|
This 28mm pre-painted plastic model of The Batman is by “Wizkids” and can be bought as number 003 from their “Heroclix” DC Comics: World's Finest range. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in May 1939 the Dark Knight made his first comic book appearance in Issue One of "Detective Comics" and has since gone on to become the second greatest "Comic Book Hero of All Time" after Superman...
As the original miniature supposedly depicts a "stealthy" Caped Crusader, I went with an incredibly dark palette of "Citadel" Abaddon Black undercoat, followed by "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal for the wall. I then washed the piece of terrain Bruce Wayne's alter-ego is hiding alongside with some "Citadel" Nuln Oil" before dry-brushing the area with more "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal.
Finally I painted The Batman's face with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Fleshtone and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. His eyes were picked out with "Vallejo" White. Because I wanted to retain the deep dark look of the cowled vigilante I decided against highlighting his cape and instead simply roughly handled the model after varnishing it, in order to transfer enough grease 'n grime from my fingers onto the miniature so as to bring out the sculpt's details.
|"Heroclix" WIPs: Plenty of washes and dry-brushing ahead for Iron, Tin and the Cosmic Cube|
Having now successfully participated in the Sixth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge and achieved my 500 point goal, I've started basing/priming a considerable number of "Heroclix" miniatures I intend to use for some large-scale tabletop battles using the somewhat contentious "Age Of Sigmar" rules by "Games Workshop". These games will at their simplest concern the forces of good fighting evil in order to stop them from acquiring the legendary Cosmic Cube (amongst other objective markers I plan to paint/create). But will feature characters clashing from a number of different comic book universes, such as "Marvel Worldwide", "DC Comics", "2000 A.D.", "Dark Horse Comics" and "Star Wars"...
The initial battle-lines for the opening skirmish of "The Cosmic Cube Wars" will involve a plethora of "Wizkids" miniatures I've already previously painted, and should see the despicable Black Mantra, amongst other super-villains confronting Commissioner Jim Gordon and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence in an effort to unlock the secret identity of... The Batman. Hopefully I'll have the BatRep ready for posting next weekend.
|Metal Men WIPS: Lead, Gold and Mercury ready for some shading and dry-brushing|
In the meantime I have started assembling five of Doctor William "Will" Magnus' six Metal Men. These "artificially intelligent robots" are long-time allies of the Caped Crusader and as they all have single-colour paint schemes, should be pretty quick to complete. I may though need to apply some grey-stuff to one of Tin's hands, as the figure's limb is rather malformed on account of originally being attached to the side of Lead's bulky model (on the same base).
In addition I am currently trying to locate an affordable "Heroclix" sculpt of Magnus and Platinum. For although the DC Comics: Crisis range contains the pair as a single-base figure, the pairing is rather expensive for such a small(ish) pre-painted model.