|"When I tried to cry for her, the tears froze on my face..."|
This 28mm pre-painted plastic model of Mister Freeze is by “Wizkids” and can be bought as number 039 from their “Heroclix” DC Comics: Legacy range. Originally called Mister Zero, the super-villain was created by Bob Kane, David Wood, Sheldon Moldoff and Logan Sowadski, and made his first appearance in "Batman" published by "DC Comics" in February 1959.
A former cryogenics specialist, Victor Fries suffered an "industrial accident" whilst trying to cure his terminally sick wife Nora, and must now wear a cryogenic suit in order to survive. One of Batman's most enduring enemies, and part of the Dark Knight's rogues gallery, Mister Freeze bases his crimes around 'cold' themes and turns his foes into blocks of ice using his "freeze gun".
In order to 'mask' the miniature's pre-paint job, I initially applied a layer of "Vallejo" Gunmetal Blue over the entire rogue scientist and then shaded him with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Once dry I lightly brushed more "Vallejo" Gunmetal Blue over the villain in order to bring out all the wonderful sculpt's detail on his armoured suit. I next undercoated all the areas of the miniature which I wanted to be a more metallic silver with "Citadel" Abaddon Black and then painted the figure's waist, arms, hands and Freeze Gun tubing with Ironbreaker. I gave the fiend's boots a coat of "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey and then applied a wash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil to all of these parts of the model.
|Road Warrior WIPs - Mad Max and Imperator Furiosa are destined for more adventures together|
Finally I painted both Mister Freeze's helmet and weapon with "Citadel" Abaddon Black before using a combination of "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey to give the criminal mastermind's head-wear the appearance of being frosted over. The original model had a clear plastic headpiece but as I thought I'd be unable to remove it without damaging the model, and felt the pre-paint job underneath was poor, I decided to go with the all-over frozen-look instead.
Having finished off Victor Fries I have been momentarily distracted by the arrival of my latest order from "North Star Military Figures". The company have recently become the 'official' vendor of "Copplestone Castings" and have produced a wonderful 'Mad Max' Road Warrior miniature to celebrate it. As a result I had bought a 'small number' from their Future Wars range, including a rather nice-looking female Scavenger Hero model.
|Re-basing The Undead - Lots of damaged legs, weapons and ammunition belts have been repainted on these models|
Inspired by the motion picture "Mad Max: Fury Road" I have very simply converted this figure into a rough approximation of Imperator Furiosa by cutting off her ponytail and filing her hair down somewhat. I have been considering removing her right lower arm and creating her trademark mechanical arm with some thick wiring...
Lastly I have not only managed to finish re-basing the two “Copplestone Castings” Zombie Troopers I've been re-painting this week. But managed a third figure too. I've still got a few more of these models from 2007 left to 'update', and as I now plan on using them as opposition for some Mad Max gaming, I hope to have them all completely 'refreshed', ready for the tabletop, within the next few weeks.