|Mister Freeze Minions WIPS - Five of these bobble-hat wearing henchmen are in the pipeline|
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.
|Imperator Furiosa WIPs - Immortan Joe's soldier just needs to some washes and her face painted|
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.
|The Master WIPs - Plenty of "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil washes to come|
Finally, as something of an aside, I have recently taken advantage of a couple of "Doctor Who" webstore deals by “Black Tree Design” in order to expand the forces collected by Rassilon’s Time Scoop and transported to Gallifrey's Death Zone (in order for them to battle using the “Age Of Sigmar” rules by “Games Workshop”). As ultimately I would like these conflicts to be based upon the universal struggle between the Doctor and his arch-nemesis the Master, I have bought the first three incarnations of the fiendish black-suited villain. A move which will doubtless encourage me to play the occasional multiple Doctors verses numerous Masters scenario in the future…
To begin with however I aim to paint up the charcoal-wearing Master as depicted by actor Roger Delgado (1971-1973), Peter Pratt’s 1976 decaying corpse-like version and finally Anthony Ainley’s sadistic manifestation which debuted in the 1981 story “The Keeper Of Traken”.