Wednesday, 22 June 2016

'Forgotten Heroes' - WIP - Part Three

Vampire By Night WIPs - Nina Price's wolf-form has already been washed and dry-brushed
As a result of the ‘Forgotten Heroes’ challenge rapidly approaching the end of its third week, I have increasingly been spending my hobby time assembling, priming and dry-brushing the three plastic "Wizkids" figures I intend to convert into members of the "Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D."; a disappointingly short-lived comic book series recently cancelled by "Marvel Worldwide" which featured the exploits of Director Maria Hill’s newest team of monster agents.

The simplest of these ‘conversions’ is my model of Nina Price in her lycanthrope guise. The niece of Jack Russell from the comic book “Werewolf By Night”, this hybrid actually also possesses the abilities of a vampire after sunset. However as Vampire By Night predominantly appears in the recent comic books as a white-furred Artic wolf creature I thought just painting a “Horrorclix” She-Wolf miniature appropriately would make for an easy representation of her formidable supernatural abilities.
Warwolf WIPs - Having undercoated Martin Reyna, the team leader's boots need 'picking out'
Somewhat harder to construct was my model of the S.T.A.K.E. team’s leader, Martin Reyna. But having now started to apply some basic layers to his somewhat ‘top-heavy’ frame, I think Warwolf is beginning to take shape nicely. I have already started work on the anti-hero’s standard-issue white S.H.I.E.L.D. boots and rich blue leggings, and hope soon to start washing and dry-brushing his were-wolf fur.

In addition I have also used “Citadel” Abaddon Black to undercoat his enormous cybernetic hand and the handful of grenades he’ll be wearing around his waist. I’ve also subsequently noticed that the original “Mage Knight” Feral Werewolf model has a shoulder-guard and some scraps of torn shoulder sculpted onto its torso, so these will be ‘picked out’ out in blue and white in order to suggest its part of his S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform.
Manphibian WIPs - The alien's pouches and automatic weapon have now been super-glued in place
Finally I’ve finished compiling my “Heroclix” figure of Manphibian. Having previously given the extra-terrestrial some much needed footwear courtesy of a “Games Workshop” Cadian soldier, I have since used grey-stuff to make a utilities belt for the webbed creature, and then covered my rough-work with all manner of grenades and pouches. Finally, as I wanted to illustrate the fact that the alien is actually a highly intelligent weaponsmith, I gave him an impressive-looking “Warhammer 40,000” automatic rifle.

As with Warwolf, just as soon as the superglue holding Manphibian’s pouches, belt buckle and weapon in place was dry, the model was given a rough undercoat so I could start painting in all his detail over the next few days. Disconcertingly this means the vast majority of his equipment will be S.H.I.E.L.D. white. But the monster’s scaly skin will hopefully be more readily highlighted via a combination of a “Citadel” Thrakka Green wash and some dry-brushing.

18 comments:

  1. Looking very nice, Simon. That Horrorclix She-Wolf figure is a rather nice sculpt, that the original paint job didn't really do justice to. As for Manphibian and Warwolf, they are both coming along nicely and don't now look 'cobbled together', if you know what I mean.
    And whilst you may consider Warwolf 'top-heavy', it's got nothing on the mini Bryan's featuring in his latest post on "The Gamer's Cupboard" - but that's kind of my fault... ;-)

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    1. Thanks Jez. I have seen your wonderful creation/gift for Bryan and was very much impressed :-)

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    2. Didn't both Vampire by Night and this version of the Howling Commandoes both appear in Amazing Fantasy? I believe I may have those issues, should you want and not have them.

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    3. Spot on Jez, Vampire By Night first appeared in Amazing Fantasy vol. 2 #10; and I would be extremely pleased to take any issues of her and the "Howling Commandos" off of your hands. Thanks very much indeed :-)

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  2. He, he, he! Jez isn't wrong about that "top heavy" mini you'll find in this week's "The Gamers Cupboard" post. And what a cracker it is, too! But, hey, I'm biased!

    I like how your Howling Commandos are progressing, Simon. How the line up has changed from when I originally read the old "Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos" comics set during WW2. They were unbelievably cheesy but a lot of fun. Good to see old man, "Dum Dum" Duggan is still around.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I was gutted when this new series was canned after just six issues; especially as I thought they were so different to what had gone before. Still at least I'll have the minis soon(ish).

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  3. Buddy they all look great but Manphibian is definitely the standout model for me, good job!

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    1. Cheers Andy. Manphibian certainly has taken the most thought.

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  4. These are awesome Simon, what amazing looking miniatures.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Hopefully I can give them a paint-job to match :-)

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  5. Wolves are looking better and better! No tail? No worries. He'll be able to shop for trousers easier that way!

    Manphibian ended up cooler than I had anticipated! The utili-belt fits well with the rest of the model. 40K lasgun... well, with paint am sure it'll look just fine too.

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    1. Cheers Dai. I do have a tail for Warwolf but he doesn't seem to ever have one in the comic. I'm very pleased with Manphibian, and hopefully my paint-job will do him justice :-)

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  6. Smashing work as we've come to expect Simon, Manphibian is my fav' too but all good.

    I've re-posted this over on the FH site as well.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. Hopefully I'll have more this week to paint them up for my final WIP posting :-)

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  7. Another vote for Manphipian being my favourite :-)

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    1. Cheers HotT. Manphibian certainly looks a lot better than the original footless sculpt imho.

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