|"How could anyone forget the bombastic beast?!"|
This 28mm pre-painted plastic model of Beast is by “Wizkids” and can be bought as number 005 from their “Heroclix” Marvel: Danger Room Collector Set. Originally introduced as a “mutant possessing ape-like superhuman strength and ability”, the Avenger would eventually transform into a blue-furred super-hero with pointed ears, fangs, claws and a genius-level intellect. Hank McCoy was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and made his first appearance in the September 1963 opening issue of “X-Men” by “Marvel Comics Group”.
Having removed Beast from his ‘clicky-stand’ and super-glued it onto a 25mm round base, the model was undercoated with “Vallejo” Heavy Blue. The figure was then heavily washed with “Citadel” Asurmen Blue before its raised areas of fur were carefully dry-brushed using more “Vallejo” Heavy Blue. The acrobatic mutant’s ‘X-Man’ belt was painted with Heavy Ochre and Heavy Red. Before his dark blue shorts were ‘picked out’ using a combination of Heavy Blue and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.
|"Heroclix" WIPs - Spider-Man and the Human Torch should should be finished. Cappy will take longer|
With the first of my “Dice Masters” inspired super-heroes finished, I have been able to spend a little more time progressing the other three characters initially used within the Avengers Verses X-Men dice building game’s rulebook. Johnny Storm still has some way to go before all of his model’s many flames have been ‘picked out’ with “Vallejo” Heavy Orange, and I have only managed to finish the standing stone and red boots on my Captain America “Heroclix” figure.
However a little test on one of Spider-Man’s feet using a combination of “Vallejo” Dark Vermillion and “Citadel” Nuln Oil in order to replicate the Wall-crawler’s webbed costume appears to have worked very well, and helped me decide to finish painting Peter Parker’s alter-ego up next.
|More "Heroclix" WIPs - Based and primed: Storm, Iron Man and the mighty Thor|
Lastly I have spent some time basing and priming a few more “Heroclix” figures based upon the remaining characters found within the “Wizkids” collectible dice game’s AvX Starter Set. Something of a mixed bunch, I actually had to seek out this model of Storm from across the Pond, after I felt the version of Ororo Munroe which I already owned (from the Marvel Danger Room Collector Set) was rather diminutive in scale. Fortunately I am far happier with my sculpts of Iron Man and Thor, even if Tony Stark’s armoured form is probably a little too large, and the bearded God of Thunder isn't disappointingly wearing his 'classic' Jack Kirby costume.