|"Perhaps This Will Speed Things Up!"|
This 28mm pre-painted plastic model of a She Wolf is by “Wizkids” and can be bought as number 082 from their “Horrorclix” Freakshow range. Originally produced as an ‘enticing’ werewolf, I have reposed the miniature, courtesy of a new paintjob, in order for it to represent the Howling Commando of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nina Price, a.k.a. Vampire By Night. Co-created by Jeff Parker and Federica Manfredi, the niece of Jack Russell has “the ability to become either a werewolf or a vampire between dusk and dawn”, and first appeared in the September 2005 issue of “Amazing Fantasy”.
Initially undercoated with “Vallejo” White the model was subsequently washed with Pale Grey before being dry-brushed with more White. The lycanthrope’s top was then painted using a combination of Heavy Blue and “Citadel” Asurmen Blue. Finally I ‘picked out’ the anti-hero’s fangs with “Vallejo” White and discoloured them with a touch of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. I did consider additionally applying some Abaddon Black to the creature’s nose, as per its original paintjob. But as I rather liked the all-white finish to her muzzle I have left it be… for now at least.
|The Human Torch WIPs - (i) Orange & Red wash, (ii) Orange dry-brush and (iii) Ochre dry-brush|
Following on from Nina Price, I have been slowly building up the fiery layers to a (second) “Heroclix” model of the Human Torch. Initially entirely composed of a clear orange-tinted plastic, I was actually rather tempted to simply re-base the miniature and leave it at that. But having recently completed a partially burning Johnny Storm, I thought I would try and paint a version of the Fantastic Four founding member that was completely alight.
As a result this model, which is somewhat disconcertingly larger than his predecessor in scale, has been completely repainted with “Vallejo” Heavy Orange, washed with red ink, and then with dry-brushed Heavy Orange and Heavy Ochre. All that now remains is to carefully pick out more of the flames and details (such as his ‘4’ symbol) with more Heavy Ochre, and the figure should be finished.
|Re-basing The Undead - All of these models' all-black weapons and boots have been repainted|
Lastly I am still re-painting some of my old collection of “Copplestone Castings”. These three well-armed Zeds are from their Code FW23 Zombie Trooper and have all had numerous areas ‘blocked in’, so I can apply some additional washes to the figures. A couple of these metal miniatures were also unfortunately damaged during my re-basing process, so discoloured feet, boots and the occasional trouser leg have all been tidied up at the same time.
Ordinarily I’m not that big a fan of the Undead carrying automatic weapons. But plan to use these cadavers, along with some additional “Future Wars” blisters, to help me populate a rather macabre -looking tabletop inspired by the 2015 “Mad Max: Fury Road” motion picture; a project I have recently added a couple of armoured vehicles to, courtesy of “North Star Military Figures” recently advertising Mark Copplestone’s 1/55th scale vehicles.