Monday, 22 September 2014

"I am Groot."

This 28mm pre-painted plastic “Heroclix” model of Groot, is from the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Starter Set by “Wizkids” and is number 105. I must confess that this two and a quarter inch tall model of the Monarch of Planet X is one of the main reasons I bought the six-figure collection in the first place; especially as the quality of both the sculpting and paintjobs on the rest of the models leaves a lot to be desired.
 
Unsurprisingly this was a really simple paintjob to complete. The miniature was first undercoated with two layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna before it was washed with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. I then simply dry-brushed the entire model with more “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and picked out the sentient tree-like creature’s eyes with “Citadel” Abaddon Black.
I’m also close to finishing Groot’s partner Rocket Racoon, having finished working on the tiny model’s face. I did try and attempt to pick out a load of the leather work on the front of Rocket’s costume but the detail of the sculpting was too indistinct as a result of the model being pre-painted, so in the end I’ve decided to simply re-paint the front of the "foul-mouthed, gun-toting, bipedal woodland creature" all the same colour. I have though managed to ‘pick out’ some strappings on the back of the figure.
 
In addition I’ve also based and started prepping a third figure from the Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Starter Set, Star-Lord. I’m really unconvinced by the look of this model and some of the sculpting looks rather difficult to paint. However I plan to have a go as the other Peter Quill “Heroclix” model I like, with him wearing his retro-futuristic Guardians of the Galaxy uniform, appears rather expensive on the second-hand market for a single plastic figure.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks Simon. Still not taken with the Star-Lord model. I did think about cutting his head off, as its looking in the wrong direction from where he's aiming, but I think that'll mean I need to re-sculpt the neck and collar (as the head rests on it). As a result I'm really tempted to just bite the bullet and pick up one of the older Star-Lord "heroclix" but he's £8 for a pre-painted plastic mini!?!

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  2. Many thanks indeed. Nice, simple paintjob and a genuinely good sculpt bearing in mind its one of the range's newer minis.

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