Friday, 31 October 2014

“Chrtt? Chrrt!”

This tiny 28mm plastic “Wizkids” model of a couple of squirrels on a tree stump actually forms part of the pre-painted Squirrel Girl miniature from the “Heroclix” Marvel Captain America range. The mutant super-heroine is actually accompanied by a number of the small rodents, so I’ve painted and based these two to represent Monkey Joe and Mister Freckle. 

Unsurprisingly the model was very simple to paint with the tree stump given a couple of layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and the two squirrels a coat of Heavy Red. Everything was then washed with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. There’s actually a third squirrel sculpted onto the shoulders of “Heroclix” miniature number 56 but I thought that one would make an excellent looking Tippy-Toe if I left it where it was and gave it a little greenstuff ribbon. 
I’ve also finally finished painting the five 28mm Thug miniatures from the “Heroclix” Marvel Infinity Challenge set. The figures actually complete the thirteenth and last of my painting challenges for 2014. I’ve previously painted one before but swapped a couple of colours around for some of the models just to slightly break up the monotony. As a result, although all of the trousers were painted with “Citadel” Shadow Grey” and washed with Asurmen Blue, the shirts were given a coat of either “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey or “Citadel” Adeptus Battlegrey before being treated to a wash of “Nuln Oil”. I also used either Dark Flesh or “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna with a “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade wash for their skin.
This week’s Top Ten Miniatures in my painting queue has changed from last week with four new additions. The first two are a couple of the plastic models I plan to paint from my recently arrived “Myth” kickstarter boxed set, and the third is a resin figure from “Ramshackle Games” that has taken me an age to get back ‘on the table’ despite my basing and undercoating the 28mm miniature a few months back. Lastly I’ve based the “Heroclix” Squirrel Girl model which accompanies Monkey Joe.

6 comments:

  1. I like the gang of thugs you've done. I have a couple of these myself but you have the makings of a decent gang. My only criticism is that I wish you'd added more variety to the colours of them. You could give one a white vest, another a black vest. Give some very dark jeans and some much lighter jeans. You could also alter the skin tones making some darker and some lighter. These are just suggestions and I can understand that now they are all finished why you'd want to leave them be.

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    1. Hi Vampifan. Entirely agree that they are a bit 'samey' at the moment but I tend to do my minions in batches of 3, so having already previously painted one with a dark grey shirt (as a test model), I've now got three in dark grey and three in light grey. I've got more of these models than Zulus, so the next load I've got based up will probably be similar to the original pre-paints colours, and as you say plenty of other skin tones out there to break them up even more. Hopefully when there's a good 30 of them running around they won't look so monotonous :-)

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  2. Nice work on them all. The Thugs look good. Perhaps the addition of a baseball bat or cap here and there may change things a little.

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    1. Thanks Simon. The Thugs aren't one of the best "Heroclix" models to be fair but when they're mingled in with all the other minion models I've painted, they shouldn't look quite so 'samey'.

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  3. Nice job dude! Even different coloured shades would help the thugs.

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    1. Cheers Bob. I must confess I did consider different colours for the shades but in the end went with the pre-paint colour scheme for them all. Perhaps with hindsight a mistake, but one I can easily rectify when I've a spare five minutes :-)

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