Wednesday, 12 November 2014

“I’m The Rhino! Ain’t Nothing Can Hurt Me!”

This 28mm pre-painted plastic “Wizkids” model of The Rhino is number 86 from the “Heroclix” Marvel Sinister range and has been sat on my painting desk for quite some time. The figure was given two coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and then repeatedly washed with “Citadel” Nuln Oil in order to build up the dark colour on the supervillain’s thick polymer mat suit.
Rocket Raccoon and Daredevil tackle the rampaging Rhino!!
I was actually extremely tempted to just treat the model to a black wash and then simply drybrush over the miniature with more “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey. But I didn’t think that would give the dark grey colour I was after. So instead I simply concentrated on certain muscle groups sculpted on the figure, and slowly built up the colour and brought out the detail. I purposely painted both horns and Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich’s clenched teeth White without a wash as I really wanted them to stand out from the dark grey costume and attract the eye.
In addition I’ve almost finished painting this coming weekend’s Mo’vember miniature; the “Heroclix” model Lockjaw, and just need to tinker with the Inhuman’s eyes and apply one or two more brown washes over the teleporting mutant dog’s body. I’ve also started building up the flesh areas on next week’s challenge submission, the diminutive acrobatic member of Alpha Flight known as Puck.
A Mindless One, Star-Lord, The Abomination, Blade and Drax The Destroyer
Finally the majority of these five pre-painted “Heroclix” models have just arrived from my favourite “Wizkids” American internet store “Troll and Toad” [http://www.trollandtoad.com]. As you can probably imagine postage across the Pond is not cheap, but the prices of their “Heroclix” models when compared to the ridiculous costs of British EBay auctions makes it a far cheaper option if you can save and then make a bulk order.  All these models still require priming as I’m hoping to paint them up as part of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge when it starts on 5th December.

10 comments:

  1. What a beast! A wonderfully dynamic pose that Mr. Rhino has.

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    1. "Wizkids" have done a handful of Rhino "Heroclix" figures these days, including a hydraulic suit version, but this is by far and away the best of the bunch. As you can hopefully see it dwarfs the 'standard-sized' 28mm models.

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  2. Smashing stuff. Rhino looks brilliant, and Lockjaw's looking ace!

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    1. Thanks Roy. Rhino is definitely one of my fave minis. Lockjaw looks very nice from the front, as he has some excellent 'bulldog' folds sculpted into his face. Unfortunately there isn't any such detail along the length of his body which is making any wash application a real pain. Should be finished for Saturday though :-)

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  3. Rhino is definitely one of your best painted figures. His pose is very dynamic and he is quite a size.

    Thanks for the link to Troll and Toad. I'll be checking them out for sure. That Abomination figure you got is the one I have. I do like the figure of Blade, although his sword is way too big.

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    1. Cheers Vampifan. Much appreciated. No worries about Troll and Toad; they are in my opinion the best Heroclix seller if you buy in bulk. However if you want to stick with UK based sellers, I highly recommend Blue Rat Games [http://www.blueratgames.com]; very cheap for common minis but a bit expensive for the rarer ones. I thought that was the Abomination mini you were talking about. Blade's a nice mini too but as you say his swords are a bit big (and bent!!).

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    1. Many thanks Bob. Can't understand why I left him for so long on the painting table once I'd undercoated him. Still finished now :-)

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  5. He's a big'un alright. Well done, sir.

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    1. Many thanks Finch. Hope to get him in a Batrep soon.

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