Tuesday, 18 August 2015

"Why Can't You Just Die?"

"Ah. Fortune smiles. Another day of wine and roses. Or, in your case, beer and pizza!"
This 28mm plastic “Wizkids” model of Two-Face is miniature number 21 from the Batman Alpha DC Comics “Heroclix” range. The disfigured district attorney for Gotham City first appeared in the August 1942 issue of “Detective Comics” and was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.

Because the model’s pre-paint was actually overly thick I avoided undercoating the figure and instead applied a layer of “Citadel” Abaddon Black and “Vallejo” White over his two-piece suit and shoes. In order to make life simple for me I painted his usually monotone tie with “Heavy Blue” and then washed it with “Citadel” Asurmen Blue. For Harvey Dent’s disfigured face and hand, I used a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Red with “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. Finally for the crime lord’s hair I applied “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and Heavy Bluegrey and washed them with more Strong Tone Quickshade and “Citadel” Nuln oil respectively.
Captain Apollo WIP - Once the face is completed, he will only need some inking and gold buckles highlighted
Whilst waiting for the former ally of Batman’s flocked base to dry, I have been paying some considerable attention to this first of three D-Rangers by “Nexus Miniatures”. This somewhat large 28mm metal miniature will make a fine stand-in for Captain Apollo of “Battlestar Galactica” fame.
OMAC WIP - One of the easiest "Heroclix" miniatures I've painted
In addition, as I’m somewhat eager to build up a sizeable Brother Eye cyborg force of “Heroclix” figures, I’ve also almost finished my test OMAC “Wizkids” robot. An extremely simple miniature to paint, I’ve undercoated, washed and then dry-brushed the ‘cape-killer’ with metallic blue, and now need just pick out a few details before he’s finished.

12 comments:

  1. Two-Face has turned out really nice. And the OMAC fig is very cool.

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    1. Thanks Gordon. Its a shame the Two-Face pre-paintjob was so thick as its a nice model. But I had to be rather careful applying even the thinness of coats to it. As a result of its soft details I think it really does show its a plastic mini. But hopefully on the table it'll look fine. The OMAC miniature is great isn't it and an army of ten or so would look formidable ;-)

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  2. More assorted loveliness Simon, two face is great but that 'not' Apollo is coming along really nicely.

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    1. Most kind Sir Michael. I'll certainly be paying "Nexus Miniatures" another visit once I've painted up the other not-Battlestar Galactica minis I own.

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  3. Good work on all three, Simon. Two-Face has turned out extremely well. I've never heard of OMAC but I like the look of him.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. The OMACs are simply everyday people who Brother Eye infected with a computer virus and can therefore transform into his robotic cape killers (i.e. DC Comics version of Sentinels; albeit they're human-sized).

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  4. Love the title dude! Used to ask my boss that question on a daily basis. Maybe that's why I don't work there anymore. Two face came out great Bk and the others are coming along very nicely too.

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    1. Cheers Bob. Great quote from the Val Kilmer Batman movie - I thought Tommy Lee Jones did a good job as Two-Face personally. Glad you like the paint-job and many more to come as I work my way though my backlog.

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  5. Nice work, Simon. Given that my photos don't come out as well as yours (the perils of using my phone), I'll be taking a leaf from your book and photographing against a plain background in future. Hopefully this will prevent my phone from deciding the background is more interesting and will actually focus on the figures!

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    1. Thanks Jez. Much appreciated. White always seems to work for me, though I do then manipulate the colours etc using Paint Shop Pro so the image fits within my frames.

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  6. Yep good work as always there Simon, Two face is nice but I see what you mean about the paint build-up on his face, Apollo is a cracking figure, classic BSG was so much better that the newer one, but that OMAC fig is a real beauty, what a great find that is, and brilliant colour choice! 11 out of 10, for that one sir!

    Cheers Roger,

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    1. Cheers Roger. I think Two-Face will look better on the table with a bit of distance between him and the human eye. Apollo is great and almost finished already - Starbuck is already getting some TLC, and I'm also basing OMAC as well, having managed to locate a handful more of the cape killers from across the Pond.

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