|"What are you really scared of Bats? Not being able to save Commissioner Gordon in time?"|
This 28mm plastic “Wizkids” model of the Joker is miniature number 97 from the DC Comics “Heroclix” Hypertime range. Apparently created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, this archenemy of Batman made his first comic book appearance in the 1940 opening issue of “Batman” by “DC Comics”.
The model was initially given an undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Violet in order to cover-up its pre-paint, before I applied some Heavy Red to the super-villain’s shoes. Both the Clown Prince of Crime’s jacket, trousers and footwear were then washed with “Citadel” Druchi Violet. Once dry I then painted the maniacal mastermind’s waistcoat with “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and “Citadel” Thrakka Green, his bow tie with “Vallejo” Heavy Blue and “Citadel” Asurmen Blue and his flower with “Vallejo” Heavy Red and the “Citadel” glaze Bloodletter. The colourful character’s Jokerfish were simply given a coat of “Vallejo” Heavy Orange and then washed with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade.
|Rage WIP - The Medieval footballer's bloody waist-cloth, white shirt and flesh areas have been finished|
Finally the Joker’s face was initially using “Vallejo” White and treated to a layer of the transparent acrylic “Vallejo” Pale Grey. Unfortunately this technique simply confirmed my fear that the sculpting of the model’s head, whether as a result of an overly thick pre-paint or simply poor casting, was quite hard to discern detail on. For example I couldn’t determine where the figure’s ears actually were, so when I initially painted the psychopath’s famous green hair with “Vallejo” Heavy Grey and “Citadel” Thrakka Green, I had to then paint in a pair of white ears or else he’d have simply had a mop of hair running straight down the sides of his face. The insane killer’s smile was brushed on using a combination of “Vallejo” Dark Vermillion and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson.
|Re-basing The Undead - Having damaged two of these models' legs I've been busy repainting them as well|
In addition to finishing the “goofy prankster” I have also made some considerable headway with my model of Rage by “Steamforged Games Ltd”. This “Guild Ball” miniature has proved something of a challenge in order to paint his arms and hands as a result of my lazily supergluing his limbs to each side as opposed to spending the time and pinning them.
Finally I’ve rebased, and significantly repainted a few more of my old “Copplestone Castings” zombies; all of which come Code FW4 Plague Zombies, which is part of the company’s Future Wars Range.