Saturday, 2 January 2016

"The Man Without Fear!"

"You can do anything if you're not afraid."
This 28mm plastic “Wizkids” model of Daredevil is miniature number 36 from the Marvel “Heroclix” Critical Mass range. Blinded as a child by a radioactive substance which fell from an oncoming truck, Matthew Murdock’s remaining senses were heightened beyond normal human ability and gives him a type of sonar super-power. Taught martial arts by a Ninja sensei known as Stick, ‘Hornhead’ was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, and made his first “Marvel Comics” appearance in April 1964.

Having removed the figure from its ‘clicky base’ and superglued him to a “Games Workshop” 25mm circular one, I covered up the vigilante’s pre-paint by applying an undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Red before giving the majority of the miniature a wash of “Citadel” Crimson Carroburg. The lawyer’s baton was picked out using a combination of “Vallejo” Dark Vermillion and more “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson. Whilst Daredevil’s face was painted with “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.
Hulk WIPs - The original grey-skinned Hulk with blue trousers and a dirty yellow ripped shirt
Admittedly a simple model and paint-job, this is actually the second Daredevil "Heroclix" miniature I've painted. But I immediately thought of the crouched  figure as soon as Curt stated his ‘Tip to the Croupier’ for this year’s Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge would need to be based upon a risk-taker, daredevil or gambler, as you can’t get more of a daredevil in my books than ‘the Man Without Fear’ himself.

Sticking with submissions for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, I have been persevering with a grey-skinned "Heroclix" Hulk for the event's first fortnightly themed entry based upon Nostalgia. I have already finished painting the gamma-giant in his more recognisable colour scheme of green and purple. But wanted to be able to 'field' Bruce Banner's alter-ego in his original attire of blue trousers and yellow shirt... 
Cyber Reaver WIPs - The robots need a final dry-brush and to have their weapons painted black 
Lastly I have been working on eight Cyber Reavers by "Reaper Miniatures". Having previously dry-brushed them with "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey, I've been endeavouring to make the automatons more rusty-looking (as they function in a post-apocalyptic "Gamma World") by applying some watered-down Copper into their various joints. Once finished these 'not-Terminators' will just need their weapons to be 'picked out' and their ominous beady red eyes 'dotted in'. 

20 comments:

  1. Outstanding work on both Daredevil and Grey Hulk, Simon. You've done both of them proud. I also like your Cyber Reavers. I wonder if Cyberdyne Systems know about them, LOL!

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    1. Many thanks Bryan. LOL :-) DD was a simple mini to complete as the Carroburg Crimson wash made it almost paint itself. Both my Grey Hulk and the first eight of my Cyber Reavers are now finished too. So I've more of the 'not-Terminators' on the go at present, along with a few more "Heroclix" minis...

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  2. Your Marvel fellows look the part. Predominant red schemes like this are hard to paint without highlight leaving them orange or pink, so well done!

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    1. Cheers Dai. The "Vallejo" paints and "Citadel" washes do seem to work well together, especially when the paint is still wet and the washes can be mixed/blended in with them to help pool in the right places.

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  3. Nicely done on all of those. Kudos. :)

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  4. Whilst a simple paint job on Daredevil, it's surprisingly effective, so well done, Simon. Your Hulk is coming along nicely too. Still waiting for Rainbow Brite Hulk, though...

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    1. Cheers Jez. Both Hulks are now finished and submitted for the AHPC, and sadly there's no third Hulk coming quite yet; though both Red Hulk and She-Hulk are in the queue :-)

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  5. Daredevil was a superb job Simon, nicely done Sir.

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  6. Great work as always Simon, the red on DD is a triumph (though as you know not one of my favourite Marvel character's, and neither is....) Hulk, but at least he's a good model of him and the right colour (LOL).

    I thought those not-terminators would be good and they are, I love the rust streaks on them, it adds so much more character to them.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. Daredevil and the Hulk(s) were painted just to break the ice of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Plenty of subject matter I think you will like is coming over the next few weeks :-)

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  7. Great job on both Daredevil and Grey hulk. the Automations are coming along nicely. You could wash the copper areas with either dark tone or soft tone for that old rust look.

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    1. Thanks Simon :-) I've finished my first eight Cyber Reavers and went with the "Army painter" Strong Tone as a wash over the copper areas. It seems to have done the trick. Hopefully they'll feature in my next posting.

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  8. Keep it coming - these are nicely done.

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    1. Cheers Hugh. A nice simple mini to get the New Year and Analogue hobbies Painting Challenge off to a start :-)

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  9. Grey Hulk? Alas, there's so much I don't know about superheroes.

    It all looks great, Simon. Carollsburgh Crimson does the trick, I find. Handy stuff.

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    1. Thanks Finch. I'll soon be posting up my Hulks which'll include a bit of background info as to his origins. Carroburg Crimson is the definite red wash in my books :-)

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