Tuesday, 22 March 2016

'The Cosmic Cube Wars' - WIP - Part One

Tombstone WIP - Plenty of henchmen and goons will be accompanying Spider-Man's foe 
For the next couple of months I plan to finally make a significant dent in my quite considerable plastic mountain of "Wizkids" superhero miniatures, and in order to keep my momentum going I thought it would be useful to have an aim to such a time-consuming project. As a result I've been working on a gaming idea that the "evolving, sentient being" known as the Cosmic Cube is basically up for grabs and whoever claims it as their prize will have mastery over all of time and space.

Unsurprisingly numerous super-villains, even some who exist outside the "Marvel Worldwide" universe, believe they're the only candidate for such omnipotent power. Whilst plenty of super-heroes, aghast at the prospect of criminals such as the Joker, Tombstone or Torquemada being the cosmos' overlord, have set themselves the formidable task of opposing such plans. 
Alloy WIP - Lots of different metallic paints have yet to be applied to this giant-sized model
All rather unoriginal and contrived I know, but such a plot should encourage me to paint up plenty of "Heroclix" models over the coming weeks and provide me with the opportunity for some large-scale tabletop battles using the "Age Of Sigmar" rules by "Games Workshop". Hopefully there should be a few fortnightly BatReps as well...

One of the first super-teams I've already started painting are the Metal Men by "DC Comics". I already own most of the pre-painted Magnus Labs robots. But felt the team would be incomplete without them being able to fuse together into the much larger entity known as Alloy. It's still early days for the formidably-sized gestalt. Although I have managed to lay down a few coats of gold and red (Mercury) on the huge figure's limbs.
Nightmare & Mindless Ones WIP - The majority of the demon's behemoths just need to be shaded
Alongside the giant "Wizkids" sculpt I've also primed and based on 40mm circular bases a load more Mindless Ones lead by "the evil ruler of the Dream Dimension", Nightmare. I've already previously painted up two of the extra-dimensional monsters as part of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, so these additional seven cyclopean creatures should form an especially tough 'bodyguard' for Doctor Strange's arch-foe.

In addition I'm hoping the inclusion of the "demon from the dimension Everinnye" as an excuse to slowly introduce the rules for magic into my "Age Of Sigmar" games. It would certainly be fun to have the one-time servant of Shuma-Gorath confront the Sorcerer Supreme in a duel of the mystic arts...

18 comments:

  1. More lovely figs...especially like the Mindless Ones!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. I'm hoping to really showcase some of the great "Heroclix" sculpts I own over the coming couple of months. Lots to see and paint - I hope ;-)

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  2. It's so easy to be drawn into the DC and marvel universe's just as easy is the starwars universe. I am trying to refrain but I look forward to seeing these completed and the BATREP's

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    1. Thanks Damon. I'm hoping to paint up a few minis from some of the other comic book publishers too, such as "Dark Horse" and "Rebellion" (2000 A.D.). So fully expect to see the likes of Hellboy, Strontium Dog and Nemesis making some appearances too ;-)

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  3. Funny, my son's been playing with his own goon (The sunglasses one) fighting his spiderman heroclick just last night.

    The idea for the games is a good one. Don't convince yourself otherwise. *thumbsup*

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    1. Cheers for the thumbs up, Dai. A lot of the early "Heroclix" minion sculpts are superb imho. Its the later ones, which shrink in scale, that I dislike. Hopefully they'll be plenty for everyone to enjoy (and learn about too). Plus the BatReps start this weekend ;-)

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  4. I always like your superhero/supervillain posts, even if I can't identify some of your figures. Sorry, but Tombstone and the Metal Men mean nothing to me. I have to agree that the Mindless Ones look very impressive. Keep up the great work, Simon!

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    1. Thanks Bryan. Hopefully over the next few months then I'll be able to introduce you a much wider super-hero world ;-) The Mindless Ones are great minis... but I don't want to think about how much they cost to transport across the Pond. That's just say they need a lot of 'screen time' to make them worthwhile.

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  5. I look forward to the 2000AD stuff, love Johnny Alpha and the "dogs"

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    1. Cheers Andy. Should be a few 2000AD characters coming.

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  6. I'll probably be reading about quite the few superhero and super-villain characters I've never heard off in the coming posts. I'd never heard of any of the above mentioned characters, for instance.

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    1. I do hope so Roy, as that is one of my motivations for the project :-)

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  7. Some great ideas Simon. Loving your ambition for such a big project. The minions are looking good so far dude!

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    1. Cheers Bob... and of course they may even be the odd "Horrorclix" zombie or ten ;-)

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  8. Stripey shirts! (go on you know you want too).

    Cheers Roger.

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  9. Superhero goodness to come? And some 2000AD as well? Awesome! I wasn't even aware that they did a Nemesis heroclix - I'm guessing it's one of the premium figures. After He-month 3 is done, April will see a return to supers for me too, but with nary a 'clix in sight.
    And as I'm a huge comic book geek, I recognise all the characters. ;-)

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    1. Cheers Jez. "Wizkids" did a load of "Indyclix" a good while ago, which is where the likes of Johnny Alpha, Judge Dredd and Nemesis come from. I do think the metal men, though a little silly, have been badly underused in later years. But hopefully this project will give some much needed "DC Comics" coverage on them, as well as Doom Patrol, Shadowpact and others :-)

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