|"Now follow my designs, my dear mechanoid... And construct another eight hundred!"|
These three 35mm metal models of Spider Robots are made by "Knight Models" and are from the company's "Spiderman Miniatures Game" range. They were created by Otto Octavius "to better assist him as a hero" when he took over control of Peter Parker's body in order to become the Superior Spider-Man, and were capable of sending him both information and images through "the lenses in his mask, his mobile phone, his tablet or even his television." Created by Dan Slott these 'spider-bots' first appeared in Issue Two of "Superior Spider-Man" in March 2013.
Although the comic book versions were actually small red and blue spiders" I decided for my own sanity to simply paint the tiny electro-mechanical machines with "Vallejo" Heavy Red and wash them with "Citadel" Carrobrug Crimson. The models were then dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Heavy Red, before I added a little White into the mix and delicately picked out each sculpt's detail. Finally I gave them all a glaze of "Citadel" Bloodletter.
|Superior Spider-Man WIP - Lots left to do on Octavius' alter-ego, as well as his heavily-armed minion|
In addition to the Spider Robots I have also assembled and based both Superior Spider-Man himself, complete with his four mechanical spider-legs, and the first of three armed Spiderlings. These two multi-part metal miniatures form part of "Knight Models" Superior Spiderman & Spiderlings Starter Set, which up until "Salute 2016", I had thought weren't available unless ordered directly from their website.
Interestingly these "Marvel Worldwide" figures are not apparently compatible with the "Marvel Universe Miniatures Game" but will actually be my first gang for the "Batman Miniatures Game" (despite that franchise being based upon "DC Comics" characters). As a result I've given Octavius' alter-ego a double undercoat of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and applied a similarly generous layer of White to the anti-hero's first minion.
|Avon & Servalan WIPs - These two "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" miniatures will soon be finished|
Finally, enthused by my current "Alien Verses Blake's Seven" project, I thought it was about time I added a couple more models to my forces, and so have earnestly begun painting another of the Future Freedom Fighters cast by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", as well as their wonderful Lady Winterly sculpt. These two cracking figures will make excellent proxies for early incarnations of Paul Darrow's Kerr Avon and Jacqueline Pearce's sultry Supreme Commander Servalan.
Predominantly garbed in black, courtesy of his "Project Avalon" costume, I have already managed to paint the vast majority of the "aloof and sardonic computer expert", and simply need to finish off his flesh areas before he is ready for varnishing. The Federation Administrator is taking a little longer to progress on account of her gown's tiny neck straps and the fact that I'll be trying to give her blue eye make-up...