Thursday, 26 May 2016

"Behold: My New And Improved Spider-Bot!"

"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...

26 comments:

  1. Never heard of "superior spiderman" before. That is a rather impressive looking miniature though.

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    1. Superior Spiderman wasn't around for too long Finch. But his presence is still being felt in the current "Amazing Spider-Man" comic book series. The miniature is awesome. but does look an utter swine to paint!!

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    2. I second the awesomeness of the superior Spiderman sculpt, must have been a pig to put together?

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    3. Quite right Michael, the damn thing was an utter swine to put together, though not because of the spider-legs - which I was actually able to just super-glue in place. But because of the torso and legs being separate pieces, and the tab designed to fit into the torso being stupidly short. Thus I had to chop that off, pin him and grey-stuff the join. Not a nice model to put together imho.

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  2. I love that superior Spider-Man model, he is awesome!

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    1. Cheers Andy. I'm not though looking forward to painting him, what with all those limbs in the way.

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  3. Avon was my favourite from Blake's 7!

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    1. Me too Fran. In fact I didn't follow "B7" until Season Three by which time Blake had left and Avon was in charge :-)

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  4. I, too have never heard of Superior Spiderman or the Spider Robots. Very interesting figures. I look forward to seeing how they perform in a game.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I fear you'll be waiting a long while for that though. This was very much a 'spur of the moment' painting session :-)

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  5. Those 'mechanical spider legs' look a fearsome prospect to work with, I can imagine you'll have some fun when it comes to positioning it and other models on the battlefield.
    I'm interested to see how you'll tackle the blue eye shadow, as I've no idea how I'd approach such a task.

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    1. Fortunately the spider-legs are simply red, Roy. So they'll just be washed and dry-brushed. The blue eye shadow idea for Servalan comes from Simon Bradley's awesome paint job on the "Crooked Dice" website. Hopefully my paint job will suffice...

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  6. Nice work dude! Yeah they have supposedly gone direct but then so were the batmobiles and I heard there were a couple of people selling them at salute.

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    1. Cheers Simon. I was rather cross about the fact they were at "Salute", as I'd obviously have waited and not paid P&P if I had known. Indeed I had actually emailed to confirm you weren't going to be able to buy them in the UK before I ordered them.

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  7. Ooh, I like that Superior Spiderman figure! Looks like it was pig to put together though. And more Blake's 7 goodness too. Simon, you're spoiling us. I was lucky enough to see a production of "Guards! Guards!" With Paul Darrow playing Vimes - he was awesome.
    And 'Forgotten Heroes' is now only days away - so excited to see what everyone else is doing!

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    1. Thanks Jez. Lots more "Alien Verses Blake's 7" coming soon, and perhaps unsurprisingly I've changed my mind regarding subject matter for "Forgotten Heroes" and finally ordered my quartet. I just need to rifle through my "Heroclix" collection for spare parts etc.

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  8. The "Superior" Spiderman looks pretty scary to me!

    B7 was MUST see TV when I was younger! but not such a Big Kerr Avon Fan much preferring Vila ! But good to see B& painted up and ready for the table. Will you do the others?

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    1. Cheers Clint. I've now finished painting both Avon and Servalan (just basing her up); so of the original cast that just leaves Cally, Gan and Orac. I'll then be looking at the Season Three cast, as well as the second Travis.

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  9. Nicely done with the robo-spiders. Looking forward to Superior Spidey and his Henchmen. :)

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    1. Thanks PulpCitizen. This entire venture into "Knight Models" is the fault of you, Brummie and Sir Awdry!!! ;-)

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    2. On behalf of us all: Soz!

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    3. Much appreciated LOL :-)

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  10. All good stuff sir, Spidey looks the business but I keep hearing tales of what pigs the knight models are to put together, luckily that keeps putting me off them (its cheaper that way!!).

    You've got to have Avon to do B7 properly, have you read "Avon a terrible aspect" by Paul Darrow, it's actually pretty good and covers the events leading up to Avon's incarceration at the start of the series?

    He was obviously quite into the character himself.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. I haven't yet, including these simple-looking Spider Robots, not had at least one problem with every "Knight Models" figure I've so far put together. They are a pain imho.

      Quite right about Avon, and now both he and Servalan are finished I'm looking forward to them getting some tabletop action. I haven't read that particular Paul Darrow book. But know of it and have been hoping he'd read it so it could be released as an audible soundtrack. I've also met him, and he is an absolutely top chap imho :-)

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  11. Winterly is indeed a lovely sculpt. That dress especially is so well sculpted and simple.

    Superior Spiderman... Never heard of that version. Looks more like a villain!

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    1. Thanks Dai. I'm afraid I didn't find Winterly's neck straps very simple to paint. But it is a nice sculpt. Superior Spider-man is an anti-hero, as its Peter Parker's body inhabited by the mind of Doctor Octopus!!

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