Saturday, 11 June 2016

'Forgotten Heroes' - WIP - Part Two

Warwolf WIP - The S.H.IE.L.D. operative still has some additional equipment to be glued into place
With the ‘Forgotten Heroes’ challenge entering its second week, and having already finished my initial submission of Imperator Furiosa (predominantly using a “Copplestone Castings” sculpt), I’ve started work on converting three plastic "Wizkids" figures into some of the lesser known members of the "Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D."; a comic book series published by "Marvel Worldwide" which depicts the escapades of a top secret division of operatives who "defend the world against super human threats too dangerous for normal men."

The first of these 'unusual' S.H.I.E.L.D. agents is the leader of Area Thirteen's S.T.A.K.E. team, Martin Reyna. Codenamed Warwolf, he has a Gene Package embedded on his right mechanical arm which he can use to transform into a werewolf. In order to approximate such an unusual anti-hero I have taken the top half of a "Mage Knight" Feral Werewolf and replaced one of its claws with a "Games Workshop" powerfist. I have then pinned the bulky torso to the waist of a "Heroclix" S.H.I.E.L.D. Trooper.
Howling Commandos Of S.H.IE.L.D. WIPs - Early days for Vampire By Night and Manphibian
The ensemble currently looks a little top-heavy. But I have already used some grey-stuff to make the waist fill out a little more smoothly into the hulking lycanthrope. I also plan to 'bulk up' the area somewhat by cutting off the model's current waist pouch and replacing it with a number of larger bags and grenades courtesy of a "Games Workshop" Cadian Trooper sprue I acquired for my 'Forgotten Heroes' conversions.

In addition to Al Ewing's co-creation, I have also started work on my models for Vampire By Night and Manphibian. The female blood-drinker should prove quite a simple task, as I plan to just repaint a "Horroclix" She-Wolf miniature Bryan over at "Vampifan's World Of The Undead" kindly gifted me a while ago. Whilst the green-skinned extra-terrestrial will require quite a bit of attention in order to turn it into something which more closely resembles his comic-book counterpart.
Mister Freeze Minions WIPS - The pipeline for these five bobble-hat wearing henchmen is at the jumper stage
Interestingly the "Heroclix" figure doesn't come with feet on account of it's original pose depicting the fearsome alien emerging from out of a pond. As a result I have pinned the boots of a hapless "Games Workshop" Cadian soldier onto the creature. Hopefully the addition of such footwear won't look quite so odd once I've given the Howling Commando some S.H.I.E.L.D. agent trappings and a weapon...

Lastly I've made some progress on the five ‘converted’ “Wizkids” Lackey figures I have adapted in order to represent the Sixties henchmen of “Mister Freeze”. Having completed these bobble-hatted minions' grey trousers I have begun working my way through their blue woolly pullovers using “Vallejo” Heavy Blue.

18 comments:

  1. No Hit-Monkey? Disappointed...
    Nice work on some nicely obscure characters, Simon. Everyone seems to be doing more characters than me or progressing faster. Curse you, Real Life, for getting in way!

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    1. If I can get these characters done, then Hit-Monkey will be next Jez, as I'd like to do the lot. But baby steps, and Mister Freeze's henchmen are actually my priority :-)

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  2. Good efforts so far Simon, top notch!

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    1. Cheers Andy. I'm hoping the white and blue paint-job will unify them ;-)

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  3. Off to a great start with Warwolf. :)

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    1. Thanks PulpCitizen. Hopefully I'll finish putting him together today and start getting some paint on him.

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    1. Cheers Michael. Still plenty more to do though.

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  5. Warwolf looks very impressive. I like werecreatures, so it was nice to see the Horrorclix female werewolf being put to use as well.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. i hoped you'd like Warwolf, and obviously I'm delighted to find a super-hero related use for that splendid she-wolf you kindly sent me :-)

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  6. All coming along very nicely...as per usual!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. Hopefully these conversions will make for some interesting tabletop super-heroes.

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  7. Smashing stuff Simon, sorry that your last post snuck under the radar for a few days, both are now up on the FH site.

    The howling commandos are a new one on me I have to admit, I know "Dum Dum Duggans" version but now these, they kind of remind me of the "Creature Commandos" with Frankenstein and such.

    Should be great fun to use in games.

    Great choice, and all looking good.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. No worries Roger. I know you're busy. I'm hoping to get some serious work done on these "Howling Commandos" over the next few days, and maybe even finish their team leader "Dum Dum" Duggan. Thanks for posting both this and Furiosa up on the 'Forgotten heroes' site - I appreciate that is a labour of love :-)

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  8. So Dum Dum led these chaps as well as his WW2 human cohorts, then?

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Yep. if you click the "Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D." embedded link in this postings first paragraph, it'll take you to a review of the first issue - which should explain all.

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  9. These lot are crazy looking. The powerfist is an interesting choice. Will you give him a tail as well?

    Manphibian's boots look very practical. Good conversion.

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    1. Cheers Dai. Warwolf's tail is never shown; presumably its tucked away within his S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform? Glad you like Manphibian. I've added a belt to him now and just have to convert him so he is holding a S.H.I.E.L.D. automatic rifle before I start painting him.

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