Sunday, 22 January 2017

"Nightmare Forever Walks The Earth."

"He is called Nightmare. And he was not given that name lightly."
This 28mm pre-painted plastic model of Nightmare is by “Wizkids” and can be bought as number 118 from their Marvel: Universe “Heroclix” range. The evil ruler of a "Dream Dimension", where tormented humans are brought during their sleep, this "demon from the dimension Everinnye" was the first foe Doctor Strange encountered during the Sorcerer Supreme's comic book adventures. "Dependent on the human race's need to dream" the super-villain was created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, and made his first appearance in the July 1963 "Marvel Comics Group" edition of "Strange Tales".

Initially primed with a double layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Green in order to 'mask' the "Super Rare" 35mm tall model's pre-paint, the Dweller-in-Darkness' cousin was heavily washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and then dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Heavy Green. With his bodysuit and ragged cape finished I 'picked out' his chalk-white flesh with a combination of "Vallejo" White and Pale Flesh. Finally Nightmare's "wild green hair" was painted by dry-brushing Heavy Green over a "Citadel" Abaddon Black base coat, and subsequently washing it with Nuln Oil.
Armoured Car WIPs - The 'Interceptor' has been weathered and based upon a "Games Workshop" oval stand
Sadly, this nigh-omnipotent character isn't eligible for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge as I began working on him just before the tournament started. So as a result, I have simultaneously been applying a second layer of "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash over the rivets and panels of my "Copplestone Castings" Mgebrov Single-Turret Armoured Car. This additional layer really produced lots of thick rust amongst the vehicle's plating and welding, and whilst the result was somewhat overkill for "Mad Max" Rockatansky's ride, I did think it would suit a less-loved truck I hope to later add to my post-apocalypse project.

For now though I have toned down the car's evident decay to something more in keeping with a somewhat reasonably well-maintained automobile of the dune roads by dry-brushing certain areas with "Citadel" Abaddon Black. In addition, I have tidied up the wheels and weapon, as well as fixed the 'Interceptor' to a pre-prepared gritted and painted "Games Workshop" 120mm x 92mm oval base.
Tweak WIPs: The alien has been washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade
Lastly, and spurred on by Dave Stone kindly emailing me pictures of his completed Tweak, I have been persevering on own resin figure of Judge Dredd's alien ally during his trek across "The Cursed Earth". Initially painted "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, I have subsequently dry-brushed the "noble and loyal creature" and 'picked out' the lighter areas of his fur with some Heavy Brown...

24 comments:

  1. A veritable feast of goodies on display here, Simon. Once again, I must admit to knowing nothing at all about Nightmare. My first thought when I saw him was - "that's a cool looking vampire!" Looking at him again, I think he's make an excellent Zombie Master in the "Judge Dredd Miniatures Game" - a less powerful version of Sabbat.

    The rusting effect on Max's vehicle is outstanding. I think I'll be ordering some of the Mig Production rust paints very soon.

    Finally, your Tweak is coming along nicely. I'll be posting my own Tweak very soon.

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    1. Thanks very much indeed, Bryan. I don't think Nightmare gets the attention such an interesting villain deserves; especially one who once had to abduct Spider-Man in order to fight the Hulk after foolishly trying to imprison the gamma-giant within his domain - great story.

      Obviously I thoroughly recommend the "Mig Production" rust. It seems so very useful, and hopefully my "Mad Max" vehicle will soon be finished.

      Tweak will be done soon too and I'm looking forward to seeing yours (and Dave's?) on your site soon :-)

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    2. Yeah, I'll be showcasing Dave's entry to the Tweak-off on my blog.

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    3. I've finished my version of Tweak too!

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    4. And very good it looks too Andy :-) I was simply going to post mine up here (once its been posted on the AHPC) and link the article to your stuff.

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  2. Now this is actually a figure I do own, although my Nightmare was repainted for another project and is therefore now wearing red. For one ofvthe initial releases, it's a nicely detailed sculpt.
    That rust wash is rather good - makes me think of rusting farm machinery in the American midwest - old trucks, weather vanes and corrugated iron sheets. Should I need to do some terrain of this nature, I'll pick some of this wash up.
    And now he's got a bit more colour on him, Tweak is looking a little more familiar.
    As you haven't commented on my latest Who-inspired post, i'm guessing that this one slipped past you too...

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    1. Cheers Jez. I'm a big fan of Nightmare if you hadn't guessed, and, having now seen your latest post, have left a comment ;-)

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  3. Nightmare turned out really well Simon, really like the rust effect will have to pick some up for some of my projects.
    Tweak is coming along nicely, glad my painted version helped inspire you on

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    1. Thanks Dave. Nightmare was a simple but fun paint-job. I liked him so much that having based and primed him, I couldn't help but start painting him before the AHPC start. I love your Tweak, so want to ensure mine is finished in time for Bryan's posting, so I can post a link etc.

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  4. Loving that armoured vehicle! Definitely looks like it has been through the wars...even burnt out at one point!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. The rust effect is quite an interesting medium to apply, as at first it doesn't appear that you've done anything but 'wet' the model. Then when its dried its rusty. Amazing stuff.

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  5. I too have that Nightmare figure, though I have to say I found him less than inspiring, so he remains in-repainted, that's a really nice repaint you've performed on him though.

    The Maxmobile is coming along really nicely though, glad you toned it down a bit though as it was looking a bit "abandoned beyond repair" with all that rust on it.

    I'm still not keen on Tweak (the character and the fig) not your panting.

    Sorry Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. I think liking Nightmare quite a bit probably helped enormously with painting him. I think some of the "abandoned beyond repair" might be suitable for some of the bits on Furiosa's vehicle. No worries about Tweak; you either love cartoony aliens or you don't imho.

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  6. Lovely stuff in this post.
    Nightmare looks very much like his illustrations and Tweak too.

    The armoured car is starting to look rather formidable. An intimidating sight to behold in the post-apoc outback!

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    1. Cheers Dai. Much appreciated. I'm rather pleased with how Nightmare turned out, and Tweak is coming along nicely too imho. Really glad you like the car as I'm a bug fan of your own vehicle weathering.

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  7. You do find some brilliant miniatures Simon! Amazing work on the Interceptor too, amazing work!

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    1. Thanks very much indeed, Michael. Hopefully the Interceptor will be up for show on the AHPC this week.

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  8. Great stuff across the board. The rust effect on the armored car looks fantastic.

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    1. Cheers Finch. I'm especially pleased with how the rust effect has turned out.

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  9. And what a nightmare-inducing figure he is too though looking inspired by the b#w Nosferatu of the 1920s (?).

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    1. He does indeed look very vampiric Joe, perhaps that's why I like him so much.

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  10. Good job on nightmare and nice progress on the armoured car. Interesting to see the stages its going through. I have a vehicle to convert/repaint for me Alpha Squad project and its not something i've really done before.

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    1. Thanks Simon. I think I'm enjoying the car so much because its my first rusty vehicle, and I was experimenting using the rust effect, washes, highlights etc as a result :-)

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