Thursday, 25 January 2018

"Forward, Sisters! Forward, To The Kill!"

"Strike savagely and strike swiftly, wraith sisters..."
These four 31mm tall plastic pre-painted Dire Wraiths by "Wizkids" are all number 010a from the "Marvel" Guardians Of The Galaxy "Heroclix" range, and are based upon the extra-terrestrial opponents of Rom the Spaceknight. Created by Bill Mantlo and Al Milgrom for the December 1979 issue of "Rom", the shape-shifting aliens "are an evolutionary offshoot of the Skrulls from the Andromeda Galaxy" and are "able to take the forms of other creatures."

Once the models were removed from their clicky-bases and super-glued onto 40mm circular bases, they were all primed with "Vallejo" Squid Pink and later treated to a layer of Heavy Red. The "Skrullian Deviants" were then heavily washed with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade before being dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Heavy Red.
The Avengers confront a group of Dire Wraiths
Each Wraith's pair of eyes were 'picked out' first with some "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and then a tiny spot of "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre. As I wanted the super-strong sorcerers' pupils to particularly stand out, I didn't bother shading them, and instead simply tidied their edges up with some additional "Citadel" Abaddon Black.   

Sticking with "Heroclix" I have also finished another of "Gotham" gang members for the former cryogenics expert, Mister Freeze. This particular 28mm plastic pre-painted "Wizkids" Lackey is number 019 from the "DC Comics" Hypertime range, and is one of five I rather embarrassingly started working on over eighteen months ago. Intended to resemble one of Doctor Shivel's bobble-hat wearing goons from the February 1966 "Batman" Television story "Instant Freeze", the figure has been slightly converted, courtesy of a small ball of two-part modelling putty, and was originally going to submitted during the 2016 "Forgotten Heroes" challenge.
 "You are not sending me to the cooler."
Having drilled a small hole in the top of the figure's head, inserted a small piece of metal rod, and sculpted a simple 'bobble', the henchman was primed with "Citadel" Abaddon Black and had his trousers painted using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then layered his jumper and hat with "Vallejo" Heavy Blue, and treated them to a wash of  "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade.

The lackey's 'bobble' was 'picked out' with "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey, whilst his crowbar was given a coat of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil. Finally, I painted the chilly criminal's flesh using some "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade, and then simply picked out his fingers, nose, ears, lips and cheeks with more "Vallejo Heavy Skintone. The miniature's base was flocked using some "Games Workshop" Snow.

26 comments:

  1. Yet more superbly "improved" 'Clix :-)
    Every time I see one of these inspiring posts, I hop straight over to ebay and start searching for some to get for myself - and hopefully do a better job than I did several years ago on "The Hulk", when all I did was coat him in PVA, cover him in sand, and paint him up as an earth golem ;-)

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    1. Thanks Greg. I've painted the first "Heroclix" Hulk twice now - both in green and his original grey skin tone. I'd be very interested to see how your earth golem turned out.

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    2. I've followed Blaxkleric on a number of purchases. I'm not sure if it's accidental but after the Big B paints something the cost of E-Bay goes stupidly high. The Black Panther on the pillar £53.24

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    3. Ouch! That's a lot of pennies, Phil. I can't remember what I paid for mine but it wasn't anywhere near that price and I've chopped mine off his pillar too!!! I'd suggest Troll & Toad in the US for cheaper prices if you can accommodate the p&p.

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  2. Those Dire Wraiths have turned out really nicely. Hmm, as they're similar to Zygons in ability, could the Zygon cards be used for them in a game of Exterminate? Might be interesting to see if you could do a supers game using that set of rules.

    And nice to see your goon finally finished. Obviously too many other distractions between when you started him and now.

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    1. Cheers Jez. I hadn't thought about using "Doctor Who: Exterminate" rules for superheroes, but will give it some thought now ;-)

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  3. They all look great Simon, and that's another 5 models off your target, which is always a step in the right direction

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    1. Thanks Dave. I'm slowly getting that tally marker under some semblance of control. Need a few more minions to be finished though before I can get ahead of schedule.

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  4. A cool set of figures, Simon. I'd never heard of the Dire Wraiths before. At first I thought they were part of your Chaos army. Now I know different, and I have to say I like them.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. The dire wraiths are awesome Marvel monsters imho and really were great in "Rom". Expect more to be painted in the future as they're a bit of a horde force.

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  5. Yet another Marvel creation I wasn't aware of! Those wraiths look quite gruesome and they look great the way you have painted them, good job. With a different colour scheme they wouldn't look out of place as Nurgle gribblies either! The DC henchman is good too and it is amazing how the simple bobble conversion transforms him perfectly into a minion of Mr Freeze. Again great stuff. Curse you though as I am now reaching for more Batman models!!

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. It's good to get another bobble-hat wearing goon finished, and I'm looking good for a third soon too :-)

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  6. Those red aliens look cool. Really like how you've paint them up.

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  7. Brilliant! What a great little addition to your Gotham lackey with that bobble :) I'm sure I missed it somewhere but which GW grass do you use for your bases?

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    1. Thanks Ivor :-) I use the bog-standard static grass from "Games Workshop" found here: https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Citadel-Grass, or anything similar in colour etc which is on sale cheap as model shows.

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    2. Excellent! I thought it looked familiar, I actually have a few containers of that and the Scorched Earth too - I really like the Glade Grass best but can't find it anywhere anymore. I was so desperate to get more that I actually bought an opened used container last year lol!

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    3. Splendid. I actually visit quite a few model train shows, and they tend to have all the different grass flavours very cheap indeed. Might be worth a visit if you're after a specific shade?

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  8. Love the Aliens, close resemblance to my own sister, but she's a much paler pink (Squid pink ? Really?).
    Love the new goon and can't believe it's been that long since the last!

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    1. Cheers Joe. The squid pink undercoat helps the red stand out better imho. As for the goon, I did finish one bobble-hat wearing minion late last year, but all of them were started during that 'Forgotten Heroes' challenge so many months ago.

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  9. Great looking Wraiths dude and the goon turned out nicely love the bobble added to the hat as well.

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    1. Thanks Simon. The Dire Wraiths and Mr Freeze minions have been sat for far too long on my painting table, so its good to have finished some of them.

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  10. Nice work on the Dire Wraiths BK, they turned out very well. :)

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    1. Cheers Leon. One of my fave alien races from "Marvel Comics" :-)

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  11. Not at all familiar with the Wraiths, but I like them. Very nice rich red.

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    1. Thanks Dai. The pink undercoat definitely helped bring out the red imho.

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