Wednesday, 3 January 2018

(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Heroclix" January 2018

"Heroclix" WIPs - Invisible Woman, Black Panther, the Scourge and a Blood Vamp
This month's randomly themed attempt to try and reduce my overwhelming throng of metal, plastic and resin miniatures will see me painting up a number of "Wizkids" sculpts from their "Heroclix", "Horrorclix" and "Indyclix" ranges. I rather embarrassingly own a significant number of these figures, having been prolifically purchasing them since Marvel's Infinity Challenge was first released way back in 2002, and as a result already have literally dozens (re)based, primed, layered, shaded or even highlighted.

Such models will hopefully prove a significant boon as I enter the second month of my inaugural, Partially-Painted Pledge challenge, due to my already falling a little way behind my intended milestone. Fortunately though, quite a few of the 'super-heroic' models I've selected for my 'first batch' are quite monotone in colour, so should be relatively straightforward to complete over the next few days or so. 
"SuperFigs" WIPs - Old paint-jobs on the Dark Avenger and Red Bolt
I'm also hoping that they'll help me fill in a few holes in my 'tabletop ready' "Wizkids" collection, such as Sue Richards; the only founding member of the Fantastic Four which I haven't yet finished. To be honest I've not been particularly impressed by the various "Heroclix" sculpts of Invisible Girl to date, but have now decided, for completeness sake, to go with an early version of the Human Mutate from the Clobberin' Time "Marvel Comics" expansion.

Similarly, I'm eager to expand the size of my Avengers super-team with the likes of T'Challa, the Black Panther, and Captain America's Rogues Gallery; hence the inclusion of the Scourge of the Underworld - a masked assassin who was actually created in order to "thin [out] the criminal population of the Marvel Universe." I don't however, plan to simply stick with the New Jersey-based company's main range, and having recently taken advantage of a significant "Horrorclix"re-stock at "Troll And Toad", I have a fair few of their "wicked fun" figures, such as this Blood Vamp, to also finish painting.
Ogron WIPs - The aliens will be shaded using "Citadel" Nuln Oil & "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade
Spookily, whilst trying to locate some of my partially-painted "Heroclix" miniatures, I also stumbled across a pair of old 33mm scale "SuperFigs" from when I very first started gaming as an adult. I've subsequently re-based the duo, Red Bolt and Dark Avenger, and will use their pre-existing pigments as an undercoat for the palettes I now plan on applying. At one time this range of very "old school" figures by "West Wind Productions" was all I painted/played, so having found a couple I'm now quite keen to try and locate some of the many others I have stored away somewhere...

Lastly, "Warlord Games" have announced several of their upcoming new releases for the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" model range, and that means I need to clear up a substantial space on my painting table in preparation for them. I've already recently finished three Ogrons, so with a backlog of Sea Devils, Draconians, Clockwork Droids, Tetraps, Vervoids, I want to get the last trio of the Daleks' mercenary foot-soldiers varnished and flocked, before I become too overwhelmed.  

26 comments:

  1. Nice to see a few superheroes gracing your painting table, Simon, including some of the old Superfigs range. I remember when this was your only option for superhero figures and own a fair few myself.

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    1. Thanks Jez. Yep, back when I was starting out, I was in awe of the "SuperFigs" range, and scooped up a load of them myself. I'm hoping they'll be compatible size-wise with some of the super-hero models from "Crossover Miniatures".

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  2. What a cool collection of figures on display here. I am not at all familiar with the two Superfigs. Somehow, this range passed me by. It surely goes without saying that my favourite figure here is the Blood Vamp, who looks uncannily like Vampirella, and is how I painted my version of her. Do her proud, Simon!

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I believe "SuperFigs" can still be bought from "Old Glory Miniatures", but the fire has seemingly gone out of this range now the hobby seems far more interested in gaming using 'official' super-heroes etc rather than proxies...

      I do intend to paint my Blood Vamp up as Vampirella, so will, for example, be replacing her red boots with black one; something I think you did yourself when you painted up the "Horrorclix" mini?

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    2. Indeed I did, Simon. You can see my version of her in this post here - http://vampifansworldoftheundead.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/assorted-28mm-scale-vampirellas.html

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    3. Yep. That's the one I remember :-)

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  3. Some cool looking superhero models there Simon, nice work on the Ogryns, did see one of the new releases, does this mean you have more cybermen to paint ?

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    1. Thanks Dave. Yes, "Warlord Games" are indeed bringing out a "Tomb Of The Cybermen" set soon, so there will be more Cybermen coming once they're released :-)

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  4. can never own TOO many Clix, good on ya Simon :-)

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    1. Cheers Steve. I entirely agree - albeit I'd like to see many more of them re-based and painted than I currently have ;-)

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  5. Your collection of Clix figures continues to astound me, I never knew that there were so many variants. I think I 'd ever onlyheard of a small Superhero range but you blown that out of the water!
    I do klike a lot of these figures as for many of them I immediately think of other uses!

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    1. Thanks Joe. "Wizkids" do an incredible number of "Heroclix" variants tbh, and I certainly hope to show case off a fair few of mine over the coming weeks :-)

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  6. Always love to see “Supers” on show Simon, your impressive collection never ceases to amaze me!

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    1. Cheers Andy, hopefully i'll indeed have plenty to amaze you over the coming weeks :-)

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  7. Glad to see the superheroes returning (You know I like the DC Universe at the moment, but Marvel is good too!) but also not surprised that Dr Who snuck in there! I think 2018 promises to be just as Who-heavy as 2017 was!! I can't wait to see what these turn out like. Right, must go as I am minded to slap a bit more paint on my partially painted Dark Knight.

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    1. Thanks Undercoat, I fear you may be right about "Doctor Who". but hopefully they'll be a few other sci-fi related minis painted along the way, and of course, super-heroes :-)

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  8. Your usual interesting range of figures, it's never boring!
    Best Iain
    Ps been lurgied up all Christmas so haven't been in the loft once I'm better I will!

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    1. Cheers Iain, and no worries about the loft, just recover from that dreaded xmas lurgy :-)

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  9. Brilliant group of super heroes there Simon! At a first quick glance I thought that the Scourge was the excellent Joker Heroclix with the sub-machine gun lol! Looking forward to seeing more :)

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    1. Many thanks, Ivor, quite a bit to do on some of them yet though. Spookily I've bought a fair few Scourge as I fancied using their heads for Joker goons, so their hats and white masks would mirror the Clown Prince Of Crime himself ;-)

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  10. There's some great looking 'Clix here Simon, I really MUST have a good look at what's available out there :-)

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    1. Cheers Greg. "Heroclix" is always my go to range when it comes to supers tbh. Sadly I'm not a fan of the newer ones and their scale, but the classic stuff are excellent imho.

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  11. They seem like quite decent sculpts for clix. Nice work so far mate.

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    1. Thanks Simon. To be fair these are mainly the older sculpts which are a lot better than many of the new, thinner, shorter "Heroclix" models.

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  12. Those Heroclix figs look rather good. The undercoats certainly pick out the detail. The Dark Avenger and friend look like they have just stepped out of 2000AD.

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    1. These are certainly some of the better "Heroclix" minis in my collection, Mark. I hadn't thought about "SuperFigs" and "2000 A.D." before, but you're absolutely spot on. Perhaps something along the lines of "Zenith" could be in order ;-)

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