Tuesday, 19 March 2019

"I am Ultron-13!"

"I triumphed even in battle with Ultron-12, who tried to usurp my identity and my station."
This 28mm tall plastic “Wizkids” model of Ultron-13 is miniature number 216 from the "Marvel" Armour Wars "Heroclix" range, and depicts the robotic super-villain when he fought the West Coast Avengers at the end of 1990. "The first Marvel Comics character to wield the fictional metal alloy adamantium" Ultron made his first appearance in the July 1968 issue of "The Avengers".

Having removed the figure from its 'clicky-base', the Avengers' arch-nemesis was super-glued on to a 25mm circular stand, and undercoated using a layer of "Citadel" Abaddon Black in order to mask its decidedly substandard pre-paint job. He was then treated to a lick of Ironbreaker before being thoroughly shaded in Nuln Oil.
"You know the power an android can exert, Doctor. After your arms, they will remove your legs."
Following on from this I dry-brushed Ultron-13 with (more) "Citadel" Ironbreaker, and subsequently 'picked out' his small internal nuclear furnace using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and the "Citadel" glaze Bloodletter. As a final touch, I tried to tidy up the area around the homicidal robot's mouth and eyes with a thin line of "Citadel" Ironbreaker.

With the Ninth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge now entering its last thirty six hours, I have actually finished submitting all the miniatures I needed to complete in order to attain my annual target of 500 points. One such entry has been some additional Sharaz Jek Android figures by "Black Tree Design", which I needed to help defend Androzani Minor's  spectrox refinery against its twin planet's federal troops.
"Wizards Of The Coast" WIPs - The B2 Super Battle Droids have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed
These four 28mm figures can be bought as Code DW518, and were primed using two layers of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before being energetically dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal. The robots' clothing was doused in "Citadel" Nuln Oil, whilst their submachine guns were treated to a combination of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil. Lastly, I applied two coats of watered-down "Vallejo" White onto their heads, shaded these areas with "Vallejo" Pale Grey, and then dry-brushed them with (more) White.

Sticking with science fiction-themed models I have also tapped back into the many, many marvellous miniatures Phil Curran generously gifted me with, and begun work on a quartet of Super Battle Droids by "Wizards Of The Coast". These pre-painted plastic "Star Wars" models are already close to completion, and given me ample opportunity to try out the pot of "Citadel" Leadbelcher I recently received inside one of my Warhammer 40,000: Conquest magazines.

14 comments:

  1. They are all great figures, Simon, and you have got the metallic look of Ultron and the Super Battle Droids down to a "T". A most enjoyable post!

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    1. Thanks very much indeed, Bryan. Some simple stuff just to finish off the AHPC tally tbh. I really do like the Sharaz Jek androids though. Great minis imho.

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  2. Love them all. Lots of robots and cybernetic types in this post. Well done on the all.

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    1. Cheers Simon. I didn’t actually spot the connection between all these minis until you mentioned it!!

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  3. You must have.. the largest and most diverse robot collection of any blogger I visit. Wow.

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    1. Thanks Allison. Greatly appreciated. More robots and droids to come too :-)

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  4. Great work on all Simon, and great to hear you met your target for the challenge

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    1. Cheers Dave. I don’t usually leave things so late with the AHPC as I have this year, but there again I only entered one bonus scoring themed round, so ended up needing to paint far more minis than ever before to make up the points.

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  5. So many robots.....but then you have so many figures!

    Really nice mate.

    Cheers Roger

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    1. Thanks Roger. I hadn't actually realised just how many robots I was painting until it was pointed out. However, that'll hopefully mean that at least one automaton might make your Top Ten - it's only nine months away already LOL!!

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  6. The rise of the robots, ...
    Great job Simon, you nailed those metallics!

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    1. Cheers Wouter. I'm really pleased with how Ultron-13 turned out, and hope to have the finished Super Battle Droids posted soon.

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  7. I must applaud your silverwork on Ultron, quite possible the best, brightest dolver I've seen you produce (including the Cybermen) - he looks mor villain than robot to me though (bit what do I know?)

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    1. Thanks very much Joe. I'm pleased with how Ultron turned out as he is a major "Marvel Comics" villain, and hopefully I'll be able to get him on the tabletop soon in a few BatReps.

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