Saturday, 8 June 2019

"A Chance For Faramir, Captain Of Gondor, To Show His Quality."

"There goes a lord who tamed a wild shieldmaiden of the North!"
This "cartoon scale" white metal figure of the Game Kastle Knight Mascot is produced by “Lucid Eye Publications” and can be bought from the company's "Toon Realms" range as a single casting. Sculpted by Steve Saleh, I have sanded off the prominent letters 'GK' on the warrior's shield, and painted him so he can be used to proxy the second son of Denethor II as a Gondorian Heavy Foot Character for “Dragon Rampant” by "Osprey Games".

Initially primed with two coats of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, the Captain of the Rangers of Ithilien was layered in "Citadel" Ironbreaker, enthusiastically washed with Nuln Oil, and eventually dry-brushed using some (more) Ironbreaker. The “the younger brother of Boromir” then had his belt, sheath, straps and tuft of hair 'picked out' with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, whilst his belt buckle and sword-hilt were spotted in Gold. All of these areas were subsequently washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.
MSM-07 'Z-GOK' WIPs - The giant robot's feet and ankles have been primed. shaded and dry-brushed
Finally, the future Lord of Emyn Arnen had his 'bruised' shield pigmented with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and his face painted using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. The captain's nose, cheeks and lips were highlighted with a few additional lines of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone.

Stepping away from fantasy wargaming, and focusing upon the somewhat new genre of Gundam, at least for me, I have been slowly working my way up the MSM-07 'Z-GOK' 1/144th scale "Bandai" model kit I recently purchased from "MCM London Comic Con". "The most successful amphibious mobile suit line produced by the Principality of Zeon during the One Year War" I thought it actually best to start painting this robot from the feet up, and resultantly have been working on a few sub-assemblies.
"Wizkids" WIPs - The Scourge, Firefall and the Black Panther
Disconcertingly, this "HG Universal Century" figure is clearly designed to be repeatedly re-positioned, courtesy of numerous articulation points, so has proved a tricky painting subject with some of the flex in its joints. Indeed, even having super-glued the feet to its ankles, the two parts still provide plenty of movement due to some internal rubberised 'ball and socket' fittings which are rather difficult to permanently fix in position.

Lastly, I've made some significant progress on three "Heroclix" models I recently restored to my painting queue having partially-pigmented them some moons ago. The "Wizkids" Spaceknight Firefall has unsurprisingly taken up the majority of my attention, owing to Tarn's flame-covered shoulders, but the entire trio now just need some washes, a little dry-brushing and tidying up before they'll be ready for the tabletop...

16 comments:

  1. I can't find fault with any of these figures, Simon, although I am curious to see what the Gundam robot looks like.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I think the choice of blue is turning out quite nicely on the Gundam robot, but the next bit is going to be a bit tricky with the parts containing some metallics alongside the blue joint. Fingers crossed.

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  2. Great idea for a proxy and beautifully done too.

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    1. Cheers Michael. The "Lord Of The Rings" is definitely inspiring me on with these "Toon Realms" models.

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  3. I love how you gave the little knight a story like that and use him as a proxy for a well known character.
    Also, the Gundam robot is looking promising, he's going to be quite a treat to behold once he's finished.

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    1. Thanks Wouter. I'm really enjoying the "Lord Of The Rings" vibe to keep me motivated with the "Toon Realms" stuff, as it seems to tie-in with the minis so well. I'm really hoping the Gundam robot turns out well, as I'd like to own a few of these by the end of the year.

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  4. The little knight turned out lovely, as expected of course!

    And your Klickers are as good as we have come to expect too, I do however love the suspense you are generating by showing us you "Gundam" robot a piece at a time, it's like "Naked Attraction" for robot lovers! (not that I hasten to add that I have ever seen "Naked Attraction", but the format has been explained to me by some of my lower brow workmates). ;-)

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. I do enjoy the "Toon Realms" stuff. The anticipation is only for those who want to see the Gundam robot painted, as I've previously posted the fully assembled model earlier this month ;-)

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    2. Oh is it that one! I thought you'd glued that one all together and so this was another one.

      Dozy me sorry, Roger.

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    3. LOL!! No probs Roger. Its's only now I'm gluing the robot together as before I simply wanted to cut all the pieces from the sprues and assemble it, so I'd have an idea as to how many sub-assemblies I'd need.

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  5. I am enjoying seeing these Toons and the mascot doesn't disappoint!

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    1. Thanks Joe. Many more "Toon Realms" minis to come too :-)

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