Sunday, 30 June 2019

"Justice Is Served!"

"Dead -- All eighteen of them!"
This 28mm plastic “Wizkids” model of the Scourge is miniature number 008 from the Marvel "Heroclix" Ultimates range and depicts the "individual vigilante dedicated to the assassination of criminals" wearing the costume specifically designed for his entry in the "Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition". Originally created by writer/editor Mark Gruenwald as "a plot device intended to thin the criminal population of the Marvel Universe, in particular eliminating those super-villain characters he deemed to be too minor, redundant, or ill-conceived", the killer made his first appearance in the May 1985 issue of "Iron Man".

Initially undercoated using some "Vallejo" Dead White, the figure's opera hat, white buttoned-up trenchcoat and white gloves were sporadically shade in Pale Grey, before being dry-brushed in a mixture of "Vallejo" Dead White and White. The mass murderer's semi-automatic machine-gun was painted using a combination of "Citadel" Abaddon Black and Nuln Oil.
George Foreman and Missus Hudson battle a trio of Mind Eaters on "Gamma World"
Alongside my Scourge of the Underworld I have also finished pigmenting another two 28mm Mind Eaters manufactured by “Reaper Miniatures” for my "Gamma World" tabletop. These four-legged creatures were primed with "Vallejo" Heavy Grey, splattered in "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and subsequently dry-brushed using some (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Grey.

The pair of Intellect Devourers then had their 'clawed feet' treated to a mixture of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter". Whilst their pulsing brains were given a couple of layers of "Vallejo" Squid Pink, generously washed with both "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson and Strong Tone Quickshade, and finally dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Squid Pink.
Crimean War Russian Infantry WIPs - The soldiers have been assembled, based and primed
Lastly I have quickly assembled the six plastic Crimean War Russian Infantry which accompanied the July 2019 edition of "Wargames Illustrated". To be honest this was my main motivation behind buying the publication as it seemed a far more cost-effective opportunity to try out some of "Warlord Games" Nineteenth Century Black Powder miniatures than splurging on either their current Crimean War Light Brigade Starter set or eighty-one soldier-strong Crimean War Russian Brigade deal...

I've actually lost count how many times I've previously tried to paint up a Napoleonic Era force in 28mm, and with hindsight now realise that one of the biggest hurdles I faced was basing them in fours rather than as individuals. This invariably meant that I needed to finish an entire quartet of highly-detailed infantrymen before I could see any light at the end of the tunnel. So this time round I'll be working on them as stand-a-lone pieces and plan to form them up on appropriately-sized movement trays should the time ever come when I can play a game using large blocks of soldiers.

23 comments:

  1. Excellent job on Scourges White!! Costume mate. Love all those mind eaters!

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    1. Thanks Simon. I was actually surprised to find out that the Scourge's all-white costume wasn't created for the actual comics as its definitely the one I always think of first when his character is mentioned.

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  2. Simon, you've done a terrific paint job on Scourge. The shading is just perfect. White is a difficult colour to get right.
    The Mind Eaters look fantastic. The way you've painted their brains is spot on.
    I don't envy you painting those Prussians. There is nothing wrong with their sculpts but I just wouldn't fancy painting them.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I've been meaning to finish off the Scourge for some time. Glad you like the Mind-Eaters, as they'll probably be a mainstay of my BatReps on "Gamma World" once I get going with them. The Russians will hopefully not be as time-consuming as they look on account of their great coats...

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  3. Nice work on Scourge, though I have to admit I've never heard of him as a character myself (or I forgotten him entirely), The devourers look excellent en'mass and should look great in one of your excellent bat-reps judging by your picture above :-)

    I also don't envy you those Russians, though I did paint up a few historical armies over the years, they were never something I enjoyed doing to be honest, always more of a chore.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. I'm surprised the Scourge didn't make more of an impact upon the Marvel Universe, as he was a major plot device during my time reading "Captain America" and killed a few of my fave minor leaguers. I'm hoping a Russian here, and another there will slowly see them trickle out...

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  4. I like that Scourge a lot. You have done a great job with the face and it acts as a real focal point to draw the eye. Great stuff! Your Gamma World stuff looks lovely, mad as a box of frogs, but lovely!! I am not ready to grow up and do Crimean War stuff just yet as there is too much good sci fi, pulp and fantasy stuff out there atm. One day maybe, but not just yet! You sure have a wide range of stuff you paint up!!!

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. I'm pleased to have got both the Scourge and final two Mind-Eaters finished, as they've cleared a little space on my painting table for the Russians to go. I certainly hope to have the Crimean half dozen finished in time for my visit to "Warlord Games" next month, when I might pick up a box of Highlanders for them to skirmish against...

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  5. A nice job on this weeks output. Best of luck with the Prussians.

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  6. Nice white work on the Scourge Simon!

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  7. Very nice stuff Simon! I'll be honest though, when I first saw that Scourge I thought you repainted the Joker Heroclix :)

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    1. Thanks Ivor. I do own the "Heroclix" Joker figure which I believe you're talking about, and indeed there are an awful lot of similarities between the two :-)

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  8. Great job on getting the whte shading looking good ( and a change from black). "The Scourge" is an interesting superhero/villain/vigilante concept too (onviously I'd never heard of him).
    The revolting mind eaters look even more so en masse.

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    1. Cheers Joe. Glad you like the "Gamma World" ensemble, and the Scourge was undoubtedly one of my fave villains in my "Marvel" hey day when he appeared semi-regularly in "Captain America".

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  9. Great work on Scourge, and the Mind Eaters Simon. Hopefully your new approach on the Russian Infantry pays off for you

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    1. Thanks very much indeed, Dave. The Russian Infantry will be a bit long coming I'd imagine, as I don't plan on posting them until I've finished a few of them. Hope all is well your end?

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    2. Getting there mate, feel more like a builder than a sculptor at the moment ! LOL

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    3. Hopefully the dust will soon settle on the house move. Presumably the internet etc is now in place :-)

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    4. Yes mate, and now a little time on the evenings to keep up with all the blogs I follow ! LOL

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  10. Oh man, apart from the Russians you got some scary looking models featuring in this post, but they're excellent at the same time.
    Good luck with your Russian infantry!

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    1. Thank you kindly, Wouter. I'm definitely having a bit of a successful push with "Reaper Miniatures" currently :-)

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