Wednesday, 14 August 2019

“Time For Rough Justice!”

"Roughneck is a self-appointed protector of the streets."
This 28mm scale resin miniature of Roughneck is produced by “Kitbash Games” and will be one of the company's stretch goals for its upcoming "Supers Unlimited" "Kickstarter" in late 2019. Originally "a mechanic working the family auto-shop he inherited", Mike Ruiz "refused to pay protection money to the local mob when they came calling" and was subsequently pulverised by a "low-rent super-crook named Smash." Triggered by "a strong sense of right and wrong" Mike eventually recovered from his injuries to "become a heroic protector of the streets against villains..."

The vigilante was initially primed using two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey, before having his boots painted with "Citadel" Abaddon Black and his clothing treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Dark Grey. The anti-hero's trousers and short-sleeved shirt were then shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and later dry-brushed with some (more) "Vallejo" Dark Grey.
"Taking to the streets Roughneck was born."
At one point I actually tried my hand at pigmenting a city camo pattern over the crime-fighter's long pants, but in the end went with the far more straightforward palette after my time-consuming attempt simply didn't look right. Roughneck's pouch-laden combat belt was 'picked out' using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Grey and "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green, whilst its buckle was given a dab of Ironbreaker and a splash of Nuln Oil.

The imposing figure's "own crude body armour" and face mask were initially coated in "Vallejo" Dead White before being washed in Pale Grey and delicately dry-brushed with (more) Dead White. The 'official' paint-scheme shows the bruiser's ice hockey mask to carry some red markings (as per "Friday The Thirteenth"), and have eye openings wide enough for you to actually see part of his cheeks underneath. This is something I've done before in the past on a Zorro model by "Boot Hill Miniatures" 
"Mantic Games" WIPs - Three of the Prisoners from "The Walking Dead: Call To Arms" Booster Pack
However, as Roughneck's background describes him as being "compromised by now-often violent and erratic behaviour" I wanted to give the ferocious fighter a seriously scary visage, so went with the all-white, disturbingly dark eye sockets of Jason Voorhees, but without the slightly distracting red triangles. That way all your attention is hopefully drawn straight to the brute's maniacal stare...

Finally, I applied a coat of "Vallejo" White to both the street warrior's bandaged arms, and Heavy Sienna to all his leather straps. All of these areas were then shaded using a generous amount of “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade, before I completed the vigilante's reinforced baseball bat off with a mixture of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil.

18 comments:

  1. Looks great mate. Nice work on Roughneck.

    Good start with the rest of the prisoners getting blocked in.

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    1. Cheers Simon. I've already finished two of the prisoners in the photo, along with Dexter, so just one to go :-)

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  2. My first thoughts upon seeing "Roughneck" was how similar he looks to Casey Jones of "TMNT" fame. He looks very good, especially alongside Ape-X. Also, both figures would be perfect members of the Jammers faction of the "Feng Shui" RPG, one of the most fun RPGs I've ever played. They comprise Anarchists and Apes, by the way.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I totally see the similarities. I thought the pic with Ape-X would help show Roughneck's pose (and Ape-X's sheer size) off a bit better.

      Great call about "Feng Shui" RPG - indeed, I believe a character looking like Ape-X is even on the cover of the Action Movie roleplaying game's second edition.

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  3. Ouch, he looks like a vigilante gone bad.
    Very nice paintjob!

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    1. Cheers Wouter. Roughneck is indeed a bit of a psycho in my books.

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  4. I like the Roughneck mini, but I think he is a little boring as a super hero. Give me some Batman or Superman tropes please! Just my personal opinion and not taking away from the fact it is a nice sculpt and paint job though. I like the prisoners. That Orange is a lovely strong colour, what paint did you use?

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    1. It's interesting, as I always find the street-level heroes the best, and lose interest when the likes of Batman or Spider-Man go off into outer-space etc. Perhaps that's why I like Moon Knight so much. The Orange for "The Walking Dead" prisoners is just simple "Vallejo" Heavy Orange, and will be washed with "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.

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  5. Great job on Roughneck Simon, and nice progress on the prisoners

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  6. Agree with Vamp, Roughneck does indeed look like a cross of Casey Jones and Jason Voorhees - tough though!

    Good stuff mate.

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    1. Cheers Dai. I was certainly going for the Jason Voorhees look :-)

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  7. I do like this figure, he's very intimidating, so a job well done !
    The prisoners still seem a bit odd, but will look great when finished.

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    1. Cheers Joe. I'm not a fan of "TWD" sculpts to be perfectly honest. A bit too soft in the detail for my painting style.

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