Sunday, 6 October 2019

"Half Beast. Half Boy. All Ape!"

"Garfield Logan, A.K.A. Beast Boy. Can transform into any animal."
This 28mm scale figure of a Gorilla is one of the eleven multi-part resin miniatures which can be found inside the Teen Titans Bat-Box for the "Batman Miniatures Game" by "Knight Models", and represents the superhero Garfield Logan in his gorilla form. Inadvertently given his transformational powers by his parents, when they subjected him to "an untested serum" based upon the West African green monkey in order to save his life, Beast Boy was created by Arnold Drake and Bob Brown, and made his first appearance in the November 1965 issue of "The Doom Patrol" by "DC Comics".

The large primate came in two pieces, and as a result was straightforward to assemble. However, I did experience some consternation when it came to attaching the model to its 40mm lipped base. In the past I've always replaced "Knight Models" heavily sculpted cobbled-street stands for my own bare ones, and subsequently then gritted them as per the rest of my hobby collection. But as the bases supplied with this 350 reputation points starter set seemed of a far better quality than the previous ones I've seen, I decided to go with it.
"Don't hesitate to fire... believe me, you'll be doing them a favour."
Quite bizarrely though, this meant that the gorilla's feet tag started the figure off in the centre of the base, resulting in the formidably-sized brute having its forearms dangle over the edge by a significant margin. With hindsight I probably should have just ignored the stand's slot, snipped off the miniature's tag and super-glued Beast Boy down flat onto the base. As it was I simply used a bit of green-stuff to help support the animal in a more upright pose, so it hopefully looks like he's mid-way through smashing his paws down upon the ground...

Painting-wise, the figure was a joy, and was simply primed with a double-layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Green and shaded using a generous amount of "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green. I then heavily dry-brushed the entire ensemble with some (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Green, before finishing the gorilla off with a couple of spots of "Citadel" Abaddon Black for his eyes.
"Warcry" WIPs - All the Iron Golems have now been assembled, based and primed
This week is also the first round of "Zomtober", so alongside my member of the Teen Titans, I have been busy pigmenting my first entry; a male Borg drone by “Modiphius Entertainment”. “Designed for use with the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game”, this resin miniature was painted in precisely the same way as the rest of my Borg Collective, with the exception of his eye lens, which was 'picked out' using a dab of "Vallejo" Dark Green and "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green.

In addition to everything else, my brush-tip has not been shy in re-working the colour scheme upon my latest member of my Iron Golems for "Warcry". All of the chains on my "Games Workshop" Ogor Breacher have been base-coated and shaded, so I've currently just got to finish off the hulking warrior's dark flesh before returning to his brass armour...

18 comments:

  1. Nice work on the ape Simon, more borg goodies as well

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    1. Thanks Dave. Straightforward stuff on both tbh, especially the gorilla. But they all add up and clear the painting queue for other goodies later in the week :-)

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  2. I do love the pose of that ape Simon, what a corker.

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    1. Cheers Michael. Hopefully you can see just how far forwards it would have been though if I'd have glued him down as the ape's feet-tab suggested.

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  3. That is a really cool looking Ape mini. Nice job on the borg as well!

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    1. Thanks Simon. The gorilla is probably my fave mini form the "Teen Titans" boxed set, although that isn't probably saying too much tbh ;-)

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  4. A green ape, well that series of comics passed me by. A very cool looking borg.

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    1. Cheers Phil. Obviously I'm a bit of a comic book fanboy, with "Teen Titans" one of my fave "DC Comics" super-teams.

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  5. I do like the Borg figure a lot, as he certainly fits the theme for Zomtober.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. The Borg are a nice simple start to "Zomtober" I think :-)

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  6. Nice Borg and ape. Can't wait to see the gorilla in person. I really like the the Iron Golems but GW minis seem over-detailed to me at the moment. Don't get me wrong they look great, but painting them can be tricky compared to other manufacturers.

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. I feel exactly the same way about the "Warcry" minis too. That's why I'm mixing them with some more straightforward sculpts - to keep me sane!!

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  7. One of the better looking gorilla models around and I like the way it's lurching forward.
    I'm so pleased you pointed out the difference with thie Borg figure, I knew he was different but couldn't tell what it was !

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    1. Thanks Joe. "Lurching forward" is a good description of the ape's pose. LOL!! Glad you spotted the green lens as opposed to the red, even if I needed to give you a nudge in the right direction :-)

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    2. Spotting red/green differences is tricky as I'm slightly colour-blind (also now with the added problem of white/yellow!).

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    3. That makes perfect sense, Joe, and also makes your own paint-jobs even more impressive.

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  8. Ape looks like he is posturing for dominance or something, I love it. Great work on him Simon and well done for getting more Borg done!

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    1. Cheers Dai. I'm hoping to get the rest of my remaining Borg finished over the next month, and then complete my Romulans.

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