Thursday, 10 October 2019

"Permits Are For Homo Sapiens, Fool!"

"Not for the Vanisher!"
This 28mm scale plastic “Wizkids” model of the Vanisher is miniature number 005 from the Marvel "Heroclix" Mutant Mayhem range and depicts Telford Porter back when he was an "early enemy of the X-Men". A "minor mutant" that possesses the ability to teleport himself "a distance of almost 3000 miles", this member of the Brotherhood of Mutants was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and made his first comic book appearance in the November 1963 issue of "The X-Men".

Initially undercoated using some "Vallejo" Heavy Green, the figure was entirely drenched in "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green, and subsequently dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Green. The super-villain's face was then treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade, before having his cheek bones, nose and lips 'picked out' with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone.
"Black Tree Design" WIPs - The two Monoids have been based and primed
Finally, the professional criminal's mask was painted using a little "Citadel" Abaddon Black and his eyes dotted with "Vallejo" Dead White. I'm actually hoping to purchase a second copy of this mutant at some point in the future, so I can pigment his costume in its original pinkish red tights and purple cape colour scheme...

Way back in July of this year I was so buoyed with the amount of "Black Tree Design" miniatures I was currently painting that I took advantage of one of the manufacturer's weekly "Doctor Who" range discounts, and bought a bunch of different figures predominantly originating from the Time Lord's first incarnation. Regrettably this purchase did not go smoothly at all, with several chase-up emails being required before I got finally received a response some two months later.
Iron Golems WIPs - These two Iron Legionaries are slowly having all their chainmail and chains picked out
To be honest I was all for cancelling my order and trying to reclaim my money back. But then owner John Olsen finally got in contact to both apologise for the substantial delay and offer me a few freebies for my patience. Four weeks later, my models have at long last arrived, including a pair of much appreciated extra Monoids from the March 1966 BBC Television story "The Ark". Having previously painted five of these one-eyed humanoids in the past I have immediately based and primed the duo in order to hopefully get the aliens' reinforced faction on the tabletop soon.

In addition to the pair of flipper-footed extra-terrestrials, I am progressing three Iron Legionaries for my Iron Golems "Warcry" warband. These "Games Workshop" plastic miniatures don't fortunately seem to have as much infuriatingly detail as some of the skirmish game's other heavily encumbered participants, and as a result should hopefully prove to be far more straightforward to complete.

14 comments:

  1. I'd like to be able to teleport, the daily commute would be so much easier. A great job on that figure.

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    1. Thanks Phil. I do like a straightforward paint-job, especially when I'm also painting "Warcry" minis LOL!!

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  2. Once again, you produce a Marvel villain I've never heard of - the Vanisher. With his green costume and before I read the text accompanying him, I thought he was a young version of Mole Man.

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    1. The Vanisher is one of Marvel's longest running villains, Bryan, but sadly hasn't survived the test of time. But this is a great "Heroclix" mini imho.

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  3. The Vanisher??? Goodness, there's one I'd forgotten about. Almost thought he was Mole Man for a second. (Much like Vampifan)

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    1. Ha Hah! Glad to have reacquainted you with the Vanisher, Dai :-)

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  4. I haven't heard of Vanisher either! He looks ok, bit boring though overall, but in terms of your painting I particularly like the shading on the face you have done. You ordered those Dr Who minis in July! You have more patience than me as I would have cancelled that order! Where did they come from to take that long? Jupiter? Glad to see you still plugging away on the Iron Golems too.

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. In the comics you can actually see the Vanisher's pupils through his mask. But I really liked the all-white eye-slits.

      I was very close to cancelling my "Black Tree Design" order tbh, but as I have a healthy backlog I wasn't desperate to paint them. And as I point out, John tried to make good with a pair of Monoids, which I greatly appreciate tbh.

      Should have a second "Warcry" mini finished for this weekend's posting, and hopefully at least another next week. Plugging away is the name of the game for this skirmish rule-set :-)

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  5. The face on the Vanisher is one of the best you've done Simon, more Dr Who is never a bad thing, and keep plugging away at your Warcry models

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    1. Cheers Dave. Very much appreciated. "Doctor Who" is never bad as you say, and hopefully more "Warcry" minis will be ready for posting over the next seven days.

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  6. 3,000 miles is pretty good for a skill, could certainly come in useful! Great stuff again Simon.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Its a pity the Vanisher didn't catch on as a major league baddie.

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  7. The "vanisher" looks suitably malignant in the dark tones you've used.
    Well done too with your persistance in following up your errant order.

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    1. Cheers Joe, that is much appreciated. I tend to find its doesn't usually help getting grumpy with sellers over long waits as if anything, that doesn't tend to motivate them into making amends. In addition I've some success with "PayPal" protection, so will go down that route of complaint if need be quite confidently.

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