|"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.