Wednesday, 30 October 2019

"Willpower Isn't A Problem For Something Like This."

"John's constructs are built from the inside out."
This 37mm tall plastic “Wizkids” model of a Violet Lantern Stop Sign is miniature number R106.13 from the War of Light DC "Heroclix" range, and could be found inside the New Jersey-based company's Lantern Corps Power Batteries Red & Violet boxed set. Depicting one of the Star Sapphires' telekinetically controlled solid light constructs, this 3D Special Object was released as part of a "six-month story-line Organized Play program" in 2014 which actually included the release of a Violet Lantern Corps' Power Battery, along with several differently-shaped constructs, such as a decoy, catapult, crossbow and scissors.

The construct was first removed from its dinky "Wizkids" base and subsequently super-glued onto one of the thin 40mm circular bases I use for the vast majority of my objective markers. As I wanted to use this model for my Green Lantern Corps, it was then treated to three coats of "Vallejo" Dark Green so as to ensure its translucent pink plastic was completely masked in paint.
"Heroclix" WIPs - A Gotham City Police Officer, Squirrel Girl and a Skrull Commando
The miniature was later thoroughly washed with "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green Shade and heavily dry-brushed using some (more) "Vallejo" Dark Green. It's stand was initially primed with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and dry-brushed using both Doombull Brown and the base colour Rakarth Flesh. Finally, it was somewhat drowned in Agrax Earthshade, sealed using some PVA glue and flocked with static grass.

I'm currently nitpicking my way through quite a few partially-painted "Heroclix" miniatures, following the recent discovery of a sizeable tub full of the debased and/or broken plastic figures. This find has proved additionally distracting on account of its contents featuring some of my favourite comic book characters, such as the shape-shifting Skrulls, Gotham City's always outgunned Police Department, and the bushy-tailed Great Lakes Avenger known as Squirrel Girl.
"Star Trek" WIPs - These Borg drones need to be tidied up before being washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil
Hopefully, many of these models will see some tabletop action as a result of my desire to return to the zed-covered streets of both "Zombicide" by "Guillotine Games" and "Resident Evil 2: The Board Game" by "Steamforged Games Limited"; albeit with a super-heroic twist. But having downloaded the rules to "Marvel: Crisis Protocol" by "Atomic Mass Games", I might just see whether I can give that skirmish game a try-out before my pre-ordered starter set arrives...

Despite the final "Zomtober" 2019 weekend already being 'in the books', I am also still hoping to finish painting the last five “Modiphius Entertainment” Borg drones I have remaining from their "Star Trek Adventures" role-playing game before the end of the month. These nicely-detailed figures have now all been dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal and "Citadel" Ironbreaker, so just need to be tidied up with a little Abaddon Black before being doused in Nuln Oil...

12 comments:

  1. Nice work on the Zomtober Borg. Not a bad plan to proxy you clix figures to test Crisis Protocol. I think I'm going to take the plunge and preorder on Friday myself. Those figures look awesome and would be a lot of fun to paint. The starter doesn't quite cover me for my favorite heroes but It's a pretty good haul on the villain side of the house.

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    1. Thanks Horridperson. I'm really excited for "Marvel: Crisis Protocol", although I have seen some assembly horror stories on "You Tube". But that seems to be due to people believing that plastic glue sets straight away, LOL!! I too think the villains gallery is great, especially as a Captain America fan.

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  2. Hope you get your Borg finished Simon, nice find in the tub of miniatures, a stop sign seems a strange manifestation but nice job on it

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    1. Cheers Dave. Simple stuff, whilst I work away behind the scenes on some more complicated minis ;-)

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  3. A mixed bag of figures, some great like the Borg and the cop, some average like the stop sign and the Skrull and one awful figure - the Unbearable Squirrel Girl as I believe her comics are called. It is good to see you painting lots of Heroclix figures and I'm looking forward to seeing them in action.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. Tbf Squirrel Girl has only become the awful character she currently is since "Disney" took over "Marvel Worldwide" and turned her into the ghastly 'Mary Sue' I know you dislike. Her earlier appearances though were a lot of fun, imho, and this particular sculpt (her first "Heroclix" appearance I believe) is clearly based upon those days rather than her poorly-received "Disney" era. As for "Heroclix" minis, I have loads coming as I've found another box!! LOL!!

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  4. So many Heroclix.... how on earth do you find the space to store all of this!?

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    1. I have some pretty big boxes Dai... very big boxes actually ;-)

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  5. Ok it;s a STOP sign, but I still don;t understand... (of course)
    Some interesting figures coming up and of course the Borg just add to my enjoyment for the future.

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    1. The Stop Sign is just one of many items Green Lanterns can construct in hard light with the power of their rings, Joe. Hopefully I can get the Borg finished soon :-)

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  6. I never heard of a superhero called squirrel girl, is she one of the mutants?
    Lovely work on all of them.

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    1. Hi Wouter. Squirrel Girl isn't actually a mutant, just someone who can communicate with squirrels and grew a bushy tail as a result of a gene malfunction.

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