Friday, 15 November 2019

"His -- His Skin! It's Turned Green!"

"We've made it! He'll remain in that form for twenty-four hours -- Until he's defeated the disease!"
This 28mm scale figure of Beast Boy 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 Garfield Logan during his tenure on the teenage super-group. "A shapeshifter who possesses the ability to metamorph into any animal he chooses, "Gar" first appearing in the November 1965 issue of "The Doom Patrol" by "DC Comics", but was then later re-invented by Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez into the Changeling for the October 1980 issue of "DC Comics Presents".

One of only two single-piece castings within the expansion set, this figure was infinitely more straightforward to prepare for basing than some of its multi-part compatriots, and was primed using a double coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Red. Beast Boy was then thoroughly drenched in "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson before being dry-brushed with some (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red.
"This is the most fantastic thing in the world!"
Unfortunately, this is where my frustration with this slender sculpt began to mount, as despite some careful brushwork, I found I simply couldn't see where all the white markings were which covered the metahuman's costume. I did attempt to try and 'pick out' the Changeling's chest chevron using some "Vallejo" Dead White, but soon gave up in exasperation when I found myself unable to find even the slightest indentation in the miniature's clothing for that particular piece of detail.

As a result I decided to stick to simply pigmenting Logan's gloves and legging bottoms with "Vallejo" Dead White, and kept the rest of his attire predominantly red. Slightly disconcertingly though, even this compromise proved a bit of a time-consuming challenge, as the edges weren't as smoothly-sculpted as I would have expected, and ultimately left little opportunity for me to subsequently shade them with a little "Vallejo" Pale Grey wash...
"Warcry" WIPs - This Iron Legionary is slowly having all his metalwork painted
Garfield's head, arms and legs were given a double-layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Green, drowned with "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green, and lightly dry-brushed with some (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Green. Lastly, I applied a couple of dots of "Citadel" Abaddon Black to Beast Boy's eyes, and tidied his face up a little with a touch more "Vallejo" Heavy Green.

Despite my issues with my latest "Knight Models" model, I am still ploughing my way through my Iron Golem warband, and have almost finished the third of my Iron Legionaries. I've actually tried a different approach with this highly-detailed hard plastic "Games Workshop" figure by painting all of his extensive brass armour first, and then slowly working my way through all his flesh and plain metalwork afterwards...

16 comments:

  1. Nice job Simon they all look great as a group.

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  2. Animal Boy in all his forms looks pretty sweet mate. Shame the detail is so soft on his "human" form, but I think you made the best of it for sure.

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    1. Cheers Dai. There's some corking paint-jobs out there so I think the detail is just too soft for my skill.

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  3. Simon, You have done a good job on the green it looks very effective. Keep going on the big guys it will be worth it in the end.

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    1. Thanks Phil. I should have my fifth Iron Golem finished this weekend and the remaining three and coming along nicely too.

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  4. Really nice and I like your paintjob overall, especially the uniform.
    However, the face seems to be a bit lacking, could be because of the flash though.
    The groupshot is excellent, great posing.

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    1. Cheers Wouter. There is no detail in the face tbh, apart from a little bit of 'highlighting' around the eyes and nose. Not my best brushwork by a long stretch but as a quartet I reckon they're tabletop worthy.

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  5. Nice work on Beastie boy Simon, and good to see you still plugging away at the Warcry models

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    1. Cheers Dave. Lots of plugging taking place with the "Warcry" I assure you, LOL!!!

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  6. Nice looking Iron Golem, I think the new approach may see this one be the best yet. I like Beast Boy and think the uniform looks great, but agree with others about the face as it looks so flat in the photo. Looks great with his beasts though!

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. The Iron Legionary should be finished and posted soon, along with the Drillmaster; which is coming along quite nicely too. Not much I can do about Beast Boy's face tbh, as there isn't much there for me to work with at my skill level, as he's so tiny and slender.

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  7. beast boy and his alter egos look great and who (other than yourself) is going to notice a few missing rags here and there ?

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    1. Cheers Joe. I'm not too bothered by the white flashes missing on the costume as I think the green actually works well with the red on its own.

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