Friday, 22 November 2019

"So Let’s Get Nuts!”

"A squirrel with the proportional speed and strength of a squirrel!"
These two 28mm scale metal squirrels are produced by “Black Cat Bases” and are available to purchase from their Small Animals range. Sold as a pack of four medium-sized rodents, I potentially plan to use the diminutive sculpts as status markers for my partially-painted “Wizkids” figure of the “Marvel Comics” super heroine, Squirrel Girl.

Having carefully snipped the duo from their rather formidably thick metal sprue, the two bushy-tailed animals were super-glued upon a circular 25mm base and undercoated with two layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna. I then shaded them using some “The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, before roughly dry-brushing the two miniatures with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna.
"Is that all your pitiful will can accomplish?"
I was actually tempted to call the tiny models done at this stage, but upon reflection decided to ‘pick out’ their eyes and noses with some “Citadel” Abaddon Black, as well as add some “Vallejo” Dead White to their underbellies. As I didn’t want to simply paint their stomachs with a finely pointed tip, I instead found an old, badly-battered brush and dabbed at the animals instead. This seemed to produce a far less precisely defined, somewhat mottled area of paler fur.

Alongside the completion of my Squirrels, I have also completed a fourth hard light construct from “Wizkids” War of Light DC "Heroclix" range to use as a Green Lantern themed objective marker. This Violet Lantern Wall is miniature number R106.04 and was super-glued onto one of the thin 40mm circular bases I use for the vast majority of my scenario markers.
"Warcry" WIPs - The final three Iron Golems have had all their brass-work base layered
As I wanted to use this model for my Green Lantern Corps, it was treated to a triple-thick layer of "Vallejo" Dark Green so as to ensure its translucent pink plastic was completely masked in paint. I then thoroughly washed it with some "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green Shade, before heavily dry-brushing it using some (more) "Vallejo" Dark Green.

Stepping over to three infinitely more highly-detailed (and significantly more time-consuming to paint) models, I have been slogging my way through the last of my hard plastic Iron Golem warriors for "Warcry" by "Games Workshop". These incredibly characterful miniatures have now had all of their brass-work brusquely bass-layered with "Vallejo" Brass, and I'm now slowly working my way up each Chaos fighter picking out their flesh, chain-link bindings and over-the-top hand-weapons...

12 comments:

  1. The wife, `so he's painting a wall green and some squirrels for sqirrel girl?'
    Me, `yup, makes perfect sense!'
    The Wife, `hmmmmm!'
    I'm sensing barely concealed hobby contempt from SWMBO. She just don't understand, bless her.

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  2. Cute as you like, love job Simon.

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  3. I agree with the headline, this post is nuts! Tiny squirrels and a Green wall!! Where do you find this stuff? Well, after I had a little chortle I have to congratulate you. On a more sensible note the Iron Golems are coming along nicely.

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. I always like to try and mix my painting up, especially when I'm working on something as time-consuming as my "Warcry" miniatures :-)

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  4. Can't wait to see Squirrel Girl and her minions together!

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    1. Cheers Allison M. I need to shift on with Squirrel Girl, and have a few more squirrels yet to do too.

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  5. Hahaha, what a fun post. Some cute little animals and a wall, you're slipping Simon.

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    1. LOL, Wouter. I'll be back to heroes and super-villains with the next post :-)

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  6. Squirrels and a wall?
    Are you sure you're not losing it ?

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