Friday, 13 December 2019

"Dark Indeed Is The Hour."

"And at such times you are wont to come, Mithrandir."
These three "cartoon scale" white metal figures of King Victor's Men-at-Arms are produced by “Lucid Eye Publications” and can be bought from the company's "Toon Realms" range as a pack of four identical miniatures. Sculpted by Steve Saleh, I have painted them all in the colours of Gondor so as to hopefully field a twelve-model strong unit of (Heavy Foot) Minas Tirith Knights for “Dragon Rampant” by "Osprey Games".

Initially undercoated with two layers of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, Denethor's warriors were dry-brushed using some "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal in order to bring out some of their large cloaks' detail, and subsequently washed in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The soldiers' boots were then treated to a touch of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, whilst their sword hilts and belt buckles were given a lick of Gold.
"Copplestone Castings" WIPs - These two Deinonychus just need some washes and a tidy up
Both of these areas were later washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Finally I 'picked out' the Men-at-Arms' helmets, neck armour, chain-mail and shield emblems using a combination of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil, and eventually dry-brushed these parts with (more) Ironbreaker.

What with the vast majority of my partially-painted "Toon Realms" figures now being finished, I have been rummaging around for some thematically different miniatures, and subsequently stumbled upon a pair of Deinonychuses by "Copplestone Castings" which have sat upon my 'To Do' pile arguably for as long as I can remember. I actually tried to finish the duo of dinosaurs about eighteen months ago, but was something put off by some failed attempts to provide them with some stripes...
"Heroclix" WIPs - Titanium Man, Namor the Sub-Mariner, the Abomination and a Doombot
Stepping over towards the imminent Tenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, I have also been busily re-basing a veritable host of "Heroclix" models for the competition, and giving them a bit of a prime. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've been selecting some of the "Wizkids" range's more straightforward sculpts to re-paint, yet am equally as keen as to ensure that they'll get a place on my tabletop once they've been varnished and had their base's flocked.

Having recently perused my gaming collection, I'm definitely in need of a few more "Marvel Comics" foes, so have selected some of the more memorable super-villains of my childhood with which to challenge the Avengers, the Hulk and the Fantastic Four. As a result, I'm hoping to add to my stash of Russian armoured patriots with Titanium Man, pigment an army of Doombots for the monarch of Latveria, menace Susan Storm with the unsolicited advances of Prince Namor, and finally batter Bruce Banner's alter-ego with the (original) Abomination...

16 comments:

  1. My favorite is the dinosaur. That looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks Horridperson. The dinos should be finished and posted next week :-)

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  2. Dino's look smashing! What will you use them for?

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    1. Cheers Dai. The dinos will probably be used for some "7TV2e" Pulp gaming :-)

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  3. love the dinosaurs, would like to know which Superhero system do u use, kinda interested in getting into superhero tabletop

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    1. Thanks Mr Martin. I tend to use a homemade set of rules for my superhero gaming called "M.I.S.S." There's a load of BatReps on this blog using them. However, I'm planning to return to "7TV2e" by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", and will be posting a BatRep using that very soon :-)

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    2. awesome, cant wait to them posted.
      i guess reason im interested in superhero tabletop, i used to play a mmo called City of Heroes and it was a blast.

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    3. Ah... I own a few of the "Heroclix" produced based upon "City of Heroes" somewhere. Never played the MMO, but thought the minis were nice.

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  4. The dinosaurs already look incredible.
    Too bad there isn't an endless supply of Toon Realms miniatures you keep on working on, I'm going to miss these. They're amazing models and I'm thinking of picking them up despite the fact that I swore I wouldn't buy any 28mm models anymore.

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    1. Cheers Wouter. I'm rather pleased with how the dinos are turning out. Have no fear though about the "Toon Realms" stuff. I'm only coming to the end of the minis I've previously started working on. I have a good hundred or so which I'm currently basing for the AHPC in a week's time, which include more knights, treemen, elves, dwarves, frogmen, fishmen, mushroom men, insect men, and a load more besides :-)

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  5. Great work on your Toon Realms Simon, the dino's are progressing nicely, and lots of supers for the painting challenge as well

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    1. Thanks Dave. Plenty to be getting on with as usual, LOL!!!

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  6. Lovely work mate. Loving the Toon wars figures your producing lately!

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  7. More great "Toon" goodness, I wish I knew why these figures always bring a smile to my face, but I'm beginning to thnk that you've got a thing for blakc (again).
    I'm curious about the Dinos and how you'll use them too and I now beleive you have abottomless pit of Heroclix figures - good luck getting them all done!

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    1. Thanks Joe. Definitely a black-themed month coming, as I have a whole host of "Toon Realms" Knights ready for the start of the AHPC in a week's time. I do indeed own a bottomless bucket of "Heroclix"... well actually a couple ;-)

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