Sunday, 22 December 2019

"That Punch Would've Killed Anything..."

"Nul is one of the powerful Worthy warriors serving under the Serpent."
This 63mm tall plastic “Wizkids” figure of Nul is miniature number 106 from the Marvel “Heroclix” Fear Itself expansion and depicts the Breaker of Worlds following his escape from the magical hammer his father, Cul Borson, had transformed him into. "A problem for the latest incarnation of the Defenders", the 'living avatar of evil' first appeared in the July 2011 issue of “Fear Itself” and was created by Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen.

Bestowed with super strength, the god was super-glued upon a 40mm circular base and primed with three layers of “Citadel" Abaddon Black so as to make the sculpt's surface as smooth as possible. The immortal then had his eyes and sharp teeth 'picked out' with "Vallejo" White and his mouth subsequently stained with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.
"The Hammer of Nul fell to Earth after the Serpent called a series of hammers to awaken the Worthy."
With such a simple paint-job completed, I thought I'd spend some additional time pigmenting the infamous Hammer of Nul, which originally "fell to Earth after the Serpent called a series of hammers to awaken the Worthy." This disconcertingly bendy plastic model was super-glued to one of the 40mm thin-lipped circular bases I use for all my objective markers and undercoated with "Vallejo" Dark Sand.

The entire weapon was later washed with a fair amount of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and dry-brushed using some (more) "Vallejo" Dark Sand. Finally, I applied a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter" to its straps, and used a couple of coats of some watered-down "Citadel" Abaddon Black to part of its head and long handle.
"Toon Realms" WIPs - Eight of Grove's Shrubs are currently being progressed
Due to the generosity of Curt Campbell's administration this straightforward pair of miniatures has won me my first 10 points for the "Tenth Analogue Hobbies Analogue Painting Challenge". In addition, I have met the event's early stipulation of having "an entry submitted within the first month" and therefore avoided being dropped from the significantly large Challenge roster until its end in March 2020.

As a result I am now looking at making some significant progress on my first 'proper' submission to the AHPC in the guise of eight Grove's Shrubs by "Lucid Eye Publications". These "Toon Realms" sculpts will help 'fill out' my collection of Entlings to the point where I'll be able to field two units of Lesser Warbeasts as part of my Gondor/Fangorn army for "Dragon Rampant"...

14 comments:

  1. Great post Simon! As much as I love the smooth black you did on this villain, I once again fell for your Toon Realms miniatures, these Shrubs are fantastic. How tall are they? I'm thinking of picking them up for my 15mm forest guardians warband.

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    1. Thank you very kindly, Wouter. Much appreciated. The shrubs are 23mm tall :-)

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  2. Great start to the painting challenge Simon, your shrubs are off to a good start as well

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    1. Cheers Dave. Really simple stuff, but I wanted to get some fast points on the table early.

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  3. Nul is huge! But I guess that's part of the deal when you're a world breaker eh? Super Model and one of your better villains imo (despite his size and blackness).
    The Toon "shfubs" look the part too and should fit in well with the other Toon sculpts. (Is a collection of shrubs a shrubbery?)

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    1. Thanks Joe. Nul was indeed a very simple paint-job, as you can probably imagine, but is rather eye-catching on the tabletop. Grove's shrubbery will be particularly full once I've finished, and large enough to field two full units of Lesser Warbeasts.

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  4. Nul looks really good mate. Cool looking figure as well.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Simon! 🌲🌲

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    1. Cheers Simon. Simple stuff. Merry Christmas to you and your family too :-)

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  5. Nul looks great! I know nothing of this character, I'll need to do some research.

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    1. Thanks Dai. Nul is probably better known for when he possessed the incredible Hulk rather than struck out as his own entity.

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