Sunday, 2 February 2020

(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Heroclix" February 2020

"Wizkids" WIPs - A Doombot 3095, Major Maxim and a Hulk Robot
This month's themed attempt to reduce my mass of metal, plastic and resin models will focus upon a large number of "Heroclix" pre-painted figures I've 'dug out' from my collection and started priming. Many of these miniatures actually represent the minions of both the "Marvel Worldwide" and "DC Comics" universes, and as a result have rather embarrassingly been gathering dust for quite a considerable time in numerous drawers, containers and on shelves.

For starters I plan on building up a sizeable force of Doombots for the Latverian Monarch, Victor Von Doom. I've previously painted a handful of the dictator's robotic replicas, but just the one Doombot 3095 before, so have re-based and primed as many of the 37mm tall figures as I could find in my "Wizkids" container box. Disconcertingly, I actually own another twelve of the mechanical brutes, so once finished, should be able to field quite the Doctor Doom force on the tabletop.
"Marvel Crisis Protocol" WIPs - Killmonger and the considerably larger Venom
Somewhat along similar lines, I thought it would be fun to progress some of the numerous Hulk foes the New Jersey-based company have produced over the years. I've already got both a green-skinned and grey-skinned painted model of Bruce Banner's alter-ego, along with the fiery Red Hulk. However, having recently fancied playing a few games sets within the Gamma Ray scientist's brutal world, I've realised that I'm distinctly lacking in villains for the jade giant to pummel, hence the desire to pigment four Hulk robots for starters...

As a slight change of pace I have also started work on a few more of the "Marvel Crisis Protocol" miniatures by "Atomic Mass Games". I'm still somewhat nervous about going 'all-in' on this game, as I own re-painted "Heroclix" versions of the majority of its range. But the idea of pitting arch-nemesis against their bitterest rival really appeals, so I have assembled Killmonger to face-off against my Black Panther, and Venom to battle my yet-to-be-built Spider-Man.
January 2020 - "Lucid Eye Publications" currently dominates my Top Ten Manufacturers of 2020
Productivity wise, the past four weeks have proved to be my third busiest January to date, and this has almost exclusively been as a result of my interest in the "Toon Realms" range of "Lucid Eye Publications. The 28mm scale "white metal figures" have really captured my imagination, and resultantly I've finished several partially-completed units I had previously 'benched' this time last year.

In addition to King Victor's Royal Guard and Men-at-Arms, I've also gone on to polish off some additional Grove's Shrubs, Sterling the Wandering Knight, and the first batch of four Lord Rascal's Ghostly Wraiths. Undoubtedly, a fair few more of this manufacturer's models will making an appearance in the weeks to come too, as I try to get a few more ready for submission into the Tenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

16 comments:

  1. Some nice work in progress shots. You do like your Heroclix stuff so should be a productive month. Major Maxim looks interesting and I do like the Marvel Crisis figures a lot. Indeed I have painted up the wave 1 minis, but the ferocious release schedule and high cost has seen my enthusiasm wane somewhat! Can't wait to see what you do with them all this month.

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. I'm hoping the "Heroclix" helps push me along after the bitter disappoint of the "Mantic Games" Empire of Dust skeletons, and my resultant decision to step back from the "Kings Of War" challenge before I'd even really started.

      The "Marvel Crisis Protocol" minis are indeed very expensive for what they are. But fingers crossed I'll get a few of them painted and on the tabletop to make it worth my while.

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  2. Lot's of cool models to work on Simon, Venom being my favourite of course ! LOL

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    1. Cheers Dave. Venom is something of a fave of mine too, so I was surprised to find I didn't own a "Heroclix" version of him tbh.

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  3. I shall look forward to this month Simon, lots of new models to tempt me. :)

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    1. Thanks Michael. Lots of lovely "Heroclix" are planned and already in the pipeline :-)

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  4. Nice work. I do like that Major Maxim model.

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    1. Cheers Simon. I think he comes from the old "Indyclix" range from years ago. He's a "Danger Girl" baddie.

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    2. I really like the pose and the style of the mini.

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    3. Well worth tracking down then matey :-)

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  5. These are an excellent selection of "things to come", with some very dynamic poses amongst them (though Major Maxim trying to look like a gunighter is a bit meh!).

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    1. Thanks Joe. Hopefully there's a fair few supers to baffle and bewilder you, LOL!

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  6. Uuugh time has been against me this last few weeks, so I`m only now finally able to check the blogs and do some comments. Ooo, a Doctor Doom force batrep to look forward to, niiiiice.

    Clix figs stay faithful to us don't they. I mean.. they sit there in all our collections, in boxes, waiting patiently, and eventually we get round to them and realise what a veritable trove of potential they are :-)

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    1. Thanks Steve. I've done a few Fantastic Four vs Doctor Doom BatReps in the past, and thought it was about time to return to their comic book confrontations.

      "Heroclix" continues to be my 'go to' source of painting inspiration. Whenever I find my mojo going, I immediately dig out a few comics and clix, and it soon returns :-)

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