Thursday, 14 May 2020

"I Am Ikon, Of The Spaceknights."

"There is nothing inappropriate about combat."
This 28mm scale plastic model of Ikon is produced by “Wizkids” and is miniature number 009b from their Marvel “Heroclix” Guardians of the Galaxy range. An Alpha Class Galadorian Spaceknight, she was chosen by her people to join Star-Lord's team of "the most powerful and formidable warriors in the galaxy" and was created by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Miguel Sepulveda for the March 2011 issue of "Thanos Imperative: Devastation" by "Marvel Comics".

"Presenting herself as Greatest living spaceknight", the figure was cut from her 'clicky' base and super-glued to a 25mm circular base. I then applied two coats of "Vallejo" Silver over the model's pre-paint job, including the Galadorian's bright pink Poleaxe, shaded her with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed the entire miniature with (more) "Vallejo" Silver.
"Heroclix" WIPs - Darin has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed
Later I 'picked out' the Spaceknight's eyes with a couple of dots of "Vallejo" Heavy Red, and carefully washed them with a drop or two of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, before tidying them up with a dab (more) "Vallejo" Silver. I did consider both trying to straighten the expert combatant's somewhat bendy hand-weapon, and also painting it's energy-laden 'spear-head' with some "Vallejo" Squid Pink and perhaps a smidgen of "Citadel" Flesh Tearers Red.

However, cutting, straightening or even potentially replacing the somewhat thin-looking weapon's shaft looked like a lot of work, plus I also didn't want to show the weapon actually 'firing', but simply at the 'ready' to discharge its fearsome force. As a result, I left Ikon's Poleaxe with the selfsame colour scheme as her Plandanium Armor (Third Generation), and even managed to ignore an urge to pick out some of her side-plating with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, as is occasionally depicted in some of the comic books.
"Adeptus Titanicus" WIPs - The Warhound Titan has had all its metallic areas layered and shaded
Sticking with Spaceknights I have also been working on a "Heroclix" miniature of Darin too. I was hoping, not unlike Ikon, that this would be a rather straightforward paint-job, and provide me with some additional time to focus on other hobby-related projects. No such luck though, as having removed the figure's annoying blast effect from the end of his plandanium javelin, I thought the model looked silly simply holding onto the very end of his hand-weapon. Needless to say that lead to me sourcing an extension, some drilling, pinning and much frustration...

Fortunately, despite these minor irritations, I have made some progress on my two Warhound Titans for "Adeptus Titanicus" by "Games Workshop". I'm currently focusing my efforts on getting all the metalwork layered, shaded and dry-brushed on the warmachines' upper bodies, so I can then start working on all their intricate details as a whole over two or three painting sessions.

16 comments:

  1. Looks great. I like the sculpt and pose.

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    1. Thanks Simon. Super simple stuff, but a nice little mini to paint :-)

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  2. I really like the progress that you are making on the titans. When I got the original box set back in the '80's all went well until the gaming group disbanded, so I sold mine on.
    The clix mini are painted very well indeed, but as an OCD in certain things that bendy spear would need replacing.

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    1. Thanks very much, Phil. I did consider swapping out the spear, but as I say, it didn't seem worth the effort tbh. Plus Ikon is really small, so its barely noticeable on the tabletop. Too bad about "AT", as I think it looks really good as a game.

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  3. Very nicely done Simon, another win.

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    1. Cheers Michael. Simple stuff, but another mini off the painting queue :-)

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  4. Great stuff Simon, love the Spaceknights, as you say it's a shame about her bendy lance, but I think it does add to the alien look of her a bit too. Great colour on Darian too by the way.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. I don't mind the bendy poleaxe too much either. Darin has given me a chance to get reacquainted with one of the "Vallejo" metallic paints, hence the colour :-)

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  5. Very nice space knights. Another super hero range I haven't heard of!! I second the comment about the metallic blue on the second model as it looks great. Those titans are coming along nicely and I can't wait to see how they look when done.

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. I've a few more Spaceknights to finish, and should have plenty of progress made on my titans for the next posting :-)

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  6. Another character I’m not familiar with. Looks very nice tho and sounds like a tough opponent to boot.

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    1. Thanks Dai. I'm hoping to have a nice band of Spaceknights before this month is out.

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  7. Getting any effect from a single coloured figure is difficult, but you've managed it to produce a great looking figure - one of the better 'silver' ones imho;

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    1. Cheers Joe. The "Vallejo" Silver is new to me but I really liked using it on this mini.

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