Monday, 6 July 2020

(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Supers Unlimited" July 2020

"Kitbash Games" WIPs - Blackthorn, Blue Scarab and The Shark
This month's endeavour to whittle away at my mountain of metal, plastic and resin models will primarily focus upon a selection of miniatures taken from the Supers Unlimited range by "Kitbash Games". "Designed to be size-compatible with many supers miniatures ranges" I managed to acquire a fair few of the resin figures from the company's recently successful "Kickstarter" campaign, and whilst I don't plan on using them for either "Pulp City" and or the "Super Mission Force" gaming system, I do hope to get them on my Weird War Two tabletop soon.

Indeed, I've already previously 'repurposed' two of the models into the Cologne Clown (Punchline) and Vancouver Canuck (Roughneck) so I can incorporate them them into my quite considerably-sized Axis and Allies forces by "Westwind Productions". With that in mind I've therefore selected eight of my recently received pledge reward from Leon Mallet and divvied them up amongst the armies of Great Britain, the United States, German and the Soviet Union, penning some brief backgrounds to my heroes/villains on the way...
"Supers Unlimited" WIPs - Mayhem, Granite and Alpha Male
For the American forces I've gone with the classically named Liberty Lady (Blue Scarab) and Everglade (Blackthorn). I think the sculpting on the female crime-fighter is great, and unlike many of the other miniatures I plan to apply a similar palette to her as seen on her 'official' predominantly blue paint-job. Everglade on the other hand is clearly going to test my eyesight with the myriad of fantastic branches/vines which seemingly criss-cross over the ex-soldier's entire mutated torso.

Providing the British with a decidedly nautical air is the wonderfully posed Operative Porpoise (The Shark). As with Leon's sculpt for the Blue Scarab, I've wanted to get my hands on the model ever since I first laid eyes on it, and felt my naming the hero after a class of submarine used by the Royal Navy during the Second World War was pretty appropriate. Completing the Allied quartet is Stalingrad (Granite), a Russian powerhouse created from debris taken from the destroyed city on the western bank of the Volga River.
"Kitbash" WIPs - Tox, Big Brain and Doc Cosmos
Having painted a fair few Boromites in the past, from "Warlord Games" science fiction rule-set "Beyond The Gates Of Antares", I'm a little nervous about 'picking out' all the Soviet soldier's pebbles, but delightfully the figure's all-encompassing leotard should be fair simpler to pigment than the extra-terrestrial miners' technologically advanced battle armour. As for the Germans, I'm hoping to quickly rattle through the predominantly flesh-bearing Áchtung (Alpha Male) and the Berlin Brawler (Mayhem) , as well as the three-piece casting of the larger-sized Die Unordnung (Tox).

This'll then just leave me with the diminutive Doktor Propaganda (Big Brain), which will probably prove a bit fiddly to 'pick out' on account of the sculpt's dynamically crouched position and white laboratory coat. Finally, I've dug out my partially-painted miniature of Kid Kansas (Doc Cosmos) and am currently contemplating some changes to its colour scheme, perhaps following something along the lines of the Missouri city's American Football Team uniform...

14 comments:

  1. Great to see you posting again Simon, All the figures look very interesting, look forward to seeing these develop, and great idea for the colour scheme Kid Kansas.
    Have a scenery painting challenge at the moment running until the end of August if your interested

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    1. Thanks very much indeed, Dave. Its just a question of time currently, as you know very well having set up your own business etc. But now the store is up and I've a couple of comic books to sell I can finally start picking up my brush again - I hope!! LOL!!

      I do actually have a big box of "Adeptus Mechanicus" scenery to paint. What's the scenery painting challenge about please? Paint up a piece a week or something?

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    2. It's pretty open to what each person wants to do the full rules can be found here https://wargamesculptorsblog.blogspot.com/2020/06/summer-of-scenery-challenge.html

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    3. Sounds awesome. I've plonked my name down and will set to work on a few pieces I want to get done. Thanks Dave :-)

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  2. Great diversity of giures, but I was drawn to Granite's dynamic pose and was left wondering if he was indeed wearing a mankini !

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    1. Fortunately not, Joe. It's just the pattern on Granite's all-over bodysuit. LOL!!! Glad you like the range though, I certainly do, and am looking forward to Leon's second KS :-)

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  3. Interesting miniatures. They look well cast with crisp detail from your pictures so looking forward to your final results. One thing though.... When do we get part 2 of the Star Wars dog fight?

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. There's a bit of resin flash on them, but easily removal with a sharp modelling knife. The "Star Wars" BatRep should be up within the next week or so... got a bit of a backlog of games to type-up and post :-)

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  4. Good to see you back posting, Simon. RL does have a tendency to get in the way of more important stuff, but forts have been held in your absence, Forgotten Heroes 2020 has been and gone and I'm still fbeavering away on my Doctor Who project - including a scatch-built Rutan. Looking foward to seeing what you do with these figures, as they ceryainly are a veried and interesting bunch.

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    1. Cheers Jez. I've got a fair few partially-painted minis I want to finished too, so expect all sorts to be posted over the coming weeks. I've been following your excellent reinterpretation of Dr Who with great interest, and have been inspired to put a few "Black Tree Design" figs in the queue as a result.

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  5. Hey Simon's back, great to have you posting again mate, you have been missed, don't know how I missed this one! Some really nice figures there, I wont say which is my favourite as you can probably guess, though the "Blue Scarab one is a cracker too.

    Thought you would have been sick of comic book characters by now ;-)

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. I don't think I'll ever be bored of comic book characters, LOL!!! Thought you'd like Granite, but as you say, the Blue Scarab is a great sculpt too :-)

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  6. Nice to see you back and posting Simon!

    These are really nice sculpts and I love how you plan to use them!

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    1. Cheers Dai. Much appreciated. Slowly working my way through the "Supers Unlimited".

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