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Marvel Crisis Protocol… my first batch of minis

Marvel Crisis Protocol… my first batch of minis

As some of the long term followers of this blog will know, this is actually not my first venture into superheroes, but my second one. But when Knight Models returned the Marvel license that game essentially went dead (for me), IMHO mostly due to the fact that there was virtually only the good guys and that I found the sculpts somewhat flimsy.

The license was sold on and last year Atomic Mass Games released a new Marvel miniatures game. The rules are sound, easy and fresh, so this should be fun to play even in the long run. And best of all… the sculpts are great and the minis are a real joy to paint. So let’s see what I got finished so far….

Captain America
Captain America

Tried to go for the more classic comic colours on him, instead of the darker colours seen in the later MCU movies. For some weeks I was not really happy with his shield which I had done in quite a plain manner. So I went back to it recently, adding some light effects and now I am really happy with the overall result.

Red Skull
Red Skull

I am usually not a big fan of OSL, but with Red Skull and the Tesseract, this seemed mandatory. The mimi is still missing its varnish, but once that is applied, I will add some satin varnish to the Tesseract, which should really make it pop.

Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

All in all I am happy with how this one turned out, maybe except for her skin, which turned out a little dark.

Ultron
Ultron

Ultron was a bit hard to paint, with the metal / Vibranium skin being a bit hard to contrast, but with the orange glow, that mini still provided an interesting result.

Iron Man
Iron Man

Iron Man has me struggling. He definitely needs more contrast and I am quite unhappy with the result. Right now I am just unsure if I should go and continue work on this one, since I feel that artistically I have moved myself into a dead end. Or, and this being more likely, I will simply start from scratch.

Crossbones
Crossbones

Now this mini is absolutely lovely. He is based more on the comics, which is a shame, since a different helmet and an armoured plate to his chest would have allowed for the white crosses on them, giving a break to the monotony of an virtually all black mini. So I decided to borrow from the movie and give him camo pants. It is subtle on the mini, ut really makes a difference.

Spiderman
Spiderman

Very flimsy to paint, but still a real joy. Did not like the way the mini was positioned on the original iron girder provided for the mini (now being used on Ultrons base), so I placed him on a fire hydrant I had lying around (as we all do).

Doctor Octopus
Doctor Octopus

Did not really have any big ideas about this mini. So I decided to paint this mini first to get a feel for these minis. In the end he was the sixth mini I painted. But no matter where he was in line, I am really happy with how he turned out.

Black Widow
Black Widow

Not much to say about her. Tried to break up all that black with an olive holster and the belt. Atomic Mass have already released a second version of her (which was delivered to my home address a day after we had left for our holidays) and I am really looking forward to painting that version. This time in the white suit you can see in the trailer to the upcoming Black Widow movie.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

Went for some classic colours on him. While it finally gave me a reason to use those five purple colours I have, I still find I am struggling with that colour. The leather bomber hecket was fun to paint though. He also finishes off the ten minis from the core set, so now on to the minis for the single packs I have painted, too.

M.O.D.O.K.
M.O.D.O.K.

Initially I was planning on even buying M.O.D.O.K., but I had so much fun painting the minis from the core set and since everything was sold out at the time I bought him anyway. And to be honest he was great fun to paint. This huge face of his was a completely different experience to paint.

Ronan the Accuser
Ronan the Accuser

Ronan put me through some problems. I was very torn between the comic and movie colours since the sculpt is close to the comic version I went that way. Compared to the other minis for the game he seems to lack detail and the contours are a little soft.

Drax the Destroyer
Drax the Destroyer

In my opinion Drax is suffering from the same problem as Ronan (the both come in the same box, so it might be a question of the designers style)… lack of detail and soft contours. He is also sculpted closer to the comic version than the movie version. Since I found the comic version quite boring, I tried to bring him closer to the movie looks. Not entirely happy with him (or Ronan) so I might go back to them later. A part of me is also hoping, that Atomic Mass releases a version based on Dave Bautista, so I could simply repaint him comic style and have a more detailed version.

Black Panther
Black Panther

Now Black Panther was a real joy to paint. I painted him on the weekend the news of Chadwick Bosemans death was released and it seemed to be the right mini to paint that weekend. The purple energy effects on his suit look better to the naked eye, but I guess I will still blend these in a little more later.

Shuri
Shuri

Up next is Black Panthers sister Shuri. Again top mini to paint with lots of details and crisp contours.

Okoye
Okoye

Continuing on the Wakanda theme, here is Okoye. Just like Shuri, this was an absolute joy to paint.

And this finishes this post. I still have a few minis at home that are assembled and still unpainted and as I said, there should be another parcel when we get back home, so there will be more to come soon.

For those interested in the terrain… I will cover that in my next post.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2020 in Marvel, Marvel Crisis Protocol

 

The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy and💀💩L

The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy and💀💩L

Well superheroes are liked by almost everyone and I am no exception. So I started being into Knight Models Marvel line. Now if your are more used to the prices of historical minis (like me) and not to Games Workshop, the minis were quite expensive, so I took my sweet time. Only to be surprised by the fact, that Knight models decided to let go of the license, discontinue the line and have retailers hand back their stock. I have to admit, that this decision really surprised me. Yes I know that Disney are asking a lot more for their licenses than DC does, but with all the hype around the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) this could have been a gold mine for them. But for some reason the line had always been handled like the black sheep of the herd, with too many holes in the line, especially the villains.

Be that as it may, I still managed to get a nice collection together, with only a few minis missing. Last year I painted the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as Deadpool (hope you all got the reference in the title). The X-Men, Brotherhood of Mutants, The Punisher, Dark Avengers, Dr Doom and Thanos will have to follow in coming months.

What gave me a bit of a headache with these was the basing. As you will see, some of them have their feet placed on rocks. Some of these are natural rocks, others pieces of rubble. From the very beginning I was sure, that I wanted a unified basing scheme on all minis and this made it harder. My first idea had been to do the bases in a rubble look, but in the end, I went against it. As superheroes the are very colourful and rubble would have been colourful as well. So I though rubble would have been too much and made the whole collection too hectic and went with simple soil and grass tufts in the end. Which I think worked out fine. Please excuse the dust visible on some of the darker minis, there is lots of pollen in the air right now and if was a superhuman task trying to keep them clean for the photo session.

Avengers

Avengers

I am a great fan of the movies released over the past decade and wanted my minis to look as much as the movies as possible. Which was not always easy, since most of the minis are rather based on the comics than the movies, but I think by taking some liberties, this still worked out. With the Avengers I wanted the darker more sinister look introduced with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. Especially with Captain America this was a tough one, as his uniform / costume is rather earlier. But I think it worked out. With the two Iron Men I decided to try something new. They were painted in Chrome and Aluminium and then given an overspray with thinned Clear Red. It does not come out in the photos but in natural light, they look really good.

With the Guardians of the Galaxy this proved much easier, since their looks match those of the movies much closer.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

I have to say though, that the females in both teams (Black Widow and Gamora) really left me struggling. These minis are so slim and tiny, that they really left me struggling not to break them while painting and to get some details on Gamora.

And last there is Deadpool. I know he rather fits the X-Men storyline (which for now is still separated from the MCU storyline), but I rather love his character and had to paint him before I started with the X-Men.

Deadpool

Deadpool

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2018 in Marvel