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.
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
Drax the Destroyer
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.