Really this is all “Blax Klerics” fault (as you know I am terribly easily lead!), I was commenting on another of his excellent blog postings a couple of weeks ago after he had re-painted some more of his collection of “Heroclix” figures, and I mentioned that I would like to do a leader for my “Doomwatch” superhero team, and that I would require a chap in a wheelchair (something like Professor X of the X men), well to cut a long story short this got me thinking and from there I got to looking on EBay to find the exact figure I wanted to convert from. After being both surprised and a little disappointed that the figure in question was going for £10.00 a go (I’m sorry but I don’t want to spend ten quid on a plastic figure I intend to convert, I’m a bit tight like that) I had all but given up when I stumbled across a collection of “Heroclix” figures someone was selling off that included two of the Professor X figure I was after, much better value than the single figures, I thought I could buy that, cherry pick anything that was of use to me and hopefully sell on the rest and recoup some (if not all) of the original outlay (this has all the hallmarks of one of those plans that sound great in your head but never seen to work out in the real world!). Anyway too cut a long story short I am now the proud owner of one hundred and eighty more “Heroclix” figures than I was two weeks ago, (not bad considering I only wanted one!). Actually there are some really nice figures in there that I never knew they did and my original one figure has grown by quite a bit (and is growing by the minute). Still my leader figure is going to have to wait for a while but I have picked out six “less super” types to be civilians, gang members, petty criminals etc… in our superhero games, so I’ll begin with them..
(Thug): I first saw this figure on Simon’s (Blax) blog a while back as he had painted up quite a few of them as “henchmen” for his superhero games I decided I needed one of these too. After re-basing him and the rest in my usual manner they were given a coat of matt black. I decided to leave his vest black and simply highlighted it and his boots with dark grey before adding the legend “Bad Ass” to his chest. Then his Jeans were painted with a mix of royal blue and blue grey before they were highlighted with just blue grey. His flesh was undercoated with chocolate brown before it was highlighted with a mix of this and dark flesh tone. All in all a pretty simple figure to re-paint.
(Con Artist): What exactly makes her a con artist I really don’t know, but I do know she had one of the worst painted faces I’ve ever laid eyes on! With blue in her eye sockets her actual eyes were painted down on her cheeks in line with the base of her nose. Anyway I was glad to get the black undercoat on her and cover this up, then I decided on a “camo” style dress so bronze green was applied and over this I added “splodges” of stone green and chocolate brown. Her boots and waistcoat I left black and highlighted these in dark grey again. A tiny bit of chainmail over her wristbands and it was time to do her flesh, dark flesh tone formed the base of this and after adding her eyes (in the sockets this time!) I highlighted this with European flesh. Her lips were done in dark red and her hair was chocolate brown with a little chestnut to highlight. To my eyes at least a big improvement over the original paintjob.
(Lackey): My two “Lackeys” looked more like burglars to me so I decided to paint one of them up with the classic villain’s stripy jumper, this was worked up from the black base coat by highlighting it dark grey and then adding the stripes in cream and highlighting these in white, his hat, gloves, boots and trousers were all just highlighted with a mix of dark grey and black, and his “jemmy” was dry-brushed with chainmail. The other was even easier with his jumper highlighted with royal blue and his trousers done in dark grey highlighted with light grey mixed with dark grey (so as not to be too light), his boots, and hat simply highlighted with dark grey and his gloves chocolate brown highlighted with leather. Both faces were done in European flesh highlighted with the same mixed with a little pale flesh.
(Criminal): Probably my least favorite of the bunch, this gun “toting” ruffian started out with having his guns dry-brushed with chainmail before I added his jeans as before, then his ripped vest was undercoated in dark red and then highlighted with bright red. I added his flesh in dark skin tone highlighted with the same but with a bit of pale flesh added, his boots are chocolate brown and leather brown, and his bandana is royal blue highlighted with bright blue, then I added some white dots and lines to it as it looked a little plain. Finally his hair and goatee are chocolate brown highlighted with a little chestnut brown. I’m still not over fond of him, but that just might be that I’m not overly keen on guns in superhero games anyway!
(Vampire Lackey): What is a “Vampire Lackey”? Do Vampires need lackeys? I don’t know the answer to either of these questions, but I thought she might make a good gang member so she went off to be sprayed black along with the others. Now her pose is a little awkward in my opinion, and what is she doing with that stick? In the end I decided to cut off the part sticking out from the back of her hand and turn it into a short length of pipe, then after I’d dry-brushed this chainmail I undercoated her top in pink and highlighted this in the same with a little white added, her jeans were done at the same time and in the same way as the above, and her skin was done the same as “bad ass” above, she actually has a pretty well sculpted face, and her vampire teeth appear to be just painted on as after the black undercoat had gone on I could find no trace of them, I ended up giving her green boots simply because I didn’t want to do another pair black and brown would have been too close to her skin tone. I added the white “skunk” line to her hair just to give it a bit of interest. For some reason I can imagine her fighting “zombies” I don’t know why, but I just can.
Sorry that there are no actual “costumes” in amongst this little group, but my heroes need someone to practice beating up when they’re not fighting the big boys. I promise to make sure the next batch have their underwear firmly on the outside of their pants.
Till next week, Excelsior! Roger.