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"A Former Top KGB Agent..."

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

"...Natasha Romanoff has become a force for good in the world of covert intelligence."

This 40mm scale plastic figure of Natalia Alianovna "Natasha" Romanoff is made by “Atomic Mass Games” and can be found inside the Marvel Crisis Protocol Core Box set. Assembled using ten different pieces, not including its circular stand, the model depicts the Avenger in her iconic classic comic book costume.


"An expert in multiple martial arts", the skilled gymnast was initially primed with a double-helping of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, thoroughly dry-brushed using "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal, and washed in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then went back over her leg straps and gun holster with a little "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade in order to ensure the leatherwork stood out from the rest of the spy's very dark uniform.

"Atomic Mass Games" WIPs - The Punisher is slowly having all his detail 'picked out'

The Black Widow's automatic pistol was pigmented using a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Whilst her electroshock wrist weapons, circle-covered belt and ornamental zipper pull tab were originally layered with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, coated in Gold and later shaded with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.


Lastly, I applied a couple of coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Red to the Champion's famous hair, and washed it with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. As a final touch I carefully dry-brushed (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red over the area so as to highlight all the detailed waves and curls on the sculpt.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - The Confederate infantry unit have now had all their jackets and coats layered

Having completed the second incarnation of Natasha Romanoff I own for Marvel Crisis Protocol, I have moved on to the tabletop hobby miniatures game's figure of Frank Castle. Like the female S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, this model's 'official' colour scheme was far too 'black' for my liking, so I have decided to break up the Punisher's palette with some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and Charred Brown for his ammunition bag and holster respectively.


In addition, I have been beavering away at the jackets and coats of my 15mm "Epic Battles: American Civil War" models by "Warlord Games". I'm slowly starting to find my feet with these diminutive soldiers and been busy picking out the clothing of my Alabama-raised Confederate ten-man strong front line.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
10. Jan. 2021

Thanks Undercoat. Looking forward to seeing the Punisher finished too. Fingers crossed I can keep the ACW momentum going. Once I have a completed stand, then I think I'll know what corners I can cut to keep the look but reduce the painting time.

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undercoat2670
10. Jan. 2021

Black Widow turned out splendidly. Nice job. Punisher is looking really good, can't wait for the finished pictures. Those ACW Confederates look amazing. I can't believe the detail you have picked out and your having different coloured jackets and trousers on such small minis! They are going to look stunning on the battlefield when completed.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
09. Jan. 2021

LOL, Roger!! I think you tend to plonk one January entry in per year tbh, with you actually selecting my Mad Max Interceptor by “The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company” in 2017 as the 'best in show'.


WI came with 100 soldiers, including command strip, plus a general on horse and cannon/crew. Not bad at all, and I can see why the issue is apparently now close to selling out.


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wsd50
09. Jan. 2021

I'm pretty sure there was at least one January posting in my top ten last year, cheeky!


How many free figures did you get with that issue of WI?


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
08. Jan. 2021

Thanks Roger. I think its rather rare to have one of my January offerings in your Top Ten, but time will undoubtedly tell, LOL!!! Personally I prefer the Punisher sculpt to the Black Widow's one. So expect to have him finished sooner rather than later.


There's going to be an awful lot of ACW WIPs over the next six weeks or so, as I slowly work my way through the 100+figs this first regiment requires. My plan is to get five such regiments painted this way throughout the year, as well as cavalry, skirmishers, special units etc. Time will tell if that succeeds or not...

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