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"And Until The Day When Our Demands Are Recognised..."

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

"...We refuse to touch the soil or breathe the air of this fallen world."

These four 28mm U-Men figures are produced by “Wizkids” and can (still) be bought as miniature number 002 from their “Heroclix” Marvel Mutant Mayhem range. Members of an "organization of fanatical humans" who believed "that using stealing and grafting mutant body parts through surgery" would lead them to become "physically superior", this movement first appeared in the 2001 "New X-Men" Annual and were created by Grant Morrison and Leinil Francis Yu.

Having pried each model off of its 'clicky-base' and super-glued them onto plastic 25mm circular stands, the "humans empowered with mutant abilities" were primed using some "Citadel" Abaddon Black. I then 'picked out' all of their environmental suits' pipes, apparatus and breathing masks, as well as their carbines, with "Citadel" Ironbreaker. Each miniature was later shaded using some "Citadel" Nuln Oil and 'tidied up' with a little more Abaddon Black.

"Heroclix" WIPs - The Bi-Beast, an Abominable Snowman and a Dire Wraith

Sticking with "Heroclix" re-paints, I have made some more progress on the eight Dire Wraiths I plan to add to my ever-expanding Wraithworld invasion force. These figures are reasonably straightforward to pigment, and as a result, I was momentarily tempted to convert a few of them, perhaps by way of a head or arm realignment. In the end though, I've settled to keep them as they are for expediency's sake, and just hope that the New Jersey-based company produce some more inhabitants of the Dark Nebula, such as their Deathwing forms.

I have also managed to get a little further on my Bi-Beast and Abominable Snowman. Working on the 63mm tall Yeti has proved something of a frustration after I discovered I had inadvertently splashed some "Citadel" Nuln oil onto his "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey fur. Unsurprisingly this has meant I have had to infuriatingly go back over those areas first before starting to 'pick out' all this "Vallejo" Dark Grey flesh...

"Wizkids" WIPs - Rolling Oil, a Yochlol and a Bunnyip

"Tritex Games" are continually tempting me with their 'reduced in price' range of plastic "Dungeons & Dragons" and "Pathfinder Battles" models by "Wizkids". I have always been a big fan of the oozes, jellies, slimes and puddings, so simply couldn't resist when I saw they were stocking the large Rolling Oil miniature from the Ruins of Lastwall expansion, and have immediately set to work re-basing, priming and dry-brushing the "inky spill".

Fancying a few other weird dungeon denizens, I have additionally undercoated a trio of Yochlols and Bunnyips. These smaller, yet just as oddly-shaped creatures, are arguably a bit more rubbery in texture than I ordinarily like to put a brush to, and are likely to be far more colourful (once finished). than the Rolling Oil figure I'm working on alongside them.

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