This 28mm scale model of a wizard sat atop a dice whilst smoking a pipe is produced by “Lucid Eye Publications” and was actually sent to me as a free "Gifty" with one of my recent orders. The figure is arguably not quite as cartoonish in style as the manufacturer’s other “Toon Realms” sculpts, but I thought it would still make an excellent statue/objective marker for “Dragon Rampant”.
In addition, I wanted the opportunity to try my hand at a somewhat waterlogged stone figure, in order to test out a possible palette for a much larger figure I plan on submitting to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. As a result the miniature was super-glued upon a 28mm “Games Workshop” circular base, before subsequently being permanently attached to one of the 40mm thin-lipped circular bases I use for all my objective markers.
The magic user, along with his 'stone' plinth, was initially primed using two coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey, washed with a mixture of “Citadel” Nuln Oil, Biel-Tan Green and Agrax Earthshade, and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey. I then went back with some extra "Citadel" Nuln Oil and 'picked out' some of the dice spots which weren't quite as visible as I wanted. Significantly more time-consuming a mini-project has been the eight Lord Rascal's Ghostly Wraiths by "Lucid Eye Publications" I have slowly been progressing. Having primed, washed and dry-brushed the "Toon Realms" spectres, I foolishly thought that the bulk of my work was done, but have since discovered just how hard it is to 'grind out' sixteen "Vallejo" White gloves and assorted teeth. As a result I've split the work down into two groups of four figures, with the first lot now rapidly approaching completion.
Long time sufferers of this blog will undoubtedly know of my love for all-things super-hero based, so will probably appreciate the dilemma "Atomic Mass Games" have caused me with their release of the "Marvel Crisis Protocol" miniatures game. For a while I have managed to stay reasonably strong, and keep my painting queue clear of the Minnesota-based company's multi-piece hard plastic figures, yet that has now changed with the recent arrival of their Black Panther character pack... In fact, I've become so enthused with the sculpt that I have additionally assembled the expansion set's Killmonger miniature too, and hope to slowly paint my way through two forces where each side has a clear arch-nemesis on the opposing team. I'm also rather keen to pigment a few of the range's models which I don't own as either OOP "Knight Models" or "Heroclix", such as Venom, Okoye and Shuri...