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"Groot Was One Of The Thor Corps Members..."

"...Dispatched to the Kingdom of Manhattan."

This 28mm scale pre-painted plastic model of Groot Thor was produced by “Wizkids” and is miniature number 051 from their Marvel “Heroclix” The Mighty Thor range. This hammer-wielding incarnation of the “sentient tree-like creature” was created by

Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley for the May 2015 issue of "Ultimate End" by "Marvel Comics".

Unceremoniously chopped from the "super rare" figure's 'clicky' base and super-glued upon a plastic 50mm circular base, the Flora colossus was treated to a double-coat of “Duncan Rhodes' Two Thin Coats” Cuirass Leather and shaded in Battle Mud Wash. He was then heavily dry-brushed with (more) Cuirass Leather, before having his intricate branch detail further highlighted with a light dusting of Ancient Forest.

"Wizkids" WIPs - This Wolliped has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

I next 'picked out' the 59mm tall model's eye slits with a smidgeon of Skulker Yellow and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade (over a White Star basecoat), before working my way through a progression of Wyvern Green, Necrosis Green Wash, (more) Wyvern Green, Emerald Green and Ethereal Green over Groot Thor's leafy cape. Finally, the character from Doctor Doom's Battleworld had his hammer's head pigmented with "Vallejo" Gunmetal" and Oblivion Black Wash. Whilst the hand-weapon's shaft and wrist-strap were layered in Dust Bowl, Ancient Forest and a dash of Battle Mud Wash.

With the first of my entries for Angry Piper's annual Monster Mayhem Challenge completed, I have begun working on a second submission which probably better suits the event's distinctive "Dungeons & Dragons" theme. I originally dug out this Wolliped from my backlog of pre-painted "Pathfinder Battles" miniatures for the recently finished Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. But never got any further than re-basing the quirky-looking "Reign of Winter" model by "Wizkids".

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Three Sons of Horus Space Marines slowly having their details 'picked out'

This time round though I've been using the large, eight-legged animal as a test-piece for a heavily watered-down solution of Carcharodon Grey by “Duncan Rhodes' Two Thin Coats” which I intend to regularly utilise as a replacement for the awful "Vallejo" Pale Grey wash. My first thoughts on this substitution are highly favourable, and the only reason the "gentle creature" hasn't already been finished is the fiendish difficulty I'm facing getting my brush-tip between its numerous limbs.

Lastly, I have found the time to pay some 'passing attention' to my ongoing "The Horus Heresy" project and applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna basecoats to three 28mm plastic Space Marines by "Games Workshop". These areas of MK VI armour are now ready for some "Vallejo" Gold, and should help make each member of my second ten-man "Sons Of Horus" tactical squad really stand out on the tabletop...

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