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"Henry Made Himself A Sleek Costume..."

"...And based on the bioluminescent ability he had acquired, called himself Lightning Bug!"

This 32mm tall resin model of Lightning Bug is manufactured by "Kitbash Games", and was produced as part of the company's highly successful "Supers Unlimited" Miniatures "Kickstarter" in August 2019. Described as "a maverick scientist, specializing in entomology, genetics and biochemistry", I actually plan to use the sculpt as a Soviet super-hero known as the Bolshevik Bug for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign utilising some homemade rules.


Having attached Henry Harold Harlan onto a 28mm lipped base, I undercoated the figure with two layers of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and then, in a departure from my usual painting process, set about 'picking out' his armoured boots, gloves, chest emblem and eye goggles with a combination of Heavy Sienna and Brass. These areas were subsequently shaded using "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna.

Kitbash Games" WIPs - Big Bot, Battle Engine and N-Rage

I made this change to my usual methodology because in the past I have disconcertingly found the "Vallejo" metallic paints tend to deposit a few noticeable flecks of colour over the rest of my models whenever they are used for dry-brushing. As a result, I have always had to go back and 'touch up' the contaminated areas, somewhat duplicating my effort to get the miniature finished.


On this occasion however, I simply needed to tidy up the "Vallejo" Heavy Red prime and apply a wash of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson to the figure in order for the descendant of Insectman to be completed. Those familiar with the "Supers Unlimited" range will also have noted my divergence from the Lightning Bug's 'official' black and electric blue palette for one much more in keeping with my incarnation's Eastern Bloc background.

"Attention, please. This is base control, red alert!"

Alongside the third of my Soviet super-soldiers I have also been making some significant progress on three more "Kitbash Games" models, namely Big Bot, Battle Engine and N-Rage. All three of these excellent sculpts will be repurposed for my Weird War Two campaign, providing the British, American and German forces with the notable battlefield legends Tin-Man, Mark One and Nuklearmann.


In addition, I've provided some tender loving care to a few of my previously pigmented "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" miniatures following their recent exploits on my tabletop. To be fair, the FedSec Troopers simply had their headgear repainted with Vallejo” Heavy Khaki and some long-lost “Citadel” Thrakka Green, after I found the new alternative shade, Biel-Tan Green, to simply be too dark. Whilst, the Spawn's numerous chips were probably caused during its transportation to different gaming venues as opposed to being damaged through mishandling during an actual scenario...

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undercoat2670
2021年3月26日

I really like the Bolshevik Bug, great colour scheme and a very inventive take on a superhero. As I have said before I really like your Soviet era themed supers! Terrific stuff.

Your other heroes are looking really good too. You seem very taken with them as your lack of Heroclix seems to show. I think the ability to paint them as your own home grown characters may have something to do with that.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年3月26日
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Cheers Undercoat. I have a fourth Soviet super coming, and one which may come in two variants too, seeing as I was lucky enough to receive a freebie preview sculpt.


I think my enthusiasm for "Kitbash Games" range will only increase too once I can get back to gaming and actually use my home grown characters on the tabletop. I've got so many ideas for battle recreations against the Axis forces and their super-villains.

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wsd50
2021年3月26日

I like the alternative colours you've used on the "Bug" (be it Lightning or Bolshevik). Has a bit of an Ironman vibe.


Your WIP supers too look like they are going to look the business once finished too.


These posts keep dragging my attention back to doing some "Super" myself, but I must be strong, as I don't actually have any Super's in my proposed figures for the year. 😉😉😉Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年3月26日
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LOL!! HoTT'ember 2020 was definitely not one of your greatest moments, Roger, that's for sure. Absolutely we can wait until much nearer the time, no pressure I assure you.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
2021年3月26日

Great work on your Bug model Simon, your colour choices remind me of Iron Spider, but that's not a bad thing. Nice progress on your other supers, and I bet your happier with all the headbands now matching on your Fedsec troopers

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年3月26日
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Cheers Dave. I hadn't thought of Iron Spider-Man until afterwards but perhaps that influenced me without realising it; albeit I wanted Bolshevik Bug to be predominantly "Vallejo" Heavy Red to tie-in with the palette of Stalingrad and Mother Russia.


I've a few more FedSec re-paints to finish regarding the headbands, and a few more chips/dinks to repair too. So expect to see a couple more pics of these over the next few weeks, as well as some new FedSec robots and mutoids.

いいね!

horrid person
horrid person
2021年3月26日

That's a nice looking figure but I think I'm more drawn in by the WIPs you posted. N-Rage is looking pretty cool already and Big Bot looks sweet. You mentioned some house rules you have made up for SMF. Are they for campaign implementation or relating to the WW2 setting? Your character post made me realize I haven't thought much about the Soviet Union during the Golden or Silver ages; Only Neverland and the possibility of using a Carnevale Baba Yaga model I have on hand.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2021年3月26日
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Thanks Horrid Person. Big Bot is now finished and should be posted up next week. I've also done Battle Engine too. The homemade rules are my usual generic M.I.S.S. ones but with statistic lines covering super-heroes, zombies etc for WW2. I have a gamers guide to campaigning the Russian Front which I plan to use, but just for setting up battles etc.

いいね!
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