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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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