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"How Doubly Glorious Will Be My Triumph..."

"...Now, when the unsuspecting world thinks me dead and gone!!"

This 40mm scale plastic figure of Johann Schmidt is made by “Atomic Mass Games” and can be found inside the Marvel Crisis Protocol Core Box set. Assembled using ten different pieces, not including its circular stand, the model depicts the "protégé of Adolf Hitler" wearing his (Marvel Cinematic Universe) HYDRA uniform and holding aloft the infinitely powerful Cosmic Cube.


Rising "to power during World War Two", the Red Skull was initially primed with two layers of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and thoroughly dry-brushed using "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal in order to bring out the sculpt's detail. I then applied a coat of "Vallejo" German Grey over the super-villain's trench-coat, washed the leather garment with some "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed it using some (more) "Vallejo" German Grey.

"Atomic Mass Games" WIPs - Ultron has had his base painted, and the model layered in "Vallejo" Silver

I picked out a number of the expert tactician's buttons with "Vallejo" Gunmetal and his two HYDRA shoulder badges with Heavy Red. All of these areas were subsequently shaded using "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I also pigmented Schmidt's large belt buckle with a combination of "Vallejo" Gold and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. I did attempt to additionally 'catch' the edges of a buckle sat high up on the despot's coat with some "Vallejo" Gunmetal, but couldn't seem to 'hit' the clasp as well as I would like, so gave up after a couple of unsuccessful passes.


I painted Der Rote Schädel's head with a couple of coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and washed it with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. I later added a few highlights to the face with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red. Finally, the fiend's Tesseract was completed courtesy of applying a little "Vallejo" Blue Fluorescent over a White basecoat, and subsequently dry-brushing the cube delicately with more White.

"Mondo Games" WIPs - The three raptors have been dry-brushed and need their details to be picked out

Despite having finished my tenth model for Marvel Crisis Protocol, I still have a handful of "Atomic Mass Games" miniatures on my painting table at various stages of completion. As a result I have decided to spend the rest of the month 'ticking these off the list' too, so have been both busily layering the skirmish game's impressively large model of Ultron and working on the robot's melted slag stand.


In addition, I have squeezed in a bit more progress on the three plastic Raptor models I own by "Mondo Games" for their board-game "Unmatched". Admittedly, some of the sculpting on a few of these Jurassic Park dinosaur's clawed feet is a little troubling, as the gaming pieces have been rather roughly cast to their pre-moulded bases. But I'm hoping some patches of grass flock will help cover up the unsightly joins.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
15 de fev. de 2021

Thanks Joe. HYDRA would appear to have taken over from the Third Reich as the main fascist threat in the Marvel Universe these days.

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joehcc
joehcc
15 de fev. de 2021

Of course I've never heard of "Hyrda" or most of the ossociated characters, but they all look very interesting . Ultron's silver layering looks the biz with none of the (imo) harsh shading I've seen elsewhere.

Raptors looking goo too btw

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
25 de jan. de 2021

Thanks Dave. Once I've picked out some of Ultron's other details I do plan on applying a watered down blue wash to the silverwork as a final touch. I won't be doing any markings on the Raptors as my plan this year is to simply get as much painted for the tabletop as I can - so straightforward paint-schemes it will be for the foreseeable.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
25 de jan. de 2021

Cheers Roger. I think the "Vallejo" German Grey has turned out rather well, especially when the model is viewed from a distance on the tabletop. I am certainly hoping to do a few "Marvel Crisis Protocol" BatReps in the future, starting out with a couple aside and perhaps then building up to the full game.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
25 de jan. de 2021

Great work on Red Skull Simon, are you going to use some blue glaze on Ultron, to help with the chrome effect ? more progress on the Raptors are you going to give them markings ?

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