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"King T’Challa Is The Leader Of Wakanda."

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

"A technologically advanced nation that houses rich deposits of the precious metal vibranium."

This 40mm scale plastic figure of King T'Challa is produced by “Atomic Mass Games” and can be bought as part of the company's Black Panther & Killmonger expansion set for "Marvel Crisis Protocol". Assembled using eight separate pieces, not including its stand, the model depicts the leader of Wakanda having already connected "to the panther god Bast by eating a special heart-shaped herb."

The miniature was initially primed using two layers of "Citadel" Abaddon Black and thoroughly dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal. I then shaded the Avenger with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, before picking out his eyes with a couple of dabs of "Vallejo" White. I also 'picked out' all his metalwork with a combination of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil.

"Wizkids" WIP - The Trapper has been undercoated with "Vallejo" Dark Grey

Originally, I had figured on simply dry-brushing T'Challa's circular base with my usual combination of "Citadel" Doombull Brown and Rakarth Flesh, and subsequently drowning it in "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. I even considered applying a few tufts of static grass to some of the rubble. However, my experience with the "Knight Models" Teen Titans was still somewhat fresh in my mind, and my slight dislike for how that particular approach had worked out for them...

As a result the Black Panther's pre-modelled street pavement was undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey and washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. It was then dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey using a make-up brush, and additionally 'tidied up' with the odd line of "Citadel" Nuln Oil in order to bring out some of the concrete paving slabs' impressive details.

"Wizkids" WIP - The Banderhobb has been undercoated using "Vallejo" Heavy Green

Having stepped away from my 'tried and tested' basing methods, and previously painted two versions of Wakanda's crime-fighting monarch before, I thought I might as well go 'completely mad' by applying a coat of "Vallejo" Matt Varnish over the entire miniature too. Ordinarily, I stop with just a coat of Gloss Varnish, as I really like the sense of nostalgia the shininess brings, but for my range of "Marvel Crisis Protocol" models I'm hoping to use the gloss as an extra effect, rather than just 'slap it on' everything...

"Tritex Games" recently contacted me with a tempting sale concerning their pre-painted "Wizkids" miniatures for "Dungeons & Dragons", and as I'm currently in something of a fantasy tabletop mood I couldn't resist picking up a Trapper and Banderhobb. Unsurprisingly, both of these models have gone to the very top of my painting queue, and not only already been re-based but primed in an appropriate "Vallejo" Model Color.

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