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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Forgotten Heroes" June 2022


Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Three previously 'kit-bashed' Forgotten Heroes

This month's endeavour to shrink my somewhat overwhelming plastic backlog will be strongly influenced by the annual “Forgotten Heroes” challenge over on the “Carrion Crow’s Buffet” website. In the past I’ve attempted a number of different projects ranging from simple paint-jobs through to the odd “Heroclix” kit-bash. However, on this occasion I thought I’d actually sculpt my painting subjects myself, and base the figures upon three comic book characters which I actually created for the “Time’s Rambler” graphic novel series.


Admittedly, I’ve relied upon the excellent “online character design application” “Hero Forge” to help me make the Rambler, Beekman and the despicable Van Dijk recognisable likeliness’s of their printed page counterparts. But everything else about the 3D printed hard plastic models stems from my time travellers’ digitally-drawn escapades, right down to a nautical telescope, a pick-axe and a cluster of uranium crystals.

"Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger."

In addition, I plan to finally finish a number of miniatures which have been sat ‘forgotten’ on my hobby table for well over a year, and have already completed a 28mm scale metal model of a wizard sat atop a dice which used to be produced by “Lucid Eye Publications”. This particular magic-user was given to me as a free gift with one of my orders, and is one of five identical figures I have slowly been progressing to help populate my fantasy-flavoured tabletop with some suitable statue/objective markers.


The long-bearded conjurer was initially super-glued upon a 28mm “Games Workshop” circular base, and then permanently attached to one of the 40mm thin-lipped circular bases I use for all my objective markers. The model was primed using an initial coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, before being layered in a double-helping of Bronze and enthusiastically drenched in “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade.

May 2022 - A number of "7TV" figures have pushed "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" into the Top Five

My ‘freebie’ was next dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Bronze, and subsequently given an application of “Citadel” Nihilakh Oxide in both its numerous joints and ridges, as well as its dice’s pips. Finally the entire miniature was treated to another (lighter) dry-brush of “Vallejo” Bronze in an attempt to tie the entire paint-job together.


Happily, this past month’s productivity has definitely seen an upturn for the better, predominantly due to the number of large-sized creatures by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” I managed to complete for the Monster May(hem) challenge. I still have one final Titan to complete as part of this four-week long event, and may well continue to add to my growing collection of “7TV” figures now I’ve dipped my toe back into the second edition of the “cinematic style skirmish” rule-set.

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undercoat2670
Jun 07, 2022

Very interested to see your minis for your comic book characters.

Your top 5 manufacturers is also interesting. I am trying to think what your Warlord minis have been to put them in top place?

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Blaxkleric
Jun 08, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. Hopefully I'll some WIPs for my Mooretoons characters posted soon. The Warlord Games models are all the ACW 15mm Confederates I painted towards the start of the year. I did a couple of 20 man bases and some commanders-on-horse.

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planetmut
Jun 07, 2022

I can't wait to see your sculpts! Good luck with them, as someone who can just about get away with making tentacles I'm always in awe of people who can make actual figures!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 07, 2022
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Cheers Matt. Hero Forge makes it super simple to create a miniature tbh. I did a test piece a year or so ago, and it was great fun. The problem is the £30 per mini price tag to get them printed by HF and posted. But a local company will print them from the STL file in future, so I've got some being made by them too.

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wsd50
Jun 05, 2022

Looking forward to seeing your 3D versions of the Rambler and Reekman. as a Rambler fan, I'll be able to spot any mistakes you make! 😁 Though as the creator you can just call it creative licence! 😉


I do like those Lucid eye markers, you have five! you must have bought a lot of figures! 😉


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 05, 2022
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Thanks Roger. I've done the best I can using the forms/details which Hero Forge provides - and actually sculpted them last year, so the programme has even more options these days; albeit I'm still waiting on a gorilla head so I have some Red Apemen from Mars made. 😉


Lucid Eye were actually kind enough to send me a few more wizards for free with my last order when I explained what I wanted to do with them. But I do have a bit of a backlog from the company's Toon Realms range. LOL!!!

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