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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Marvel Crisis Protocol" January 2021

Updated: Mar 7, 2021

"Marvel Crisis Protocol" WIPs - The Black Widow and The Punisher

This month's attempt to reduce my embarrassing backlog of metal, plastic and resin models should be significantly helped by Dave Stone's "Paint What You Got Challenge" over on his excellent "Wargames Terrain Workshop" blog. The event is scheduled to run until the end of February 2021, and will hopefully encourage me to bring to a successful end a number of partially-painted projects I started during the past year or so.


To begin with I'll be settling down to complete the ten-figure strong roster I need in order to play "Marvel Crisis Protocol" by "Atomic Mass Games". This "tabletop hobby miniatures game set in the Marvel Universe" has frankly been relentless in both its past and future release schedules, so I'm going to try to halve my 'plastic mountain' by getting a couple of my current miniatures finished for every new hero/villain I purchase over the coming months.

"Warlord Games" WIP - The ACW soldiers have been based, primed and had their trousers 'picked out'

Fortunately, I've already got something of a head start with my Black Widow model from the game's Starter Set simply needing a couple of washes and some dry-brushing. I'm also making some quick in-roads on the predominantly dark-toned Punisher figure I recently acquired, so plan to get the pair of these street-level vigilantes finished over the next few days...


In addition, I plan to 'soldier on' with "Warlord Games" and their newly-announced 15mm range of "Epic Battles: American Civil War". These figures aren't officially released for a good few weeks yet, but like many intrigued hobbyists I succumbed to picking up a copy of the January 2021 issue of "Wargames Illustrated" in order to get my hands on a single sprue of the hard-plastic miniatures.

"North Star Military Figures" WIPs - Two Archers assembled from the Tribals "Frostgrave" boxed set

I'm actually only spending a little time a day on a couple of strips of the ACW models just to see how they will turn out, so resultantly have just pigmented/shaded the trousers and shoes of my Alabama-born Confederates. My first impressions are quite mixed, as whilst I like the attention to detail on the tiny troopers, I'm not sure I find painting a line of ten men at once a terribly enticing prospect. Indeed, I've little doubt that I'd probably find the sight of just a couple of Johnny Rebs far more doable; albeit I do understand that you need to paint 100 of the miniatures for a single unit...


Lastly, I aim to use the "Paint What You Got Challenge" to get my Witch's warband for "Frostgrave" onto the chilly streets of Felstad and hunting for long-lost, magical plunder. I have two Tribal archers by "North Star Military Figures" 'on the go' currently, and intend to get at least a single member of my eight-man strong party finished per week throughout the event.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 05, 2021

Indeed, Roger. That's what I'm doing; albeit just for a single strip. We'll see how the batch-painting goes as the days turn into weeks, then into months. My aim is to have the entire sprue painted by the time "Warlord Games" releases its ACW boxes in mid-February. Then I'll either go for the big army box or simply pick up some reinforcements to do some more Confederate regiments. I don't see being able to physically play a game against an opponent for some months, so I think time is on my time for such slow-burn batch-painting, LOL!!!

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wsd50
Jan 05, 2021

Seems to be my week for using "foul language" so here a couple I know you don't approve of......."Batch painting". It's the only way to go with those warlord figs I can see. 😓😓😓Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 05, 2021

Thanks Joe. I believe "Warlord Games" are saying that 100 figures represents a regiment. This'll be a seriously slow-burn project, with the first goal being to just get all the miniatures from my "Wargames Illustrated" sprue finished as the Alabama Confederates.

The detail on the Tribals is quite insane tbh, but not insurmountable. I was simply not expecting so many bracelets and limb dressings on these models, which is why they're taking such a long time compared to what I thought I'd be painting.


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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 05, 2021

Cheers Roger. We'll see how long I am able to stick to the plan though, LOL!! I suppose over the course of a year a few 100-figure 15mm units plus a handful less well-manned units wouldn't be too difficult to paint, so I'll have to see,,, Of course I haven't finished one yet, LOL!!!

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joehcc
joehcc
Jan 05, 2021

I have large numbers of ACW troops in 15mm and you have to be quite dedicated to mass produce painted figures for this period. I am intrigued by the 100 figure units though - does it represent a regiment , brigade or something else ? Good luck painting these little chaps with their impressive details.

Seeing the dertail you've spotted and picked out on your Tribals has really put me off assembling mine, ; I'd never nopticed just how much detail these guys have !


Good luck with the challenge you're off to a good start.

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