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"Like Father, Like Daughter."

Updated: Mar 6, 2023


"Justine Hammer inherited her father's ruthless criminal leanings."

This 28mm scale pre-painted plastic model of the Crimson Cowl was produced by “Wizkids” and is miniature number 091 from their old Marvel “Heroclix” Ultimates range. “The mysterious boss of the Masters of Evil” Justine Hammer’s alter-ego was created by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley for the April 1997 issue of "Thunderbolts" by "Marvel Comics".


Snatched from the top of the figure's flying 'clicky' base and super-glued upon a plastic 25mm circular base, the super-villain was treated to a double-coat of “Duncan Rhodes' Two Thin Coats” Sanguine Scarlet and shaded in "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. She was then heavily dry-brushed with (more) Sanguine Scarlet, before having her eye slits spotted with a smidgeon of Skulker Yellow and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade.

"Papsikels Miniatures" WIPs - These three Gigerian Royal Brood Warriors have simply been dry-brushed

With so simple a submission to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) completed, I've had the time to progress five Gigerian Royal Brood Warriors I was freely sent as STL (Standard Triangle Language) files by "Papsikels Miniatures" as part of their PAPSIPACK Welcome Models subscription set on "Patreon". These 32mm xenomorphs are somewhat different looking to the other aliens I've pigmented from the company's range, so I wanted to go with a different palette than the predominantly brown one I've used in the past.


To be honest, I've always found these iconic Internecivus raptus somewhat daunting to paint as they're so darkly coloured that I've always felt a simple highlight over a black prime (and perhaps a wash) does little justice to their fascinatingly detailed biomechanical appearance. As a result, I thought it would be worth taking the time to slowly build-up this variant's muted blue via three increasingly light dry-brushes of different blue-greys and a couple of shades too - all from "Duncan Rhodes' Two Thin Coats" range.

"Battlefront Miniatures" WIPs - A pair of German 7.5cm Anti-Tank guns

In addition, and making a rather agreeable change in both scale and genre, I have been tinkering away at the two bases of World War Two 7.5cm Anti-Tank guns I need for my German D-Day Defence force. These 15mm plastic "Flames Of War" figures by "Battlefront Miniatures" have been patiently gathering dust since I first started working on them at some point last year, so the first thing I've needed to do was brush them down.


I also appear to have lost one of the crew's officers or look-outs, so I've been scratching around my various piles of shame looking for a replacement. Luckily, I have found a pair of German large gun teams still on their sprue, courtesy of some reinforcements I purchased at "Salute" in October 2021, and these do seemingly consist of a spare figure. However, quite bizarrely these slightly resin(ish) models are slightly larger than their counterparts in hard plastic. So I'm a little perplexed as to whether the 'new' gunner will annoyingly stand out from his brethren...

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planetmut
Mar 16, 2023

The blue highlights work really well on the aliens! Blue is always a good way to go when highlighting black and you've done it well, bright enough to stand out but subtle enough to keep the creatures nice and dark.


The Crimson Cowl looks great and the reds you've used are wonderfully intense.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 16, 2023
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Cheers Matt. I'm really happy with the blue palette on the Aliens too - so expect some more to be posted featuring the same colour scheme.


The Crimson Cowl has turned out very well imho. Duncan Rhodes' paints really are my fave these days.

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undercoat2670
Mar 07, 2023

Another comic book character I haven't heard of! She looks rather good though and it is another impressive demonstration of The Two Thin Coats paint range as that red looks strong and vibrant. Good job.

I like the blue grey look on your xenomorphs. Giving me an Aliens (second film) vibe, which is an entirely good thing!

You seem to be nearly there on your FoW Germans so looking forward to the final push and seeing the finished results.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 07, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. Tbh, Crimson Cowl is probably best remembered by the FB game Avengers Alliance, which I played for years until it was shut down by Disney when they took over the Marvel Comics licence. 😠


The Aliens are now finished and soon be with the AHPC tomorrow, so should be posted up here on the website next week.


Still a way to go with the Anti-Tank Teams, but I'm only aiming to do some simple camo on the guns - albeit I've since seen that they also came in plain (yet easy to paint) grey too. LOL!!!

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wsd50
Mar 04, 2023

Great work on the Crimson Cowl mate. I'm almost tempted to write "Top Ten" material as she is very well done, but mainly just to annoy you as you accused me of picking your mono coloured miniatures so often 😉.


The Xeno's look brilliant in your blue tones, the extra work has really paid off here.


The 15mm German guns are very nice too, I wouldn't worry to much about the variation in size with the figures, I've found as a massive Adonis myself that many people are mere Hobbits in stature when in my presence 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 04, 2023
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Cheers Roger. LOL!!! You did seem to select a lot of prime, shade & dry-brush figures for your Top Ten last year. I think Duncan's Sanguine Scarlet is absolutely marvellous and works a treat with the Carroburg Crimson.


All five xenomorphs should soon be finished, so expect them to be posted next week after I've submitted them to the AHPC.


I'll probably end up just adding a plastic infantryman to the Gun Crew, as the few spares of those I own obviously match up much better being from the same Starter Set. I hadn't noticed the scale creep/chunkiness of the resin FOW figs before though. But now see its quite noticeable. LOL!!! 😂

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Mar 03, 2023

The crimson Cowl looks excellent Simon, a nice deep red to the piece. The Xenomorphs are progressing nicely, as is your German anti tank guns, and a nice variety of subjects in this post.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 03, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I thought I should probably stop exclusively singing the praises of Papsikels Miniatures for all my postings, LOL!!!

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