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"Now Man-Bat Is More Than Your Equal, Bat-Man!"


"You're not going to steal my bat-powers from me!"

This 28mm scale pre-painted plastic model of Man-Bat was produced by “Wizkids” and is miniature number 040 from their old DC Comics “Heroclix” Hypertime range. Ranked by "Imagine Games Network" in 2017 as the 16th-best Batman villain, Dr. Robert Kirkland Langstrom's alter-ego was created by Frank Robbins, Neal Adams and Julius Schwartz for the June 1970 issue of "Detective Comics" by "DC Comics".


Unceremoniously plucked from 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 "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna to help mask its previous paint-job, and subsequently shaded it in "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. I then heavily dry-brushed the miniature in (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, and pigmented the creature's torn trousers with a combination of Heavy Blue and "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade.

"Wizkids" WIPs - The Crimson Dynamo and Squirrel Girl

I did consider giving Man-Bat's shredded clothing a dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Blue to add some rough highlights. But in the end settled upon leaving the "Citadel" Shade alone. Instead, I simply 'picked out' the brute's sharp teeth and claws with some "Vallejo" White, and then dirtied these areas up with some splashes of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.


Having completed a model which has rather embarrassingly laid half-done in a drawer for several years, I've dug out a few more "Heroclix" figures to potter about with in between other projects. Most of these are quite old now, and probably need re-painting from scratch as they're got chipped/battered since I first started working on them. However, they should make some nice single-hobby session ventures when both the mood and time allows.

"Papsikels Miniatures" WIPs - These three E-800 Exterminators have been base-coated and shaded

In addition, I have been busy printing and applying some basic layers on seven more E-800 Exterminators by "Papsikels Miniatures". I've really fallen for this Patreon-based company in a big way, and am slowly trying to work my way through their extensive science fiction catalogue - something which is actually hard to do considering just how many new STL (Standard Triangle Language) files they release every four/five weeks.


Furthermore, I'd really like to do some sort of campaign using elements of the televised game-show extreme dungeon-crawling Role Playing Game called "X-Crawl" by "Goodman Games", and think the (not) Terminators would fit into that quite well as wandering monsters. Indeed, I think it might be fun to have the option/opportunity for a party of adventurers to take a certain model into the dungeon with them as a bodyguard...

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planetmut
Mar 16, 2023

Gotta love how Man-Bat is rocking his Levis LOL! And that pose is just asking for Batman to give him a kick in the nuts :-)


The Termies look great, the metallics are excellent and I really like the one with the heavy weapon. Looking forward to seeing the others finished!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 16, 2023
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Thanks Matt. I've loved Man-Bat ever since I saw him in Batman The Animated Series. Cracking villain, imho. One of Heroclix's better sculpts too - from the early days when they weren't so tiny and weedy-looking. LOL!!!


I'm really happy with the Exterminators' palette now, and will continue to crank out the odd handful for the foreseeable - you can never have too many to put down the Xenomorph menace. 😉

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wsd50
Feb 21, 2023

Lovely work on Man Bat, though number 16 doesn't seem that high up the list, does that put him above Egg head? 😉


I imagine you have an almost endless supply of Heroklix squirreled away (pardon the pun!).


Like the idea of the Terminators as random dungeon encounters, now that would be scary! Even with Arnie at your side! 😀


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 21, 2023
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Cheers Roger. Egghead was created for the 1960s Batman TV series, and didn't actually appear in a comic book until 1992, so he's not had as much time to captivate the general public as Man-Bat 😉


I have literally hundreds of Heroclix etc waiting in the wings. I might dedicate a monthly theme to them in the near future after the AHPC has finished, just to try and clear some of the partially-painted ones off my painting table.


I'm a big fan of the notions behind "X-Crawl" and reckon the (not) Terminators would be great for that - especially with Ripley and Arnie pairing up for the opening dungeon crawl. 😁

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undercoat2670
Feb 21, 2023

Man Bat looks rather splendid. Even Batman might think twice about taking him on!

Don't go rummaging through too many drawers looking for more half painted miniatures as you might get a nasty surprise!I

Those not terminators are looking awesome already. The metallics are looking terrific even at this stage. You must be sinking under the weight of your 3d prints at the moment!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 21, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I have already found two drawers full of part-painted Heroclix, so the surprises have already started, LOL!!!


I have a lot of "Papsikels Miniatures" to get through currently, with more on the Mars 3 Pro printer as I type. Hopefully, I can get through the majority of them by the end of the AHPC - as that's become the goal.

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The Card Wielder
The Card Wielder
Feb 21, 2023

Excellent work with Man Bat, he looks amazing! :D Already looking forward to seeing how Squirrel Girl comes along when you get round to painting her, my favourite Marvel hero after all! :P Those "not" Terminators look brilliant too, certainly an amazing idea you've got planned with that dungeon-crawling RPG, would be interesting to see what you will do with it. :)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 21, 2023
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Cheers Card Wielder. I'm slowly plugging away at my backlog of Heroclix - though as they're not eligible for the AHPC, having been partially started, I'm having to fit them in as and when. Squirrel Girl should be finished soon(ish) though, alongside the Crimson Dynamo. 😀


I plan to use both Papsikels Miniatures ranges for "X-Crawl". I just don't think they'll combine though due to scale/size differences. However, the sci-fi vs Terminators range is rather extensive, and I've almost finished a certain bodyguard figure who'll be back!! 😁

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Feb 21, 2023

Man Bat looks excellent Simon, and nice progress on the other Wizkid models, and terminators, like the idea for the game with them as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 21, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I was hoping to mix-up "Papsikels Miniatures" Science Fiction and Cyberpunk ranges for the "X-Crawl" game. But having now started printing out some of the Cyberpunk range, they're clearly 28mm scale, not 32mm like their Sci-Fi stuff, so I'm not sure the two will actually combine.

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