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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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