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"What If I'm Stuck Being A Bear Forever..?"

Updated: Dec 9, 2023


"How am I gonna figure out how the whole changing-into-animals thing works..?"

This 35mm scale model of One Man Zoo in his bear form was created using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer and is available as an STL (Standard Triangle Language) file from "C27 Studio". The sculpt is clearly inspired by Arnold Drake and Bob Brown's co-creation for "DC Comics" - Garfield Mark Logan (a.k.a Beast Boy or Changeling), and seemingly designed to be used as an 'alternative' figure for the Batman Miniatures Game rule-set.


Despite being rather unimpressed with this model's small(ish) size, I still super-glued it to an 'official' "Atomic Mass Games" Marvel Crisis Protocol base, as I originally thought the furry beast had been produced in 40mm scale - in line with the company 's other comic book characters. However, that now appears not to be the case, so disappointingly, all their "DC Comics" figures are noticeably smaller when compared to the larger "Marvel Worldwide" characters, essentially ruining any plans I had to mingle them together.

Both the Confederates and Union suffer with early deployment issues

The figure itself was pretty straightforward to paint and provided an excellent opportunity to test out more bottles from "Duncan Rhodes' Two Thin Coats" range. The bear was therefore primed in Ethereal Green, shaded in Necrosis Green Wash and dry-brushed with (more) Ethereal Green. I then picked out all his claws and nose with some Wyvern Green and Logan's teeth with White Star. These areas were subsequently splashed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade respectively.


Alongside this rather underwhelming 42mm tall model, I have played my second game of ACW Epic Battles Black Powder over at the Solent Wargamers Club in Portsmouth. As in my first fight I needed to rely upon my good-natured opponent to bolster my Alabama and Florida Infantry Regiments, as well as borrow some additional Confederate cannons. To mix things up a bit we also both fielded some cavalry - which in game can pester flanks and redeploy as skirmishers.

The North's Cavalry unit dismount within some woodland

Having never used horsemen before I thought this was a great addition to the game, and really enjoyed Rick Priestley's easy rules for getting them to perform sweeping gallops along the troopers' lines, as well as the obligatory cavalry charge. Unfortunately, this inexperience did though lead to me somewhat bunching up my initial deployment, with the riders almost colliding with one of my foot regiments as I attempted to form up around a crossroads.


Happily however, things hadn't exactly gone according to plan for the Union either, with the North's four infantry columns squeezing out any opportunity for their artillery battery to open fire without having to navigate some woodland first. This meant for the moment at least, I wouldn't have to worry about President Lincoln's cannons mercilessly pounding away at my forces. But what I didn't take into account was how devastating old Abe's cavalrymen would be once they had dismounted and started sniping at me from the trees.

Johnny Reb's left flank caves in, leading to a desperate clash of cavalry

In fact, once the Yanks were in position firing at my left flank, my Confederate forces were quickly whittled away. So by the time the Union soldiers returned to their horses, I had already lost almost half my force and was facing down a nearly endless line of Northern troopers marching straight towards my remaining men in the centre. This really left me with just one opportunity and resulted into a massive cavalry charge between the two armies' horsemen. It was a close-run clash of sabres and appeared destined to go on for a turn or two more, when my Johnny Rebs shockingly decided to escape the battle and give the field to my victorious opponent.

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undercoat2670
28 de ago. de 2023

I like that bear, it looks a great sculpt and I think the paint job brings the Beast Boy look to life perfectly. Great looking green! The difference in sizing seems a bit odd to me if your downloads are from the same company but hey ho!

Your pictures make epic Black Powder look rather splendid!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
28 de ago. de 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I too am a bit bemused by the size difference. It actually ended up with me stopping my C27 Studios Patreon, as I was planning on using all their different 'Fan Art' genres together for some Marvel vs DC vs Star Wars battles.


The game was excellent. Although we were both amazed at how deadly skirmishers could be - as they wiped out two entire foot regiments. I need to read the rules as we have gotten things wrong, and I'm not sure a few dragoons should be so formidable..?

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wsd50
24 de ago. de 2023

Nice looking bear figure, and neat use of him as beast boy, t5hats a really nice green colour you've used there.


Your ACW look great ranked up like that in a game too.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
24 de ago. de 2023
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Cheers Roger. I like the sculpt, but with hindsight I'd have upsized the 3D print - which is easily done.


I'm grateful to my opponent for lending some of his considerably-sized Confederate forces. As you really can't beat seeing the little fellows all lined up and moving across a large(ish) table. Really motivates you to paint up some more - which funnily is exactly what I'm currently doing. LOL!!! 😀

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
24 de ago. de 2023
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Really nice looking green beast!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
24 de ago. de 2023
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Thanks Michal. Simple stuff, but nice to try out some of Duncan Rhodes' paints.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
23 de ago. de 2023

Green bear looks green and bearlike. So job done. There are small bears out there, so he could be a Black Bear or something maybe? Either way I like the pose very much.


Sounds like another really fun game! Funny though how your report reads very ahistorically with the only charges being done by the cavalry and the infantry just sitting back blasting at eachother.


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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
23 de ago. de 2023
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Cheers Dai. I think the bear is fine size-wise for 35mm scale tbh. It's just a little underwhelming in height when compared to the 40mm scale heroes/villains C27 Studio have produced. I do like the sculpt though.


I was thinking the same thing, as once the infantry have lined up, you just stand back and roll dice, using the Commander to remove excess casualties & disorder. Great stuff.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
23 de ago. de 2023

Great work on the bear Simon, funnily enough I have just finished watching season 4 of Titans, so was a very topical post for me, shame about the size, but one of the risks of unlicensed products though.

Sounds like you are having fun with your ACW games and learning a lot about the different types of units, hopefully it wont take too long to master.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
23 de ago. de 2023
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Thanks Dave. I purposely steer away from TV/Film super-hero stuff these days as it rarely lives up to my expectations from the comics. I think the bear's size is more due to C27 wanting it to fit in with the Batman Miniatures Game than any licencing issues. They've just done their Galactus "Fan Art" figure and he's frickin' huge, LOL!!!


Lovin' the ACW, and looking forward to some more games. It does mean though that I have a load more Warlord Games Epic scale stuff to paint - and perhaps a Napoleonic army to plan for next year. LOL!!!

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