Since my last post on 19th August, there has been speculation in certain quarters as to the reason for my absence in the blogosphere – both posting and commenting.
I can categorically state that I was not spirited away to the Red Planet, fighting four-armed green warriors in the company of pneumatic scantily-clad natives, nor was I ensconced in an Arctic crystalline fastness, brooding in solitude. I was also not trapped in a either a Welsh coastal Village or digitised virtual world, with or without a spoon.
However, I may have been on a sun-kissed Mediterranean island…
I may have followed directions found hastily scribbled on a flyer in a hotel lobby to a certain ecclesiastical building…
And I may have found myself wandering subterranean passages, hewn from Limestone, where I encountered something that frightened me quite badly…
However, being made of somewhat sterner stuff that an Investigator with a low SAN score, I was not reduced to a gibbering wreck and returned relatively unscathed to the shores of good ol’ Blighty.
However, you don’t visit my blog to hear about my trials and tribulations – you’re here for the gaming stuff.
So, whilst the next instalment of The §ingularity War, which will feature two quartets of Cosmic adventurers battling to secure a valuable prize, still remains unfought, I thought it might be time to introduce the instigator of this war – Kronus.
Now, a fair old while ago, I was outbid on some Colossal scale Heroclix figures on eBay. However, I really fancied owning the DC Heroclix Anti-Monitor figure (which was part of the auction), but couldn’t find it at a price I was willing to pay. So, remembering that Eaglemoss did a range of statuettes of various Marvel and DC characters, I searched for this character from them instead and managed to get the figure for less than the original retail price – including postage.
And this is what it looks like in its original format:
Suitably imposing and an ideal character to be re-purposed, as it’s not quite as well-known as some of the other characters produced by Eaglemoss. Obviously, it would need re-painting to match my vision of Kronus, Rewriter of Reality, Destroyer of Universes and ALL-Round Bad Egg, so the first step was to give it a thorough undercoating of white, like so;
Having decided that my colour scheme would echo both Dr. Doom AND would follow the time-honoured tradition of villains wearing costumes that featured both purple and green…because villains apparently have very little in the way of fashion sense, I block-painted the various parts of Kronus in the colours I had chosen.
And this was the result;
Not bad, although it does look like he’s wearing green wellies (Wellington boots for our non-UK audience).
So, the GW Worm Purple parts were highlighted with GW Purple Ink, the GW Chainmail parts with a wash of Docrafts Noir and the GW Woodland Green with a wash of this mixed with more Noir. The base was also painted with Chainmail, then given a generous wash with GW Brown Ink, to give a oily metallic look. The eyes were my own “Pumpkin Orange” blend and the mouth was painted in Docrafts linen, then given a wash of Docrafts Burnt Umber.
And the finished article looks like this;
The actual shading is more noticeable on the real thing and my camera is playing up a bit, so it might not look quite a detailed as it actually is.
And to give a sense of scale, here he is with a Warlord Games plastic Cyberman fawning about his ankles, like some kind of tin-plated cat…
If you have a villain with a ridiculously convoluted and sinister plan, he should be a bit more impressive than a bald guy in a suit…
Now, that I’ve got my hand back in, expect posts on a more frequent basis.
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Hope you had agood time on the Mediterranean isle. A very suitable big villain you have there Jez, can’t see him being taken down easily
Thanks Dave. It’s been a while since I’ve had any spare time, so I thought I’d start with something reasonably ‘large’, just to get my hand back in.
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Good to see you back Jez, though Keith is going to be very dissapointed that you didnt bring a six legged lizard/dog back with you!! Hope you are refrehed after you sabatical and ready to get back into the Singularity war.
Great fig, I remember him beihg on you blog before, but he looks so much better (and less bling!!) with your repaint.
Thanks Roger. Only beasties I saw on my Mediterranean adventure were feral cats…with the normal number of limbs.
And I have had that ‘figure’ for a while with this idea in mind, but had not decided on a colour scheme for him at the time.
You repainted a STATUE?? That’s some hardcore hobbying, my friend. Glad to see you’re back!
It’s funny, I was going to do a blog post a while back entitled “Marvel loves green and purple”, with photos of all my repainted clix that are costumed in those colors. Green Goblin, Kang, Molecule Man, Wrecker, Beetle, Drax the Destroyer…it’s like all the villains shop at the same store!
Thanks Keith. I think they describe them as ‘collector’s figurines’, but it’s a small statuette. As I’ve not picked up a paintbrush for a while, I thought picking a larger figure might allow me to get my hand back in.
And early Marvel villains did all serm to sport similar coloured outfits. I think the original Mandarin also wore green and purple. I guess these are the colours of…EVIL. lol