MCP – Valkyrie Painting Guide

Following on from Thor, I paint his companion from the box, the mighty Valkyrie.

I’ve slightly altered the layout to give a bit more room for manoeuvre. As always I would love to hear what you think.

Prep: Black undercoat

Next up are the sinister Hela and the god of mischief himself, Loki…

MCP – Wakanda Forever!

The first new faction outside of the core box, the Wakandans burst into my MCP collection. Offering another great selection of sculpts, with one particularly annoying to put together.

First up is thier leader, the king of Wakanda himself…

A fairly simple sculpt that does a great job of personifying the Black Panther. It’s the dynamic pose that really makes this one stand out. That balled up energy, ready to pounce look is perfect.

Then we have his chief adversary…

Killmonger is a pretty bland mini to be honest. I love the touch of the panther statue but nothing else really makes him stand out.

Shuri looks great but is by far the most annoying yet to put together, nothing major if you have experience but some fiddly bits, looking at you gloves, are frustrating to say the least.

Another strong mini, but much like Killmonger it’s another that doesn’t stand out.

Saying that though I would like to revisit all of the additional characters to add some free hand. Some traditional African patterning could really add a bit of wow.

MCP – Hulk, Modok & Venom

Onto even more Marvel Crisis Protocol miniatures, and this batch includes some of my favourites!

First up is a truly Incredible miniature…

A truly huge and wonderful Hulk! This guy is awesome and plastic!

I really took my time on this one, as Hulk is one of my favourites, but also it’s a centre peice model. If you include him in your force, he will draw the eye everytime.

And then there is the sinister Venom..

Seriously! Atomic Mass Games is knocking it out the park with these sculpts!

Like many, Venom is a favourite villain of mine and this mini does him justice, and luckily his rules do too.

And finally…

A big floating head! Honestly, I dont know all that much about M.O.D.O.K, and he feels a bit over the top. Although I did still love painting him and he has become a firm favourite when playing the game.

All in all a great batch of miniatures, and it has to be said some of the best plastic kits in the market outside GW for quality and dynamic poses.

MCP – Thor Painting Guide

Whilst working on my figures for MCP I’ve also been putting together painting guides for each of them. It may take a bit of time to work through them all, but here’s the first for Thor, Prince of Asgard…

It’s important to note that I started with a black undercoat spray before painting.

I would love to hear what you think, as it’s a work in progress with each one, the more feedback the better.

MCP – Heroes of the Core Set

My first foray into Marvel Crisis Protocol is painting the core set for Tabletop Gaming magazine. Split over 2 guides the first covers the heroes half of the set. You can buy the first guide here.

I really enjoyed painting these, as the larger scale(approx. 40mm) gives much more area than usual and this combined with some pretty impressive sculpts provides some awesome minis to paint.

I’ve also been really enjoying playing the game. It’s a great skirmish system with the added advantage that there are no real restrictions on who you use. Sure there are leadership abilities for building around a team, but you really can use whoever you want in your squad. I’ll be writing more in the future once I’ve had a chance to collect my thoughts a bit more.

Here’s my first five and the start of my Avengers…

Middle Earth SBG – Heroes of Rohan

A commission I was working on last year for a host of characters, beginning with some of Rohans finest.

First up is the new Eowyn & Merry set. Games Workshop is knocking it out the park with thier plastic characters and these are no exception. The detail and dynamism is phenomenal.

Deorwine and Elfhelm are again some phenomenal models. Elfhelm in particular has a fantastic pose, the momentum carried through him and his horse, with the throw poised to release. Really one of my alltime favourite models.

Finally we have the bearer of the royal standard, Gamling. This is an old school metal miniature and it does show. Whilst i enjoyed this figure for the most part the banner was hell. It’s really hard to paint patterns in such a wavy area and sometimes the texture of the metal can be a little funny. I just hope that it still looks suitably impressive.

Next up is a wee bit more Rohan and a fair chunk of Mordor…

Warhammer 40k – A Growing Wraithhost

I’ve always wanted a Wraith army and that’s something that was lacking in army choices last time I was playing, but not anymore.

With so many new options, and the Apapocalypse Vanguard box being available I jumped right in.

First up is a conversion of one of the 2 Wraithlords…

This is my custom Wraithseer, who’s already seen a few games and has been reliably stompy. I mostly used the Wraithlord kit with the attition of some plastic tubing and a d-cannon from a weapons platform.

I also converted the Spiritseer with some Harlequin feet. It’s a simple conveversion but one I think really chages the dynamic. It also sticks to the ‘floor is lava’ theme.

And this is the first batch of Wraiths. I’ve gone a similar root to the rest of the force by taking them off ground level as I wanted them to almost be imitating thier Harlequin allies.

Next time I’ll be taking as look at some plastic Rangers…

Warhammer 40k – Aeldari Rangers

Starting off with Craftworlds I knew I wanted some rangers. I was put off by the single sculpt squad, especially since its only available in finecast, so needed to work out an alternative that would fit my idea of rangers better. I’ve always felt that Rangers should be a bit more exodite like, with a more exotic and less uniform look.

What I came up with came from a combination of Shadow Warriors from the AoS range, Guardians and some Drukhari weapons…

As you can see I used the guardian legs, arms, heads and Shuriken base, the Shadow Warrior torso and Dark Lance barrels.

The other five worked with the same base combo but I used unhelmeted heads and Heat Lance barrels.

I plan on working on some more using something other than the Shadow Warriors, likely the Wildwood Rangers and yet more different gun barrels.

Warhammer 40k – WIP Harlequins

Having recently got back into playing 40k, I started work on the first part of my army, Murder Clowns! Harlequins were never a fully fledged faction when I was last playing, and that new shiny factor plus the painting opportunities sealed the deal.

I’ve been working on converting up a selection of characters, starting with a couple of Troupe Masters…

This will be my Grand Avatar, likely armed with the Storied Sword from now on. I used the Nomad Prince from the AoS range, with a few parts from a Troupe box, the torso, head, feet and blade.

Another AoS model, this time an Assassin. This was built to be a Troupe Master with the Starmist Raiment. I’ve tried to create a diamond effect on the cloak similar to the Solitaire.

I’m also working on a Shadowseer and peeking into the realm of Craftworlds. Always wanted as Wraith army…