Sunday, 20 March 2016

From SimonM - "Heroclix" The Batman (5 Points)

This 28mm pre-painted plastic model of The Batman is by “Wizkids” and can be bought as number 003 from their “Heroclix” DC Comics: World's Finest range. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in May 1939 the Dark Knight made his first comic book appearance in Issue One of "Detective Comics" and has since gone on to become the second greatest "Comic Book Hero of All Time" after Superman...
As the original miniature supposedly depicts a "stealthy" Caped Crusader, I went with an incredibly dark palette of "Citadel" Abaddon Black undercoat, followed by "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal for the wall. I then washed the piece of terrain Bruce Wayne's alter-ego is hiding alongside with some "Citadel" Nuln Oil" before dry-brushing the area with more "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal.






Finally I painted The Batman's face with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Fleshtone" and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. His eyes were picked out with "Vallejo" White. Because I wanted to retain the deep dark look of the cowled vigilante I decided against highlighting his cape and instead simply roughly handled the model after varnishing it, in order to transfer enough grease 'n grime from my fingers onto the miniature so as to bring out the sculpt's details.

I really like this Batman as he has a wonderful nostalgic air about him. I especially think the white eyes help clinch this effect. Very subtle, but bang-on for the period of the figure. Great work Simon!

17 comments:

  1. To submission and a suitable final fig.

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    1. Thanks Martin. I thought he'd round things off nicely.

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  2. As I commented before, great figure, great cloak!

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    1. Cheers Fran. One of my fave Batman minis.

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  3. You do keep tempting me with comic book heroes. And while I have very little interest I am interested in painting one up just using the 4 colours of the printing! As if It worked out it would look very comic like.

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    1. Its only going to get worse too Clint, as I've a big Super-hero push next month. I'd very much like to see you have a go with that 4-colour scheme :-)

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  4. I've really enjoyed your work on these Heroclix figs Simon. Well done again.

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    1. Cheers Peter, and a huge thanks for all your very hard work over the past few months as my Monday leader. Very much appreciated I do assure you, and hopefully you'll stick around on my blog as there are loads more "Heroclix" coming over the next few months ;-)

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    2. Hey you're not done with me that easily. I'll be watching you!

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  5. Very nice textures on good old Bruce there!

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  6. Nice work, Simon! You captured the Dark knight very well with this! Batman is my second favorite behind wolverine...because Logan is obviously a Michigan U fan! ;)

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  7. Deceptively minimalistic - but look closer and you see there's a whole lot more going on. This is really special stuff, Simon, well done!

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