Thursday, 28 December 2017

JamieM - Some Superheroes (26 Points)

I feel like something of a laggard with so many great posts having already been put up on the challenge blog!  It's great to see so many people working away with the brushes to get things done.

As this is my fourth time of taking the Challenge, I thought I'd actually take my own advice for once and go for a small submission to start and get some points on the board.  So here they are, four superheroes:

I'm intending to use them for "Pulp City", a rather fun little superheroes game with it's own characters that I haven't played nearly enough.

This first chap will be "Father Oak", a Powerhouse in the terminology of the game who is a hero and aligned to the "Nature" faction in the game.  The figure is from Black Scorpion from the Bloodbowl/Fantasy football range and is brilliantly detailed.

He was originally going to be brown with green leaves, but the colour scheme sort of took on a life of it's own whilst I was painting and he ended up a little more green/grey in the trunk so I thought perhaps a red leaf would work better.

These next three are spandex clad superheroes, from the Reaper Bones Chronoscope range, which sadly appears to have been discontinued now they're all about slightly wobbly plastic instead.  So for once it's a good thing that I bought them a while ago to sit in the lead mountain "Just in case they're discontinued"!  Having now succeeded once with that excuse, I shall feel justified in using it going forward more often..... I believe a couple were sculpted by Patrick Keith of Bombshell miniatures fame - I do like his work having previously showcased some of his Counterblast figures and I hope to paint more of his sculpts during the challenge.

I've no real plans for which hero each will be, I just gave them a classic two tone scheme each and based them on street bases that I carve myself from plasticard and stick to lipped bases.  They may end up as heroes or villains, as every good comic book story needs generous helpings of both.

I went a little more extreme on the highlights than I normally do, but the joy of painting only a few figures instead of a regiment of forty allowed me to take my time a little more.

I've always liked superheroes (who hasn't?) and working in a comic shop during my holidays during University was without doubt one of the best jobs I ever had.  Spandex clad superheroes are the classics in my eyes and these three will be joining my other figures and will be taking to the streets of Pulp city hopefully very soon!

Without further ado, it's three 28mm figures and a slightly larger chap who is 50mm to his eyes, so I'll leave the scoring to our esteemed host.


Welcome back to the Challenge Jamie! Mr. Morton will be gracing us by being our Thursday minion once we get our eye in for January.

You've done beautiful work on these, Jamie. Father Oak is a superb. I really like the aged grey you've gone with for him and the red leaves are a great counterpoint. 

Oddly enough, I'm one of the rare few that never really took to spandex superheroes, but I readily admit these are pretty darn spectacular. I love the vibrant colours you've use for them, especially the one in yellow and green - wow, you could see her coming a mile away. I also like the bespoke concrete/flagstone bases that you made - very apropos for Pulp City.

I'm assuming Father Oak is around 54mm so lets say 26 points including another for the bases.


  1. Nice work, Jamie! Like curt said, the vibrant colors look wonderful on them! I've painted the ladies several times in the metal line and they are far better than my efforts. Father oak is my favorite I really like the colors you did him in!

  2. Nice work Jamie, love the vibrant colours on the ladies. I'm another who's never been much for spandex clad superheroes, or rock stars for that matter. But these look great.

  3. Some excellent work on these spandex-clad superhumans, Jamie; the bright palette makes them look like they've stepped straight off the pages of the comic books. 'Nuff Said!

  4. Welcome aboard Jamie! We look forward to "entertaining" you on Thursday!

  5. Can't believe some people don't like Spandex superheroes, pah!

    I love the bright palette, and the contrast with Father Oak, great name btw

    1. Too right - Spandex for Life!

      Hmmmm, perhaps I need to work on that slogan a bit more.....

  6. Beautiful work all-round. Just like Curt I‘ve never actually felt „the call of Spandex“ but your brushwork is of course above suspicion. Father Oak definitely is my favourite among these.

  7. Those colours are excellent! Such a vibrant finish, I wish I could do this... oh and I will be the one to say it: Father Oak made me go and say "I am GROOT!" out loud just now...

  8. wow, really nice job, especially the one in pink

  9. Lovely, vibrant colours Jamie! And Father Oak is just awesome.

  10. Missed this one! Great work Jamie although I suspect I’ll need sunglasses when meeting these in the flesh...

    Have a Stan Lee No Prize :)