Community Spotlight: X-Men, Sneaky Lictors & Mythical Argonauts

June 5, 2024 by crew

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great-looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


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Marvel: Crisis Protocol by taochi

We start off this week's Community Spotlight with a look at some awesome Marvel characters painted up by taochi. They have been working on some great characters mixing together Avengers, X-Men and more. It certainly makes sense that some of the most recent characters are based on the upcoming Deadpool & Wolverine movie that's on the cards.

Marvel Crisis Protocol #1 by taochi

The work on Wolverine is fantastic. As someone who has been watching X-Men '97 recently, it's good to see him presented in his classic yellow and blue spandex. I think taochi has done a superb job on Wolverine here, really nailing that comic-book look to the character. I also liked the addition of an X-Men-themed newspaper on the floor. A fun little bonus and something that livens up the base.

Fittingly, Wolverine is also joined by a recently painted Deadpool who is leaping into the action themselves.

Marvel Crisis Protocol #2 by taochi

I really liked the work by taochi on Deadpool but I think the work on the comic-book writing and the rocket is great here. There is a really nice bit of blending involved there to make the effect work and whilst I'm sure it took a bit of time, it has been nailed in the final product. Again, taochi has managed to nail that comic-book feel to the character.

Last but not least, we're going to visit the Avengers and Tony Stark who is fitted out in the Hulkbuster suit.

Marvel Crisis Protocol #3 by taochi

I think taochi has done a great job tackling this miniature and getting into all those nooks and crannies to bring the suit to life. This is one of those projects that won't be for the faint-hearted! I like that there is a little bit of battle damage here and there as well showing that the Hulkbuster might have been doing a bit of scrapping already.


2nd Edition Lictor by TrojanTurps

Next up, we're looking at a project that I've been following for a while. I have been checking out the work by TrojanTurps over the last few weeks as a classic 2nd Edition Lictor gets painted up. It's neat to see the final article, painted up exceptionally well and looking exceedingly deadly!

2nd Edition Lictor #1 by TrojanTurps

I was really taken by the quite dark carapace and "fleshy bits" which then contrast well with the big, bright pink tentacles and barbs that are shooting from its mouth. A few other creatures have been painted up by TrojanTurps as part of this project and a lot of research has gone into making sure that all of the layers are built up, giving the 2nd Edition miniature the final paint job that it deserves.

2nd Edition Lictor #2 by TrojanTurps

The Lictor was then unleashed into its natural habitat and, as part of the Spring Clean Hobby Challenge, it started to stalk through the undergrowth looking for targets. I really like that TrojanTurps took the time to get these miniatures out into the wild and it really helps to highlight the paint scheme. Natural light does wonders for showcasing your work!

2nd Edition Lictor #3 by TrojanTurps

I hope that Lictor manages to avoid that "warhound" and make it off deeper into the undergrowth so that it can chow down on a few more Imperial Guard. A really fun project and a good way of representing all aspects of the Spring Clean Hobby Challenge this year.


Mythical Greeks by horati0nosebl0wer

Last but not least, we're getting all Jason Of The Argonauts with some work by horati0nosebl0wer who has been tinkering on a range of different miniatures for use in some Ancient Greek adventures on the tabletop. The first of these is a slightly pint-sized warrior.

Mythic Greeks #1 by horati0nosebl0wer

This fellow is Cranos Cranekiller and comes in around 25mm which makes him a little smaller compared to other miniatures in this project. Whilst he is a little bit titchy, it seems like Cranos is going to be used as a Warlord for a bit of SAGA on the tabletop (hence the big base!). I really like the paint job on the character with the green being a nice alternative to the standard red or blue you often see with Ancient armies.

If you're a fan of Jason And The Argonauts then you've also got this dastardly spellweaver! I imagine King Aeëtes of Colchis is going to be summoning up some skeletons soon!

Mythic Greeks #2 by horati0nosebl0wer

Again, a fantastic-looking miniature for the collection, again designed to work as a Warlord in some games. horati0nosebl0wer used as many screen references as possible to make sure that the final scheme looked as close to the character from the movie as possible. It will be neat to see his skeleton horde come to life in the future.

Last but by no means least we have my favourite miniature from the past few entries into the project. I have always liked the massive, walking statues that you get in mythological adventures and this take on Talos is no different.

Mythic Greeks #3 by horati0nosebl0wer

A fantastic take on Talos and painted up exceptionally well. Powdered pigment and the use of an airbrush helped to get that patina look to the final miniature and I think it has worked really well. He stands head and shoulders above the rest of your 28mm miniatures and I like the pose, getting ready to smite whatever dares to stand before him. A great bit of painting and good work on the basing a well which could have looked odd and unnatural being so big. Great stuff!

What Are You Painting Right Now?

Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it! We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

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