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Marvel: Crisis Protocol

Marvel: Crisis Protocol

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Project Blog by jelosloth7

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About the Project

I've started painting up the Marvel: Crisis Protocol miniatures. Going to document my progress on here.

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"Take a look, Parker--a good, long look--it's the last face Spider-Man will ever see--it's the real face of the Green Goblin--the face of Norman Osborn!"

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Finished up Green Goblin yesterday. I learned with this model that Sorastro doesn’t just have videos on painting minis, he also has PDF guides. I found his PDF guide on Green Goblin and it was really helpful when working on the glider and the exhaust. He was surprisingly fun to paint and painted up pretty quickly too. I’m getting more comfortable with non-metallic metal (NMM) and the quick wet blending I did on the exhaust is giving me a better understanding of how to do wet blending. I might try to work more of that into this project as I go.

So that’s the leader of the Spider Foes done. That means I have 6 more leaders to go (Cyclops, Storm, Mystique, Starlord, She-Hulk and Thanos). Working on Cyclops next.

"Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught."

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Skill 11
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Finished Kingpin tonight. He was a lot of fun to paint. I’ve noticed that I am completely comfortable painting white and yellow now. These are colors I used to fear and avoid painting at all costs and now they are like any other color to me. That’s pretty cool.

"I’ve been at the mercy of men just following orders. Never again."

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Finished up Magneto over the holidays. Probably the most fun I’ve ever had painting a model and the model I am the most proud of. I’m really happy with how the red and purple turned out and I feel like I’m starting to get more depth and contrast with TMM than I normally do.

I’m going to see if I can finish Kingpin by tomorrow, but I’m pretty wiped out from driving cross country the last couple of days, so we’ll see.

"Dormammu, I've come to bargain."

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Finished up Doctor Strange over the holidays. Trying to get the leaders of all my factions done before I paint anything else. The golden rings were really fun to paint, as was the cape.

"You hit them and they get back up, I hit them and they stay down."

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Finished the Punisher this weekend. He was a lot of fun to paint. I’m really getting used to doing extreme highlights on black. Next up I’m going to start painting all the leaders of the different teams, starting with Doctor Strange.

Miles Morales Spiderman complete

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Finished Miles Morales. I’ve decided to knock out the team leaders for all the different teams so I can open up more play options. He was really fun to paint. The black/dark blue was really fun for pushing contrast and it looks really striking on the table top.

Next up I’m going to do Punisher just because he’s one of my favorites, but after that I’ll be hitting up Mystique, Green Goblin, Doctor Strange and Starlord to finish up all my team leaders (save for Thanos). I’m hoping to land Kingpin and the X-Men for Christmas so I’ll have to add him and Magneto, Cyclops and Storm to the list. So many models to paint.

Bullseye

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I’m trying to sludge through the Black Order and really struggling with it due to lack of interest in the characters (other than Thanos, but I’m saving him for last). So, to give myself something to be excited about painting, I decided to shift focus to a character I was more excited to paint. I really love painting blue and white, so Bullseye was a very tempting character for me to paint. He was really fun and pretty easy to knock out. I don’t know how I would ever tolerate painting white if it weren’t for Corax White base. It really makes a process that would otherwise be tedious into one that is genuinely fun.

Not sure what I’ll be painting next. I’m about to be taking some time off of work, so I’m hoping to crank out quite a few models during that time. See if I can get mostly caught up by the time the new year hits.

Ant Man, regular and itty bitty

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Here is Ant Man, both mini size and regular size. Fun models to convert/paint. With him done, I am finally done with the Avengers (save for new Black Widow, which I’m waiting for the film to drop before I paint). So now I am moving on to the Black Order which will finish with Thanos. Then I’m either going to move on to Defenders or more likely X-Men since they’ll be out by then I’m sure.

Ant Man, itty bitty

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And here’s little Ant Man. Pretty happy with this conversion. I think the button might be a little on the big side, but overall I think it gets the point across. Doing the highlighting on the miniature when it’s so tiny is really awkward, but I suppose it’s good practice for working on small details of regular sized minis.

Next up some pics of both of them together, then on to the Black Order.

Ant Man, regular size

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Finished up Ant Man this week. Really like how he came out. I’m getting much more comfortable with the black and I think the red-to-orange pairs well with it. The most challenging part was the NMM on the helmet, which I think it serviceable, but easily the area where I can do the most improvement.

Going to post pics of the mini version of him next.

Wasp, in pint size and regular size.

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Here’s Wasp, both big and small, ready for the tabletop. She was a lot of fun to paint and I really got to see how far I’ve come with painting yellow and black, which are both really challenging colors to paint effectively. The dice was also a really fun conversion to pull off and surprisingly fun and challenging to paint.

Read below for specific insights regarding each model as each one was kind of it’s own project.

Update: New pics. I brought up mini Wasp’s yellow highlights as the camera wasn’t catching them and I added small die to the base on big Wasp so make the conversions match.

Wasp, but bigger this time.

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And here she is “normal” sized. Pretty happy with how she came out. I’m not a huge fan of the wings, just because I would’ve preferred to get an iridescent shimmer on them, but couldn’t really find a good way to do that, so I compromised and just used Aethermatic Blue and Shyish Purple contrast paints and some gloss varnish to get a shine on them.

Outside of that, I was really happy with the transitions I got on the black on her. They all feel really natural and I can see I’ve come a long way on highlighting black up to white.

Update: Someone on Reddit had the idea to put a little dice on her base to match the conversion I did for her shrunken version and I couldn’t not do it. Updated the pics to match the addition.

Wasp ready to go. The conversion with the dice was really fun to do.

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I didn’t like the rebar piece that she normally comes on as it makes her look larger than I feel she should look instead of insect sized, so I decided to use a common object to make her look much smaller. I’m really happy with how it turned out and I did something similar with Ant-Man, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise on that one.

She was a blast to paint and even shading the die was a lot of fun. As usual, the pics make all my shading and highlighting look blocky, but in person it looks much smoother. I have a feeling I’m going to be making that complaint for a long time. At least until I can get a permanent photo station set up for minis.

This is just part 1. I’m also going to post the larger version of her and then both together.

Update: Couldn’t really see her yellow highlights in the pics, so I brought the yellow up to full white. Took new pics and it seems to have done the trick.

Ebony Maw Complete

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Finished Ebony Maw. He was very challenging to paint, what with the blue trim interacting with white fabric and the white fabric interacting with yellow. Still trying to get the transitions right. I like that I finally have proper terrain to act as a backdrop. Next up I plan on painting Wasp as I want to get her transparent wings on before I lose them, but I don’t want to put them on until she’s painted. After that I might knock out Ant-man before I go back to finishing the Black Order.

NYC Terrain

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Finished a good chunk of the NYC terrain. Still have a couple buildings and cars and a few trucks to finish before it's all done, but this is a good start. At the very least I can get some games in with proper terrain now.Finished a good chunk of the NYC terrain. Still have a couple buildings and cars and a few trucks to finish before it's all done, but this is a good start. At the very least I can get some games in with proper terrain now.

Cabal group shot (now with proper terrain)

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Group shot of The Cabal with the new painted terrain.Group shot of The Cabal with the new painted terrain.

Avengers Assemble (again)

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Second group pic of the Avengers, this time with new painted terrain. Only included minis with the Avengers affiliation. Next update will be the painted terrain itself.Second group pic of the Avengers, this time with new painted terrain. Only included minis with the Avengers affiliation. Next update will be the painted terrain itself.

Hawkeye finished

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Real life let up just enough for me to finish Hawkeye. Pretty happy with how he turned out. Hate the pics as usual as more of my transitions aren’t captured by them and hence it looks much sloppier in the pics than it does in person. But otherwise I’m pretty satisfied. Gonna have to take a new Avengers pic, but I might wait until the new Black Widow is painted, but I’m also waiting until the movie comes out before I paint her, so for now I’m moving on to the Black Order, which I’m really excited about. Gotta get some more baddies painted up for all these heroes to fight.

We. Are. Venom.

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Real life has been rather busy, so I haven’t had much time to paint lately, but I finally managed to get Venom ready to go.

A couple things I learned with him. All of the practice painting black that I did on Black Widow, Black Panther and Thor really helped with getting down the shading. However, my main take away with him is that after I had finished Hulk I realized that I didn’t care for how I had shaded his muscles. I made every muscle do a basic highlight up top to a shade down below. However, with some muscles this doesn’t actually look right. For instance, the shoulder muscles on Venom you can see that I intentionally shaded them like malformed cylinders, with the highest parts of light a little less than halfway down each muscle. This looks a lot more natural than what I did with the Hulk. So I tried this approach when highlighting Venom and I think the results are quite an improvement.

Overall I’m really happy with him. As usual, the pictures muddy up the shading a bit and blur out some of the detail, but I’ll have to get myself a better photo set up once real life settles down a bit.

Avengers Assemble

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Avengers CompletedAvengers Completed