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Marvel: Crisis Protocol

Marvel: Crisis Protocol

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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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"Visionary. Savior. Madman. It doesn't matter. I am SINISTER."

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Mister SinisterMister Sinister

I’m not sure I’ve ever had so much fun painting a model. From the NMM effect on his muscles to the OSL from the smoke to the little plasma coils on his cloning tank, everything about him was fun to work on despite it being a challenge. Not everything I tried to do with him worked out the way I intended. I wanted the little plasma coils to look like the coils on a plasma gun you see in 40k and I don’t think it quite looks right and the OSL is rough in some spots, but overall I’m really happy with how he turned out and I can’t wait to constantly fail to get enough genetic samples in game to clone Cable.

"I've shown you the worst things in the world, because that's what the world's made of. Everything is sick! Am I getting through to you? Everything is sick... and I LOVE IT! "

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CarnageCarnage

Carnage is ready to go and with him completes my Spider Foes (for now). I tried to experiment with him and I’m honestly really not happy with it. I used blue as a shade for the red and it darkened it so much that no matter how much highlighting I did, it still just feels way too dark. In retrospect I should’ve used a yellow undercoat and a red wash to make him have a much more vibrant red.

He’s definitely a good candidate for a repaint in the future. Alas, need to continue working through my backlog.

The coward with the spicy chimichangas is ready to make people die.

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Bob, Agent of HydraBob, Agent of Hydra

Finished up Bob this weekend. The rocket took some time, but I’ve noticed that since I just got done painting Omega Red in full chrome, the rocket wasn’t really all that intimidating, which is kinda cool.

Overall fairly happy with him. It’s quite a lot of work for a 2 drop, but whatever. I’ve got 4 villains left to paint to be 100% complete with all my baddies. Next up should be Carnage.

"First we live. Then we die. In between is just blood and noise."

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Omega RedOmega Red
Man, where to begin with Omega Red. Everything about this model was an exploration and a risk. Since switching over to Scalecolor paints I am no longer comfortable painting red or yellow. I don’t have a recipe down for either of those colors that I feel confident in. On top of that, I decided that I was going to try to do all his metal in chrome to 1.) challenge myself and 2.) because Omega Red has been a favorite character of mine for a long time.
Prior to painting Omega Red, the model that held the crown for the model I’ve spent the most time painting was Thanos. Omega Red has officially taken that crown and honestly I think it’ll be awhile until his throne gets challenged. I had to do him in steps and painted full other models in between those steps to prevent burn out. He’s easily the most ambitious piece I’ve painted so far.
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As far as how I feel about him; I’m generally thrilled. I think the chrome turned out so much better than I feared it would when I started. I think the coils are incredibly imperfect and there a millions of little missteps on them, but with how nuts it is to even try to chrome like 50 or so little trapezoidal metal panels (per coil), I’m more than willing to leave it alone and just take him in as a model and be fine with the imperfections. For my first attempt at highly reflective non-metallic metal, I really don’t think I could’ve expected this good of a performance, let alone expected more. I’m really glad I challenged myself in this way if for no other reason than that it fully demystified painting chrome for me. I no longer find the idea of chroming Cable’s gun or Deadpool’s sword to be even remotely intimidating. Even tackling an Ultron repaint seems very doable now. Can’t guarantee it’ll look great, but I no longer see the idea as some insane feat that only a madman would attempt. It’s weird because just typing that out and recognizing it is very empowering. That’s pretty cool.
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As far as the yellow goes, I’m pretty happy with the yellow recipe. I think it captures “dirty blonde” pretty well. I’m still not 100% on it, but I feel like I’ve got a better grasp on it than I did before going in, so it’s progress.
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As far as the red goes, it was almost as big a journey as the chrome was. In particular, I’m having a difficult time finding a level of highlighting and shading on red that doesn’t make it look orange or pink. I seem to constantly struggle finding a way to highlight it all the way to white without over highlighting it and making it look atrocious. This is the same issue I run into with black (look at my first Punisher for an example of that). I tried watching several YouTube videos on this exact topic and everything I found didn’t really tackle it. What I think I finally figured out with Omega Red was that just because I’m going all the way to white with my highlights doesn’t mean everything that gets highlighted has to go all the way to white. It’s okay to leave big panels at a brighter version of the base color and not have to get pure white in there somewhere. So when I went to do his highlights I used various red tones to highlight, but saved the very “pink” and “white” highlights for only certain small areas. Overall I feel like it works. I think especially since the model already has an insane amount of contrast thanks to the chrome, had I over-highlighted the red I think it might make the model very distracting and confused. This also makes me think that perhaps in the future when I do black, I should approach highlighting it from the same perspective and I might get similar results.
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I feel like this challenge might’ve helped me grow as a painter more than anything I’ve ever done before. Feels like I smashed through a threshold with him. Very cool feeling.

"I fight for nihilism -- and shall continue so until I, in turn, am cut down!"

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With Viper done I have 6 more “villains” left to paint before Dormammu drops. She was really fun to paint and I’m really happy with how her skin turned out. I wanted it to feel kind of pale and sickly and I feel like the recipe I experimented with worked really well.

"Never rely on beauty. It lies."

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Finished up Enchantress just in time for a test run of Black Order using Enchantress in the 4 threat drop and Toad in the 2 drop. Didn’t get a chance to play her, but I’m looking forward to annoying everyone by making them give me their objectives.

She was pretty fun to paint. I particularly learned a lot about painting faces and I think she’s easily my best face. Only 7 “bad guys” left to paint before Dormammu drops.

Finished up everybody's favorite 2 threat objective grabber.

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ToadToad

Knocked out my Toady boy last week. He painted up really quickly and was quite fun to paint. Now I just need to knock out the twins and my Brotherhood will be complete.

"Personally, darling I'll take larceny over virtue every time!"

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Finished up Black Cat. Tried using a different background than the normal black as all her detail was horribly washed out due to how much white and pale skin are in her paint job. The terrain in the background definitely helped a bit, but it’s still not great and really reminds me how much I need to get a better photographing setup. As far as painting her goes, it was really straight forward and fun. I’m pretty happy with my black recipe and I feel it did her justice.

Now I just gotta knock out Omega Red and the Criminal Syndicate are complete. Then I can move on to Carnage and the rest of my villain backlog so I can be ready for the Dormammu drop sometime this fall.

"It's easy to fool people when they're already fooling themselves."

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Finished up Mysterio. Used Sorastro’s guide to get him painted up. Pretty happy with how he turned out. The only thing I feel mixed about is his dome, which I don’t think looks bad per se, but I feel like I never really nailed that textured, yet smooth look. Either way, pretty happy with him.

Now I’ve just got Carnage to finish up and my Spider Foes will be complete… for now.

"I have found dignity, not in the cities, but in the jungle. I have found honor, not in the civilized, but in the primal. I have found morality, I have found meaning -- in the hunt."

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Kraven the HunterKraven the Hunter

I had actually finished up Kraven last week, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had the time to post him.

It was really fun digging through browns and trying to figure out which recipes I wanted to use for each part on him. I really didn’t want him to come across as crazy monochromatic and boring to look at. Also took it as an opportunity to try out some NMM. Overall pretty happy with it. I think in retrospect I should’ve increased the contrast on him. Take the shading in his muscles darker, bring his fur fully up to white. Things like that. Now I’m ready for Carnage and Mysterio to drop on Friday.

"When Lizard was dumb, Lizard was your prey. Lizard take monkey brain. Lizard no longer dumb. You are prey."

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Finished up my Scaly boy in preparation for the Spider Foes that drop next week. He was pretty fun to paint and painted up really quickly. Although when photographing him I’m reminded that I need to find a way around my whites getting washed out as it’s really noticeable on his coat, where you pretty much can’t see any of the detail on it. I think I’m going to have to get set up with a permanent photo station so I can work on testing out different things and working on these photograph issues.

In the mean time I’m on to Kraven.

Thanos is complete and Black Order is ready to roll.

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Thanos is complete and Black Order is ready to roll.

I’ve been putting Thanos off for quite some time due to frankly being intimidated. He’s a big deal in game. There’s an ultimate encounter where one player just plays Thanos with all the gems and he goes against an entire team by himself. As such, I really wanted to do the model justice. I’ve seen Sorastro’s video on him for some time and I wanted to use that video to paint him, but Sorastro specifies a bunch of Scalecolor paints that I didn’t have a way to get due to my location. In particular the blues he used are much more vibrant than the ones I was using, so I really wanted to get ahold of those paints before I tried following the guide. Now that I’ve moved and was able to get a full range of Scalecolor paints and I’ve gotten more practice in doing things like NMM and OSL, I decided I’d bite the bullet and finally sit down and paint him.

My goal was to have him done by the weekend, but destiny had other plans. Work and family life gave me a helping heap of obligation that took my focus away for most of the weekend. As such, I was only able to work on him on Sunday. You’d think an entire day on one model that isn’t particularly large would be enough, but the NMM process really ate up my time. The blue went relatively quickly and smoothly, as did the face and skin. However, once I hit the gold and in particular when I was blocking out the shaded areas of the gold for the NMM, the process was kind of a grind and took several hours. I almost decided to give up and work on him another day, but due to how much mixing is involved in the NMM and the gold I decided I wanted to at least finish blocking out the shading before calling it a day.

Then, a funny thing happened. Once I finished blocking out the shading I realized that all that was left for the gold was the highlighting, and due to how much of the gold was to remain shaded or with the base color, the highlighting would actually be relatively minimal and would likely go really, really quick. This breathed a lot of life into me and reenergized me and I was able to knock out several layers of highlighting, all but finishing him save for his infinity gems and base. One of things I’ve noticed about paint projects is that the earlier processes before you get to see the end results can be kind of daunting and feel like a bit of a grind at times, but once you get that part done and you start doing highlighting and you get to see what is closer to an end result where the model starts to pop, the painting immediately becomes really fun and suddenly I can paint for hours, even if I’ve already been painting for hours. That’s what happened here with Thanos.

I didn’t get him finished during the weekend like I planned, but all that was left was coloring in the gems and doing his base, which is really easy to do, so I managed to knock that out today and got him finished and ready to lose me some games.

As far as how I feel I did on him, overall I’m thrilled. The NMM feels really good, the transitions seem pretty smooth save for the spots on the NMM where I was intentionally trying to make them look a little rougher. The only area I can see where in retrospect I should’ve done things differently is I think some of the NMM on the boots isn’t blocked out rationally. Especially in the rounded tips of the boots, I think I should’ve relied more on Sorastro’s guide as what he did looks much more natural than what I did. However, since I’m very new to NMM and this was my literal first attempt at NMM gold, I’m not going to be too hard on myself about it. I wouldn’t have been able to do half as well on him had I tried this 6 months ago, so I’m not going to overthink it and I’ll just call it a win.

New pics with terrain in the background. Hopefully helps to see more of his detail.New pics with terrain in the background. Hopefully helps to see more of his detail.

Thanos WIP

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Thanos - almost done.Thanos - almost done.
Thanos WIP

Almost managed to finish Thanos this weekend. Still need to do his gems and his base. Going to try to finish him today, wanted to get him posted with my progress so far. I used Sorastro’s YouTube guide if anyone is interested in steps or paints used.

Blocking the shaded areas of his gold was a bit of a grind, but the rest of him was really, really fun to paint. Overall I’m thrilled with how he’s looking and I can’t wait to get in some ultimate encounter games with him.

EDIT: Updated with a pic of him finished.

Corvus Glaive ready to join his wife.

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Corvus Glaive ready to join his wife.

Corvus was actually really fun and quick to paint because I feel like I finally found a recipe for black that works and it goes really quickly. Super happy with how he came out and it makes me really excited to tackle repaints on models like Venom, Black Widow, Black Panther and Punisher.

I also finished basecoating Thanos, so hopefully in the next day or two I’ll be adding him and finally being done with the Black Order. Just in time Dormammu and the Dark Dimension.

Black Dwarf ready to join the Black Order

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Black Dwarf ready to join the Black Order

Decided to get the Black Order finished up so I can be ready to play with all factions. I had started Black Dwarf many moons ago and I was reaching burnout at the time due to lack of interest in the characters. The Black Order flunkies are definitely not Marvel’s A-List of villains. Eventually I had to switch over to other character in MCP to keep my motivation up and Black Dwarf and the rest of the Black Order gathered dust in the meantime. His skin and the armor on his left arm (the one holding the axe) were already done and you can tell based on the difference between the NMM on that gauntlet and the NMM on his shoulder pad/legs. It’s a little noticeable to me, but I’m not sure most people will notice and I really can’t be bothered to start over on him, so it’s going to have to work.

Now I just gotta knock out Corvus and then I can tackle the mad titan himself.

Star-Lord ready to lead the Guardians

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Star-Lord ready to lead the Guardians

Finished up Star-Lord this weekend. Used Sorastro’s painting guide as a general guide on how to paint him. Pretty happy with how he turned out. I need to invest in some fluorescents, because I feel like the process of doing OSL would be quicker using inks and fluorescents and the paint jobs would come out smoother. Definitely going to have to pick some up next time I’m out.

I feel like the NMM on him came out much better than it normally does. I’m not sure if that’s a skill thing or if using Sorastro’s recipe just works better than what I was doing, but either way I’m going to switch to that recipe for future NMM.

Pretty stoked that now my Guardians are playable, so I’ll have to get some games in and see if I like em.

Nebula joins the Guardians.

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Nebula joins the Guardians.

Did a quick and dirty paint job on Nebula last night. Only took a couple of hours. Pretty happy with how she turned out. I’ve noticed that even though I love the Guardians films, I’m not really feeling them for MCP. I don’t know why, they just don’t speak to me. Interestingly enough though, this has caused me to just kind of jump into their paint jobs and I’ve been really happy with all the ones I’ve painted because I don’t stress the paint job and just kind of play with it and enjoy the process. She was pretty fun to paint.

Sin is ready to lead the Cabal.

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Sin is ready to lead the Cabal.

Finished up Sin this weekend. This was another “quick and done” paint job as I’m not really connected to the character.

Cassandra Nova ready to kill all of humanity.

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Cassandra Nova ready to kill all of humanity.

Finished up Cassandra Nova this weekend. Very weird character I had never heard of before. Honestly don’t have a lot to say about this one. This was a “quick and done” paint job that honestly only looks as good as it does due to the nice blend nature of Scalecolor paints.

"Sweet Christmas"

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Got Luke Cage painted up just in time for a tourney. I’m really proud of the jeans. I think they’re the nicest I’ve painted yet. I’m not entirely sold on the idea of this recipe for yellow, but overall I think it looks pretty good. Just not sure it looks better than my other recipe.

I’ll get a paint plan added to this at some point.