Marvel Crisis Protocol: Rocket and Groot #Monstermarch5

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Rocket and Groot

And today we have my final models for Swordmaster’s Monster March painting challenge, though there remain a few more to come for Ann’s “Neglected But Not Forgotten” challenges (2 more posts, to be precise). Also, one more Monster March model from Marouda to (hopefully) be posted up tomorrow.

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Groot

I. AM. GROOT.

“But Azazel!” you theoretically argue. “Rocket and Groot aren’t monsters! They’re heroes, and Rocket is sooo cuuuute! And Groot is soooo adorable!” Well, sure. I’m not going to argue the latter of those points. They are both heroes, of course, but in wargame terms, just take a look at the pair of them. Even if you really want to disqualfy the triangle-faced monkey because it’s small, the other one is basically a Treeman/Ent/Huorn/etc, and we know that those qualify for this sort of thing!

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Groot

Anyway, the painting of these two took months. Even though one is a small figure and the other one is theoretically very simple (what with the wood and all) the assembly on Rocket was pretty crappy, as FFG/Atomic Mass use way too many parts for their models, but even when I was past that, I ended up agonising for ages on them. Groot was actually “finished” at one point, but I was still unhappy with him, so I brought him back inside and did some more until I was satisfied enough to call him done.

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Rocket and Groot

I did add a bunch of extra detail to their bases, mostly slate shards and some sand in order to really mess up the sidewalk where it’s been smashed in and smashed through by Groot’s extended arm (just look at what Rocket’s standing on up there!) The little debris on both of their bases just looked too clean, so I added the slate so we could have some more shattered concrete!

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Rocket Raccoon

It’s another case where the challenges literally were the things that got me motivated to finiosh this pair off. Especially the Monster March one, since I knew I could double-dip with Ann’s challenge for Groot. In the end, I still had to force myself to wade through Rocket, but he came out ok in the end.

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Rocket Raccoon

And yeah, I realise that starting my Crisis Protocol heroes and villains by sidestepping the core set models and going right for an expansion maybe isn’t the usual way to do it, but I was sucked in by the prospect of painting Groot quickly. And failed at that. I’ve got another two CP models on the desk that I’m honestly not looking forward to moving on with as well. I’d love to play the game, but painting these models is a real drag, unfortunately.

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Rocket Raccoon

I’ll get a Monster March round-up post together in the next couple of days, and then finish up my final other models from March, and then a Monthly round-up, so at this rate I’ll be finished with March posts in about a week. I should hopefully have something painted from April by then…

Marvel Crisis Protocol Terrain: Dumpsters and Street Lights

Marvel Crisis Protocol Terrain: Dumpsters and Street Lights

Continuing with the recent themes of dumpsters and large, square metal boxes, today I’m showing the first four bits of terrain from Marvel Crisis Protocol that I’ve painted. These also wrap up my September posts with the Round-up to follow very shortly. I’d managed to resist the game, but a series of articles by Justin over at The Solo Meeple as he painted his way through his collection slowly turned me over a few months from indifference to very interested – and then when I looked around online it turned out that pretty much all of the feedback for the game was quote positive through different review channels that I follow on YouTube, forums like Dakka and Reddit, and now they have an impending release of The Punisher and several of the X-Men

It also tied in with the thoughts of using some Zombie models to play something like Last Days, and then a box magically appeared in my house, fileld with Marvel Goodies! What else could I do but put all of the hero and villain models to one side and start assembling the terrain pieces…?

The mentality there is “saving” the best for last… With a complete lack of heroes to stand alongside, we once again have a Hasslefree model that absolutely is not of Simon Pegg to provide us with some size reference, alongside one of those Mantic bins…