Marvel Crisis Protocol: Ultron

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Ultron

A Crisis Protocol Core set model today to open February’s completed work – The big bad of the second Avengers film – Ultron! I have to admit that I don’t know much about Ultron as in my comic-reading days back in the late 80’s and 90’s my Marvel focus was much more on Spidey, the X-Men (and spin-offs) and the Punisher – so while I know and have a basic knowledge of most of the heroes from that era, villains are a bit more vague. I’ll have heard of most of them, but not necessarily know much about them. Ultron is one of those villains.

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Ultron

An early touch point for the painting of my Ultron model was the rather excellent rendering painted by The Solo Meeple, though in the end mine turned out quite a bit brighter than originally planned. I also found the panel “gaps” in Ultron’s armour where the red-orange glowy bits to be really shallow impressions at best across much of the model.

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Ultron

When I sprayed this guy, I ended up with a bit of texture from the black primer – it was around the same time I varnished Red Skull and had a similar issue. Lesson learned – don’t spray when it’s too hot – even in the shade! I hope that’s why this happened anyway – so I can consciously avoid it happening again. It does give his, err.. skin?  armour? carapace? a slightly pitted look (especially when blown up in these photos!), which I guess can work for a metal villains but I do like the smooth look much more. I was satisfied with how the rubble on his base worked out, though. I added some weathering powders to give it a bit of colour beyond (not-quite-50) shades of grey and help define it a little from the silver metal man standing on top fo them. I might actually need to go back and add a little more brown to them, though not too much as it is supposed to be urban rubble… whadda you think?

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Red Skull

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Red Skull

With Dave Stone’s current challenge providing some extra motivation to get back and finish models what got started some time ago, I finally took aim at Red Skull, whom I’d assembled, sprayed black and then based shortly after completing Crossbones, back in April last year, followed by him sitting around taking up space for 9 months…

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Red Skull

In painting him, he was another example of me playing with “different shades of black”. I kept the OSL from The Tessaract to a bare minimum, with just a tint on his right shoulder and arm with a hint of it seeping through his fingers.

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Red Skull

Things like the colour and type of Red Skull’s uniform/costume and the Hydra logos have changed across the many depictions of him over the decades, so I went with a Hydra logo palette which offers just a hint of his early origins without outright just overpainting the Hydra logo with a Swastika on my MCU/Comic-Book-Punchy-Toy-Soldier-Game model. This isn’t Flames of War or Bolt Action after all!

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Red Skull

I did try to paint Oberst-Gruppenführer collar badges on him, though you really can’t see much more than an impression. After that, Red Skull’s skull was painted red because Red Skull. Sadly, the spray varnish I used (which is normally fine) kinda roughened the final texture from my smooth paint – I may have sprayed when it was too hot. Luckily it’s only really noticable when you’re looking reeeeealy close, but bloody annoying, nonetheless.