Marvel Crisis Protocol: Crossbones

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Crossbones

Today I have a model from Marvel Crisis Protocol to share. This one is actually a queue jumper in terms of completed-paint-to-blog timing! After reading Justin’s post on Gamora and Nebula yesterday, I basically forced myself to work on Crossbones, who had been sitting on my desk since the start of this year, just barely started. Unfortunately, my usually-reliable black spray primer decided to go a bit fuzzy on old Not-Frank Grillo and so that caused some issues, with a bit of detail clog and just general grittiness, which really put me off working on him. Luckily(?), this is a model that can kind of absorb some of that kind of paint damage and still work, at least much more than a more spandex-clad, or metallic, or smooth-skin models. And besides, I really didn’t want to have to try and strip the spray primer off a MCP model, as I don’t entirely trust their plastic…

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Crossbones

Colour-wise, I decided to eschew strict adherance to the card art. I figure my angle with these Crisis Protocol characters will be to get the characters recognisable – and not go fully Comic Canon or MCU-Canon, and simply do something that works for me. After all, the number of subtle costume changes that all of these characters have had over the decades – whether between two different MCU films – or more to the point – simply the “same” costume, as drawn by different artists is going to be, well, rather numerous. So this, along with Crossbones being a “blink and you missed him” MCU character, and me being completely unfamiliar with him from my comic reading days – whether that’s because I didn’t read a lot of Cap, or because I completely forgot any of his appearances that I may have read elsewhere means I really don’t know or care about this character.

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Crossbones

This freedom allowed me to paint the model with fuzzy primer not twisting my psyche, and also to go a little “Wahammer” with the scheme. By that, I mean I drew direct inspiration from Burkhard, who gave him camo pants (based on the MCU film), as well as adding  metallic paint where there really would be black plastic, or black-painted metal instead in a more “realistic” combat gear/clothing situation.

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Crossbones

So that meant along with the camo pants and metallic buckles and webbing rings all over, we’ve got metal skinguards, bootguards, kneepads. The eyes of his mask hadn’t fared well with the fuzzy paint, so I was realistically unable to get any flesh visible in there. We’ll just say he over-applies makeup around his eyes like the Batman. 😉 I scraped away the worst of the fuzziness off his arms – at leas tthose being mostly-smooth parts of the sculpt I was able to do it. Missed the boots, unfortunately. I did add a little reddish flesh to the elbows as well as a touch of turquioise mixed with the flesh tones for the veins. This guy clearly follows Ann’s workout regime!

….and speaking of Ann – Crossbones also qualifies as a model painted for the second annual “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge. It’s almost enough to make a low-level supervillain reform, ain’t it?

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…