Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Mighty Monsters (Monpoc Repaint)


I painted this fellow a while ago when I finally got hold of the Mighty Monsters rules from Ganesha games. As I've said before, the Monsterpocalypse figures are fantastic IMO. This one is a simple repaint over the "ultra form" of Terra Khan. The Ultra forms are cast in transparent plastic and have little or no paint on them, so are easy to apply your own color to with ordinary miniatures paint.

Undercoated this guy with Citadel foundation Gretchin green and just went from there. A wash of thraka green then a lot of highlighting. Painting such big areas was a bit disconcerting as I'm so used to tiny detail.. Hence the face is probably the best painted part and the tail the worst. Highlighting the spine ridge was quite an arduous task.

What Stalled this project was waiting for my resin city buildings to arrive from Old Crow. They took about a month, but I would have to say they are worth the wait. Beautifully sculpted and perfectly cast... But by the time I got hold of them I had torn off on some other tangent.

The Mighty Monsters rules are brilliant. I haven't had a game yet (waiting for painted terrain) but JF over on Solo Nexus did and gave his impressions for solo play here. Spoiler alert: It's a thumbs-up.

21 comments:

  1. Wow, beautiful paint job. Great color choices. He reminds me of some iguanas I saw in Cuba, very realistic.

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  2. Thanks Joe, despite the rough patches I'm quite pleased with how this guy turned out. Gretchin Green is my favorite green skin tone.

    PS- I've discovered a secret to finishing difficult miniatures: 2 color paint scheme!

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  3. Astonishingly good. Even by your astronomically high standards, that's one hell of a paint job.

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    1. Thank you. I usually notice all kinds of problems with a mini after I finish it and gradually want to start over.. But this guy is still looking good to me :)

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  4. I was just breezing through the thumbnails, I didn't realize this was "yet another amazingly fantastic Spacejacker paintjob" until I clicked it! But now it makes sense, haha, looks incredibly cool, can't wait for the shark-thing!

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    1. I'm pretty excited about ripping into all the Monpoc minis I bought ages ago, currently in a box. I'm considering just embellishing the pre-paint on some of them, but I almost always regret a shortcut...

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  5. Wow indeed. Very nice muted complementary colors...like your style!

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    1. I read somewhere once that lighter colors make small scale models appear more "in scale" than dark ones. I think it was an article about 6mm tanks. I might even try a 1 color scheme on my next monster!

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    2. There is a military modeling technique called scale color where the general idea is a surface at a larger scale (like 1/35) reflects more light than a smaller scale (such as 1/72). To make the colors look like they are the same color, they are sliiiiiiiightly off from each other to take into account the relative amount of reflected light. I don't know if it is just me, but it seems to have fallen out of favor in the last few years in favor of newer painting 'fads'.

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  6. Great paintjob there. I was given a large bag full of these models just last week, and have been looking through the Mighty Monsters rules too. They are surprisingly good models for prepaints.

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    1. the paint quality seemed to get a bit wobblier as the series went on, but there are a few I have that I couldn't do unless I bought an airbrush. Overall the designs are a lot more imaginative than you would expect and the sculpting is excellent.

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  7. I use a technique I call wetbrush or wet-drybrush on larger ares without detail and just one continuous higlight or tone. Load your brush like you were gonna dry brush, then dip lightly and quickly in water to saturate that small amount of paint back into the brush. then paint the area like you were higlighting. It is almost a glaze technique, but not as translucent and wet. Used in sucessive layers(lightening some)it gives me a smooth finish that blends into the colors I am laying down, but retains the step between the base color(whether a block color or a dark primer).


    Love the reapint. Got the rules. Got a tone of first two sets of MP figs. Who knows, maybe someday?

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    1. Interesting technique. What I did here was kind of similar. Very thinned down coats of large highlighting and a touch of wet-blending. The trick is the same, thin watery layers and plenty of them.

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  8. That is fantastically good. I'll be looking with definite interest at this and your use of the mighty monsters rules, as I also have a whole box full of Monsterpocalypse stuff that's pretty much just sat there since I played about 3 games and decided it was okay, but nothing amazing.

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    1. I'm hoping I enjoy the rules as much as JF did. I am a diehard old school Kaiju/Toho fan and the rules seem to have been written from that point of view, coupled with the usual Ganeasha games minimalist brilliance. This post has renwed my fervor so hopefully I'll play a game soon.

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  9. He looks great! I love minis like this, he could fit in with any scale.

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    1. I originally intended to use these as 15mm behemoths, but I think they look even better in 6mm scale. You might find some good Big-guy proxies for your creatively genius Blood Bowl teams perhaps?

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  10. I love this mini! I've been planning on playing Mighty Monsters with some Godzilla gashapon figures I have for a while now, but have yet to get around to it.

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  11. I had to look this game up, and it looks like a) fun and b) a great source of some really cool figures (always my priority). I see they cover all the typical bases: aliens, giant robots, giant monsters running amok, Atlanteans, etc...

    People have already commented on the nice colour choices here, and I have to agree with them. And his face is great, so menacingly... hungry!

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    1. Cheers Allison! They (Privateer Press) have changed the way they sell the game now, I think it's still at least semi-blind, but they pack a whole faction into the starter. I got all mine from ebay, as I have no need for the actual game.

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  12. 'Ere Spacey, you've done a nice job on this, as usual. Just as well you knocked the dust off it first!

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