Today's post is mainly a self-justification for last week's DUST minis:D
If I was to work with the SSR/Hydra fluff in mind it was due to the likeness to do so with these minis; after all, they have all you need for the ambientation: strange weapons, cool looks on the sculpts and all the awesomeness any Weird World War needs. But, as I told you, the idea also came to me as this wasn't the first time I was moving towards this target... ;)
About three years ago, before I started the blog, I had played the game with Keyan Sark and had signed on a few combined projects. One of them was precisely this one, making Marvel characters fit into the game. One of them was Howard Stark, who was developing an early version of the later Iron Man armour (OK, not canon, but hey, the idea was too irresistible, so who cares!). So Keyan asked me to sculpt that prototype for him...
We used a Sgt. Rhino body as a starting point. I removed the jump pack and the hand rockets, replaced the head and added a few silly sculpts here and there...
|Fat Iron Man!|
The base for the head in fact was a GW Space Marine one, with the details and shapes removed. It proved good enough for my purposes, giving me an idea of proportion and stuff.
|Space Marine Mk.0|
This was my work. From now on, what you are about to see is Keyan's work. He painted the mini in classic Iron Man colours, red and yellow.
|Now it is recognizable|
|You think my son invented a single thing? Ha!|
|You can bite my shiny metal ass|
As you can see, his paintjob is terrific, I love what he did here. If I'm to tell the truth I would have picked a more war-torn approach myself. Olive green or grey maybe, to set it into the war context and making this clearly a prototype, different from later Iron Man versions. But Keyan's brushwork is by all means faithful to the character and looks gorgeous!
If you are wondering how to use this in the game, here you have the character sheet:
Please visit Keyan's blogpost to look for the roots of this lovely crazyness. You'll find there the useful link to that card (and others!) His blog never disappoints!
I wasn't able to finish the Hydra guys this weekend, but they are on their way. Soon... Soon...