MCP Core Box Peeps

Peeps, those disgusting marshmallow sugar encrusted chicks, found everywhere around the US in celebration of Easter. Funny how Christians celebrate their holiday with the vestiges of germanic religious icons (look up Ostara if you’re unsure).

Anyway the peeps I’m talking about this fine Sunday are the little plastic miniatures that come in the Marvel Crisis Protocol Core Box Set. In-between diorama building, I’ve been assembling the terrain bits and the 10 minutes – look for a separate terrain post later this week as I’m nearly finished-up with those bits! This post is just a quick update on where I am with the figures.

My initial thoughts were to use home-brewed constant paints, but I’m still not sold on them for anything less than large army painting tools. What I did learn from playing with acrylic-based inks was that they spray from an airbrush very nicely – little to no spatter right out of the jar! I add just a drop or two of retarder if I’m going to spray for a long time, otherwise no additives. So everyone but Ultron and Ironman got a basic overall black surface primer cover, those two got a glossy black prime coat.

Again the 8 flat black primed figures where then subjected to a gradient highlight with white ink! The great thing about this ink is that if you spray it in very thin, light coats it goes from dark grey to light grey to pure white, without chaining primer colors! Instant gradient undercoat highlights! Below is the gang on the work bench is very poor lighting:

Red Skull did not received a gradient undercoat, instead I gave him a hard object source lighting shade. His “cosmic cube” was not primed black, but white, then the white ink was sprayed over the cube back towards Red Skull, this should give me good feel for how and where to apply the glowing blue light!

Auto-focus picked the wrong figure! I think you get the concept.

Ultron. From a previous post I choose to use Vallejo’s Metal Color 77.771, Magnesium. I toyed with the idea of spraying a Pale Burnt Metal color as a top highlight, but I think the metal color paint catches the light all on it’s own:

Ironman. He got an allover Greedy Gold (Army Painter metal color) base coat. The trick here is to thin the brush-on paint just enough that it will airbrush, but go too far and it losses it ability to provide coverage. I used a 5-2-15 drop ratio of paint/flow improver/thinner and this works well for me, but your mileage may very. My hope is that the Red armor parts will take on a candy apple color. I did this a couple of years back with a Gaslands car (that’s another game that needs to see some table time!), so I need to run some trial on old figures before moving forward with Ironman.

The astute amongst you will note that Doc Oct is missing his mechanical arms and Crossbones his face cover! Doc’s arms are gloss black primed and are ready for a metal treatment (thinking a bright Aluminum). Crossbone’s face plate is the only pure white on the figure, and that would be a hard pull starting from flat black, so it will be glued in place after painting.

Speaking of Crossbones, I had to go look him up, as I don’t remember him (most likely because he didn’t join the Marvel Comic scene until 1989 and I was busy being a father and finishing up my Master’s degree!). I think both he and Red Skull will get some black/green and Feildgrau on them to break up the all black MCP game art, much like Black Widow will a black/blue scheme!

Anyway, back to enjoying my Sunday afternoon and getting back to the MCP terrain!

9 thoughts on “MCP Core Box Peeps

  1. Looking good – I like the Magnesium for Ultron, certainly appears lighter than the steel I used, and I found that these metallic paints really do behave like metal in terms of the way they reflect light -I’ve been really pleased with how he looks in play.
    I’ll be having a go at the gradient shading with the white ink; I never thought of that, thanks.
    I’m just starting to use inks myself and they do spray really well through an airbrush – I’ve just used them on Myles Morales.
    I’m keen to see how Iron-Man progresses. I’ve never seen that technique done before – everyday’s a school day!
    By the way, I can’t get the post link to work. It just opens up a new draft post in my wordpress – Gremlins at work!

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    1. Hmm, I’ll have to check the link, WordPress is known for gremlins for sure!
      Also, your post on the metal finishes pushed me to get some, it certainly will look better than game metallics on my scale models! I can’t say inks are my idea, I was trying to find a way to try contrast paints without paying in gold fillings to GW for a pot. After many videos on youtube, acrylic inks was the method for getting a highly pigmented contrast paint, and that lead to others using the inks to actually airbrush color on to their miniatures.
      I totally agree with everyday being a school day, and I will say that your blog has inspired me to get the core set for MCP and give the game a whirl!

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      1. Yes, Plenty of Gremlins!
        Thanks for saying so. I think painting is like that, though, we learn so much from each other and just trying things out.
        I’ve just been playing around with pre-shading and inks; you really have to thin them way down don’t you – I’m going to try adding glaze medium next instead of thinners to see how that works.

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      2. For airbrushing acrylic ink I just used retarder and a little thinner, for brush paint I would definitely look at an acrylic matt medium. I started with some that I have on hand and found what worked, then just bought a larger bottle from the artist section of my local craft store – way less expensive than what miniature paint suppliers charge!

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      3. I’ll try adding a little retarder to see what difference that makes.
        Still got plenty of experimenting to do, as I haven’t had the inks long and only used them a handful of times – just got to wait for the right minis to get to the front of the queue!

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      4. I’ve only been playing with them for a week or two, but I started playing with them on old sprues and figures from models that I didn’t use (think of all the tank model kits that come with half figures). Heck even spraying plastic spoons can help the learning curve on paint mixtures. That said, they is nothing like laying paint on a figure to understand how something new is gonna work. When I fret too long, the wife reminds me that I’ve striped or re-primed figures before.

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      5. I really should do that, experiment on bits and pieces, but I only usually get to paint a couple of hours a week and with such a backlog (haven’t we all?) I just want to crack on, so I experiment as I go on ‘live’ pieces. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s not usually that bad that I have to redo 🤞

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