Saturday, 29 August 2015

Penguin Titan



It's been a rather splendid summer in many ways; I have distracted from my distractions, spending far too long plotting the Batman's downfall at the hands of the Penguin all to the cost of my other projects.  I have caught up with friends and family and even managed a couple of gaming days, but the time has come to dust off the satchel and sharpen the pencils in readiness for the start of the new academic year!  


Before I slip back into more pedestrian posting habits there is still time for one more flight of fancy - the Penguin Titan!  Edwin King, over at 'Thoughts of a Depressive Diplomatist' had very kindly alerted me to a new release from 'Fenris Games' - Mutant Penguins!  This were so absurdly wonderful that I immediately ordered up a set and then realised that I hadn't the faintest clue what to do with them! 


After much deliberation I picked one and fashioned it to the same style bases that I was using for the rest of the crew, trying to replicate the same colour palette that I had used for the 'Rocket Penguins' - a plan was slowing coming into focus.



The Mutant Penguin did make a brief appearance in our game earlier in the month, where I used him as at Titan Dose marker, but there is something about his pitiful, lumbering shape that makes me want to flesh his role out a bit more, but that will have to wait for another day.  As a farewell 'Hurrah!' to the summer, I have amassed the crew for a final group shot - a rather splendid summer indeed.


74 comments:

  1. Great mini and superb execution of the paint-job. :)

    What about using him as a proxy-Titan Thug?

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    1. That's a great idea, I wonder if I can download the Titan Thug's card?

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  2. He He, I am currently using your blog to distract me from reading the new SEN teaching green paper.

    School Sucks! ;0)

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    1. I really should be getting my head around the new A-level changes, but first things first! ;)

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  3. What a fantastic job you've done with this project, Michael! It's great to watch someone with so much creativity dedicate themselves to building such an atmospheric array of miniatures and scenery.

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    1. Thank you so much Nate, that is incredibly kind of you, it has been great fun putting them together, but I really should get back to the original plan - if only I can remember what it was.

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  4. And don't they just look absolutely spiffing together! That's been a fun collection to watch you put together Lord Michael - Bravo!

    However, I think you are still lacking in the actual penguin front - you definitely need a few more of the little feathered blighters :)

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    1. ps - I saw something when I was in the shops today and thought you might appreciate it, so I picked it up. Drop me an email with your address and it's yours :)

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    2. Thank you Tamsin and you certainly have my curiosity piqued, email on its way.

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  5. Quality work Lord Michael, those miniatures are very cool!

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    1. Thank you Fran, lovely to have you back Sir.

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  6. What a great mini and a brilliant addition to your Penguin crew!

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  7. WOW! What a gang! BTW: the mutant, I believe, is a little chick at heart trapped in a giant's body. (Well, maybe.)

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    1. Thank you Jay and a great idea, perhaps totally unaware of his own strength.

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  8. He's a right big one Michael! I don't think you've spent too much time on this project as it's been a complete success. We've all very much enjoyed it following along with it and seeing such well painted figures.

    Hope the new academic year goes well!

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    1. Thank you so much Anne, it has been such a blast to put together and I am keen to add a couple more elements to round off the project, but there is so much to do. Witchfinder has been left alone for far too long, then there is all the Victorian era miniatures to paint, plus three Kickstarters heading this way!

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  9. Lovely work Sir Michael! Excellent paintjob on the big fella and the group shot is both superb and inspiring.

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    1. Thank you Bob, I was a little alarmed at just how big the group was!

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  10. A good big un usually beats a good little un! And this is a gert bug un!"

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    1. Thank you Clint, I need to dream so stats up for him now.

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  11. Brilliant. Even as an objective marker, it's brilliant.

    You now need a golden penguin statue for a loot counter and two penguins doing crosswords as riddle counters. :)

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    1. Thank you Kieron and I love those ideas, which might just have to be done.

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  12. Scary little bird, that! Nice work!

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    1. Thank you A.J. he does look a little forlorn though.

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  13. Splendid and very impressive!

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  14. Now that is disturbingly cool. Reminds me of the Batman/Cthulhu crossover "The Doom That Came To Gotham". And your crew, in its entirety, are wonderful. Can't wait for the next post - schoolwork allowing, of course.

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    1. Thank you Jez, "The Doom That Came To Gotham", now there's a title, I'll have to look out for that.

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    2. It was a 3-part prestige format miniseries, reinterpreting the characters from the batman universe via the Cthulhu Mythos. It was wonderfully bizarre and creepy and unlike some 'crossovers', actually worked. Well worth a read.
      Regards Jez

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  15. Wow! Those figs look great. Nicely done sir!

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  16. What a brute! I love him!

    I hope the new term gives you time to get the Gang back on the table.

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    1. Thank you so much Edwin, I do, of course, hold you entirely responsible for this one. I need to decide what to do with the others now, I think probably a similar paint job and have them roam in the mean streets of Gotham.

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  17. The mutant is a nice piece of lead and without any doubt the icing on the cake for your wonderful Penguin gang. Your work on those figures is simply stunning. It catches the spirit of the comic books perfectly and draws a line from the classic comic book penguin across the 60is interpretation and Tim Burton's version of the dwarvish villain right to the modern incarnation of Oswald Copplepot in the recent video games with inspired the BMG range. Chapeau, Sir Michael!

    You should cover this project in one of the coming WBQ issues.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. As always I am touched by your kind words Stefan, I think what I have most enjoyed about this project is that it has allowed me to indulge in flights of fancy without the worry of time or purpose. If I thought of something, I could have a go at making it - just what I needed to keep the creative juices flowing.

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    2. Only my humble but truly honest view. I'm completely with you concerning the creative possibilities with such a project and the completed crew shows how willingly you used it. I hope to cast an eye on those face to face some day.

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  18. Very fine work there Mr A! A lovely collection too.

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    1. Thank you Rodger, it has been great fun putting them together.

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  19. Great looking gang you have there.

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    1. Thank you, just found your new blog too - lots to keep me amused there.

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  20. That truly is a very odd miniature. Very nicely painted though mate!

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    1. Thank you my good man, it was just one of those, 'I have to have one' purchases.

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  21. Mutant Penguins??? Well I never! Top work on the very large and quite scary looking chap!

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    1. Thank you Ray, you've got to love a hobby that allows you paint mutant penguins! :D

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  22. That's one fine crew the titan penguin strikes fear in the hearts of many. Congratulations on your elevation to the first Earl of Awdry m'lord.

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    1. Thank you Robert, I have had such a blast putting the crew together. As for the title, I must have missed the court circular, but it does have a certain ring to it. ;)

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  23. Fantastic and creative work, Michael. Always a pleasure to see your artistry.

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  24. Weird and wonderful stuff! The assembled gang looks very impressive indeed.

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  25. That mutant Penguin is perfect, he could almost be one of the henchmen dressed as a Mascot gone awry. Excellent work as always Michael.

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    1. Thank you Terry and another great idea.

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  26. Lovely work - what a brilliant idea! I feel quite sorry for the poor bugger :) really nice paint work.
    Congrats on the fantastic full warband! What's next?! :)

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    1. Thank you Chris, as for what's next, I still have a hankering to add to this crew with a couple of free against, but we shall have to see.

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  27. Great work sir. Don't they look good together? A summer project to remember I feel and you got to spank the Batman. Very satisfying. Good for you.

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    1. Thank you so much, there is still more I would like to do with this project, but just need more time.

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  28. I shudder to tthink what Attenborough wouldmake of this chap, but you've done a wonderful job on him.

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    1. Thank you Joe, he is certainly a strange one.

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  29. Great little addition to the growing gang! Certainly wouldn't want to see something like that lumbering forward in a dark alley. The whole crew looks very nice assembled together.

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    1. Thank you my good man, I'm delighted with how he fits in with the rest of the crew.

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  30. Always great work Michael I love it .
    Cheers .

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  31. That Penguin Titan creeps me out. Just saying. :)
    Great photo at the end. It showcases one of your many talents which I admire. The ability to create a colour scheme that makes the minis greater than the sum of their parts.

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  32. That penguin titan certainly looks the part! You've really done an amazing job over the last few weeks on your Batman project.

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  33. An impressive finish to the project, Michael. A real bruiser of a mini.

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  34. Fantastic looking villainous gang!

    Christopher

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