Thursday, April 30, 2015

Terra? - Schoolgirl

"Things change, Beast Boy. The girl you want me to be is just a memory."

When I watched Teen Titans the first time through, I finished episode 64, "Titans Together", and was like, "OK, that's the end of the series." But then I saw there was one more episode.

What was left to do, I wondered.

Other than sink some ships.

At first, I didn't like "Things Change." For one thing, it sank my favorite ship. But more than that, it ended the series on a weird note and in a way that made me wonder if Terra was even happy. All we see is her being uneasy around Beast Boy (and him nervous around her) but we don't really know if this is what she wants.

Thankfully, they addressed this somewhat in issue #51 of the Teen Titans Go! comic. In that issue, Geo-Force shows up and gives us Terra's back story and, more importantly than that, we get to see her with her school friends and she's...happy. Geo-Force even comments on it:

All that being said, I can't help but wonder if she still has her powers or not, which kind of led into using the mini I did.

I bought the Golden Glider Heroclix to use for a different character, but as I started working on it, I started to see it as Terra. So, I decided to make it Terra as a student...but maybe sometimes she can't help but use her power. Or maybe it was gone and now it's returned.

Just like Terra.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Terra - Slade's Apprentice

"My name is Terra and I have done horrible things."

It's tempting to ponder 'what if'...what if Terra had trusted the Titans more? What if Beast Boy had not turned away, telling her she had no friends?

But as much as I wish I could have avoided Terra's turn to the "dark side", what happened is what happened.

And while I don't agree with what she did, I can understand why she did it. As pointed out here, she was repeatedly sent the message that she didn't belong. She couldn't control her power and felt she had no one to turn to.

Except Slade.

We all make mistakes...

For Terra's apprentice outfit, I used a Black Widow Heroclix and added the details with green stuff. I also added some hair to cover her eye.

It's a bit hard to see, but the Slade logo is there as well.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Terra & Beast Boy

You can't talk about Terra without talking about Beast Boy.

Terra and Beast Boy are just adorable and, unfortunately, also tragic. Ashley Johnson and Greg Cipes did such great work bringing the emotions, good and bad, of those characters. It's just an amazing job.

From watching the Teen Titans Go! cartoon, I can see why people ship Raven with Beast Boy, and I like Raven a lot, but I gotta go with Terra x Beast Boy for this show.

With this mini, I'm almost moving into diorama territory. The Stargirl Heroclix that I used for the base has Stargirl and...some guy? Don't know, but she's floating on a staff-thingy, which I converted into some flying rock.

I was thinking of the scene in "Betrayal" when Terra comes to Beast Boy's window. Surprisingly, it's not easy to find pictures of the two of them on a rock together. Well, not official artwork at least.

Oh, in addition to making the rock, I gave the other guy ears to make him more Beast Boy like.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Terra - Teen Titan

I was not a DC fan growing up. For whatever reason, I just never got into DC, so my knowledge of DC stuff was pretty much just the Super Friends for a long time.

Up until recently, I probably couldn't have named any of the Teen Titans beyond Robin and Cyborg. I never watched the show when it was on the air, and my introduction to the Teen Titans actually came from the current Teen Titans Go! cartoon, which is...probably not the optimal way to learn about them.

But I went back to the old show and it's great. And my favorite character, and now favorite superhero all around, is Terra.

While I admit my DC knowledge is sparse, thanks to the Major Spoilers Podcast (episode #17), I am familiar with Terra's betrayal storyline in the comics. So, when she showed up in the show, I knew basically what was coming...and I almost stopped watching. Not because I didn't like it. But because I thought...maybe if I stop watching...I can keep Terra from making a HUGE mistake.

But, I had to let the storyline play out. i had to see how it ended and, for the most part, I'm satisfied with her story arc. (I'm definitely glad the Teen Titans Go! comic provided a little bit more closure.)

I like Terra enough, that I have already done some more minis of her...coming later this week.

For this version, showing her outfit when she first meets the rest of the Titans, I used a Spider-Girl Heroclix and used green stuff to make her hair and goggles and other details.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Arcee - Autobot Warrior

Arcee wasn't the first female Transformer, but she's probably the most well known. It is kind of a shame they made her so pink though. Nothing wrong with pink, but making the first major female Autobot pink is a little on the nose.

I feel bad for G1 Arcee because she's had some pretty bad characterization over the years. In the original movie and cartoon, she was just kind of the team mom. I didn't see much of the Headmasters, but that looks like it was pretty weird. Then flash forward to the recent IDW comics where she's kind of a maniac-assassin and, well, it's pretty rough.

It seems like recent issues are tempering that though. She's a bit less ax-crazy and showing some real depth.

For Arcee, I used the Moondragon Heroclix and added her helmet and back-thingies with green stuff.

No vehicle mode because I didn't have a Micro Machine that matched her awesome space car.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Chromia - Autobot Bodyguard

I'm not sure if that's technically Chromia's function, but she serves as Windblade's bodyguard in the IDW Windblade series by Mairghread Scott (which is where I know her from) so it makes sense to me.

Converting Heroclix to Transformers is a little difficult since I'm trying to change humans to robot shapes. So, I tend to try to pick robotic type Heroclix to work with. So, for Chromia, I used the Heroclix Rescue miniature and added details with green stuff. Her face gave me a lot of trouble and I'm not totally happy with it still, but it works.

For her vehicle mode, I used a Micro Machines Spider-Man Cycle. I don't know why Spider-Man had such a futuristic cycle, but whatever. I used green stuff to adjust the look and make it more Chromia looking.

As a side note, this may be one of the last Transformers conversions I do with a vehicle version. Micro Machines are pretty expensive, more so than most of the miniatures I use, so it's just not worth it. Going forward, most Transformer conversion will probably be just the robot mode.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Firewall - G.I. Joe Hacker

I know virtually nothing about Firewall beyond what I learned playing the now-defunct G.I. Joe Battleground mobile game: she's a hacker, a pistol expert, and trained under Mainframe.

I never read the Devil's Due G.I. Joe comics, but it seems like that version has pigtails and gets tied up or something? And she has a role in one of the G.I. Joe \ Transformers crossover?

Who knows?

Anyways, while I don't know much about her, I liked her card art in the game, so I made a mini for her.

I used the Heroclix Sasha Bordeaux, even though the pants weren't quite right. Also, I seem to have forgotten to give her gloves.

Maybe this is her casual uniform?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Frostbite - Snow Cat Driver

Hey, another winter themed Joe!

I always like the winter themed Joes and Cobras. And there were plenty of them...more than any other theme, I think.

Frostbite was the Snow Cat driver, but to me he was the guy who came with the coolest gun. I'm pretty sure his gun got shared by all the Joes and Cobras at one point or another. Much like the Snow Serpent's AK-47.

For Frostbite, I used the Heroclix Red Ghost and removed the long hair and replaced it with Frostbite's winter hat and goggles. I add his shoulder holster too, although I made the strap look like it goes under the hood of his parka. The parka isn't an exact match for Frostbite's coat, but close enough for me.

I didn't base him on a snowy base so he'd match the other Joes. Besides, they had so many winter guys, they had to send them out on non-winter missions now and then.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Zarana - Zartan's Sister (do-over)

I've done Zarana before, but it was more like me trying to force a mini to look like her. It wasn't one I handpicked with Zarana in mind.

*This* Zarana on the other hand, I knew would work.

I tried to match her a little more to the cartoon version this time, which is pretty much the same except for the hair.

I used the Misty Knight Heroclix and replaced the hair with green stuff. And then added her shirt and knee pads with green stuff.

Still not fond of the toy line just identifying her as "Zartan's Sister" but it is what it is.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Equalist - Anti-bending Revolutionary

In the original Avatar series, one of the most effective fighters was a non-bender: Ty Lee. With her chi blocking technique, she was able to easily take down benders. And she was pretty much the only one we saw chi blocking.

So, a whole army of terrorists trained in chi blocking? Yeah, The Legend of Korra really cranked up the difficulty.

The great thing about the Equalists is it gave Korra an enemy similar to the Stormtroopers from Star Wars: a mass of faceless minions to fight.

Unlike Stormtroopers though, the Equalists are actually very skilled opponents. (Well, for everyone but Asami who went through them like a Future Industries manufactured knife through butter.)

For the Equalist, I used a Star Wars Miniature Elite Sith Assassin and used green stuff to modify him.

The one unfortunate thing about this mini is that his pose kind of looks like he's ringing a doorbell. Not very action-oriented.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Korra - Fire Ferret Pro-bender

When I started watching Korra, I thought the Pro-bending subplot was a bit like the Quidditch matches in Harry Potter. While it adds color to the story, it kind of drags out too long.

On re-watching though, I started to like the Pro-bending a bit more. In fact, I kind of wish we had gotten some more Pro-bending in the latter seasons after the Harmonic Convergence led to more airbenders in the world.

Surely there had to be at least one Pro-bending fan who suddenly got airbending and wanted to join a team, leading to some crazy new situations where they didn't have rules for airbenders. Sounds like something Bumi would have enjoyed.

To make Korra's Pro-bending outfit, I started with the Skrull Rebel Heroclix and trimmed the shoulder pads. Then I used green stuff to add the tunic, belt, and other details. I tried to approximate the Future Industries gear logo as best I could. And I forgot to add the parts of the blue sash where it's tied. Maybe she tucked that in?

I probably won't do the who teams uniforms. I just saw that miniature and it looked like a Pro-bender to me...

Friday, April 3, 2015

Scruffy - Janitor

When I'm painting miniatures, I don't always do it in the best lighting. So, sometimes I don't notice things looking off until after I've photographed them.

In this case, it's Scruffy's hat. It looked fine when I was painting, but in the photo it's just kind of a lump.

Scruffy is one of those great Futurama characters that shows up just to react to whatever is happening and then you don't see him again for a while. It would be hard to pick a best Scruffy moment. Every Scruffy moment is a best moment.

For Scruffy, I used the Heroclix Hired Henchman and attempted to make his hat and mustache with green stuff. Maybe I should have given him a broom...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Professor Farnsworth - Scientist

It's hard to write about Professor Farnsworth without opening by saying, "Good news, everyone!"

So instead of doing so, I just did it indirectly.

I'll admit that this mini is kind of a cop-out. I used the Dr. Sivana Heroclix and pretty much just painted his pants, shoes, and glasses. Everything else is the same.

I did consider making the walking stick into Professor Farnsworth's Fing-longer, but that would be a really thick finger.