Hellboy: The Return of Red

35 thoughts on “Hellboy: The Return of Red”

  1. Great work on Hellboy, and good to hear you had fun doing him. Well done on the recognition you received, always nice to know others appreciate your work. Also sounds like you have been enjoying playing your card game, so another win this week.
    As for noir comics, I think the closest I’ve ever got to that genre is Sin City, and I don’t know that would count either.

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    1. Thanks, Dave! Arkham Horror has been fun as usual. I can’t seem to get tired of it, in fact. Sin City is kind of like neo-noir, I think. I haven’t read it but I think it is definitely inspired by noir even if it puts a very different spin on it. I should probably give that one a read now that you mention it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Nice job on the bust, thatโ€™s a cool piece! What is it used for in the game if you already have a mini?
    I love the noir aesthetic so Iโ€™ll have to find those comics, itโ€™s not a medium Iโ€™ve ever thought to find noir in.
    After you mentioned instagram I found you there and followed, was fun to see some of your models prior to when I followed the blog!

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    1. Thank you and that is a very good question. The “bust” is really a marker that helps you track priority. I think the order of the markers dictates who gets attacked by the AI next in the game or something to that effect. To muck up the waters a bit more, Mantic does have actual busts which are fairly expensive and probably larger in scale than the markers so I probably shouldn’t refer to these as busts but too late now! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have written a lot of them over the years and they’re generally excellent. Criminal is great and where they started. Fatale is excellent if you like Lovecraft at all. The Fade Out is probably my favorite story they’ve told but there are many others besides this and you can’t go wrong with any of them, in my experience!

      Thanks for the follow and Instagram is an easier place to see what I’ve painted than here. That is one thing I don’t love about the page designs on WordPress. Regardless of that, I appreciate you finding me and I enjoyed looking through your previous projects as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Thanks for the recommendations! Iโ€™ll look them up. I do love a bit of lovecraft so Fatale seems like a great starting point.
        Iโ€™ve been meaning to but a gallery together for the blog that lets people see lots of photos at once but havenโ€™t gotten to it yet.

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      2. You’re very welcome! That’s a great idea. I should do something along those lines as well. I’ll be curious to see what you come up with as you might inspire me to do something similar!

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  3. Glad you had a calm week with progress to boot! I wonder what hashtag drove the increase in views? I went and looked at other paint jobs of your model, it was interesting what others highlighted and variations that were done. Especially what was done on the base. Your figure was definitely the most unique in color choices, and I mean that in the most positive manner!

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    1. Me too. I honestly can’t tell you which hashtag was most effective. I have a feeling it is the subject of the mini that did it. Not only is it Warhammer but its the most popular faction Warhammer Age of Sigmar (fantasy space marines basically!) and it is a pretty new release. I suspect the combination of those things are what drove the interest up but there isn’t a way to know for sure. Truthfully, I had to guess at how best to paint some of the lighting on the mini since there are no other examples out there so it wouldn’t surprise me if you see other variations out there. I might have even gotten a part of the wrong here and there!

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    1. Oh yeah. I think the much larger population on Instagram helps your views and likes quite a lot.
      Last time I set up an account there I got an endless stream of “we can see you’re having trouble logging in” spam so I had to kill the account…

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      1. Its relentless in trying to get you to log in and its hard to get rid of an account too. Very frustrating. Instagram unfortunately drives no traffic to my website too so it is kind of its own thing and you have to like using it to want to mess with it, if you know what I mean.

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      2. Yeah, that’s why I decided to leave it alone. I can’t really be bothered with more social media as I can barely keep up with the blogs (including my own). Perhaps I’ll have another look down the line, but not today!

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    2. Thanks, mate. Just as soon as you stop painting tanks I reckon! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t have anything Middle Earth on top for the near future but I do want to do some display projects in that space so you won’t have to wait forever for something!

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  4. Great work as usual mate and good to hear you getting the recognition you deserve.

    I am a big Noir fan. While I know I am in the minority being one of the few folks who likes the Rick Deckard voice over in the original release of Bladerunner, the reason I like it is because it reinforces the Noir aspects of the movie.

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    1. Thank you for your support as always, mate! Blade Runner is a great example of a neo-noir and I love the movie as well though I haven’t delved into the different cuts or versions of the film. I probably should do that as it is a real masterpiece that one! ๐Ÿ™‚ “Like tears in the rain”

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    1. Yeah, its meant to mark turn order in some capacity. I think it dictates who the enemies attack on their turn but I might be mistaken since I haven’t fully read the rules yet. I will hopefully get a game in soonish and rectify that!

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  5. Bust looks real cool. Makes sense to me itโ€™d be much bigger than Liz as he is called Big Red.

    Itโ€™s cool that the Storm miniature got that many likes. Itโ€™s nice to get some validation for the artistry. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I like Noir well enough but I donโ€™t seek it out much so canโ€™t help there.

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    1. Thank you and I suppose you’re right. Hellboy is a lot chunkier than Liz so I guess the discrepancy is spot-on. The challenge with noir is its heyday is long gone now and for me anyway, I’m not sure that I can go back and really immerse myself in the old classics. Either way, its nice to know that plenty of others out there like it as much as me. It doesn’t get talked about a lot for some reason.

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  6. By far the easiest approach for me here would have been to just have done a cut and paste of Dave Stone’s comment, since I agree with it completely! Nice work on the bust – I’m not usually a fan of them, but it does bring out a lot of extra detail and looks really nice indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now I just need to go and look up what Instagram and Noir are, since the latter is obviously more than just the French word for black! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Dave is not only pretty fast on draw with commenting but he’s also usually on point with his thoughts so copying and pasting him is never a bad idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m with you on busts. Its something I should really paint because it will make me better but they don’t hold great appeal for me for some reason.

      Film noir, in particular, comes from around the same time as your wargaming interests: WWII! I suppose that it is distinctly American but there’s nothing like a good noir tale with a hard-boiled detective! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Lovely work on the bust, the red is really well toned! If you want to try some Lovecraftian noir, get Noirlathotep: Tales of Lovecraftian Crime โ€” it’s a great anthology!

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  8. That’s a lovely bust you’ve got there…
    Seriously, great work Jeff, can’t wait to see it all in game. Talking of which, sounds like you’ve had a lot of fun with Arkham – I really need to get back into this game – and Nathaniel Cho looks interesting to play.
    I had to dig Rex’s cards out to see what you were talking about. Totally agree with you regards his weakness, others are much more punishing. His ability is well powerful too, and he can just go around hoovering all the clues up. Mind you, doesn’t he need protecting a bit, I can’t remember having played him much, but is he a bit vulnerable when it comes to being attacked?

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    1. Thanks, Justin! I’m glad you enjoyed the Arkham section as I’m pretty sure you’re one of the only people who has any idea what I’m talking about when I do cover it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Nathaniel Cho is very playable out of the box which impressed me. I really like how many experienced cards you get too. That makes it easy to upgrade your investigator even with a limited collection. I will definitely buy more of the starter decks in the future to freshen up my investigator pool for these reasons.

      Rex certainly can use protection but the reason why he’s so broken isn’t just his weakness, which is well, pretty weak, but he can grab as many as 3 or 4 clues in a single action with some help from a card like Deduction. That kind of action economy is not really topped by any other investigator and it makes me feel like I’m cheating using him!

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  9. Nice work as ever, and well done on replicating the colours from the small version to the bust. Well done on the markers too – I always find markers to be either easy wins or a terrible chore, sounds like these were the latter so good on you for soldiering on.ย 

    As for comics I don’t read many of them but I did read some by Ed Brubaker recently and really enjoyed them, definitely something I’d check out more of.ย 

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    1. I don’t know why but the markers are some how a bit faster and easier which I certainly didn’t expect. Maybe it is because there are fewer surfaces so there’s less fumbling around looking for paint, etc. Glad to hear you like Ed Brubaker as well. He has done a lot of superhero comics in the past which is generally good or decent but I think his noir work is where he is at his best!

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      1. Aye, Iโ€™m not usually that into superheroes, it was his noir stuff I read; the first volume each of Fatale and Kill Or Be Killed. Both of them were decent, definitely ones where Iโ€™d like to read more of the series if I get the chance.

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      2. That makes sense and I’m pretty similar with superhero comics. I like some of them but generally prefer to read something like Hellboy or the noir series from Brubaker. Fatale is pretty good. I wasn’t as into Kill Or Be Killed as the other series they’ve written but its all a matter of personal taste, I’d say.

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