I have a pretty quick update this week as I only managed to finish one mini. For those not familiar with Hellboy, it is Abe Sapien, a man from the 1600’s who got turned into a fish man who has been alive ever since. Abe’s design reminds me a bit of Swamp Thing of Universal Monster fame. Abe is kind of a tragic figure in Hellboy as he craves his humanity and yearns for his old life. I would also imagine he feels like a man out of his own time with his near immortality. Regardless, he isn’t the easiest mini to paint because he has had a lot of variation in color schemes. While I do like the schemes in the Hellboy movies pictured below, I decided to stick with the comic colors instead.
And here is a look at the mini from a few different angles.
There were some challenges like soft details and a floppy harpoon but I decided not to spend much time trying to straighten it because they always seem to stay a bit bent even with the hot/cold water treatment. Somehow I got the fins and Abe’s badge looking good even with the lack of detail so I am happy with that. I will have to tackle the bust/marker for Abe in the near future so that I then have enough investigators to play a game of Hellboy.
This week, I got a bunch of hobby purchases including a new bottle of rust paint which has prevented me from finishing a piece of terrain. The old one had paint dried in the lid that was so tough, I couldn’t get it open! I gave myself a nice callus in the process and I swear the lids on the AK Interactive paints are designed to do exactly just that. The lesson I’ve learned is don’t shake those enamel paints. Stir them instead!
I should have a few new things to show off next time I update as I’ve got some non-Hellboy stuff started. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to update next week and possibly not the week after that either. I’ll do my best to follow everyone’s progress in the meantime and should have quite a lot to share when I return.