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Author Topic: Dangerboy's Pulp Alley Leagues  (Read 9406 times)

Offline Supercollider

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Re: Dangerboy's Pulp Alley Leagues: Cloaks and Daggers
« Reply #60 on: December 03, 2019, 06:02:13 AM »
Wonderful conversions and painting.  You've created some great characters.

Offline Deserter

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Re: Dangerboy's Pulp Alley Leagues: Cloaks and Daggers
« Reply #61 on: December 04, 2019, 01:50:35 PM »
Wow! My new favourite log on the whole forum! I've loved the Horrorclix range for a long time (it's a shame they're no longer producing or adding to the range!) and I've got a lot of miniatures from it in my Pulp/Horror/Fantasy collections but you've really opened my eyes to the massive potential in the Heroclix range too! I've converted and repainted a few Heroclix but I've normally just stuck to weapon swaps (an often poor part of some of the otherwise fairly decent sculpts, with the extra bendy swords and guns that seem to be the norm with the cheaper plastic figures) but you've got me looking at the bag of misc. heroes and villains with a new eye! I've just been on eBay looking for some job lots too!

Really really inspiring stuff! I love the themes of the Leagues (I normally paint up all sorts and then pull them together for warbands/gangs etc. but I love your themed groups! Especially the one inspired by Lobster Johnson's relatively mundane crew! That's definitely something to consider :) I especially love the Sandman conversion - a great character in his original form but taken to a new level with the domino-masked head of Green Lantern! On a sidenote, have you read any of the Sandman Mystery Theatre books? Definitely worth a look for pulp goodness with a more grounded flair!

Also - do you have any other project logs up online? I'd love to see your other stuff prior to these!

Offline Dangerboy

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Dangerboy's Pulp Alley Leagues
« Reply #62 on: December 07, 2019, 03:31:59 AM »
Wonderful brush work.

Wonderful conversions and painting.  You've created some great characters.

Really really inspiring stuff!

Thanks for the high praise, guys.

The whole converting Heroclix bit started with looking at a mountain of duplicate figures and wondering what could be done with them. Earlier sets actually had a decent amount of detail to the sculpts under the layers of the factory paint, so the first miniature I converted for Pulp Alley was really just careful stripping and a repaint. After that it was a hand swap and repaint and then another—and suddenly I was off to the races.




My approach has changed over time, though. Initially, I was focused on getting finished leagues on the table, so it was just more efficient to build around a specific theme or "borrow" an idea from somewhere else and get to chopping. Eventually I started piecing together characters friends and I had invented; John Danger, for example, is a character I played in an rpg years ago and always wanted a figure for. Now it's a little of Column A, a little of Column B, where I look at art for ideas and at figures for parts that might come together into something interesting. A spare Sandman is a suit, pistol and cape, and Green Lantern is a mask and hairdo—and it works, even if it doesn't exactly match the inspiration.





I have read Sandman Mystery Theatre. I'd say it pushes more strongly toward mature, political, psychological and horror themes than adventure, but it can be mined for the look and feel of the era. And the design for the Sandman was fantastic.

No other projects online, but that just means I can focus on this one. ;)

Offline Alcide Nikopol

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Re: Dangerboy's Pulp Alley Leagues
« Reply #63 on: December 10, 2019, 02:41:38 PM »
Sandman Mystery Theatre is a wonderfully twisted series.
A.Nik-

Offline Deserter

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Re: Dangerboy's Pulp Alley Leagues
« Reply #64 on: December 12, 2019, 12:25:03 PM »
I love the cover from Thrilling Tales, and a not-Sandman appears on the next page too!

I pulled out my bag of Heroclix and got a couple of job lots in the post that looked promising! I'm going to have to "borrow" some of your ideas from the Carnie band!

How do you go about stripping the paint from them? That's always been really difficult for me!

Offline Deserter

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Re: Dangerboy's Pulp Alley Leagues
« Reply #65 on: December 13, 2019, 11:06:58 AM »
Also, I'm also normally in the "not keen on clear bases" camp but yours look bloody brilliant!

Any plans for terrain/objective markers currently?

Offline Dangerboy

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Dangerboy's Pulp Alley Leagues
« Reply #66 on: December 18, 2019, 01:33:13 AM »
How do you go about stripping the paint from them? That's always been really difficult for me!

Short answer: I live dangerously and use acetone.

Dipping a cotton swab (e.g. Q-tip) into some acetone and "wiping" the paint off the mini is how I do it nowadays.

HOWEVER, it does require some consideration before you use it. The fumes aren't good for you, so use it outside. You don't want it on your skin or in your eyes, so get some gloves and eye protection. I apologize if that comes off as lecturing, but the first time I used acetone on a heroclix I took a toothbrush to a damp mini and it spattered everywhere and came that close to landing in my eye. Provided you're careful though (and not an idiot like I was), acetone works very well on heroclix.

Caveat emptor: It can melt the details off of the older material from the early heroclix and horrorclix sets. Generally, the new stuff they use holds far less detail but is much more resistant. If you're worried about that, try using nail polish remover. It contains acetone as well and while it is much slower, it is generally safer and far more forgiving (see precautions above). I accidentally left a figure soaking in nail polish remover for hours and aside from being extremely rubbery (until it dried), it was fine.

Any plans for terrain/objective markers currently?

Yes, actually. But with the holiday/end of the year crunch, they've been put on hold for a while. I'll get back to them.

Offline Deserter

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Re: Dangerboy's Pulp Alley Leagues
« Reply #67 on: December 19, 2019, 10:44:37 AM »
Ah, okay then! I already use acetone to strip ‘clix, but as you say, it’s living dangerously :) I did buy some nail varnish remover a while back (the acetone one, there are some non-acetone ones in the UK and they’re crap for our purposes) and the smell of it was worse than normal acetone!

Offline War In 15MM

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Re: Dangerboy's Pulp Alley Leagues
« Reply #68 on: February 14, 2020, 02:43:48 PM »
Great looking figures.  Really nice incorporation of Heroclix.

 

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