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Re: Masters of the Universe

Postby White Knight » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:45 pm

Great Rebellion - Bright Moon Guards with Staffweapon

https://motu-wargames.blogspot.com/2020/08/great-rebellion-bright-moon-guards-with.html

While everyone remembers the orange and green Eternos Guard, Bright Moon Palace had its own elite guards, aptly named the Bright Moon Guard. Armed with sphere tipped energy weapons, they are ready to hold their own against the Evil Horde.

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Having given a lot of thought to the representation of diversity in MotU off late, I decided to paint one of the guards in a darker skintone. This was my first try at the Foundry African flesh triad and while I initially had my reservations, the final result does look good. I did make a small mistake that I'll likely correct when I paint some reinforcements for them is that the rim underneath the sphere should be the colour of the staff. Oh well, it doesn't bother me too much (is what I tell myself).

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The Bright Moon Guards as shown on the original She-Ra cartoon:

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A couple of Bright Moon guards bravely try to hold off Hordak and his Horde Troopers until the heroes arrive:

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Re: Masters of the Universe

Postby White Knight » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:53 pm

Overlord Forces - Neptul

https://motu-wargames.blogspot.com/2020/08/overlord-forces-neptul.html

One of the coolest villains to come out of the Blackstar cartoon, and one of the few toy characters that made it into the cartoon, is, in my opinion, Neptul. Aside from having has his own host of merfolk to command, he looks like the offspring of Cthulhu and Merman. I just knew I had to add him to the lineup. I figure in the expanded universe, he could be a sort of right hand man to Merman, adding his people to the different underwater tribes at Merman's beck and call.

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Neptul and his warriors, as they appeared in the cartoon

Did I mention I hate panting orange? I really do and so many of these characters and troops seem to have it. I tried a different approach on this one and I sort of like how it came out. Still. Orange.

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Overlord and Neptul together. Looks a bit like they're singing a duet.

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Neptul facing Blackstar

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Well met He-Man. Merman sends his regards.

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All the Blackstar figures for now...
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Re: Masters of the Universe

Postby White Knight » Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:50 pm

Heroic Warriors - The Sorceress

The Sorceress, mystical guardian of the secrets of Castle Grayskull and one of my favourite character designs coming out of the Filmation cartoon. With a vast knowledge of magic and history, she is among the wisest beings on Eternia. He-Man often seeks her counsel. The Sorceress demonstrates saintly qualities such as humility and often appears to other characters who are in need of guidance. While powerful in her own rights, her powers are tied to Castle Grayskull and weaken when she leaves its walls. When she does need to travel, though, she generally assumes the form of the falcon Zoar. Her real name is Teela-Na and she is secretly the mother of Teela.

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The model is another Quest Miniature and one of the last of that range to have been sculpted by Boris Woloszyn. The base is my usual flagstone sculpting over a blank lipped base.

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Keeping watch on top of the walls of Grayskull

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With her evil Anti-Eternia counterpart

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With her minicomic counterpart (left) and secret daughter (right)

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Protecting Grayskull from the forces of evil
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Re: Masters of the Universe

Postby Australian Dawn » Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:16 am

Another great addition. This is really a very impressive project. Can't wait to see what you do next, Ram-man maybe?
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Re: Masters of the Universe

Postby White Knight » Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:43 am

Well, the "-Man" part was correct. :)

Heroic Warriors - Moss-Man
Moss-Man is a man, made of moss. He lives in the Evergreen Forest in harmony among the animals and plants. His power is to camouflage into foliage and other green areas, as well as control all plant life. He's not exactly a favourite, but kind of has to be there.

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The model is made by Quest Miniatures and was one of the first models that wasn't done by Boris Woloszyn. While not bad per se, the model turned out a bit small and lacking much detail. In the Filmation cartoon, Moss-Man was rather bulky, so I decided to experiment a bit with it and try to add some bulk by emulating the main feature of the toy figure: flock. It's not quite the result I was going for, and I wouldn't have done this if the figure had held a bit more interest, but he'll do. I think. Whatever, it's a walking moss patch.

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Hanging out with his pal He-Man.

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About to unleash nature's fury on some of Skeletor's goons
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Re: Masters of the Universe

Postby White Knight » Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:18 pm

Thanks for the encouragement, gentlemen. I like him a bit more with some distance.
No pine scent I'm afraid. ;)

Great Rebellion - Bright Moon Guards with Laserguns

My second set of Bright Moon guards, this time armed with some firepower. I strongly considered painting these in the same blue uniform as the earlier ones, but my compulsion to stick to canon representation won out and I painted them in the orange and red uniform from the She-Ra cartoon, despite my misgivings about yet another troop type sporting mostly orange clothes. The orange and red doesn't offer much contrast with the skintone either, contrary to the light blue, so I did end up regretting my decision.

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The two divisions of the Bright Moon guard, side by side:

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Taking on some Horde Troopers:
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Re: Masters of the Universe

Postby White Knight » Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:44 pm

Evil Warriors - Scareglow, evil ghost of Skeletor

https://motu-wargames.blogspot.com/2020/11/evil-warriors-scareglow-evil-ghost-of.html

Scareglow is a skeletal ghost warrior who serves Skeletor. He seems to have a solid but translucent body with his bones emitting a strong glow in the dark, which can intimidate even the bravest opponents. He wears a long purple cape and carries a halberd.

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The model is slightly re-imagined to show a Scareglow as he might have looked in the Filmation style, which matches the bulk of my collection.

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Now this looks ominous...

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One of the things that made the original Scareglow model stand out, besides looking badass, is that his body was made from glow in the dark plastic. While such a feature has no practical use for a miniatures collection, it still needed to be attempted. I purchased my first glow in the dark paints and used them on his body and halberd. It was interesting to discover the glow in the dark paint is transparant and goes over a regular paintjob. It only really works on a clear base colour, so I had to abandon my plans for glowing red eyes (as I wanted them to look red in normal light too). It worked okay on the light green halberd. The reason the glow looks a bit uneven in places is because the model is shaded and highlighted and the glow is less strong on the shaded parts. Still, as a gimmick done for fun, the result is satisfactory. I should also keep in mind it hasn't had a chance yet to soak up a few hours of sunlight for a stronger glow.

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Skeletor summoned Scareglow from across space and time...

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Careful, he looks dangerous...

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I don't know where you came from, but you will find Eternia is no easy conquest!
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Re: Masters of the Universe

Postby Etranger2 » Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:19 am

That effect works for me. Does it glow under UV light?
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Re: Masters of the Universe

Postby White Knight » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:47 am

I haven't tried that yet.
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Re: Masters of the Universe

Postby White Knight » Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:51 pm

Snake Men - King Hiss

King Hiss is the ruthless ruler of the Snake Men, once a race of interstellar conquerors long ago, in the Preternia age. Hiss and his Snake Men were eventually defeated by the combined magic powers of the planet's Elders, and imprisoned in the void, a limbo-like dimension. After millennia of imprisonment, King Hiss and a handful of his followers were freed by Skeletor, who desired to learn the secrets of the Snake Men. The two villains formed an alliance to conquer Eternia and destroy He-Man, but naturally both planned to betray each other at the opportune moment.

King Hiss hides his true nature under the appearance of a heroic human. Underneath lurks his true form, an upper body comprised of five intertwined serpents.

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King Hiss, ruler of the Snake Men

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While King Hiss never appeared in the Filmation cartoon, I nonetheless attempted to use bright colours to give him that general look and feel. Details on the shield seem a bit washed out in the pictures. The model is a limited release from a fanbased private commission and fits right in with the others, despite being from a different sculptor.

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King Hiss after just being freed from his banishment by Skeletor as in the original minicomic

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That man looks quite heroic, He-Man. Maybe he is a potential ally.

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I'm not so sure about that, Orko...

The small group of Snake Men figures so far. I clearly need to invest more time in this faction.
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