My boss has had a collection of tiny, cheap monochromatic Marvel figures sitting on her desk for a year now. They just lie there at the edge of her desk, and people fiddle with them during meetings.
Each time I am in her office, this 1.5″ Thing figure calls out to me. It looks like a black wash would really improve it. I have a friend who is a huge Fantastic Four fan and an excellent miniature painter. On his behalf, I’ve lamented the missed opportunity of this figure.
So, in a move I’d contemplated for a long time, I swiped the figure on Friday, brought it home and announced my plan to touch it up. After I assured my kids that my boss wouldn’t mind, my son pronounced the orange color of the figure too light.
Damn, he was right. I was going to have to do more to the figure than I initially planned to do. So, major work immediately commenced.
First, I painted the body orange, except for the trunks. Those I painted blue, leaving the belt white. The Thing’s been drawn many ways over the years, and his belt is often black, but it’s sometimes white, and I thought the white would pop more.
Using a needle, I then painted his eyes white, and added the light blue to his eyes. Then I traced the outline of the “4” belt buckle.
It was looking really nice at that point, and I still hadn’t done the wash. I eventually ended up doing multiple washes. Then there was some repainting of the orange highlights. Then I hit it with dull cote to seal it and take down the shine. Then more black washing. Then more dull cote.