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  • MCP: Okoye

    There are some models that just become something of a mental roadblock on the painting table. Sometimes it’s a case of being intimidated by a model, not being confident your skill level is sufficient to do it justice. Sometimes it’s the opposite, and a model just doesn’t enthuse. Sometimes it’s a matter of getting past the voice in your head saying “You need to paint Danai Gurira”.

    My past comic experiences usually serve me well when it comes to MCP characters, but my exposure to Okoye is pretty much limited to the movies. She cemented her badassness in Civil War with one line, and her roles in Black PantherInfinity War and Endgame have made her a well-deserved fan favorite… but my main time with Okoye as a character has been through Marvel: Puzzle Quest on my phone. While I’m well familiar with her Vibranium Spear, a match-3 phone app did not prepare me for a braided tabard and my experience with painting darker skin tones is similarly limited.

    Once I got over the mental hurdle and put brush to model though, she painted up beautifully. The lines of the model are easy to follow with a brush, and a simple wash picked out the braiding on the tabard beautifully.

    In terms of play, Okoye is cheap. Threat 2 means she can be squeezed into almost any list that could use a bodyguard to protect a glass cannon.

    Her basic strike -and- her basic ranged attack are both free to use, and both generate power. Her Vibranium Spear Thrust punctures opposing armour by negating one of their defense results, and gets backed up by a followup Strike for free.

    She’s harder to kill than it would immediately seem with General of the Dora Milaje and Martial Artist stacking to let her reroll a defense dice while also adding blanks as successful defense rolls. Bodyguard is the main reason to take her though, as she can redirect an opponent’s alpha strike onto herself. Granted, as a Threat 2 character you should expect her to be able to do it all day long, but if if keeps one of your power hitters from being sucker-punched, then it’ll have been a decent investment.

    Okoye is available in a two-pack with Shuri, from your FLGS or preferred online retailer. Pick up your spear, it’s time to get stabby. Yibambe!

  • MCP: Spider-Foes incoming

    Were you watching yesterday’s Twitch stream? I wasn’t, cos I was at work and being a responsible adult and stuff, but those who were able to listen to the dulcet tones of the Atomic Mass crew were treated to a special glimpse of shenanigans to come. With the Green Goblin incoming, there was speculation that we’d be looking at the Sinister Six, which would promise such Spider-Men classic enemies as Rhino, Electro, Sandman, Kraven and Vulture (though later incarnations also included Rhino, Lizard, Hobgoblin and others)

    Here’s the run though: Of the fifteen incarnations of the Sinister Six that formed in the main Marvel universe, Green Goblin has only featured in three of those rosters. Heck, Boomeranghas been the Sinister Six’s leader twice, while Green Goblin’s only been the leader once. While there’s absolutely no doubt that the Green Goblin is one of the most iconic opponents for our favorite webhead, putting him in charge of the Sinister Six wouldn’t quite ring true.

    But having him head up the Spider-Foes, an admittedly more catch-all affiliation name for Spider-Man’s enemies, makes plenty of sense.

    The Spider-Foes list has plenty of room to expand and grow over time, but the more exciting reveal here is that Carnage, Kingpin and Mysterio will be joining us on the tabletop, and the rampant speculation as to what they’ll be able to do has already begun.

    Carnage will surely be slapping the Bleed token all over the place, Mysterio’s defensive tricks will likely be bananas (you can’t lay a hand on an opponent you can’t see, right?), but it’s Kingpin that has me intrigued.

    Maybe it’s just from watching the Netflix Daredevil series, but the Kingpin – Wilson Fisk – is possibly one of my favorite bad guys from New York’s seedy underbelly. Hopefully his model will be released with some goons… and I think it’s understandable to look at Kingpin and think of him squaring up against the devil of Hell’s Kitchen, but he’s played a significant role as Spider-Man’s nemesis as well – to the extent that Spidey donned the black suit one more time, despite its association with Venom, to deliver what some consider one of the most brutal villain beatdowns of all time after Fisk puts a hit on Aunt May.  Kingpin’s an excellent inclusion in the list, and when Daredevil gets released at some point in the future (Surely a sign that Atomic Mass will one day give me Stilt-Man!), well, there’s only good times ahead right there.

    Of note is Green Goblin’s leader ability for the team – Oscorp Weaponry.

    Once per turn, while an allied character is attacking, it can spend 1 Power when modifying opposing defense dice. If it does, it may reroll 1 opposing defense die.

    So not only are we looking at a team affiliation that seems geared for offense, but Green Goblin will make them all the more effective on the attack by hampering opposing defense. The jerk. I’m totally gonna shoot him with Rocket Racoon.

    I’ll gladly admit that more than any other affiliation I’m looking forward to being able to field a Defenders team headed up by Dr Strange, but the Spider-Foes are a worthy addition to the game.



  • MCP: Civil War – Captain America and Iron Man

    It’s been a busy old time in the Gdaycave, what with work and life and other such stuff, and the painting table’s been busy with a number of commissions and review models, but I’ve been able to enjoy slowly putting paint on various personal projects in between other models, not the least of which has been working through the remainder of the Marvel: Crisis Protocol starter box. Today we get a double whammy, with Captain America and Iron Man both being finished.

    Captain America and Iron Man are both pivotal characters in the Marvel Universe, and both have played critical roles in storyline after storyline, crossover after crossover. Both have led the Avengers for significant stretches, and both have led their own teams over the decades, but perhaps never with the impact on the Marvel Universe as they did during the Civil War storyline.

    The comic Civil War was a little different than what we saw in the movies. After an elementary school is blown up by the villain Nuke during a botched attempt to capture him by the New Warriors, more interested in getting ratings for their reality TV show than in safe apprehension of a bad guy who can literally detonate himself in a localized nuclear explosion (and reform himself later), public outcry demands that the New Warriors – and all superheroes – be held responsible for collateral damage caused by their conflicts. They demand all superheroes be registered and licensed, young superheroes be trained before being allowed to go save the day, and more.

    Tony is the figurehead for the Superhero Registration Act, which he sees as trying to safeguard not only the public, but also future generations of superheroes. Steve sees the whole thing as an infringement of their rights, and believes heroes should be free to act without government oversight. This in large part mirrors the ideologies we see in the movies. Iron Man and the pro-SHRA side are in the limelight, and Captain America and his allies are driven underground. The whole thing ends when an sleeper assassin kills Steve Rogers, leading to the chain of events that results in Sam Wilson – The Falcon – taking up the shield as the new Captain America. Until Steve Rogers returns, of course, because it’s a bloody miracle when anyone actually stays dead in the comics.

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  • MCP: Unboxing Gamora & Nebula

    I’ve decided to dub these two the Sisters Of Absolutely No Mercy Whatsoever. I have mixed feelings on the two characters based on their comic history, admittedly based in part on my limited exposure to them. I don’t know that I’ve read more than a few comics with Nebula in them, and my exposure to Gamora in large part stems from her time with Adam Warlock’s Infinity Watch in the 90’s, when her prime function was standing around in a swimsuit with large mesh segments and wearing a cape.

    The reinvention of Gamora into a character more befitting her sobriquet as the deadliest woman in the galaxy occurred later, and the concept became the cornerstone of her portrayal in the MCU. While Peter Quill does give her a tough time when they first meet, there’s no questioning that she’s come a long way from the shallow portrayals of her early comic history. There’s a reason her two attacks in Crisis Protocol are God Slayerand Cosmic Assassin.

    Nebula largely flew under my radar as a cosmic bad guy in the Marvel universe, until Karen Gillan’s reveal that at a comicon panel that she’d shaved her head for the role. So yes, I freely admit that my fondness of Nebula is almost entirely based on my being a fan of Karen Gillan from her time as Amy Pond in Doctor Who. I regret nothing.

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