When the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance, when all seems lost, when everything else you’ve tried has failed… sometimes you just need lead with your hips. A few weeks back we unboxed Star-Lord, and after a few evenings of using our dear Peter Quill as a palate cleanser betwixt units of Crypt Ghouls and their friends, the leader of the freakin’ Guardians of the Galaxy is ready to take the field.
Fielding Star-Lord makes me happy in my nerd places. I loved the Guardian’s return to the comic page, and I loved both movies (and am looking forward to the third). Peter may not have a lot in his bag of tricks in terms of active powers, but then, he is a “normal” Terran, despite his heritage.
Armed with his trademark Element Guns, Star-Lord relies on his gumption and Plucky Attitude to win the day. Being able to reroll his dice if he scores no hits on the offence or no blocks in his own defense his chances of completely washing out are dramatically reduced. His Element Guns bring a significant amount of versatility with the ability to inflict a variety of special conditions as the situation demands.
His real strength – aside from being able to wield the Power Gem – is in the wordy Winging It. Whoever benefits from Star-Lord’s impromptu plan each round gains the potential to reroll two dice in any attack, defense or dodge roll, up to three times. The ability doesn’t carry over from round to round, so you can’t stockpile tokens, but it does mean that each turn you get to rotate it to another Guardian as needed. I’m looking forward to seeing how it pairs in practice with Ronan on the tabletop, but that may just be because I’m a big fan of the Accuser too.
Assembling Star-Lord was nowhere near as challenging as some seemed to suggest given the number of pieces that go together to make his head, but painting him was a delight. Aside from getting the smoke to a point where I was happy with it (and to be honest, I’m not entirely sure I’m done tweaking it), he was *so* much more fun to paint than Captain Marvel, who was the bane of my MCP painting motivation for several weeks. The flow of the model just exemplifies Star-Lord’s casual, feigned confidence and flair for the dramatic. If I was more confident in my freehand I may have tried to put the script on the shirt from GotG2, but with the strap of the satchel across his chest I didn’t feel that I had enough room to work with.
I’m particularly happy with how the trenchcoat came out, even if it is a little more orange in tone than the coat in the movies. Much credit has to go to the sculpt and it’s beautifully rendered folds and angles.
There’s still more Crisis Protocol models in the painting queue, and it’s only a matter of time before Gamora and Nebula hit North American FLGS’s. Drax and Ronan are on the way as well. I love it when a plan comes together…