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    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.



    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.




    Keeping watch on top of the walls of Grayskull


    With her evil Anti-Eternia counterpart


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


    Protecting Grayskull from the forces of evil

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    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.



    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.






    Hanging out with his pal He-Man.


    About to unleash nature's fury on some of Skeletor's goons

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    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.









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



    Taking on some Horde Troopers:

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    Evil Warriors - Scareglow, evil ghost of Skeletor

    https://motu-wargames.blogspot.com/2...-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.



    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.




    Now this looks ominous...



    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.




    Skeletor summoned Scareglow from across space and time...


    Careful, he looks dangerous...


    I don't know where you came from, but you will find Eternia is no easy conquest!

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    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.


    King Hiss, ruler of the Snake Men



    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.




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




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


    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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    Man, I love these little guys.
    Please check out my custom figures. The first few stink but I get better.

    https://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?277602-Masters-of-the-Hadleyverse


    I also wrote a fanfic. See the fanfic board. At least four people like it.

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    Those sculpts are absolutely gorgeous, and the paint job you've done is amazing. My dad used to paint military miniatures and I long ago tried my hand at painting metal Ral Partha fantasy figures, so I know how challenging it can be.
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    Thanks guys!

    At this scale there is a definite simplification of facial features, but that's not purely due to the size, there are sculptors who can do more realistic features and proporions, but those don't work too well visually at that scale. Keep in mind also they are blown up here to a larger size. At actual size of the figures, the faces don't look so odd.

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    Snake Men - King Hiss on Tyrantisaurus Rex

    https://motu-wargames.blogspot.com/2...aurus-rex.html

    A fearsome ruler like King Hiss needs a fearsome mount. Tyrantisaurus Rex was his favoured mount in Preternia times, now transported to the age of Eternia to help him smite his foes He-Man and Skeletor. Tyrantisaurus Rex is a bionic version of a T-Rex, that carries King Hissinto battle against He-Man in the jungles of Preternia.



    Tyrantisaurus Rex was brilliantly converted for me by John Pickford from a heroclix "Devil Dinosaur and Moonboy" model. King hiss was converted by myself from the foot version to fit on the dino's back. The base is a blank from Fenris Games, to which I added the flagstone with putty.











    The inspiration below. Mine ended up a bit more purple perhaps, but I still like the result.



    King Hiss facing off against Skeletor:

    I... should have brought a bigger dragon...


    It's just a big lizard, Battlecat, we've seen worse... I hope...


    King Hiss, mounted and on foot

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    Heroic Warriors - Prince Adam
    The lazy, cowardly and foppish Prince Adam seems a constant disappointment to his parents and his childhood friend Teela. Few people would suspect this persona is designed to hide the fact that he turns into Eternia's mightiest hero, He-Man, when he holds aloft his sword and mutters those powerful words... "By the power of Grayskull..."



    Prince Adam is depicted here in the midst of raising his sword, about to utter the famous words that will turn him into He-Man. While the figure is an excellent sculpt, I seem to always struggle with Adam/He-Man's face, so I don't consider this one of my better paintjobs. Still, he'll work well enough for a character who's only supposed to remain on the table long enough to find some cover so he can transform into the real hero of the game.




    Prince Adam flanked by some Eternos Guards for protection (or so they think)

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    Heroic Warriors - Fisto
    One of the classic Heroic Warriors, Fisto is a large and muscular warrior with reddish-brown hair and a manly beard, armed with a large metal fist and a sword. The large fist seems to be a prosthetic attachment after a sustained injury in his youth and is able to smash through rock and other hard surfaces. It has been suggested in some continuities that he is the brother of Man-At-Arms and the biological father of Teela.



    The figure combines elements from his Filmation design (armour, belt, fist) and from the toy design (sword, presence of a wrist-protection, although rendered in the Filmation style).




    Prepare to feel my fist, tin man!




    You're not leaving here until you tell me who is my real father!

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    Heroic Warriors - Baracus, Heroic Pitier of Fools

    Baracus is a former Eternos Guard turned mercenary after getting falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit. With his record for insubordination and starting (and finishing) tavern brawls, he didn't stick around to try and prove his innocence. His heroic nature prevailed though and in time, he crossed path with the Heroic Warriors and joined them on more than one occasion. Baracus goes into battle with his battle armour, golden fist glove and Etherian lasergun. Being the flamboyant character that he is, it is often said he has more bling on him than even King Randor. Only a fool would say that to his face though, as most sensible people know he does not suffer fools lightly...


    Baracus, the Heroic Pitier of Fools







    I based the character on the Mr. T MotU & WWE crossover figure, with some changes to accomodate what I had at my disposal. I opted to include some influences from his A-Team alter ago, notably the golden chains and the gun. I also took his name from there, after considering other options like Pitior or Warrior T. The figure is a conversion using parts from a Jitsu (body), a Fisto (fist), a Brightmoon Guard (gun) and a head from a Hardcore Miniatures figure. I'm relatively happy with how he came out.


    The inspiration for the figure


    Twin Fists of Power!


    I pity the fool who works for Skeletor!


    I pity the fool who gives black people a bad name!


    I pity the tin can that's about to feel the crunch of my fist!


    I pity the fool who works for a pitance!


    I pity the fool who goes up against He-Man!

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    These are all just so much fun! I love seeing the world-building you're doing here.

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    Cosmic Enforcers - Tekno, with Laser Arm

    The Cosmic Enforcers are neutral characters, who are guardians tasked with maintaining balance in the Universe. They participate little in conflict but can aid either the heroic or evil sides in their hour of need. The most famous of their kind is Zodac/Zodak, but there are others that exist in canon and beyond. Tekno is one such Enforcer. Equipped with an interchangeable mechanical arm, like Trapjaw, Tekno appears to be a cyborg.



    The model is a conversion, based on a privately commissioned model with the addition of a Quest Miniatures Trapjaw arm. For the base colour, grey was chosen to reflect the neutral stance of this faction.



    Tekno is a bit of an unusual character in that, although adopted by many fans as another Cosmic Enforcer, he wasn't a real MotU character. In the early 2000s, Argentina toy company Tops Toys released a range of action figures using the vintage MotU moulds, combining and recolouring parts to create all new characters under the Fuerza-T label. Tekno, was one such characters, combining parts from, among others, Zodak, Trapjaw, Man-E-Faces and standard furred boots, with the addition of a smooth version of the furry trunks.

    Packaging of the action figure and fantastic fan art by Mike Bock:



    You do not belong here, Anti-He-Man!


    The balance must be preserved! Turn back or perish, minions of Skeletor!

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    Cosmic Enforcers - Tekno, with Claw Arm

    The Cosmic Enforcer Tekno is a cyborg, having different types of mechanical arms at his disposal, much like the fiend Trap Jaw. Here, he is shown with his Claw Arm.





    With Tekno having no fixed background in MotU canon, I'm still undecided whether to make him a full-fledged character or to use him as an armybuilder type grunt, to give some low level warriors to this faction, like with the Eternos guards and Skeletor's various cannon fodder. There is a certain simplicity to the Tekno uniform when compared to other Cosmic Enforcers like Zodac or Strobo.


    Claw against claw!


    Your swords are no match for my steel claw!


    Both my versions of Tekno so far

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    Expanding the 30mm scale MotU project with Thundercats characters (after all, it's canon now), starting with the powered up Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living!
    https://motu-wargames.blogspot.com/2...er-living.html

    Mumm-Ra is the main antagonist of the ThunderCats and, like Skeletor, a powerful sorceror. The Thundercats are the only thing standing in his way of ruling Third Earth with evil. His normal appearance is that of a weakened, withered mummy. He serves as the undead focus for the Ancient Spirits of Evil—four god-like entities of nearly unlimited power, whose influence is limited to the Black Pyramids, so that they can only interact with the outside world through Mumm-Ra. They provide him with immortality, as granted through his sarcophagus in exchange for perpetual servitude. He can call upon them to alter his form by reciting the following incantation: "Ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form to Mumm-Ra, the Ever-Living!", transforming him into a tall, muscular fiend.



    A recent DC comic miniseries saw the heroes and fiends of Third Earth crossover into Eternia, with Skeletor and Mumm-Ra joining forces and the Thundercats teaming up with the Heroic warriors to defeat them. Hence, I'm feeling there is enough basis to include them into this project and the powered up Mumm-Ra is the first one to join.



    The model was a limited edition 'not' Mumm-Ra tribute, which was further converted by my friend Fancagne Didier to perfectly match the original cartoon's fiend's appearance. Being a big fellow, he has a larger base than the other figures.



    To illustrate the size, and as I haven't painted any Thundercats yet, Mumm-Ra is show here with another great evil, King Hiss.



    He may seem big, but that is the appropriate size as Mumm-Ra, in his Ever-Living form, was much larger than anyone else, which as a kid bothered me immensely since I had gotten used to MotU's everyone-comes-from-the-same-mould approach.


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    Mumm-Ra & the Mutants - Mumm-Ra Weakened Form

    While the previous update showed Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living in all his power, Mumm-Ra most commonly takes on a more weakened form, where he is a mere husk of his former self. It is only when he calls upon the power of the Ancient Spirits of Evil that he is turned from his wretched state into the powerhouse that is Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living...







    Like the previous version, Mumm-Ra in his weakened form was a limited edition tribute figure that came in a set with the other one.

    And a side by side of both versions of Mumm-Ra:


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    Definitely rusty on painting female faces at 30mm scale, but I'm calling her done. 30mm She-Ra joins the Great Rebellion:
    https://motu-wargames.blogspot.com/2...-of-power.html

    Great Rebellion - She-Ra, Princess of Power

    She-Ra is Prince Adam/He-Man's twin sister, who leads the group of freedom fighters known as the Great Rebellion in the fight to free Etheria from the rule of Hordak and the Evil Horde. Wielding the twin sword to He-Man's Sword of Power, the Sword of Protection, she is He-Man's female counterpart in every way.

    Like her brother, she was born on the planet Eternia to King Randor and Queen Marlena, as Princess Adora. Unlike her brother, she was kidnapped at birth by Hordak and taken to Etheria, where she grew up and served as a mind-controlled Horde Force Captain before He-Man learned of her existence and brought the Sword of Protection to her. While she was briefly reunited with her parents on Eternia, She-Ra decided to return to Etheria and lead the Great Rebellion against Hordak.


    Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me the day I held aloft my magic sword and said... By the power of Grayskull!



    It's been a while since I painted 30mm figures and I was struggling a lot. I'm afraid my painting didn't do justice to the excellent model, which is another limited run resin tribute figure. I also decided to switch my Great Rebellion base colour over to the standard Heroic Warriors green bases as they aren't really a separate faction in the strict sense like the various Evil factions that are just as likely to fight each other instead of the good guys.





    My very limited progress on the Great Rebellion so far. I need to paint up a few more figures for them:


    Defending Castle Grayskull from Hordak and his Imp:


    The twins. I do have another He-Man model waiting to be painted in the sword held aloft pose, which will be a better pairing for pictures:

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