Monday, 15 February 2016

This is April O'Neil reporting for Channel 6.....

Hi guys

*please note the pics of the miniatures are my own feeble efforts and not the much better quality of Rich's*

Last time I showed you some TMNT stuff it was members of the foot clan, that shadowy criminal organisation of ninjas that provide the majority of the muscle for a certain sinister, armour clad master of ninjitsu - Oroku Saki aka The Shredder....

the shredder
Oroku Saki is the younger brother of Oroku Nagi who had been killed by a fellow ninja Homato Yoshi (the owner of Splinter, the Turtles' mentor) in a feud over a woman named Tang Shen resulting in Yoshi fleeing with Shen to the United States.
Angry at the death of his older brother, Saki joined the Foot Clan and trained to be a ninja. He quickly became one of their deadliest warriors and rose up the ranks and was chosen to lead the Foot's American branch. Operating in New York under the name of The Shredder, Saki used the opportunity to avenge his brother by killing Yoshi and Shen. Under Saki's leadership, the Foot participated in variety of criminal activities, including drug smuggling, drug running and assassination.
Shredder was mostly represented as a Japanese male dressed in stylised samurai armour, enhanced by bladed bracers, Sode (pauldrons) and Suneate (greaves). in the 2014 movie he became more mechanised by Michael Bay (Transformers Director) and imho a little bit ruined, I enjoyed the film but much prefer the traditional image of the Samurai.
robot Shredder.... :(
Anyway this is my interpretation of the Oroku saki, the model is from Greebo Games, an Italian firm.  There was a little bit of stress getting the figures shipped with a bit of a delay, but he was well worth it! A little bit pricey too....

I painted him in the traditional purple - Citadel Xeres purple and shaded with Leviathan purple ink.  His breeches were Fenris Grey and inked with Drakenhof Nightshade.  The rest was Runefang silver and Shining Gold.  the base is one i've scratched up with polyfilla (spackle).
Facing off against the Shredder and his dark minions is Master Splinter
Splinter was the pet rat of a ninja named Hamato Yoshi in Japan. Intelligent for his species, Splinter was able to learn his master's art by mimicking his movements while he practiced. Without a home, Splinter was forced to run away and live in New York City's sewers. Due to a traffic accident, four baby turtles and a canister of radioactive ooze were sent down into the sewer, where they mutated both Splinter and the turtles. Splinter named the four turtles LeonardoDonatelloRaphael, and Michelangelo (after a book on Renaissance artists that he found in a storm drain) and trained them in the arts of ninjutsu, so that they should take revenge for his dead master, while still raising them as his own sons
from the 2014 movie
This is my intepretation of Splinter, the miniature again from Greebo Games part of their Fantasy Football series.

I've painted him up in a red kimono, which is the one he seems to be wearing in most of his incarnations, whether it be comic or cartoon or film.  I thought I would use a yellow trim instead of black as it gave the mini a little more colour and set the kimono off better. The base i tried to get to look like a sewer grate.
Lastly for this post I bring you some much needed allies for the turtles - Casey Jones and the glamorous face of the franchise April O'Neill...cue pics of a hottie!! oh and a pyscho....

Casey Jones played by Stephen Amnell of Arrow fame

Megan Fox - yum yum
When Jones was young, his father, Arnold Casey Jones Sr., owned an auto shop. A group of Purple Dragon members (led by a young Hun) burned the shop down, killed his father and took his mother and sister hostage. The badly beaten Casey refused to lay down and take Hun’s blows. He attacked Hun with a knife, stabbing him in the neck. Enraged, Hun had beaten him to within an inch of his life. It seemed that the beating he took from Hun as a teenager resulted in several mental and emotional disorders, explaining his often violent and erratic behavior.
New York City, where Jones is from, was overrun by criminals. Enticed by examples from TV, Casey decided to do something about the crime in the streets. After equipping himself with a hockey mask and various sports clubs, he began his vigilante campaign.
He started his career with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when he ran into Raphael beating up a pair of muggers. When Raphael let them go, Casey proceeded to "finish them off," but was stopped by Raphael. The two clashed but eventually helped each other take down additional muggers that appeared after their fight.
In the original Mirage Comics storyline for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, April O'Neil was a skilled computer programmer and assistant to a famous yet nefarious scientist Baxter Stockman. She helped program his MOUSER robots but, after discovering Baxter was using them to burrow into bank vaults, she fled his workshop. Robots chased her into the sewer where she was promptly saved by three of the Turtles. The Turtles later successfully fended off a MOUSER invasion.
After leaving her job with Baxter, April decided to open an antique shop. The shop was subsequently destroyed in a battle between the Turtles and Shredder and the Foot Clan. April and the Turtles retreated to a farm house in Northampton, Massachusetts to recover and during this time she suffered recurrent nightmares about the Foot Clan's attack.During the mid-1990s, April became romantically involved with the violent vigilante Casey Jones, and the two of them eventually adopted a child named Shadow.
In later incarnations and the films she is portrayed as a journalist and news reporter for Channel 3
So here are my efforts, again from Greebo Games, Casey Jones is listed as Hockey Joe but it is definitely the vigilante.  April O'Neill is sculpted with bare legs for the football game by Greebo but I painted her with black leggings as i did not see it as practical for a reporter or computer programmer.....

Casey was painted using a series of greys and grey/blues for his clothing with white hockey equipment.  April I used Citadel Inyanden Darksun and shaded with Sepia.
More to come but for now enjoy....
16:12 (-4)
figs bought:painted (difference)


  1. More TMNT goodness Andy, with the Shredder being the stand-out mini for me. All very tempting you rotter!! ;-)

    1. I know Simon isn't he great, I couldn't resist when I saw him. Splinter and the other two are good but he's such an excellent, detailed sculpt

  2. Great finds and nicely painted too. I'm with Simon, Shredder is definitely my favourite.

  3. Fabtastic they are all great paintjob on great minis. Sometimes when a mini fits the bill so well the price is worth it regardless.

    1. Agreed Simon, they were pricey but so worth it!

  4. Another excellent TMNT post, Andy. Good choice of figures but for once I'm not tempted to buy them. Well, I might consider getting Shredder. He's awesome! I already have my own versions of April and Splinter, which I hope to show off very soon.

    1. it just means I'll have to try harder with my next offering then ;-P

      i look forward to seeing the minis you have got for Splinter and April. I highly recommend Shredder he looks even better in person!

  5. Their great miniature versions of their comic counterparts and you can tell by your excellent brushwork that these have been a labour of love for you.

    1. Thanks Joe, you're right I really loved working on these guys and I'm really pleased with the way they've turned out.

  6. Got to agree with everyone else Shredder is a brilliant fig, and paintjob I also thin Splinter is damn good too, but all nice I think April looks hotter in the painting than as Megan Fox (not often MF comes in second!)

    Cheers Roger.

    1. It's not often Megan comes in second at all. Thanks matey they are crackers, still more to come!

  7. These look great Andy. Cracking job all round dude! My favourite has to be Splinter, he's superb. Casey Jones was always my favourite character in the original graphic novel. Kudos for the Megan Fox shot, a fox indeed.

    1. Casey Jones was awesome. Great fan film called Casey Jones on YouTube, rubbish turtle costumes but lots of fun!

  8. The other miniatures are good, but I really like Master Splinter. Nice find!