Marvel: Crisis Protocol – Gamora and Nebula

My daughter and I are putting together our own team rosters for this game and so I’m ordering and trying to paint a set for each of us per month. These two are for my roster, which will bring my total of Guardians of the Galaxy to four including Rocket and Groot.

So, after assembly, here’s a quick rundown of the how I painted ’em up…

All paints Vallejo unless otherwise stated.


After a bit of research through various on-line images of her comics, I went with the standard white all-over armour. Some images show flecks of red here and there, but from what I could ascertain, all-over white was the standard.

I was in two minds – prime black and paint the raised sections white, or prime white and paint in the black between the armour plates. I went with the former, as I use Heavy Blue Grey as a base for white, I knew it would cover the black no problems. In hindsight, I could have primed grey and built up to white using graduated shading (basically similar to Zenithal priming but with more gradients) and the painted in the black; it would have been quicker.

After priming I painted in the face and hair. I based both with Citadel’s Snot Green (from their old range) and for the face I built up the highlights using Goblin Green (again from Citadel’s old range) and a glaze of Escorpena Green – One of my favourite greens, nice and vibrant.

For the hair I added some shading using Heavy Green, then Heavy Blackgreen, and highlighted with the Goblin. I revisited it later, as I felt there wasn’t enough contrast, and added some further highlights of Escorpena. I didn’t want to go too far though, as I needed the hair to appear darker than the face to make her features stand out.

The rest was easy but turned out to be rather time consuming. The armour plates were coated with Heavy Bluegrey, and then built up by adding Ghost Grey and then white to the mix, with a final highlight of pure white.

The armour plates look a bit two-tone in the pictures – grey and white!

I ventured into the realms of Non-Metallic Metal (NMM) for her sword – my first real attempt – as it was something that has interested me, and I thought I’d give it a go. The hilt was a base of Heavy Ochre, then Light Rust and Smokey Ink to create the ‘shadows’ and Gold Yellow for the highlights. I pushed these further by adding White to the Yellow and finally gave it an all-over glaze of the Gold Yellow to bring it together.

Marvel: Crisis Protocol - Gamora
My first real attempt at NMM.

I used a combination of colours on the blade, all in various mixes, as I experimented – Heavy Bluegrey, Sombre Grey, German Grey, Light Grey, White, and a touch of Snot Green as a reflection from her hair/face.

On the whole, I was quite pleased with the result and went on to try again on Nebula, as we shall see.

Final details were added – her lips were painted in and the highlights applied to the black areas – and then the base was completed as per the rest of the Marvel characters. Talking of bases; Azazel posted his Rocket and Groot, and his bases look amazing, making me seriously think about going back over mine and adding the few extras that make his really stand out. – bases have never been my forte, I’m just not creative in that way!

I think I’m going to have to revisit all the bases!


Marvel: Crisis Protocol - Nebula

I really enjoyed painting Nebula; I think it was the colours. Sometimes, when you paint a figure, everything just falls into place without having to think about it too much, and with each little bit you add it comes to life and brings a smile to the face – that’s how it was here.

I didn’t have a lot of joy when researching colours for her. In each comic appearance I could find, she was wearing something different, or she was drawn in a totally different style, anyway, I couldn’t pin anything down that I wanted to represent, so I went with the version on the box!

Staring from a Zenithal Prime, her suit was based with Heavy Violet, then shaded by adding Dark Blue to it. The highs were built up by mixing increasing amounts of Glacier Blue to the Violet. A final glaze over of the Heavy Violet diluted with glaze medium and water brought the colours together. I spent a lot of time her suit, building up the layers, glazing them in, then adding some more; Time just went and I was enjoying myself!

Warlord Purple was used for her belts and suit edging, adding a small quantity of Heavy Violet to it to create some shading.

I used the same colours as I did on Gamora’s blade to paint all the metal parts – the bit on her head and her blades – but I chickened out at painting the engine nacelle she was perched on. I just couldn’t visualise it to paint using NMM, so I coated it with Metal Colour Steel. I didn’t like the look that created, because I wasn’t happy with the blend of NMM and real metallic paint on the same figure. I resorted to mixing some Deck Tan into the steel and re-coating it, then added some weathering and called it done!

That engine nacelle gave me a few issues!

Back to Nebula. For her face I used two inks, Violet and blue, just a single coat allowing the Zenithal priming to show through. I then went over everything lining in with Black Ink. I’ve just discovered Inks and I can’t believe how I’ve done without them until now; they’re so versatile!

Using ink to line in is so much easier than using watered down paint or a black was, which is how I’ve been doing it in the past. Add a little water to the ink and it flows beautifully off the brush, creating very fine lines and takes to crevices just like a wash; they’re also great for glazing.

So, that’s Gamora and Nebula, and I’m looking forward to putting them to use on the table – I just need Star Lord now, as he’s the team leader!

17 thoughts on “Marvel: Crisis Protocol – Gamora and Nebula

  1. Those turned out beautifully. Love the white green contrast and those warmish purple and cold blue tones also work exceptionally well. Just something very satisfying looking at them.

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    1. Many thanks, though I can’t really take the credit for the colours – I just tried to portray them as they appeared in the comics.
      I love painting purple, though, I think it’s a relaxing colour to work with and it opens up so many options for contrast and harmonies.

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      1. Nevertheless you still achieved a vibrant and well highlighted result. I always think it is all about contrast. So the colour scheme might have been a preset, but you still need to apply it.

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      2. Thanks, and yes, as I’m finding out, it’s all about contrast!


  2. These two look awesome! I do enjoy your step-by-step painting guides. I’ve never been able to do that, as I never write it all down and tend to mix custom colors (which get me in trouble at time if I need to touch-up!). I’ve just started laying some paint own the Core Box figures!

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    1. Thanks Eric.
      I must admit, the more I paint the less inclined I feel about keeping records, and as such my recent painting posts aren’t quite as detailed as they used to be. But, I do find keeping notes a big help when I want to recreate a look I’ve used before – If I mix paints I try to write down a ratio and put a dab on the record card.
      Looking forward to seeing the results of your labour; from what I’ve seen so far they should be superb 😀

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  3. They’re brilliant, Justin (literally and metaphorically)! 🙂 Such a contrast between the two of them as well!

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    1. Thanks John.
      Yes, they are quite different and I like them both in different ways – Gamora is no nonsense and in your face, whilst Nebula has more depth (and a lovely colour!).

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  4. Really nice work on both of these! I’m of the opinion that the Guardians look best when they have bright colors to highlight how larger than life the characters are so this a job well done in my book.

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    1. Thanks mate.
      Yes, the Guardians are quite different to many of the other Marvel characters. I’ve just brought Star Lord, who should be fun to paint, and after that I want to get Drax – hopefully I can do them justice.

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  5. Looking back at this post, I’m struck by the paint work on Gamora. Way back in the early part of the 2000’s I painted up a Dark Eldar dude for my oldest son’s army, and he waited all white armor so that he would stand out from the all black-n-blue rank and file. I remember how hard it was to get a great looking white armor look. My hat’s off to you for getting the look to look correct!

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    1. Thanks Eric.
      I quite painting white, but she took a fair length of time to do. Usually I’ll just layer but with the armour plates being flat I had to do a lot of blending, which I did mostly by glazing. I got there in the end but it would have been so much quicker had I done it with the airbrush right from the start.

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  6. Fantastic work on this pair. Others have already written on the main points I had, so I’ll just say keep it up as it certainly gets me motivated for my own MCP models (I got working on Crossbones again just now) and thanks also for the shout-out!

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    1. Thanks Azazel. Looking forward to seeing more from you on the Marvel front, as I know you’ll put your own twist on things!

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  7. Wonderful work on both models, the two have a unique feel to each, but also tie together well

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    1. Thanks Dave.
      I really enjoyed painting these two, especially Nebula. They complement each other in the way they play too, so I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

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