Not a character I would have chosen had he been in a box all on his own, as I knew nothing about him and had no interest in finding out. However, he came with Drax, who is one of my favourites from the Guardians of the Galaxy, and so, here he is.
After a bit of research, which involved me opening my Marvel encyclopaedia and a quick scan of some images online, he most closely resembled the version used in the Fantastic Four comics of the late 90’s. He’s been around since the 60’s, though he wasn’t someone I’d come across before, if I had, I didn’t recall, which sort of sums him up. He was also in two MCU movies, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel, and I still couldn’t bring him to mind!
Anyway, other than in the MCU version, he’s fitted out in green, which seems to be a trend if you’re a superhero these days. There wasn’t a lot of variation in his colour scheme on the net and in the end I just went with the version from the FF comics, which is what the box art seems to reflect too.
As usual, I zenithal primed, Black, Grey, White, and used this to guide me for the shading of his robe. This was done using Heavy Green (Vallejo) for the shade, Snot Green for the mid-tones, and Goblin Green for the highlights (both old GW paint), followed by a bit of blending using a mix of the two adjacent colours. I then pushed the highlights further by adding Escorpena Green to the Goblin Green. This was all brought together by a thin coat of Black Green Ink and re-highlighting with thinned Escorpena.
There wasn’t a lot of flesh on display and looking at various pictures he appeared to be wearing gloved gauntlets, so all I did was the tiny bit of his face. A shade of Imperial and a layer of Electric Blue, with a mix of the two used to add some interest. A final highlight with a bit of Dead White added to the Blue finished his face.
The only other interesting bits worth mentioning are the metallic areas – boots, gauntlets, pauldrons, and robe trimming. After a few wayward attempts at NMM (non-metallic metal) I much prefer using the following method for coloured metal, I’ll work on my NMM skills when I have the time and patience available (quite possibly never again!).
So, first a basecoat of Black, preferably gloss Black but I find the one I have isn’t the easiest paint to use, especially in small areas. Over this a coat of Vallejo’s excellent Metal Colour Steel (MCS). This reflects the light really well and reacts just like metal, but on small areas such as these it needs a little help to ‘pop,’ so I highlight it up. To do this, I used MCS mixed with Gunmetal, using the reflections of the metallic basecoat to guide where I put it. I did the same with MCS + Chainmail and finally MCS + Silver.
Now it was time to add the colour. First up a coat of Black Green Ink. This gave the darker tones a nice hint of green, but didn’t do anything over the lighter areas, so I added a coat of Green ink, which really caught the light. It’s the first time I’ve used two tones of Ink in this way, and I thought they worked really well to give some colour variation to the metal. Lastly, I edge highlighted where I thought it needed it with straight metallic Silver.
So, Ronan the Accuser wasn’t a character I would have chosen for my MCP roster, as I tend towards characters I know and like, characters I remember from my misspent youth where I spent far too much time reading comics. But I’ve now had chance to play him…
I hold my hand up and say, ‘I’ve changed my mind, Ronan is great!’ On the table he plays really thematically, judging those who cause damage to him or his allies, and he hits back bigtime. I had a fun time with him in my Guardians line up. He moves fairly quickly on that medium base with a medium move, and even though I didn’t take him with the power gem, I never found myself short of power, probably because he was always in the thick of things and gained enough by taking hits.
Well, Ronan done, time to move on to painting more green with Drax. I’ve then to assemble Kingpin, Sin, and Viper, all members of Yasmin’s roster, and I’m letting her decide on the colour schemes, that way I can’t be blamed, lol!