Painted Ancient One

Here is the Ancient One for Marvel Crisis Protocol. She represents a bit of an oddity within the game sculpts in that she (and Mordo, about whom more later) are clearly based on their appearance within the MCU films rather than their various comic book appearances. I actually love Tilda Swinton in general and her character in the Doctor Strange film in particular so this is a positive move as far as I’m concerned, but I’m sure that there are plenty of comic fans who would prefer a more ‘old school’ interpretation. The Ancient One brings a nice suite of control abilities and defensive tech along with some very tasty Mystic attacks. I’ve quite enjoyed her as part of a Web Warriors roster where Miles’ Leadership improves her defences still further and her Mystic attack typing is a very welcome option.

I think that the hardest part of painting the Ancient One was picking her colour scheme. The card art (and movie appearance for that matter) tends very much towards saffron robes all the time and I was far from confident that I could make that work at this scale. So I went for a more vibrant orange on some of her robes and also picked out a sash and her trousers in black to improve the contrast and I really like the outcome. I spent quite a lot of effort putting highlights on the Ancient One’s head but my photography skills are not really showing them very effectively. Unlike most MCP figures the Ancient One is simply standing on the floor with no tactical rubbish under her feet and I really loved the understated pose. I went back and forth on whether to include the little swathes of magic around her feet, regretted adding them for the entire painting process and finally came around to enjoying the touch of red that they bring to the miniature right at the end. Overall I loved painting the Ancient One and I’m looking forward to her calmly putting arrogant fools back in their place with regularity on the tabletop.

Next on the painting table: Cable.

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12 thoughts on “Painted Ancient One

  1. Loved the Tilda Swinton rendition of this character too, so glad you stuck with it.
    Looks great.

    • Thanks! For MCP minis I swing between getting the ones that I think look cool and the ones I want to use in the game. The Ancient One is in the former camp, though she’s pretty amusing on the tabletop too.

  2. Very cool, and instantly recognisable even with the (improved imo) changed colour scheme! Lovley job 👍👍

    • Thanks Alex! I’m not sure it’s a huge improvement in terms of costume colours but I’m not good enough at painting to really pull off everything being a shade of orange.

  3. Nice work on the flames. 🙂

  4. Nice job on this mini! I think the AO is more recognizable in this form to most folks, but I could see looking for an alternate sculpt as I’m not a big fan of the AO portrayal in the MCU.

    • Thanks Eric! There seems to be a pretty big market of 3d print sculpts for the game so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there was an old-school Ancient One with a huge beard out there.

  5. Really cool mate

  6. The extra work paid off and its good to see you trying to push your skills. That is one of the best ways to become a great painter in my opinion anyway. She is a great sculpt and I really enjoy the Doctor Strange sculpts in MCP. They look like they’re a lot of fun to paint.

  7. This is lovely I really like the orange robes, great colour choice and excellent executed!

  8. I think you’ve done a really good job with the colours, especially as I think it’s outside of your normal comfort zone (of colours). Has it been a good experience for your painting, doing the MCU characters and ‘having’ to replicate their outfits?

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