Painted Kraven the Hunter

This is Kraven the Hunter, one of Spider-Man’s classic villains as imagined for Marvel Crisis Protocol. Kraven is a bit of an oddity in the game in that he has two builder attacks and no spender but he has plenty of ways to use that power. He’s pretty easy to deal with and certainly doesn’t want to get into a mix with a lot of enemy characters and he often struggles into a big brawler as he has no crowd control at all. I’ve enjoyed him most out on a flank where he can bully other characters in his weight class. Kraven also has access to Fearful Symmetry, the most hilarious and useless tactics card in the entire game. If Kraven can personally KO Peter Parker then you can take him off the board and replace him with your own Spider-Man as he dons the costume. I’ve never taken this card but I don’t think I’ve ever actually been in a position where I could have used the card even if I’d somehow been able to access it as a free sixth card. Credit to AMG for putting such a mental card into existence.

Painting Kraven was a lot of fun, and it provided a very interesting contrast to the bright colours of other superheroes since he’s meant to be wearing animal pelts. I spent a fair bit of time doing the leopard rosettes on his tabard – I was initially worried that they were too bold and tried to make them more muted but now that I look again I wonder if I overcorrected. For some reason I also found Kraven’s face fascinating and spent ages on it; the result works just fine at tabletop distance but is a bit too Groucho Marx when viewed in super close-up photos like this.

Next on the painting table: Green Goblin.

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13 thoughts on “Painted Kraven the Hunter

  1. That’s a fun mini, nicely done mate!

  2. I like Leopard spots, but I wonder if they are a bit subdued at tabletop viewing distance. Kraven and Sabertooth look like an interesting study in Browns and Yellows, you did well with those limited colors!
    Looking forward to what you do with GG.

    • Thanks Eric, that was my worry too. There is a balance between having a mini that looks good when held close-up vs good on the tabletop that I haven’t really got to grips with yet.

      • I’m not sure that can be achieved – you either paint for the tabletop (and there are various levels to that) or you paint for display quality.

        I always have to remind myself that the camera is not your friend, it takes a picture that is exactly what is in front of it, and our brain’s are pretty good at interpretation and thus a mini in hand always looks better than a picture.

  3. Nice mini. I know what you mean about moustaches. I painted one on a 28mm mini recently and it just looked weird in the end.

    • Cheers. My moustaches on the Doctor Strange minis looked pretty uninspiring too, so there is definitely a lot of room for improvement in facial hair.

      • Doctor Strange’s moustache (I just took another look) looks fine to me. It’s hard to tell from the pics, but maybe a bit of highlighting with either a blue or grey would work.

  4. I like the dramatic pose on this one. Nicely done. 🙂

  5. Hey, its that guy who is getting a movie in the nearish future! I never would have thought Marvel would be giving characters like Kraven their own movie but here we are. Maybe that is because I’ve never really “gotten” Kraven and his ridiculous costume but this is really fun mini! Its dynamic and over the top. I think you nailed the color choices and the mini looks a lot like his comic counterpart!

    • Wow, I hadn’t heard that. It’ll be interesting to see how that movie comes out as the Kraven I remember from the Spider-Man cartoons was just so ridiculously over the top that it’s hard to imagine any kind of nuance from him. It seems a bit harsh to criticise Kraven’s costume as being ridiculous considering the state of the rest of the Marvel stable 😉

      • I’ve never liked Kraven either so it will be interesting how they use him in a movie. Haha, fair enough on the craziness of his outfit! 🙂

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