Today we have a Twisted Miniatures figure from Demented Games based in Australia. The figure goes by the name of “Dorothy” and is very nicely cast and highly detailed. I bought a few figures from the range, seven to be exact, and have been slowly working my way through them. Despite being distracted by other figures I have bought I now only have two more to paint. I will get around to completing both of them, just not sure when!
Dorothy had plenty of detail to pick out which made her nice to paint but once again I can’t say I am very pleased with the base. I seem to have lost my way a little just lately and this is some thing I need to focus on. Despite that a deserved shout out to Kerry my neighbour who turned a few more wooden bases for me of which this is one.
This figure was part of a two figure set from Lead Adventure which was sold under the package name of “Bonnie and Clyde”. When the figures arrived I really did not like the look of Bonnie at all. Overall I think the sculpt was fine but something must have gone a miss with the casting because the face on the figure was a little out of sink and there really wasn’t anything I could do about it. Consequently I decided to go just with Clyde which was by far the better of the two figures any way.
The website images show Clyde painted in white as befitting the real life charachter but as mine would have no Bonnie I chose to do my own thing completely. I also went with an entirely knew base idea (for me at least) and set the figure on clear acrylic which I sunk a few watch parts into. Overall I was pretty pleased with how the figure and the base turned out.
This weeks figure is a Reaper model which goes by the name of “Rudd Starslider” a professional Space Smuggler. A nice little figure and one I have had hanging around for quite a while. Like a few of us it seems, I am trying to clear some of my ever growing backlog of figures which I bought but since neglected.
Although I have done a couple of little dioramas of late I am still missing the drive and inspiration for something which really takes my fancy. In some ways it is a good thing. As I have not lost the desire to paint I have decided to use the time to get some single figures done. So far so good but in truth I have barely made a dent.
These last few weeks, probably longer I suspect, I have been flitting between genres with no real purpose than to try and make a dent in my to do pile. In fairness I have enjoyed this random approach, simply doing what I want as the mood grabs me has been fun. I expect it will continue for some time to come until a larger diorama idea enters me head and gets me excited again.
Steampunk took my fancy this week, specifically “Belle” a nice little 28mm Reaper figure with a reasonable amout of detail to pick out. I wanted to add some freehand but the best my imagination could come up with was stripes on her trousers. I’m happy with the figure but I feel I let her down with the base. Cobbles and cogs don’t quite do it.
Whilst I continue to search in vain for my lost diorama mojo I remain very happy simply painting figures. I’m even making a small dent in my to do lead pile which at least feels like a step in the right direction.
Having put knights to one side just for the moment I decided to divert my attention to this Reaper Steampunk figure which goes by the name or “Smedley Cloverdash” and whose profession is listed as “Time Traveller”. A modified key and a watch spring were added to the base to provide a little interest and suport the Steampunk feel.
Every now and then I happen across a figure which is a little bit different and inspires a basing idea for me to get my teeth into. Such was the case here with this figure by Crooked Dice. To be fare the figure isn’t that special but it took my fancy and the base is a simple affair too.
The figure conjured up a Jules Verne image in my head which in turn made me think of “Journey To The Centre Of The Earth” which led to a base a long the lines volcanic lava and hot coals. I decided not to get to carried away and kept it simple using just a few granite chippings from the garden. Milliput was used to secure the chippings and create the base which once dried was painted with yellow, orange and red blobs and allowed to dry. Citadel textured paint was then applied reasonably thickly on top and allowed to dry and crack revealing the colour below.
Images of the end result below.
This week saw me finally put the effort in to complete Steampunk Alice. All in all I am reasonably pleased with the way she turned out and how the various bits and bobs came together but there was room for improvement. I have also had a few other ideas so one day I might do this figure again.
What we have here is Alice herself along with a mechanical White Rabbit, both part of the same Twisted Miniatures kit. The mirror was a cheap Ebay dolls house purchase but a significant piece in the storyline. I used watch pieces for the name on the base and a few more as decoration. The playing card was just a colour print reduced in size. With hindsight I should have printed the Queen of Hearts so that’s a mistake down to me. I also wanted to get hold of a very small chess piece but couldn’t fine one and attempts at trying to make one were pitiful. I think both of these would have improved on the theme. The street lamp added some height and besides I had a spare one to use up! The clock was a last minute (sorry about the pun!) addition which I personally really like. It came in a packet She Who Must Be Obeyed bought at the local market a while back. The stall sells stuff that people who make their own cards buy.
To provide some perspective the surface area of the base is 4cm x 4cm. Surprising just how much can be fitted on an area of that size.
I have begun working on another of my 28mm Twisted Miniatures, this one goes by the name of Alice and is a Steampunk version of Alice In Wonderland. I cannot claim to be a fan of either the book or film(s) but as with my recent Disney Steampunk model “Chim Chimney” this one gave me some ideas.
Inspired by some of the images on the Twisted site I thought I would try and create a little model featuring some of the things I knew about the character and the story. I knew a mirror needed to feature along with some playing cards and a chess board so I began to set about the build.
Using some old watch pieces I created the name of Alice for the front of the base.
Some tiles found in my scenic storage boxes would be used to create the chess board. Holes were drilled to take certain pieces later on. The broken tiles will be covered when the model is complete.
Painting the tiles and sticking them down soon got underway. Such is the state of my memory that I need to have a yellow postit to hand to highlight that the tiles needed to be layed down in a black and white sequence! In fairness I had to make sure I got the pre-drilled tiles in the right place.
A few more little features being worked on but whether I will use them all remains to be seen.
Pending how things go and how distracted I get by something else I have now started will determine if this one gets finished next week.
As very much predicted the weather this week has been dreadful. Thank goodness for having an indoor hobby that I really enjoy. Without it I think I would be suicidal. All the time I was at work I cannot say I really noticed what was happening outside but after many years of retirement and the weather getting progressively worse year on year it has become significant to my well being. If I could only convince She Who Must Be Obeyed to do so I would move to somehwere with a better climate. Hey ho! Still, on the positive side of things I managed to get this little model complete.
Having built the roof all I was really left with was painting and some minor assembly. The tiled section was finished and stuck to the back and sides of the roof. Using some galvanised mesh I created an ornamental top to the roof ridge. The chimney stack was also glued into place.
The next job was to prime and get a base colour onto the roof tiles.
Once dry it was time to start the actual painting.
With the roof as good as done attention was directed to the figures. “Mary” was more done than I realised but I added a few more highlights, barely noticable from this photo but a little clearer on others, and fixed her umbrella before attaching her to the chimney.
Then it was time to paint “Albert” and eventually add him to the base.
All that was left to do was add a clock face to the base and take some final photo’s. This wasn’t part of the original plan but I decided the front of the base need a lift and the clock added to the Steampunk image.
So there you have it. My first and I suspect last foray into the world of Disney. Time now to take a look at my “To Do Pile” and decide what to tackle next.