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At last, a return to Berton and Bradbury's Magic Circus! Send in the CLOWNS! These are a pack of four untrustworthy chucklemongers from CP Miniatures, plus a fifth CP harlequin done by a different sculptor and sold separately. The special one I painted using inspiration from a Joseph Grimaldi poster. He's got a monkey! I painted that as a golden snub-nosed monkey, as those are among the most clown-faced of the monkeys. This is a clearly a clown in command, second only to the ringmaster. Other clowns will jump through hoops for him, sometimes even metaphorically. Next up, Fumbo! This clown may (MAY) actually have no other motive than entertaining children. Cheerful and bearing a honkable horn. On the other hand, those teeth look awfully sharp. We also have great clown Pagliacci, very funny clown. If you suffer from depression and want to end it all, Pagliacci can help. Bumpus the Stooge! Bumpus was inspired by Ed Kelly's hobo-clown look, dialed up a bit. Carries a shovel at the end of the parade. Astute observers will note that Bumpus's pink complexion is all makeup. He is a true clown, not just pretending. And here's Bogo! Inspiration should be obvious for this one. I might modify that upraised hand with some balloons. A group shot of the whole carload: And with all the clowns, including Reaper and Brigade Games: More angles:
A free mini of the month and some clowns and acrobats from Brigade Games should just about round out my Bradbury & Barton's Magic Circus project. First up, Bonzo the Killer Klown (50245)! This clown comes with several options: a kindly head, a terrifying head, a bicycle horn, and a giant cleaver. Since I already have a clown of kindly aspect (Zonkers, 50247), I went with the monstrous face and the plausible-deniability honk-horn. Look, we all know this is a murder-clown feeding on the terror of children, and that hankie is definitely attached to several yards of colorful but chloroformed rags. The cleaver is just gilding the lily. (plus, a lot more useful for future kitbashes than the bicycle horn, which is highly situational at best.) Next up, Happy the Clown, from Brigade Games' 'Barnwell's Circus' line! This is a friendly clown. Added some pin balloons to complete his ensemble. Never take anything a clown offers from its pants. This is a lesson most of us know instinctively, and others learn only once. Also from Brigade Games Barnwell's, here is the Tall Man! This one was fun to paint. I lost count around the sleeves, but I'm pretty sure the jacket has a pulp-era-appropriate 48 stars. The pant stripes look more uneven than they are due to the wrinkled trousers. What better place than the Saturnalian anarchy of the carnival to depict Uncle Sam as a world-bestriding clown? And lastly, again from Brigade but this time from the Cheshire Circus, the harlequin contortionist! Forgive the paint job; I'll probably repaint her in a year or two with thinner paints and crisper lines. The ball is my own addition, but it seemed to fit. All the clowns, including Zonkers and Cosmo: And the whole Circus, all of whom have been posted before under the "circus" tag at one point or another: