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  1. Objective: Make minis to represent an NCR Ranger and a gang member of "The Kings" from "Fallout: New Vegas." Initially, my plan was to use 80023 "Horace 'Action' Jackson" as the base for the King Ganger, and 80033 "Frank Buck" as the NCR Ranger. There were two main problems with this plan: 1) "The Kings" as shown in Fallout: New Vegas, have a "greaser" look: leather jacket, slacks, optionally with a "Jailhouse Rock" striped shirt. My "Elvis Impersonator" approach with Horace looks more "Late Elvis" or "Jumpsuit Elvis," circa the 1970s or thereabouts. That's not really going to cut it. 2) I was going to use some putty to turn Frank Buck's jacket into a long duster, but the further I went (and once I bothered to actually get some visual references rather than drawing upon my VERY FLAWED MEMORY), it was obvious that I would have just as easily gone with a Reaper Dolly as a base as to start with this particular figure. I happened to have a spare Andre Durand (or two -- it's just so perfect for several of the genres I favor), and the idea struck me to shuffle down the line. 80005 "Andre Durand" would become my NCR Ranger; his power fist would work all right in the Fallout universe, and the gun can be some customized job. All I'd really need would be a head swap -- and for that, I used a spare helmet-and-gas-mask head from Wargames Factory's "Greatcoat Troops" boxed set: it has one canister air filter up front, two goggles, a helmet (though more Germanic than American, alas), and a seam in about the right spot to give it that vaguely "Stormtrooper/piranha frown" look that the NCR Trooper's facemask has above the filter canister. Andre's spare head went onto the body of Frank Buck. (And Frank Buck's head will eventually be used on some other figure down the line, I'm sure, next time I need a heroic-looking fellow with a fedora. Hey, maybe a Tops gang member, if I can find a figure in a leisure suit.) Now, Frank Buck (80033) is going to be my "King" Ganger, adding on the guitar from 50198 "Gallup, Zombie Survivor" in place of that machete. I shaved off the whip and pistol holster early on in the process to make room for my attempt at a putty long-coat, before I'd decided to turn this into an Elvis wannabe. I went a step further and shaved off some of the bumps that indicated pants stuffed into boots, so I could more plausibly present this as a fellow wearing shoes (blue suede shoes?) and slacks. The guitar is pinned to the back, and I daubed pebbles of putty on top of the head and in place of the missing hand with some super glue, and made a hasty attempt at a pompadour and a hand (as appropriate). I'm using Magic Sculpt because it's handy, and it cures quickly, but I know that for a PROPER sculpt of such features, I really should be using the green stuff. For the guitar straps, I took some scraps trimmed off of the edges of some integral Bones plastic bases (where I needed to narrow them just a bit to fit into the recessed area of inverted 25mm round Reaper plastic bases), and cut off some strips, then tried to make them as even as I could manage. I pinned the end of the strap onto the guitar bottom, so it'd look like an actual attachment and not just, well -- GLUE.
  2. Fallout 4 is coming out on Nov. 10, 2015. Mark your calendars, Vault Dwellers.
  3. When I post something like this, it's not because I think the painting is brag-worthy (because that's an area where I need a LOT of work), but I have a lot of fun with kit-bashing and re-purposing figures (especially Bones!) for something slightly different than the original subject matter. Reaper Bones 77149: Damien, Hellborn Wizard (post-apocalyptic conversion) One thing that struck me about Damien is that he SO looks like, if it weren't for that staff, he looks like such a punk (in a good way!) that he'd fit in with some setting such as Shadowrun or even a more conventional cyberpunk game (since he could just have a "biosculpt" job or some really CRAZY wetware). Also, that staff went all wibbly-wobbly bendy, and I KNOW that the preferred fix is to soak everything in hot water, etc., etc., but it's really hit-and-miss for me where this is concerned, and half the time I just end up replacing bendy staves with a piece of wire, or something else entirely. In this case, I went for "something else entirely." I grabbed a big ol' gun from my "bitz" box that I assume is from a Necromunda conversion. (I often pick up "bitz" through trades and deals rather than always chopping them off figures myself, so I'm not always sure what the origin was.) I left a piece of staff in the left hand, and used a pinning drill and wire to attach the gun there, leaving the staff segment as a handle/grip. For the base, I used some black-dyed epoxy putty to fill out the integral plastic Bones base out to the edges of the top of a standard round 25mm game base (as the figure itself is pretty light, and I didn't want the heavy gun to make this guy fall over if the table got bumped, so I opted for a slightly wider footprint ... though in retrospect I probably didn't need the increase in elevation). The stop sign is a piece of printed cardstock mounted on a bent piece of pewter Reaper sprue. (I occasionally run off sheets packed with caution stripe and tiny poster images and street signs and license plates and monitor displays and newspaper front pages and other such things, after an extensive Google search, so I have an arsenal of flat details I can add to terrain pieces and large bases. I'm not always absolutely certain about the scale, though.) I was tempted to give him some mirror-shades via putty, but I accidentally managed to get the dots on the eyes in the right places (or close enough for tabletop purposes), so I figured I'd just leave it at that.
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