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  1. Kickstarter is now Live and I’ve updated the thread title to the name of the kickstarter. Heres the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1313980061/pulp-figures-dangerous-dames-28mm-miniatures?ref=9p7oe7&token=186495ca I don’t know what the actual name of the kickstarter will be, but I was at a local wargaming convention earlier today that longtime miniature sculpter Bob Murch attended and had his sales booth set up at. I happened to overhear him mention to another customer that he was planning a “quick and dirty” kickstarter for next month (May) for 5 or 6 sets of female characters for across his Pulp Figures ranges. Figured I better post a thread here in case there are any other Murch fans. Plus it serves as a reminder to keep an eye and ear out for the project.
  2. Eureka has a two-pack of figures in their Pax Limpopo line called "Hench and Coach," and they are the most corpulent double-chinned British spherical bastards imaginable; Dickensian caricatures after the style of Nast or Tenniel. I had to have them. Didn't bother affixing the coachwhips. They are about halfling-sized in 32mm scale, and walrus-like giants in 15mm scale. You should be able to hear a bassoon-and-tuba soundtrack when looking at them. I'd also painted up some minis from Artizan's "Thrilling Tales" line: Miss Greentree, Private Campbell, and Tankie Bob. Each of them is full of personality. Greentree I painted as an Agent Carter-type. Campbell was where I found tartan is not my forte. Could have come out worse. Bob is a scruffy fanatic and I love the sculpt. I figured Ungentlemanly Warfare was a good setting for the three of them. More pictures below.
  3. Rigel

    Eureka Fuel Specialists

    Those who have been following know my fondness for aeronauts and airship crews. But an airship's gotta have fuel, doesn't it, and so do biplanes and autogyros! And they don't call the aesthetic *solar*punk, now! Enter Eureka. They have a line for a retro racing game called "Mad Maximillian" and it includes pit crew with old-style "flimsy" fuel cans. Three styles. And I've got three sets of aeronauts (Zeppelin crew, Sky Pirates, and Flying Circus). Seemed perfect for some speed painting now that the color scheme for each group is established. Side note: it is *not easy* to find reference pictures of those fuel cans in their pristine condition, so this is just guesswork on my part. Side note 2: the ground is GreenStuffWorld's "Mesh" roller on dollar-store foamboard. First, our Zeppelin crewman! Labels are done in very fine-tipped pen. Next, the dashing (in both senses) crewman from the Flying Circus! An excuse to play with the GW Gore-Grunta Fur and Snakebite Leather contrasts. And finally, our Sky Pirate. Glad to include an Asian crewmember to the faction. I think she needs a layer of darker wash, though. This can got a bit of rust.
  4. It took me ages to choose a colour scheme for the Valkeeri Leader. I eventually decided on Army Painter Shining Silver to go with the whole pulp scifi theme, and VGC Warlock Purple because why not. I was worried the silver bits of her uniform would look like armour instead of metallic cloth but I think it's turned out OK. For once I managed to get her eyes to a decent standard and her hair came out looking good too. Her gun is VMC Brass, toned down with VGC Sepia Wash and Liquitex matte varnish. Her lips are a tiny dab of VMC Brown Rose. I forgot about her cape until I was finished with her, so it got a few thin coats of Warlock Purple and then began the fun and games of gluing it to the figure. Four attempts later I got it in what I hope is the right position and touched up the purple.
  5. On the good advice of @paintybeard and @lexomatic I took the plunge and got the Villains 3 set from Crooked Dice. It contains a Cold-War era cycloptic Squid Man Agent as well as a mad biologist (see elsewhere). And you never know when a violent young lady will come in handy, so I also got one of their Savage Schoolgirls with hockey sticks. I've done better faces and skin, but I'm pretty pleased with the tattered stockings and skirt. Whatever this squidfella is asking, Miss Blunt-Instrument is having none of it. Here's a turnaround just for the squid-man and here's one for the savage Sixth Former. I should put some blood spatter on that stick and shirt!
  6. A while ago (alright a long while ago) a gameshop was going out of business. One of the last things left on the shelves were a series of Artizan Design pulp characters. The price was right and i was planning a Cthulhu game so i purchased a number of their packs. The game fell through and the miniatures sat in the back of my storage cabinet. But in a fit of wanting to paint something modern, I brought them out and gave them a quick paint job in case i developed a need for a crew of 20's era adventurers. I also had a bit of fun with their posing for pictures and got some much needed practice with the camera (Kudos to @Doug Sundseth for his expertise and help) So.... It was 1922, the war was over and the world was in a frenzy of frolicking and excitement but at the edges, darkness was beginning to creep back into the minds of men. a group of scientists were discussing their views of the war in a room containing the private library of Wilhelm von Bruhegier "over here my good fellows, do you see it on the top shelf?" Jacob had spotted a tome of a lost civilization said to be the path to the vaults of that race with treasures untold. the others rushed to look as well! While realizing it could make them rich and support the university for decades, I was also a job for younger men. As there was a curse associated with the vaults, they didn't desire to have their names attached so they carefully provided a map to one of their graduate students and dropped hints to a trusted archeologist and a well heeled patron of 'unique' cultures. They met in the library to discuss what they had learned. A careful investigation of the shelves provided access to the priceless tome! While the men evaluated the book, the archeologist was drawn to something different about the desk... A little manipulation of the desk caused a secret drawer to spring open providing an ancient compass and a cypher key! with that the party was off to seek fame and glory! However, not far behind them Madam Bruhegier came into the library to determine the fate of her husband's works Quickly discovering that the bait had been taken she and her henchmen were off to recover the goods... after they young fools had sprung all the traps and taken on the curse of course! Before leaving, she went to the shelves and extracted a small metal symbol, said to be the answer to the final puzzle Many days later the inspector hawkens arrived on the scene with 2 detectives, investigating the deaths of three of the university professors and the disappearance of three promising students investigation of the room turned up evidence of the missing students but no indication of where they had gotten to. a nudge by the inspector revealed the secret drawer and a note left by the intrepid archeologist. The inspectors fanned out to search for more clues, quickly discovering signs of the Madam's passing and fearing the worst... And this is where our story leaves us. i hope you enjoyed the minis and the little tale I put together for them. This was to be the beginning of the Cthulhu game that never got started. (players were broken into two groups: the adventurers and the police) the quest was to discover one of the treasure vaults of Atlantis Thanks for looking!
  7. Last couple of weeks have kept me busy, but I'm back! (Briefly.) 60191 is a gorgeous, gracile sculpt by Derek Schubert. A Pathfinder mini, but much more "clean" and less "busy" than many others. Crisp and elegant detail. I love making coral colors from oranges and whites, so her kimono is an orange-to-white-peach gradient. A passerby suggested the contrasting green of the bow and hair wrap (ArmyPainter Kraken Skin). The cherry blossom motifs on the kimono are Rhinox Hide and matte white; on the fans, they are Rich Espresso metallic dark bronze and Runefang Steel silver. This isn't my best work, but it easily cracks the top ten IMO. Took two sessions so far. I'll probably fiddle more with the details of shading and tassels/beads later, but I'm eager to post something. More pics with very slight variations below. Sorry for the poor lighting; sun went down while I was making the Shinto arch.
  8. I've coveted this sculpt for years but couldn't justify it until very recently. BUT! Just before this past Free RPG Day, indie game designer Emmy Allen released a game called Deep Morphean Transmissions. The PCs are told they are espionage and counterintel agents infiltrating various levels of the collective unconsious. Not all of their given information is reliable. It is fun mystery solving times. Think Delta Green crossed with Dreamlands Call of Cthulhu with a dash of Paranoia, but much more rules-light. Anyway, one faction in said game is the Squid-Men from Ib. From the (public-domain) text: "Picture an octopus or cuttlefish, its bag-like body protruding from the collar of a smart evening suit, eyes and beak lopsided as they peer at you, tentacles extending within the clothing to simulate limbs and hands. Its limbs bend wrong, its movements are too fluid, it squirms and flows as it moves. From the inside-pocket of its jacket, with alien deftness, it withdraws a black steel revolver. ...You’d be surprised how often the locals will ignore the fact that the person they’re talking to is a seven-foot-tall octopus." It was too perfect. For the color scheme, I went with the one used on my Edofleini ( https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/86756-spacefuture-bombshells-edofleini-brain-squids-from-space/ ) and the most forgettable grey G-man suit possible. The midcentury fedora is an eyelet judiciously mutilated with pliers. Guest appearance by Rattrap's Bridget O'Rourke, whom we have seen before. https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/82674-the-arkham-advertiser-editor-and-photography-division/ Patrick Keith really knocked this one out of the park with its pulpy polypous menace. I need to get another to paint in a lab coat and brown suit. And I need to play some more Deep Morphean Transmissions. We ALL should. That is me, Rigel, recommending it of my own free will. Not an octopoid doppelganger trying to spread a memetic paradigm rendering the mammalian brain less hack-resistant. In fact, I'm under no outside influence at all, mental or otherwise, because Squid Men are definitely fictional and always have been, and ontological weapons are banned also purely fictitious. As well you know, citizen.
  9. Rigel

    80072: Antarctic Explorer

    Miskatonic's most intrepid researchers go to the ends of the earth for their research projects--and some ends are more terminal than others! Here's Reaper's Antarctic Explorer, 80072. (Though I'm sure he could work as an Arctic explorer, too, in a pinch.) Bearded, bespectacled, and well-insulated, this guy is perfect for the Pabodie Expedition. The barrel of his rifle was unfixably bendy, so I replaced it with a portion of straight-pin. Used the same color scheme as my Zeppelin crew. I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Arctic ice holds Santa's Workshop and Captain America. The Antarctic ice holds shoggoths and the THING. Don't go digging in Antarctica. "The sun never sets in January this far south, but my chronometer indicated I had been hiking for eighteen hours. In all that time, I could see no man or beast, but the persistent cries of "Tekeli- li! Tekeli-li!" sounded bleatingly in my ears." "The monolith must have been in this valley for uncounted ages, exposed to sub-freezing temperatures since the advent of the glaciers, yet it was warm to the touch. No snow stayed on it." "Day 6 in frozen hell. The katabatic storms have reduced visibility to all but nil. Have concluded Man has no place in interior of this blasted continent, here at the bottom of the world." Special guest appearance by a repainted Schleich penguin and an Elder Thing from a Pathfinder random box.
  10. I promised "other, different Space Apes," and now it is time to deliver. These are from Eureka's Boiler Suit Apes line, and I wish they would cast more (many things are out of stock and have been for some time.) A few uplifted apes and monkeys have gone rogue! They issued a manifesto calling for simian liberty and a small area of sovereign territory in a rainforest, to be run by the apes themselves (don't say it) as an (don't say it!) agrarian representative democracy. The separatists are led by the mighty and charismatic silverback, General Jumbi. He is both their military and administrative leader (don't say it) and all decisions of importance go through him, as their (don't say it!) unquestioned highest authority. The General's second-in-command is Cornelius, an engineering genius of an uplifted chimpanzee. His custom-engineered multipurpose flamethrower is feared by all who have encountered the war-band and survived. But Cornelius is conflicted; while he loves burning things, his complicity in killing weighs him down emotionally (don't say it). This pyromaniac's guilt tormenting him is a (don't say it!) constant source of turmoil and misery. Here is Zephyr, their communications and technology specialist. Much of the group's funding comes from his financial hacking and judicious investments (don't say it!). Formerly an administrative assistant at a major conglomerate, he is well-versed in (don't say it!) co-ordination, logistics, and resource management. And here are Rango and Tango, artillery specialists. Under the General's brilliant direction, they fend off Earth Government troops in a series of (don't say it) small-group precision hit-and-run strikes, using (DON'T SAY IT!!!) superior knowledge of the terrain and bushcraft to avoid detection while inflicting massive punishment on the more technologically equipped vehicle-bound force. DON'T. SAY. IT.
  11. Also known as Indiana Bones! (Okay, maybe not.) 80033, Frank Buck, was a two-fisted pulp sculpt I picked up many years back. In my foolish youth, I spray-primed him, and he got all kinds of sticky. Simple Green and a repaint cleared things right up! Also featured are a couple of treasure piles from a TerrainCrate that I finally got around to slapping some Greedy Gold and Runefang Steel onto. Those treasures BELONG in a MUSEUM! I also picked up a two-pack of Nolzur's dungeon doors at my FLGS not too long ago. The doors actually open and close, which I thought a very classy touch. Since our hero here is pretty much a pulp-era dungeoneer, this seemed like a good place to show them off. Front, closed: Front, open: Back, open: Back, closed. Now that I see them, I should probably put some rust or patina on those hinges and hardware...
  12. Jetpacks! The dieselpunk / pulp accessory every high-flying hero needs! The beautifully retro twin-turbine jetpacks from Bombshell are gorgeous and also come in a pack of five for less than the cost of one of their regular Babes or Counterblast crew. That's the sort of savings I can get behind! And now those same savings are getting behind my aeronautically-inclined pulp miniatures, where the posture permits. First up is 50107, Afterburn. I made him a pulp-era Iron Man type, but of course repulsor technology was not as developed back in the '30s as it was in the 21st century. Solution: Jetpack. The vivid colors are great, but there's something to be said for classic unadorned silver as well. And my Zeppelin crew needed an upgrade as well as a good dose of wash for their uniforms. I made sure that this jetpack on Dieter used blue-green Mad Science rather than flames, as traditional fossil-fuel jets don't play nicely with dirigibles. Artizan has a good selection of Sky Pirates which I augmented with judiciously-chosen Reaper figures, but--shockingly!--no personal propulsion devices. I figured any jetpacks they would have would be second-hand at best, so this Sky Pirate gets a rusted, battered version. And we'll finish with 50158, Grant Dylan. Not quite Iron-Man red and gold, but a good bronze-and-copper tone works for this flying ace. NOTE TO IMPRESSIONABLE READERS: Grant Dylan is a *professional.* Wearing a scarf as well as a jetpack is STRONGLY contraindicated for amateurs and dilettantes. And that still leaves us with another pack for future use! Keep watching the skies, cadets!
  13. Painted up the Bones WWWizard of Oz as Hellboy, as so many others have rightly done (for it is an excellent pulp Hellboy sculpt sans tail). Got some good practice with old leather in making that duster; multiple washes and drybrushes in different tones. His skin is Reaper's Cinnamon Red with AP Red Tone and Nuln Oil washes and some AP Chaotic Red touches. Horns and clobberin' hand are mostly Chaotic Red. Movie came out recently to poor reviews, so this is a good time to remind people of Hellboy's comic-book roots: standing in front of poorly-lit Cyclopean carvings from ancient times before encountering a horrendous monster. "The briefing said this temple complex was dedicated to Camazotz. ...what the heck is a camazotz?" "Ah! Christ, you're ugly!" "Okay, bat-face, you wanna dance? Let's dance." The part of the Camazotz is played today by RAFM's "Hell's Harbinger," in their Fantasy Miniatures: Angels of Death collection. A versatile monstrosity that comes with a giant monster-skull base, I've gotten plenty of Cthulhu and pulp mileage out of it. Bonus tableau! "I dunno what you're selling, lady, but I ain't buying any today!"
  14. Just a pair of rotty zombos I painted up in late 2014 or early 2015. I like them because of the period inspecificity: they work equally well as peasant fantasy zombies or pulp-era modern zombies. The crouching one (Reggie?) looks particularly famished for braaaaaaaaaaiiiiiins.
  15. How could I pass up this autocratic figure? The monocle and mustaches speak to me. This is Count Casimir, though he might be a good stand-in for Stalin himself. He is accustomed to being obeyed without question or hesitation. And Misha, his high-spirited daughter, trained in the fine art of fencing by the best masters on the European continent. As sharp and flexible as the steel she wields.
  16. My obsessions with both pulp undersea exploration and being a cheap bastard were richly rewarded the other day at the thrift store! Someone had donated a vaguely sea-turtle shaped submarine toy in garish green and silver plastic. For 65 cents, it became mine! Internet research says it was once a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figure accessory (pic is not mine and I certainly didn't get the box with it!), but it's going to become a chelonian exploration pod for 32mm bathynauts! Gonna copper and brass that sucker up, and go over it with Nihilakh oxide, and paint thin rust-streaks for the little rivets, and glue probably superfluous garbage to the hull! I also got my hands on a Bones 77590, Father Dagon. Plan on some shiny blue colors with Doug-Jones-fish-man-style stripes. I feel there's a display to be made here.
  17. A delightful sculpt, this Devil Girl, Supervillain (50196). She works as a super, a pulp villain, a Weird West devil, a temptress, and in this case, as a pyrotechnician and performer! Any circus is better off for a fire-eater and stuntperson, especially with flame-colored boots and a gold-sequined bustier. I decided to go with a tan coat for the Hellboy resonance, and tried to make it look good and scorched around the edges. Also tried to make that flame in her hand shed some yellow light on that side. The cat knocked over a bottle of black paint onto the flocked paper I'm using for circus turf, and this worked out very nicely after cleanup! Good job, cat, despite your best efforts.
  18. "AND HIGH UPON THE WIRE ABOVE YOU, ladiesangennlemen, prepared to make a leap of certain doom to all but the most skilled acrobats and trapeze artists, Ailura the Fearless Cat-Woman! BORN and subsequently ORPHANED on an ill-fated expedition up the turbid Amazon, then RAISED by JAGUARS, YES-ladiesangennlemen-you-heard-me-correctly-there-I-DID-say JAG-U-ARS, she learned to leap from branch to vine before she could WALK! Discovered and rescued by a team of scientists, several of whom PERISHED IN THE ATTEMPT, she has the instincts and body of a FERAL CAT of the DEEPEST JUNGLE! No man or woman born and raised in our civilization would be capable of such DIZZYING and VERTIGINOUS AERIAL DISPLAYS, such PRECIPITOUS PLUNGES!" (In reality, "Ailura" was born in a small town in Nebraska and raised by reasonably competent human parents. A remarkable flair for gymnastics coupled with a total lack of opportunity and scope for those talents meant it was this or the burlesque stage. And in the circus you get to travel the country, get a lot more air-time, and you have the World's Strongest Man to back you up if a drunken patron starts getting too close.) My god, what a dynamic sculpt! Such a forward sprint, such kinetic drive! I think only Zenith (50080, Not!Captain America) comes close to it. I need to get another copy and put tiger stripes on her.
  19. "STEP right up, ladiesangennlemen, to BEHOLD Herq the Turk, the modern world's greatest student of physical culture! From the Bosporus, standing six foot six in his socks and weighing TWO hundredan'sixty-three pounds NONE of it fat, a Hercules or Gargantua for the twentieth century, with a neck thicker than a normal man's waist and a chest LIKE A BRICK OVEN! He's got an arm like a leg, and a punch that could SINK A BATTLESHIP! Watch him bend IRON BARS as though they were WAX! Watch him juggle kettlebells no other man could LIFT! His very MUSCLES have muscles!" 50273 is a whimsical sculpt, bald as an egg and with mustachios that would make Poirot weep with envy. Looks like Stieg Brinegrog's (03627) brother who's taken care of his waistline. I did the weights up in ArmyPainter Rough Iron mixed with a touch of black, and decided on slimming vertical stripes on the shorts and horizontal stripes on the tank top, so as to deceive the eye into seeing him as even bulkier. Of course, on a canvas like this, you gotta add some shoulder, back, and chest hair. The sight of him shirtless is "STRONGLY contraindicated for children, ladies prone to the vapors, or gentlemen of nervous disposition, and attendants ARE on hand to remove those audience members who faint at the sight of SO MUCH MAN!!"
  20. "STEP right up, ladiesangentlemen: come one, come all to the BERTON & BRADBURY MAGIC CIRCUS, home to the greatest-collection-of-esoteric-practitioners-the-world-has ever SEEN! WITNESS feats of legerdemain and sorcery beyond the grasp of mortal men! Be AMAZED by the death-defying stunts of our dexterous daredevil divas! MARVEL at the FREAKS OF NATURE collected-at-no-small-expense-to-purse-or-lifeanlimb from all corners of the earth! SEE the jaw-dropping power of the World's Strongest Man! GASP in awe at the lovely Beast-Tamer, who TOYS with RAVENOUS CARNIVORES as though they were but FEEBLE PUPS AND KITTENS! LAUGH at the antics of our inexhaustible supply of CLOWNS! Test your STRENGTH, try your LUCK, win fantastic PRIZES, yesSIR the world is YOURS at the CIRCUS!" Any pulp or fantasy game can benefit from a travelling circus which may or may not be (it will be) involved in sinister plots. For fantasy, you've got bards, wizards, knife-throwing rogues, beasts, illusionists, and diviners to contend with; and the circus as cultural institution probably peaked during the pulp era and the formative years of midcentury science-fiction/weird/horror authors. Ray Bradbury, for one, is almost obsessed with circus themes, and you'll find them in Leiber, Lafferty, Simak, and (perhaps a bit on the nose here,) Barker. In more recent times, our most circus-intense artist is easily Tim Burton, and the Bartons from Marvel Comics (Clint and Barney) are also deeply tied to the circus. Hence the names I picked for this latest project: the Chronoscope carnival, the Magic Circus. Here's the Ringmaster, Clive. (50277). A magnificently theatrical and over-the-top figure, stout and boastful. The elephant was, I think, a Schleich elephant calf which I modified with some paper accessories and paint. And here are some CLOWNS! Kosmo, the Killer Clown (02216, Dark Heaven Legends, needs to be tagged with the Circus tag btw.), is a scary little fellow. Horrible grin, horrible face, that giant lollipop can't be sanitary. Every circus needs a clown with a Fear aura (to keep the children in line). Zonkers (50247), comes with two heads and multiple accessories. Instead of the horrible scarecrow head I elected to use the friendlier one. He's the happy clown. The mallet is for the Test your Strength! High-Striker game. Mostly. And here's a shot including a Pulp Miniatures Drunk (from the Gangland Justice: 16th Precinct set) doubling as a sad-hobo clown. More to come!
  21. Putting some of the magic into the Magic Circus! This sculpt (50121) is listed as a supervillain, but so over-the-top are the stereotypes and tropes that I would feel uncomfortable fielding him as an antagonistic bokor using the Petra or Rada for evil. Weirdly, though, I feel no such compunctions about using him as a purposely exaggerated showman fleecing corn-fed rubes out of their dimes with a flashy act. Prohibition-era yokels would eat that right up (and of course, there's probably a side racket going on involving rum. For ceremonial purposes only, of course.) And tabletop games being what they are, who's to say some Friends on the Other Side won't come a-calling uninvited when the player characters show up?
  22. The knife-throwing is a staple of traveling circuses, and hoo boy if Reaper's Jack the Ripper (50012) isn't the best carnival blade-hucker I've encountered. Look at that spindly frame, that ludicrous top-hat! Look at that gaunt smile--the smile of JOB SATISFACTION. He is here to put knives EXACTLY where he wants them to go, while keeping the audience guessing at just how sane and in-control he is. Our boy here would definitely be played by Doug Jones in the live-action remake. And any knife-throwing act is improved by a good-looking assistant to imperil! Yvette, Magician's Assistant (50125) fits the bill splendidly. I used pencil for the fishnet stockings. She's a good Zatanna-esque figure and radiates showmanship. The targets are wooden discs I slapped paint on and stabbed with a knife to make them look used. One of them has some painted-over bloodstains. Mister Stabbs is a professional, so don't think it was an accident.
  23. This implausibly zaftig Soviet lady (50226) has been painted up for well over a year, but I didn't want to take pictures until I had a good background. The propaganda posters for the Moon Communists took care of that problem, though! Comrade Kozlov comes with some rubble, timbers and a brick wall, which I elected to use as set dressing, A few coffee stirrers made a barricade of the right height for her to lean on. Give her a line of sight down the Stalingrad streets and she will be Death in high boots. I'm not even going to make a pretense towards accuracy on the uniform. I just like that pale greyish purple. (I think it was Slaanesh "grey" mixed with a drop of dark blue or maybe purple wash). More Soviets inbound!
  24. From Bob Murch's Pulp Heroes and Personalities come a pair of fur-hatted, long-coated, jack-booted operatives as cold as the Novosibirsk winter. Both are from the set "Count Casimir's Trans-Siberian Renegades," and indeed the lady in blue looks like a White Russian noble in exile. (I don't know whether falconry is counterrevolutionary and bourgeois, but it seems like it might be?) A refined and educated type, with an icy-cruel streak. She does not look impressed at what the Soviets and a couple of World Wars have done with the place. The other fella is a perfect Heavy type, the sort to threaten from dark alleys, administer beatings, vanish one into the gulags, or simply deliver a nine-gram pension. As long as a system or hierarchy is brutal and repressive, he's happy to serve it, regardless of ideology. Not much for words; if he has a rich inner life, he does his best to conceal it. Reading is dangerous, and thinking doubly so, and expressing your thoughts worst of of all, and they are dangerous because they draw the attention of people like him. Scarily good at chess, though.
  25. Made up my mind long ago that I should paint A CIRCUS. I've had 50124 (Merlock the Magnificent) and 50125 (Yvette, Magician's Assistant) for a while, and also one of the Killer Clowns (50247, Zonkers). And then I found a sheet of red-and-white Big Top striped paper, and a few other things from other sources, and The Addiction set in. Here's what I've got so far: Sarastro the Mentalist there is from Black Cat, and the lady in the Romany garb is a Nolzur's dancer that comes with the barmaid. The orb was from Nolzur's Wizard's study set dressing, and you've already met Cole Stoker, the Pulp Minis stevedore. (Every circus needs roustabouts, especially ones with shovels.) BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH. IT WOULD NEVER BE ENOUGH. A circus needs: -a ringmaster (50277) -MORE CLOWNS (02216, Kosmo) -a sinister knife-thrower (50012, Jack the Ripper) -acrobats (50169, Lady Tiger--there weren't any acrobats under the Circus tag, but if you want spandex and eye-catching costumes, you go Superheroes) -fire-eaters/daredevils (50196, Devil Girl; she would also work in a Weird West game) -animal tamers (coulda used a pith-helmeted pulp explorer, but 50041 has a whip and a sweet costume) -a strongman (50273, Herq) And I also picked up 50121, Dr. VooDoo, because top hat, theatrics, and magic fit in well with the themes I've got. Had some wooden discs for targets (the half-assed paint job is on purpose, such as an underpaid clown might slap on with a very wide brush). I'll also make some cotton candy and fried food stalls, inspired by this: http://carmensminiaturepainting.blogspot.com/2007/04/how-i-made-hotdog-stand-for-my-pulp.html Decided to make Zonkers the "friendly" clown and Kosmo the "horrifying Grimaldi/Pagliacci" clown. My order arrived with a sample of deep midnight/cobalt blue that was perfect. So far, this is ArmyPainter True Red, that reaper-sample blue, white, and black. Devil Girl is also done in Reaper's Cinnamon Red (my go-to for tieflings.) The Plan (advice and C&C welcome): Jack, I think, will be grey pinstripes, including the top hat, the top of which is a target. Firefox the Animal Tamer: Brown whip, redhead, pale skin, fox-orange costume Lady Tiger: I would give her tiger stripes, but don't want to step on the orange territory too much, so yellow cheetah/leopard pattern perhaps? Ringmaster: Seeking advice on the trousers. White? Pale khaki? YELLOW? Stripe down the side, of course. Dr. VooDoo: Straightforward brown skin, yellowed grass skirt, going to try to paint skull-and-ribcage makeup on him Kosmo: that lollipop. Advice welcome. Rainbow, heavy on yellow? Peppermint? Continue his terrifying color scheme? Herq: I feel like he needs horizontal stripes on the tank top. Red or blue? Devil Girl: Also torn. I don't want that duster to be black (thinking probably tan, for the Hellboy resonance?) but that bustier is what's perplexing me. Come with me on this journey into calliope-sounding, popcorn-scented MADNESS!
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