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Chronoscope/Bones 80002 Deadeye Slim

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2015-02-04-reaper-bones-80002-deadeye-sl

 

The proportions of this figure strike me as a bit gawky and thin ... but then that's entirely in keeping with this guy being called "Slim."  The figure practically begs for conversion; the neck and wrists are very clear, making this an ideal candidate for head or hand/weapon swaps, and even the delineation between the rim of the head and the bottom of the hat invites a pretty clean cut with hobby knife (so that some other hat could be substituted).  

 

What's more, with a bit of putty (and I'll likely be doing this the next time I pick up one of these figures), a fairly straightforward bandanna face mask could be made to clearly turn this into a bandit/robber/outlaw type.  "Reach fer the SKY, pardner!  This here's a ROBBERY!"  That sort of thing.  :)  It might even improve the figure, as it might help to obscure the "pencil-neck" look of the figure right now.

 

The integral round base has a very nice wooden plank texture that nicely conveys the notion of this figure standing on the front deck of a saloon, bank, or sheriff's office in an old "wild west" town, and it's small enough to fit into the recessed portion of one of the round 30mm lipped Chronoscope bases (although it's a bit on the thick side).  

 

My only real "innovation" for this particular figure was that I printed off a sheet of various posters and "wild-west"-era ads and signage (thank you, Google Images!) and in this case I opted to put an entire poster on the base to underscore that "wild west" connection.  I used a hobby knife to tear out points at the corners, to give the idea that this had been tacked up at the corners but then pulled/ripped off, thus losing the corners in the process.  In retrospect, I could have probably gotten by with just a mere portion of the poster plastered to the deck (so that more of the nice wooden plank texture could show), but I suppose that's something I can do for other western-themed figures.

 

Detail on the gun belt, pants, and shirt is subtle but still distinct enough to bring out with washes or a little bit of brush highlighting.  The guns themselves are more of a challenge, as the barrels seem bound and determined to bend back; I tried heating and straightening, which only seemed to give temporary relief, and once I started actually painting, I gave up on going back and hoping to get a different result.  Further, the detail on the guns comes out a bit lumpy, perhaps too fine (and at too much of an extremity) to come out properly in "Bonesium," but at least it gets the rough idea across that he's got guns.  If I hadn't already used up all my "hand holding pistol" pieces in my Deadlands accessory packs, I'd do a hand/weapon swap, pronto.  (And getting a pricey pewter accessory pack just for a single cheap Bones mini seems like overkill.  ;)  Although I'd certainly go for it if I were trying to kitbash a PC mini.)

 

 

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Love the eye patch and the overall look to him! Great job!

 

Thanks!  Just to be clear, the eye patch is actually a sculpted part of the figure (hence the "Deadeye" part of the name, I suppose).

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