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"From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away." 59037: Deadlands Noir Femme Fatale, by PingoBy Pingo
I thought I had a WIP thread for her, but apparently not. I know I posted a half-done photo of her once, long ago. At any rate, here is a blast from the past and my past as well, the long-languishing Reaper 59037, Deadlands Noir Femme Fatale, sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.
And because I like to play around with backgrounds:
MOON COMMIES were promised, and MOON COMMIES you shall have!
Before the Last World War and the subsequent unification of the Earth Government, the Soviets established two off-world colonies. One, on Mars, used the advanced local technology and Martian social philosophy to create a pretty functional egalitarian society, where worker-owned hypertractors eke a living out of the Martian desert. Colloqually, Earth humans refer to these colonists as the Reds. They are a peaceful bunch, if given to proselytizing and boastfulness.
The other colony entrenched itself on the far side of the Moon. Like the Reds, they correctly inferred that human-created systems will be subject to human failures. So instead of putting their planned economy in the hands of fallible humans, they put it under the control of the most advanced economy-planning machine possible: an artificial intelligence. The High Commissar, dozens of cubic meters of vacuum tubes and hundreds of kilometers of tape. Its judgments are infallible, its calculations unquestionable to the nth decimal place. It is also programmed to be absolutely ideologically correct.
You can TRUST the High Commissar.
The High Commissar is the Working-Man's Friend.
You can probably guess the rest. Around the time the Last World War broke out, the High Commissar concluded that all Earth transmissions were bourgeois capitalist propaganda and shut off all communications. The lunar base is on perpetual alert, ever vigilant for saboteurs and agitators. Happiness is mandatory in the Workers' Paradise; unhappiness and poor hygiene is Counterrevolutionary Activity.
The wretched inhabitants of *this* colony are known informally on Earth as "the Lunatics."
Here are some citizens with Yellow clearance; trusted enough for oversight and maintenance. Their morale bolstered by a level of decoration precisely calculated to uplift the human spirit.
And here is another Yellow Clearance hero engaged in needed repairs (due, no doubt, to Earth saboteurs and saboteuses).
"Welp, comrades, here is problem."
The figures are Heresy Miniatures Bureaucrats. The boots and coveralls and beautifully conveyed levels of job satisfaction seemed perfect for a PARANOIA-style setting.
This RAFM mini came in an assorted lot of female "modern" adventurers. Between the camera, the suit and the shoes she looked a little pre-modern, at least hardboiled detective noir era anyway.
Then I primed her and thought "Holy cow, this is Lois Lane, plucky girl reporter."
I mean, she isn't, not officially. Not even in a wink-and-nudge way. But by golly, that's how I think of her and that's how I'm going to paint her up.
All paints used are Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. Color mixes are (usually) noted, but not exact ratios.
Questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them. Critiques are appreciated.
This is the way I usually start miniature figures: Lightly primed with Titanium White, then when that is dry, washing it over with Burnt Umber. Burnt Umber is a dark, transparent pigment that settles into crannies when thinned down and shows the details very well. It also gives a nice warm undertone to later paint layers.
I finished Mr. Decker, and he's doing swell!
Goals with him: Pinstripe pants. Patterned tie. Two-hue hat band. Stubble. In these regards, I think he's a success! I also experimented with different shading methods on the coat and the shirt. I think the shirt kinda came out textured, and that's okay. Only the base, coat, and hat have been sealed (adds a slightly satiny finish that I didn't want on the rest). This is also the first figure I've used a stamp for - in the future I'll be making the greenstuff stamped area thinner. This isn't quite horizontal. He'd be an excellent piece for a diorama, but he's going to a friend in Minnesota instead. Perhaps I'll paint him again in the future for one.
Story for his belt: that's his homicide detective belt. When the belt matches the hat, there's been some bad broccoli around that needs his inspection. Actual reason: I wanted more contrast areas and liked it.
Story thus far by @Glitterwolf and @SisterMaryNapalm in the WIP below:
Without further ado.... here he is. C&C always welcome!
So, here's the mini I just received in the mail from plasticplan. The colors I asked for were (specifically) "monochrome," and the inspiration I gave was "Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake."
And this is what popped out of his head (and brush):
That little splash of red gives her just the right touch, I think.
(I may not have gotten all the little paper towel fuzzies off of her. )
Thank you, plasticplan, and if I didn't make it clear in the PM, I her!
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