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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

One Shot Blondie and the Lulus

 Batch one of the lulus is done.  There are 4 batches total so three more remain on the table.  They are a fun group and have a lot of character.

 One Shot Blondie is the leader/guardian of the Lulus (also to be known as the brat packs in in the current version of my personal army fluff). This is an iconic pose and one of the few metal minis that I picked up from the KS.  I tended to get resins this go around but don't now recall why I got a handful of metals.

I see her as a little damaged so added the 'thousand mile stare' and some hair dye to the already included detail of lollipops and Mickey Mouse ears.

 Though metal the mini was relatively clean with well placed mold lines and went together without event. 

 There are six lulus including the 'Butterfly Lulu'  which was the hardest to get assembled.  In general I had more trouble with the mold lines that I originally had thought.

I decided to use some ideas like... colorful plastic galoshes and rain coats to theme the group and emphasize their identity as refugee children... as if all the teddy bears, pets, lollipops, false ears, and bling left any room for doubt on that score.

 Overall the group reminds me a lot of Peter Pan's lost boys.

I returned to a style of painting that I haven't used in a while painting in washes over while.  It'll take a few iterations to get better definition but, in general, I think its easier for this sort of subject. 

This lulu turned out to be my favorite and went together very easily.

And finally... a size comparison with a Lulu, Hilda, and the crazy Colossal Bone Giant.

8 comments:

  1. Woo! More raging heroes! These guys are super colorful! A nice contrast to the other models. Did you switch to washes due to their size? They look insanely tiny. That skeleton on the other hand...wow!

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    1. Hey Greg! I switched to washes mostly because I wanted to do a lot of 'plastic apparel' rain coats, plastic bags, boots etc... and it just seems to be easier to get there with the washes.. and some spot gloss varnish! I'm glad I did so far the details are abundant on these. I included a lulu in the (Look at me Imma GIANT) skelly comparison and you can see the lulus are actually larger in some dimensions than the Hilda model... they are certainly shorter but the features... most notably the heads are actually much larger... which is actually awesome.

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    2. It gives them kinda of an eerie look. Are they kids? Are they mutants? Why do they have so many guns? Did they seriously just shoot me? Ow! That was my favorite arm!

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    3. EXACTLY! zoom zoom!

      I really want the 'kid' element to be emphasized in the refugee context.. so they have basically everything they own on them, toys, candy, etc... wearing their favorite shirt or skirt augmented with 'stay dry' items and cast off uniform bits. Even the guns have a toy like look. I even left one a little bent... I'll have to try adding some logos, or cartoon characters, to the shirts and hats of the follow on batches.

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    4. That's a great idea. If you do that, you should make something "off" with toys. Like a creepy teddy bear with an eye missing.

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    5. Thats a great idea! Some creepy and some just broken broken or damaged toys!

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