Well I finally have a miniature finished for this months Forgotten Heroes Challenge done, this is really late for me, but real life had a lot of demands on my time this month, hopefully I can get some more finished before the end of the month, but we'll have to see.
The first to be finished is Saint Exmin of the Valkyrie, she comes from a warrior race, that have to leave their homeworld seeking great battles, to prove themselves worthy. The character was played by Sybil Danning, and you can see the very 80's styling in her costume or should I say lack of it. I gave her a sword as well, even though she didn't have one in the film, as I thought it would fit her character, the wepon itself is designed for trapping an opponents blade between the prongs and then braking their blade, I've included a reference picture below, so you can see what the sculpt is based on.
Now while were talking about challenges Matthew has been working on some very early Rogue Trader models on his blog oldenhammer where he also does a lot of Star Wars miniatures ( How I found his blog) and was asking to see other peoples first release models, now the only one I still have/ painted is the Piscean Warrior, so below is my rendition, the colours for the skin came from a Dwarf Gourami that I used to have, and because of these colours, I kept the cloth and tech to black and white.
That's all for today, next time will hopefully be more Forgotten Heroes, so until then, stay safe and have fun !
Absolutely terrific work on Saint Exmin of the Valkyrie, Dave. Astonishingly good, imho. I was actually too young to understand some of her costume's benefits as a boy when I first saw the film. LOL!!! Super stuff.ReplyDelete
Thank you Simon, even for the lack of costume, some of it was quite tricky to sculpt ! LOL but glad I was able to get a reasonable representation of it done. I was 12 when the movie came out, and wondered how those flimsy strips held in her rather large breasts, and why the strips didn't actually cover all the bottom half of them ! LOLDelete
Haha, I recognised here before the reference pic, so you can tae it as a compliment, you really got her right! Nice work! The same goes for the Piscean, good thing is that you can go wild with colours with that mini. Nicely done!ReplyDelete
Thank you Suber, I take that as high praise indeed, that you didn't need the reference picture. Your spot on, as there are so many ways you could go with it, shame they never went any further with the race.Delete
Absolutly cracking rendition of St Exmin Dave! She was one of my favourite characters from the film as a boy (can't think why), smashing work on her face in particular, female faces always give me nightmares (sculpting wise that is!).ReplyDelete
I like the Piscean, I don't remember that figurte at all, I'd have bought it if I did!
Thank you Roger, female faces can indeed be tricky, one slip of the tool and they can look male, or bad cosmetic surgery ! LOL Favourite you say ! I have no idea why that was ! LOLDelete
The Piscean were part of a release that came out before Rogue Trader, and then subsequently forgotten about, many of the models that were released alongside it were added into the adventurers range for 40K for many years.
Nice job! I don’t know what movie the reference pic is from but the glorious 80s shines through. 😀ReplyDelete
Thank you Stewart, it was indeed released in 1980, and was Battle Beyond the Stars, that was produced by Roger Gorman.Delete
I love them, Dave! TBH, if someone ever asked me who would sculpt a Sybil Danning miniature, I would have said Roger without taking a second to consider, because: Roger. Like many, I encountered Sybil's impressive body (!) of work back in her heyday of the 1980s, and much like Linda Blair and Elvira, she's been a favorite ever since. Awesome job!ReplyDelete
Thank you Keith, indeed a Roger sculpt if ever I saw one ! LOL surprised Carolyn Monroe didn't make your list as well. I take it you saw Sybil in The Howling 2 ?Delete
Slander, Slander I say!! (Oh and you forgot Shannon Tweed from that list) 😉Delete
Yes, Dave. Some of her best work was highlighted in the end credits (which was coincidentally also the best part of the movie).Delete
Indeed Roger, totally slanderous, although you did add to the list ! LOLDelete
Oh the reveal repeat montage Keith, certainly saved rewinding the one scene, and stretching the old video Tape ! LOLDelete
Thanks for the shout-out, Dave! I am so glad you posted the Piscean Warrior. I really like the colour choices - very weird, very eye-catching! I'm including a link to this post on my blog.ReplyDelete
There's something fun about seeing how different painters take on minis like the Piscean Warrior that never had (to my knowledge) an "official" colour scheme from White Dward or a GW rulebook.
Thank you Matthew, and you are most welcome. Tropical or marine fish can have some truly striking colour schemes, and wanted to represent this in my colour scheme, and is always great to see so many different renditions, as you say without an official colour scheme, people tend to use their imagination a lot more, the head on the creature is actually very eel like, so could have looked at some of the Moray Eels as reference.Delete
Wonderful work on the Valkyrie, Dave, and yes, her costume was a bit of an eye-opener to eight-year-old me when I saw the movie in the cinema! I'm looking forward to the other figures you make from the movie!ReplyDelete
Thank you Matt, between this costume and the cut out catsuit it didn't leave much to the imagination ! LOL I've finished 5 more greens, and have another two well on the way, just hope I can get them all done in time ! LOLDelete
Very nice work on the Space Valkyrie! I have to admit, when I started reading this post the other day I followed your RT link and ended up down that rabbit hole before gettng off the computer! :DReplyDelete
The Piscean Warrior looks great as well!
Thank you Azazel, it's so easily done isn't mate, and have done that myself. The Piscean was painted awhile ago, but Matthew wanted to see it, so included it in the post.Delete
Well now I've seen everything! I didn't know there were Space Valkyrie's, though now that I think about it, Thor kind of has a Fantasy and Sci-Fi mash-up feeling too so maybe this is where some of that inspiration came from. Either way, you did a great job sculpt these two minis, Dave!ReplyDelete
Thank you Jeff, I think Marvel are definitely to blame for Valkyrie's in a sci-fi setting as they brought the general idea in back in 1962. Glad you like them both, although the Piscean I just painted, it was a GW sculpt.Delete
Very nicely done, Dave, both of them! :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you John, enjoyed the challenges each one gave me.Delete
The Valkyrie is very retro sci-fi, which I preseume was the intent - geat sculpt and the sword doesn't look particularly amiss either.ReplyDelete
Thank you Joe, indeed a very retro sculpt, hopefully others like the sword too.Delete