The 1 st of June see's the start of this years Forgotten Heroes challenge which you can find all the rules for carrioncrowsbuffet I've been debating what to do this year, and was thinking of just ploughing my way through a load more Star Wars characters, but felt I hadn't done anything based on comic's for a while either, so what to do ? With all the large models I did last month I wanted to do something large, as the bigger models have been pushing my limits on the painting side, and I do like to challenge myself, so I decided that I was going to make a display piece this year rather than gaming pieces, and had the perfect piece to do that with.
The above picture is of D.R. & Quinch (the big pink one) with Crazy Chrissy ( the one sat on a bomb). These three characters are from 2000 ad, here is what Wikipedia says about them :
D.R. & Quinch is a comic strip about two delinquent alien drop-outs. It was created by Alan Moore and Alan Davis for the British weekly comics anthology 2000 AD. It first appeared in 1983. The strip was the tale of how two alien teenage students Waldo "D.R." (for "Diminished Responsibility") Dobbs, a scheming criminal mastermind, and Ernest Errol Quinch, his muscular purple-skinned companion in crime, have influenced Earth's history in various anarchic ways.
Creation and concept
D.R. and Quinch began in 2000 AD as a one-off comic in the Time Twisters series titled “D.R. and Quinch Have Fun On Earth”. The characters were initially meant to only appear once but they proved so popular that they were given their own semi-regular series.
D.R. and Quinch were inspired by the National Lampoon characters O.C. and Stiggs. The film Animal House has also been cited as an influence. Alan Davis took visual inspiration from the cartoon style of Leo Baxendale’s Grimly Feendish. Alan Moore has described D.R. & Quinch as belonging to the tradition of British teenage delinquency comics, comparable to Dennis the Menace except with “a thermonuclear capacity”.
The pair's last storyline, "D.R. and Quinch Go to Hollywood," ran from progs 363 to 367 and is considered to be Moore and Davis's finest D.R. and Quinch story. However, at the time, the Moore/Davis partnership was undergoing strain due to Moore refusing permission for their Captain Britain work to be reprinted. The pair's last D.R. and Quinch work together was in the 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special in 1985.
D.R. and Quinch continued to appear in 2000 AD from progs 525 to 534 in the form of an advice column with readers sending in letters with personal problems solved by D.R. and Quinch in their own way. One such column was "hijacked" by D.R.'s girlfriend Crazy Chrissy. These later episodes were written by Jamie Delano.
In 1986 Titan Books released a collection of all D.R. and Quinch stories from 2000 AD called D.R. and Quinch's Totally Awesome Guide To Life. It became one of Titan's best selling books in their lines of 2000 AD reprints. The book went out of print several times and it has since been collected as The Complete D.R. and Quinch (ISBN 1-84023-345-1) in 2001.
In 2018, INDIO comics released a story, "D.R. & Quinch Hijack Free Comic Book Day", which was part of a "2000 AD Regened" all-ages comic created for Free Comic Book Day. The strip was created by Owen Michael Johnson and Colin Bell.
Waldo "D.R." Dobbs — scheming criminal mastermind
Ernest Errol Quinch — D.R.'s muscular purple-skinned companion
Crazy Chrissy — D.R.'s girlfriend, formerly known as Chrysoprasia, or Chirpy to her friends
Pulger — paranoid veteran of the Ghoyogi slime jungle wars
D.R. & Quinch's anarchic humour was popular with its original audiences — the feature won the 1985 Eagle Award (for comics published in 1984) for Character Most Worthy of Own Title; and the supporting characters Pulger and Chrysoprasia were both nominated for Favourite Supporting Character. In addition, the first collection of stories, D.R. & Quinch's Totally Awesome Guide to Life, won the 1987 Eagle Award for Favourite Comic Album.
The series has had a strong reputation since it was first published. It stands out as something so obviously different when compared to the rest of Moore’s body of work that it is worthy of attention. It has been called the "absurd, cartoony, delightfully vicious other side of Halo Jones". Writing for Time, Douglas Wolk described it as, for the majority of its run, "one of the funniest comics ever" and Neil Gaiman has credited it with being one of the greatest 2000 AD stories.
In a later interview, however, co-creator Moore expressed discomfort with how the series exploits violence for comic effect, claiming that it has no “lasting or redeeming social value”.
I always found these characters funny and even had pictures of them on my bulling brushes when I was in the army ( No one was taking them without anyone spotting they were mine ! LOL). I'm going to build them in 100 mm scale, which should allow for plenty of detail, and give me a few challenges, as is customary I need to show the base model I'll be working from.
Yes they will be scratchbuilt from foam and greenstuff, I'm hoping to do all 3 plus a few bits to go around them to go on the base, and if I get them all done before the end of the month, maybe I'll do a couple of Star Wars figures as well, that's all for this post so until next time stay safe and have fun !