Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cave Woman vs The Giant Spider

In an effort to broaden my understanding of the Pulp genre I decided to expand my painting experience beyond the realms of Sci-fi. With this piece I ventured into the exciting, action filled world of Adventure Pulp with a little diorama.

The figures are from Bombshell Babes and were sculpted by Patrick Keith. The Spider is from the Counterblast game and is an Edo Trapper. For those of you who are not aware of it, Counterblast and Bombshell Babes are the same miniature company.






For the large plants I used Aquarium plants and painted them using acrylics. The scale works quite well for over sized Jungle plants, but are a bit of a pain to do. The paint has a tendency to crack unless sealed immediately after painting.

This project took a bit of work and has left me in a bit of a painting slump. Right now I'm lazily pushing paint around on a few figures in the hopes that eventually at least one of them will be finished. It seems that many of us are in such a state at the moment. These things go in cycles and I am certain mine will pass and a flurry of activity will begin again.








Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reaper Illyrian Ranger

Since I began my love affair with Pulp, I've been on a painting binge and have finally put down the brush for a few days to take a breather and actually post some of the figures I've completed. At the moment I'm not quite certain how big the back log is, but I'm pretty sure there's enough for two months of posts.

This little guy is from Reaper Miniatures, is 25mm and was sculpted by Patrick Keith. He's an Illyrian. Although this figure is stocked by Reaper it can be used in Counterblast.  The game is owned and created by Patrick Keith and Illyrians are characters in the Counterblast Game.




As I'd like to explore other areas of the Pulp genre, I currently have a Cave Woman VS the Alien Spider dio on the workbench.  I've acquired some Dinosaurs, some Pygmy's, an Archaeologist and some Amazon females. Also I've begun my car collection. I've only three cars yet and one is  a 1906 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. I hope to purchase some figures from Pulp Alley to go with it next month.

It appears as if Autumn is upon us and I certainly hope you all are experiencing some pleasantly mild weather  


Monday, September 8, 2014

Counterblast Mekku Aggressor #2

As some of you may know (because I can't shut up about it), I received my KS from Counterblast Miniatures in the post.  The KS delivered on time and the figures had even more detail than I expected.

Filled with so much Pulpy goodness, I had a hard time deciding on what to paint up first. Truly I wish I had four eyes and four hands right now (please don't picture that).  Finally I settled on the Mekku Aggressor #2.





There were two of these in the package and I'm going to do the other one in a different palette to see which one you guys like the best. I'm trying to work my way up to painting the Central Command Unit, which is a large piece and is extremely detailed and complex.  I won't be doing that one until the Winter Analogue Painting Challenge and it will likely take a month to paint.

Last week my father-in-law was admitted to hospital with congestive heart failure so I was a bit sketchy about reading blogs. I got to as many as I could. He's still in ICU but is now stable and we hope he can come home soon. I will be in today, but will be going back and forth to visit him for the remainder of the week.  I will stop in as I am able.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Little Green Man And His Flying Machine & A Giveaway!

For the past several months I have been consumed with Sci-Fi Pulp. After two and a half years painting, I have found my true love.  So much so that I am learning the history of Pulp Fiction and am reading anthologies of works by some of the greats in the genre.

As I have been working mainly in muted palettes, I felt like returning to the use of vibrant colours in this little vignette. The bot is from Counterblast Miniatures, was sculpted by Patrick Keith and is about 15mm.  The space ship is from Hydra Miniatures, was sculpted by Steve Meli and is about 25mm.



A Brief History of Pulp
Part 1

Published in October of 1896 by Frank Munsey, Argosy is recognized as the first of the true Pulp magazines. In order to keep publishing costs down, it was printed using paper made of cheap wood pulp, a fact that earned the genre its name. To further reduce costs, unknown writers willing to work for a pittance were hired. While the slick magazines of the time sold for fifty cents, Pulp magazines cost a mere dime.

The Pulps were designed to capture the imagination of a broad audience. Stories were serialized and the endings were cliff hangers, making readers anxious to purchase the next issue. The stories were action driven and fast paced.Stories of hard boiled detectives, wild westerns, travel to exotic locations, men who rode the rails and science fiction were staples in the Pulps.

The future of Pulp was secured by when Munsey published the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs in  All Story in 1912.  In June of 1912, "Under the Moons of Mars" was published and in October of the same year "Tarzan of the Apes" was published. So popular was  "Tarzan of the Apes" it spawned a wave of new magazines, which would culminate in the Golden Era of Pulp.

Made you scroll to the bottom of the page for the giveaway didn't I?  Well it seems that Edwin over at Thoughts of a Depressive Diplomatist is having a giveaway to celebrate his blogs  He's got some great stuff on offer, so don't wait, get on over there!









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