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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Reaper Deadland Noir

Recently Reaper Miniatures added a couple of Pulp Noir figures to their Chronoscope line and they are just beautiful. I first saw them in their Preview Gallery and had to wait impatiently for them to be released. The wait almost killed me, but finally they came out and I picked up three of the five new figures.

This is the first of the three I have painted. He's 28mm and was sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.

I sculpted the base from Super Sculpey.





Two of the things I like most about this figure are the coat and that snub nose pistol he's holding. I'm not certain what the book he's holding is intended to be. I chose to interpret it as a magical text of some kind and painted it in a deep purple. It contrasts with his clothing, but is not so loud that it dominates the figure.

I've had to put painting the other two figures aside as I'm participating in Reapers Summer Painting Challenge and the theme is Sci-Fi.  I plan on submitting four entries and three of those are on the painting table right now. I may post some of them as W.I.P.'s as they are rather involved pieces and I'd like some input as I go.

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  1. A myriad of uses for this chap and what a lovely job you've done on him Anne.

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    1. I'm thinking about finding someone to trade with on some of my most recent figures as I'm basing them for gaming. I want more Hasslefree but can't afford it right now.

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  2. These guy is great, love the muted colours then the book adds a different dimension but as you say it does not take over

    Ian

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    1. I like the palette as well. The rich brown on his coat is my favourtie colour right now.

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  3. The guy looks as if he just jumped out of one of Lovecraft's stories.
    Excellent paintjob, dear Anne.

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    1. He's got a certain ambiance about him. All the Noir figures in the collection are really cool.

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  4. The book's color perfectly matches the figure. Pulp supernatural noir - I like it.
    Cool the theme for the challenge is sci-fi!

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    1. I think the Deadland series must have a supernatural element to it as one of the other figures has snakes wound round a walking stick. He's going to be a tough one to paint and I'm saving him for last.

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  5. Surrounded by fog, and standing in his scuffed shoes, he is a handsome piece of work.

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    1. I wanted to put a Victorian lamp on the base, but realized I'd have to do source lighting. Bugger that!

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  6. Tremendous figure. You have done a great job on him.

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  7. Excellent work on paint Anne , and great atmosphere pics , congratulation .
    Slainte!

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    1. Thank you Vincent. I'm doing a 54mm figure right now and would like your input when I post her.

      Slainte!

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    2. 54mm a little larger that usual I follow Anne
      Cheers .

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    3. She's a competition piece and I'd like to get her highlights right and also get the lighting correct. So if you have any critique for me on those basic things it would help.

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  8. Wonderful work on this fellow Anne. The contrast between the vivid colours of the book and the muted palette for the rest of the figure is a lovely touch.

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    1. I agonized over the colour for that book for hours. Finally I just laid out all my paints to see what would fit the mood of the piece. I settled on the dark purple with green in the circle.

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  9. it really is a lovely bronze shade, dear!

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  10. Excellent paintjob again! The book adds nice contrast to the dark colours on the mini itself

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  11. Another excellent O'Leary masterwork

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  12. Wow, another post from you. You better watch it or this blog may explode lol great job indeed, the pistol is my favorite part, as he takes aim for the heart

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    1. I like the gun as well. I had a .38 Colt, but had to upgrade to a 9mm Glock. Right after we moved here there was a slew of break ins and the Glock is what the coppers here recommended I get. The heroin here is beyond belief. These people are not afraid of the police and we had a hostage situation down the street last week. Last night we had a break in cross the street. I'm going to apply for a license to carry so I can be safe when I take the dogs out at night.

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    2. Damn, only in America where gun crazy drug dealers run about. I'd carry one too when out

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    3. This is a really small town and we thought it would be safe. But NOOOO, these people are insane. The guy down the street who held his ex hostage for two hours has two felony arrests on his record. Yet he somehow managed to get a fully automatic AK47. He also had pistols and a shotgun. All illegal for him to possess. His Uncle is a copper on the local Police Force. Ya, I feel really safe in this pit of hell.

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    4. Wow, I guess small towns aren't what they used to be. Guns are like candy down there, you can buy them at a friggin yard sale.

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    5. I don't know where he got those guns. There are background checks required and his felony charges should have shown up. But I'm guessing these guns weren't registered. But the coppers knew he had them as the week before he went outside drunk with a shotgun and starting firing into the street. And they didn't arrest him or confiscate the weapon. Cross the street is a crack ho and down the block are two heroin dealers. But in US this is one of the safer places to live.

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  13. Anne; awesum...what the....am I still in trout towne....how about awesome ...painting on this figure; especially the coat; the shading on the folds is great...and I wonder if he stole this book.... or is safeguarding it !!!

    and being curious if I may; how long does it take to complete a piece.....you truly should sell your work on ETSY

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    1. I'm a pretty slow painter. On a simple piece like this it takes me a week. Usually it takes two weeks, but on a really elaborate piece it can take me a month to complete. The market for these is to gamers and there's no real money to be made by painters. So I usually end of giving the pieces away for free.

      The pieces are very tiny about the size of an American quarter. I'll do a scale shot for you on my next post.

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    2. a QUARTER ???? !!!

      Good God I couldn't paint a quarter in one solid color....your talent is envied....seriously

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    3. These are miniature pieces for table top gaming. I'm only considered an average painter in the field. You wouldn't believe what some of the guys I follow paint. Here's a link to someone who is a master painter http://figurinepassion.blogspot.be/2014/03/heir-of-blue-sun-kyle-completed.html

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    4. You're much too humble, Anne! You blew past average years ago and have left most of the rest of us mortals behind in your wake.

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    5. Pffft. Truly I'm just mid level intermediate. I don't do any really advanced techniques yet and my blends still aren;t perfect. But I appreciate the compliment!

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  14. Oh, cool figure and paint job!

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  15. Another Challenge? Have you lost your mind, woman? hehehe I hope you have fun with it.

    I like this guy. I'm really digging these muted colors you've been using. It allows the other colors to *pop*. Well done!

    I hope all is well in your world.

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    1. I know, I know, but there's the possibility of free mini's and I can't resist the lure. Nothing is due until September 7th so I won't be driving myself bonkers this time. I've got some really fun stuff to paint for this one. I'm doing my first space ships and my first aliens. They are classic 50's Pulp so they have to be bright colours.

      Some things are good and some things suck donkey balls. But that's how life is for most of us!

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  16. Great paint job and love the base! I envy your sculpting its far better than mine! Cool looking miniature as well.

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    1. The Super Sculpey is really easy to use for base making. The only problem with it is that it's too soft to sculpt anything 3D, so flat bases are it.

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  17. Wonderful brushwork, Anne. The facial features and book details are superb. Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean. Ridolfi does such a good job with sculpting faces that they're pretty easy to do.

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  18. Hola Amiga
    Buen trabajo,me gusta
    un saludo

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  19. This whole range of figures is great and you did it real justice Anne, keep 'em coming ;-)

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    1. I'm hoping they produce more figures in this line as I like Pulp Noir. I think they're waiting to see how well these sell before they do more.

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  20. Reminds me of a gumshoe with a touch of Constantine, beautiful work cailin!

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    1. I know, he does look like Constantine. I think it's the coat and the colour I chose.

      Thank you Fran!

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  21. I was going to say it looks like Constantine (I would have said Hellblazer, but just because I love that character so much). Well done. I love the shadowing on the coat.

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  22. Cracking good work Anne! Looks like a lovely figure to paint too!

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    1. Thank you Rodger. The five new figs they released are cracking figures.

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  23. lovely figure, Anne. As always love your color tones. :-)

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  24. Dark and somber...gives me a great HP Lovecraft vibe! Whatever is summoned with that book won't be killed with a .38.

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    1. Probably some big, nasty demon will be summoned from the depths of Hades. God help his enemies!

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  25. He looks great. If it wasn't for the book, he could pass for Harrison Ford in Bladerunner.

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    1. I hadn't thought of Harrison, but I can see what you mean.

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  26. Beautifully done there Anne and I love the basing. He sums up a Film Noir character to me.

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  27. Love the coat. Was it relaxing to paint? Back when I did ceramics I had a white ghost with kind of a flowing body, sorta like that coat. I was super stressed from work and I came home and painted the ghost and I can still remember the stress melting away around me. Just lovely.

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  28. That's a badass sculpt. I like the way the book sits.

    Good luck on the challenge!

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