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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!









68 comments:

  1. Very nice. I can see several game ideas for a fleet of these things.

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    1. It would be easy enough to do as they paint up quick and are inexpensive.

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  2. Snagging Burroughs for the magazine was sheer genius on his part.
    Dig the spaceship and spaceman! I think it completely rocks you've found your calling in science fiction figures.

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    1. And they got him for a mere penny a word!

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  3. This green is simply magic! And I have to repeat that your bases are stunning, so many beautiful details...

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    1. The green glow is simple to do. Just use Reaper Pale green as a base. Then build up the layers by gradually adding yellow to the green.

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    2. It's real simple to do and is nice for little accents on a figure or a base.

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  4. That is really cool Anne. Lovely work!

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  5. I love pulp and especially sci-fi pulp. Yet, I had no idea the history of the thing I enjoyed so much. So, no, I didn't just scroll to the bottom. Also, your painting of the mini is great, but it doesn't look like the astronaut would fit inside its own spaceship.

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    1. These aren't build to scale. The big ships you either have to make yourself or pay an arm and a leg for.

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  6. "Take me to your leader!"

    A lovely, fun piece Anne :)

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  7. Looks great, nice to see some of the bright stuff back

    Ian

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    1. Some of the Pulp will have to be in brighter colours, like Hydra. Can't do that in pale browns.

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  8. Great look Anne , i love this green effect !
    Slainte!

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  9. Nothing like science fiction as it can go anywhere the writer wishes. So is that the space ship you came to earth on? Would explain a lot lmao what? The cat wasn't supposed to share your secret?

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    1. I didn't know that so many of my favourite Sci-fi writers started in the Pulps. Asimov, who'd of thunk it.

      Ya, that's my ship. i keep it stored in an underground bunker. Just don't tell the NSA. Ooops I think I just did.

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    2. All have to get their start somewhere indeed. Don't really make them like that any more, more teenage angst crap lol

      Just wave to the NSA

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    3. I can't find much that I like in fiction anymore. Since the success of the wretched Twilight book, publishers are pandering to the teens.

      They've sent a drone out my way. But that's okay as I've garden gnomes that have anti-aircraft guns installed in their arms. Between that and the lasers they shoot from their eyes, I'm pretty safe.

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    4. Yeah since Twilight and that 50 shades of grey crap, not much you can find any more. Cat is working on a new one though lol

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  10. Love the write-up and the painted work. Both done well, Anne. Wishing you a killer good week.

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    1. Sure thing. How goes you? Did you have much of a hot summer? Ours was more of a nice long autumn which I am very happy about, because I love the fall.

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    2. It's been hotter than a witches tit in a brass bra over here. I sweat just sitting still on the porch.

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  11. it is such a cute lil' bot, dahlink! What does he eat for dindins? Lil' flowers and pieces of clouds? :)

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    1. He's adorable isn't he. All he needs is sunlight as he is just like a wee plant himself. Photosynthesis is his means of creating energy. He is my little garden bot.

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    2. does he create compost if you put garden trash in him :)))
      Hope the weather is nice in your realm, dear, we're having an early Autumn here already.... and I've no idea how we're to heat ourselves this winter if Mother Russia doesn't let us suckle on her gas given that all the pipelines are in the Ukraine....

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    3. Weather suck donkey balls here. Too hot.

      Good God, it could come to that couldn't it. Jesus, how will you guys survive the Winter? It doesn't look like things are going to get straightened out there anytime soon. What is Putin saying about it? Russia needs the income from that gas as well. Really we can't have all of Eastern Europe going down the tubes.

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    4. Russia already made a lucrative deal with China to whom they will be selling their gas in upcoming decades, and European Union wants to stop the construction of the Southern gasline which would go down through Bulgaria and Serbia... so we're pretty much screwed.... especially since our coal reserves are dwindling too due to all those floods this year.... and the storages of gas that we have can't store enough for the whole winter....
      Did you take care of your heating before the winter comes?

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    5. Not with China for fucks sake. That's not going to work out over the long haul as China and Russia can't get along for any length of time. I knew the EU was trying to stop the Southern gasline, but I thought Putin told them to stick it up their arses.

      No, we're in the same boat as last year. It would cost over $8,000 to get a heater installed and we've not that kind of money.

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    6. No, dear, they signed the contract for like 40 or 50 years long period :) which means that EU won't be able to blackmail Russia over gas :) And if we manage to finish the Southern Gasline EU is screwed and will be unable to blackmail the rest of us too.... well, at least they won't be able to screw us in all possible holes :)

      Darling, can't you buy a simple Air Conditioner just in one of the rooms (they cost about 200 euro here) and then when the winter comes you can use it for heating too, or order some portable electric heater over the net. You don't have to heat up the whole house. Here in my country most houses don't have central heating systems. We have electric heaters which accumulate energy during cheap electricity hours and then they emit it throughout the day.

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  12. I absolutely loved this write up. We've both gotten a lot more into sci-fi lately, and sci-fi pulp is no exception. On top of that, the figure looks awesome. Love that shade of green.

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    1. Pulp is good stuff isn't it. I'm loving it.

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  13. Excellent paintjob! Love the colours! The bot does remind me of the Minions in Despicable Me :)

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  14. I do especially love the bot cailin!

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  15. Wonderful prize - love the glowing green paint job!

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  16. Ggreat work Anne! Love the bright colours!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  17. That's a pretty cool figure. Both of them.

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  18. Anne. this piece is amazing....love it..♥ from the colors to the base, to... is that actually blades of grass I'm seeing....bright colors are your forte...the green totally rocks and draws the eye to the rest oh the piece..BRAVO
    !!!

    da tabbies send best fishes to kitty fang ♥♥♥

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    1. Those are little blades of grass. I have some itty bitty ones with flowers on as well. They are sooo cute.

      Nose bumps from Kitty Fang to da tabbies!

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  19. I like the little dude, Anne, loads of character.

    FMB

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  20. NOW! That's what I'm talking about!

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  21. Wonderful painting, Anne! I love it when you open up the throttle on the painting palette.

    I've loved Sci Fi pretty much my whole life, and especially like the "Years Best" Sci-Fi short story collections.

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  22. Love the green Anne. Really vibrant! I think your style really suits Pulp sci-fi. Looking forward to seeing more of it from you.

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  23. Really vibrant result. What you intended by the looks.
    Excellent work.
    cheers

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  24. I love this green! Really pops out even on the thumbnail which immediately draw me here when I saw it.

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  25. Hola amiga
    Bonito trabajo
    Me gusta el color y el esquema eleguido
    Estas muy bien con tus modelos de ciencia ficción
    un saludo

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  26. I love your return to the bright, vivid colors. So much fun to see.

    I had no idea where pulp fiction came from, thanks!

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  27. I usually skim pasted data on blogs because it changes the vibe to way more professional. That was super interesting though. I also dig your saucer! Really like the shine feel you gave it.

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  28. I know how you feel about Pulp figures. I have a few pulp figures that need to be painted. I been looking at this type of minis lately and wondering if I should be painting some of these miniatures.

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  29. Fairly fantastic Anne. Great use of colours.

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