Once again the title says it all ;)
The wife is a huge fan of 'The Last of the Mohicans' movie (she says it's way much better than the book as it's more romantic; well, that's another story...). She asked me if I could find a figure of Daniel Day-Lewis.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to find anything in a suitable scale. Right, Warlord Games produces a 'Last of the Mohicans' set for their FIW range, but that's 28mm. scale and I was aming for something a little bit bigger, for a vignette.
Most probably someone now can tell me any obvious option, but I must say that, after browsing the net for a while, I wasn't able to find one. But what I did find was this gorgeous 54mm. mini by Andrea Miniatures:
|Pic taken from their webpage. Go visit!|
'The Volunteer (1776)'. Ahem. Definitely a Non-Mel Gibson in 'The Patriot'. The mini fitted the scale and general purpose, it was running and... it had a tomahawk! Looks like we have a winner...
(Beware! What you are about to see is a bunch of awful phone pics which, besides my legendary clumsyness taking photos, may result in eye harming to the viewer. Go on under your own responsibility)
|Told ya. You were warned|
|Some green stuff here and there|
|And then some more|
The most challenging issue was transforming Mel Gibson's face (the sculptor of the mini is great, you could see the very Mel Gibson there) into Daniel Day-Lewis'. Mel Gibson's face is kinda wide with round compact edges and a quite characteristic nose, while Daniel Day-Lewis' face is longer, thinner and with very distinctive hairlines, cheeks and chin. Of course I lack the skills to sculpt a whole face, not even talking about portraying anybody in a mini. So I had to do what I could with the base face.
|I deserve a 'you tried' internet meme|
He might not exactly look like Daniel Day-Lewis, but I think that the mini on the whole should be recognizable enough.
|Hope that the hairlines and hair help to contribute to the general concept|
|Sculpting flowing hair was a pain in the *ss|
The original mini came with a tomahawk, but it was on the wrong hand. I cut out the tomahawk and used a Games Workshop knife for Nathaniel's left hand. You might have heard about the ridiculously oversized weapons used in 'heroic scale' games (never liked that absurd euphemism). Well, that's true. A knife designed for a 28mm. mini fits perfectly in this 54mm model. Makes you think about what's wrong with weapons scale in Warhammer...
|Just like it was designed for the mini|
After replacing the rifle in his right hand for the tomahawk, I had an idea of how the model would look in the end.
|That's it. Now the paint!|
I was unsure about what to think of the results. The palette I had to use was quite limited and I was afraid of being all the same, with little varation between the face and the clothes.
|Grrr, I'm the crazy albino berserker|
But it didn't end that bad (at least I want to believe that):
|I almost miss the Indian tattoo, had to do it when I was already working on the base|
Using the original base as a starting point, I expanded it a little. The model also included a couple of trees without leaves, so I had to add some vegetation in order to make the vignette a resemblance of the movie.
|I always talk you about the OST of every movie. Come on, in this case it's unavoidable!|
|You have it in your mind...|
|Running to the rescue!|
So this is it, a small vignette of a movie. Some hard work (and a lot of time!) required, that's why I've been slow on my general paint production rate. I'm currently working on another totally different project involving a huge number of minis. What can that be...? I'll disclose you the secret in a few days!