OK, let me bring you Stage 3 of my plan. By now you have already seen the not-characters minis and the slightly converted ones. What else? As much as I looked for, I didn't find suitable minis for the rest of the cast. I was totally stuck! Stuck? Never! I came to the only logical solution: If the mini doesn't exist... I'll have to create it!
When I got better from the megalomaniac fevers, I begun to work. Of course this process I'm telling you has involved a several months period (forgive me for cheating, haha). In my original order to Hasslefree I had included some armatures; it was time to dare to sculpt!
I would begin with a simple pose and begin to add details. My character of choice for my first experiment was Chief Tyrol:
|OK, I know, doesn't look like him. Gimme some time|
|A few weeks later...|
|Not that he looks like Tyrol now...|
|...but I count on your indulgence and good faith|
My second scratch mini would be Apollo. This was a character which gave me some headaches. I wasn't sure how to wear the mini or what attitude it should show. I have come to an understanding with these situations. When in doubt, just get to work, follow your instincts. That will be better than not doing anything.
|Mr. Smartypants. Well, for now just Mr. Pants, nothing else sculpted|
|Doesn't he look like a... chef, or something?|
|I have serious problems scupting hands. The grey one is from a Zombicide mini|
|Kinda malformed guy, he doesn't fit in his Viper's cockpit!|
A character I had been eluding for a long time was Laura Roslin. I give you my word, I didn't find any modern civilian middle-aged female. This was driving me crazy, I didn't feel like I would be able to sculpt that from scratch. I used a female body as a starting point:
|Howdy! You most certainly aren't Laura Roslin!|
The pointing finger was what made me choose this one. The commanding attitude, the pose. Of course, the first thing I had to do was to add some years to that body!
|No matter what, still looking sexy|
|Now we're getting to somewhere...|
The right hand pointing ahead was great, but the left one was a problem, didn't know for sure what to do with it. I finally added a case for her glasses.
|Now feelin' like dancin' a little|
Can't say I'm satisfied with the result, but given my skills, it's more than enough!
One character left, the infamous Gaius Baltar! I thought it was time to take some risks, so I dared to give the armature a more challenging pose:
|See how interesting I am. I'm frakkin' Dr. Gaius Baltar|
|Don't know why, but I tend to sculpt from the feet and going up|
|I still have to learn some things about tailoring. Not an Armani, but it will do|
|Didn't want to sculpt hands, so I used some plastic bits|
|Now on a retrospective, I think it was a mistake. Not only that hand is huge, but the purpose of this is to learn how to sculpt|
|Whenever I find my courage and sanity, I'll replace that hand|
|But for the moment I'm done. The cast is complete!|
|BSG OST now, please|
What's next? I don't know. If I spot better minis than mine, of course I will pick them to replace my puny attempts. For the moment I have my eyes set on these:
An Indiegogo campaign is coming... I've asked the guy to sculpt the rest of the cast, let's see where this project leads!
This is it (for the moment!). After this BSG hiatus, next week I'll be back to those unfinished projects I have on the workbench. Thanks for stopping by!