Sunday, March 5, 2017

'Characters/Scene from' StephenS: 'All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.'

Captain Hook: [watching Peter Pan coming] I've waited years for this.
Mr Smee: That's not countin' the holidays, either.

Best. Photoshop. Ever.
My characters for the final theme round are none other than the vengeful Captain Hook and his ever loyal and more forgiving first mate, Mr Smee. While I read the book several times as a kid, I have always enjoyed the animated film from Disney, and its opening line is the title of this post.






To try and emulate the bright cartoon look of the film characters, I undercoated these guys in white. I then promptly received a reminder about why I switched to a black undercoat many years ago. As whenever I thought I had blocked in a section, I would turn the miniature and discover a bright spot of white tucked away somewhere! Black undercoat is much more forgiving...




 The miniatures are 28 mm figures from North Star's range of miniatures for 'On the Seven Seas' by Osprey. The bases are from a local Australian company, Back 2 Base-ix. The miniatures, (cryptically named Captain Hood and Mr Three on the box) obviously have a slightly darker, more competent look about them than in the film.



These guys were a blast to paint up, and while I don't play anything that needs pirates, they may get to make a guest appearance when my club mates start breaking out their Blood and Plunder Kickstarters. But only if Captain Hook and Mr Smee are both absolutely sure there are no crocodiles ticking away nearby...

Cheers,

Steve

17 comments:

  1. Two Disney entries in one week, that has to be a record around here. Nice work Steve

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    1. Thanks Byron, I'm guessing Disney and wargaming are not exactly a match made in heaven :)

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    1. Cheers Dave, and thanks for the videos of your table at Hammerhead on the weekend, it looked like a great game!

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  3. That's superb! Lovely stuff. Have you got a big crocodile?

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    1. Thanks very much Barks! As to the crocodile, I'm holding my breath for a theme around clocks next year... :)

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  4. Great work. I hear you re: white basecoating...so pointless...

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    1. Cheers Greg, and I know, never again!

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  5. Well done Steve, great work and a wonderful pair of miniatures.

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    1. Thanks Michael, they were definitely a treat to paint up!

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  6. My goodness, how splendid. Both are nice the the Captain absolutely pops thanks to details like your careful brushwork with the feather hat plume. Well done. Somehow I feel that the Captain could cross over to Mr. Roundwood's land of Laarden and be right at home. :)

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    1. Thank you very much Michael, it would be a great honour indeed, to be invited into the land of Laarden! :)

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  7. Superb work Stephen. My hat is off to you on going with a white primer. I went back from black for a special project last year and regretted it for the rest of the job.

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    1. Cheers Curt, the white primer was what happens when one tries to get to artistic... :)

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  8. Fantastic work Stephen! Sorry about the pain of painting over white primer :)

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