November 16, 2014
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The second figure is one of a couple I bought a short while ago
from a company just getting into figures for us painters. The company
already makes small action figures, but I read the company, and it's
primary sculptor, wanted to try some pieces for the figure modeling
community. There were about 6 in all, and of them I selected the
werewolf and a zombie.
These are resin, somewhere around 4 inches tall (about 1/18 scale), and
impressively detailed. My two items have no visible flash to trim off,
and seam lines are few and faint. What really makes these little guys
different from most other offerings is an ability for the modeler to
pose the arms. Some flexibility is given to pose them at any angle,
thanks to pins molded into the arms that fit sockets on the body. I
tried various angles, and while they can truly be placed in any angle,
some created more gap than others. I opted to find a compromise, with a
natural "hang" to the werewolf's arms and the tightest fit. I puttied
the joint, so it's not visible.
Painting was a fun challenge. I'd done a werewolf bust a while back,
and was really happy with the colors I'd chosen. I used them again
here. I opted for a greyish-brown color for his skin, and dark brown
for the hair. Blending was important here, so it didn't look like the
heavy patches of hair just appeared stuck on. Despite his small size,
details like teeth and eyes were sharp enough to pick out really well
with the brush. I even made his eyes yellow, with a pupil. Wanting him
to appear post-kill, I added some blood to his hands, mouth, and
dripped onto his chest.
This little figure was a real pleasure to paint, and he was only $20.