Lots to talk about in this post so I hope you can bare with me and not just skip ahead to the pictures hehe. I won’t blame you if you do though as I tend to waffle. I’ve never had waffles and would like to try them. I’ve heard they’re better than pancakes WHAT?? That’s a big call. That’s like saying Spider-Man is better than Deadpool. Surely not?
Righto hmm so where to start?
I’ll just chuck some random bullet points at you first. I dunno why it’s just what I feel like doing.
* FEMbruary challenge as put out by Sir Alex from Leadballoony.
* Ignited Moth and a book review that lit the spark of inspiration.
* Female miniatures
* A “challenging” year ahead.
* Real female heroes.
* Deadpool and Waffles
Ok now that’s out of he way let’s get a little serious. Sorta/kinda
There’s not a lot of female miniatures, well actually there are but nowhere near as many male minis. Why? My theory is that the majority of sci-fi fantasy nerdy types are male. This isn’t me making some huge sexist comment. It’s like saying makeup is enjoyed by, mostly, females.
Now on the nerdy male thing I’d say a percentage of these people are, let’s say, not overly confident with women in reality and spend a good dose of their evenings fantasising about women. The women they are exposed to are like Xena, Princess Leia and the 30ft woman. A smaller percentage of these creatures then decide to design their own miniature women and, needless to say, they end up being scantily clad, large busted, dominant warrior women. Not that there’s anything wrong with that of course but what it means is there’s not a huge range of just “normal” women minis. There are if you search hard enough though and believe me I searched and searched for this little gem.
As a lot of you know Sir Alex from leadballoony put out a FEMbruary challenge. Basically paint a non-sexualised female miniature. Awesome challenge and one I accepted with open arms.
I really enjoyed taking part in the Decembuary challenge Azazel put out there so I was up for another. I’ve never taken part in miniature or even any other on line challenges before so it’s new and fun for me.
My own personal challenge for March will be to complete my MARCH of the Flies (Nurgle) Project. Fingers crossed on that one.
Maybe we can make this the year of challenges OR a Challenging Year hehe.
If you are interested in REAL heroic women check out this post from Marvin. Bloody interesting stuff.
Before we get to pix though I want to talk about the inspiration behind this one.
Miss Ignited Moth (A great blooger I follow) did a book review a little while back about a novel called “The girl from the other side.” It’s a Manga style novel about a little girl and her Demonic Guardian. I haven’t read the book but I’d like to but the front cover captivated me. Simple and monochromatic and creepy but cool. I looked up more art/pix from the book and all gave me the same feeling.
So this piece works well because it’s inspired by the book but also by the girl (From the other side of the planet) who did the review.
So, I decided to find a mini of a little girl and build the tall dark bogey man type thing. Then I had the idea of painting them in a monochromatic “drawn” style. Does that make sense? I wanted them to look like they do on the front cover. Like pictures that have jumped off the pages.
I hope you like what I’ve done here. I’d love to hear your feedback. Good, bad whatevs.
The lantern could have done with being a little brighter.
Shes a great little sculpt and painting her was fun, quick and fairy straight forward.
The Demonic Guardian is actually a 1/35 scale body of a soldier that I cut the head off and wrapped in a green stuff cloak. He needed to be tall and the girl mini is tiny so it worked well.
The pic above is a bit blury when it comes to the girl but you can see the dark demonic guardian a little clearer.
I wanted the background or setting to be monochromatic too. In fact the only colour are the little girls cheeks and hands, the yellow in the lantern and the flesh tone on the scroll hanging on the wall.
I need a lot more practic with green stuff but I achieved what I set out to do on this model so I’m happy.
I like that the Demonic Guardian is looming in the shadowy corner. It looks ominous but hes a good guy. He’s watching her back as she trapses through the unknow.
Haha you can see a thumb print on his cloak. Whoops.
I might try and get some better pix and put them in a nother post soon.
I’m also going to TRY and do another female mini for FEMbruary but time is disappearing quickly.
I hope you like my submission.
I’m off to watch Deadpool and Eat Pancakes. I’ll try waffles another day.