Monday, 19 March 2012

Who's Hunting Whom?

As I was soaking in a hot bath at 'Awdry Towers' contemplating whether I could justify the purchase of  a Plesiosaur and perhaps some deep sea divers (obsessive, Moi?), my thoughts drifted back to the Amazonian rain forest and what would be the more dangerous creature there; the hunter or the hunted?  For some inexplicable reason my mind was transported back to the late 1980s and that piece of celluloid mastery that was 'Predator'.



One of Mr. Schwarzenegger's better outings the movie was filled with such memorable quotes as:

"If it bleeds, we can kill it.",
"You lose it here; you're in a world of hurt."

and the immortal,


"Get to da Chopper!"

Of course the star of the show was the Predator itself with its cloaking device and penchant for collecting human trophies and my thoughts momentarily drifted from dinosaurs to aliens.  'What if there was a Predator lurking in the same jungle as my prehistoric beasties?  



A quick towel and talcum and it was straight onto the infoweb to see if there was anything out there that could pass as the 'Predator'.  Imagine my delight when I discovered that the current company of choice, 'Copplestone Castings' actually had 'Hunter Aliens' lurking in their 'Future Wars' section!


Before I knew what was happening there was a dull thud of a parcel hitting the mat!  I was now officially  distracted from my distraction!  That said they truly wonderful sculpts, as I've come to expect from Mr. Copplestone and a delight to paint.  I've only done the two without helmets for the time being and been heavily influenced by the original movie with regard to colour palette.   So pleased with the results that I couldn't resist having a little fun with them at the expense of one of my Allosauruses!


Now back to the small matter of a Plesiosaur and deep sea divers!


25 comments:

  1. A great movie and some great miniatures.

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  2. I love the fact that you are well and truly in the grip of the "Ooooh, shiny!" affliction. It makes my inability to finish a project before starting another seem reasonable! ;-)

    That was the original and best Predator movie; chock full of ex-wrestlers meeting their ends in a variety of gory ways, while Arnie gets to waste Sandanistas and manage to rescue the girl after killing the alien threat. Classic Schwarzenegger!

    Somehow, I think your short sighted friend in the first picture is safe; he looks more of a threat to himself than anyone else!

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    1. I'm afraid that you are absolutely spot on with the "Ooooh, shiny!" affliction! That said I'm digging out some Indian Mutiny bits from the lead pile for April.

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  3. They are some of his best sculpts and I must admit I have a painted team around here somewhere, damn nice work and Predator was the best of the series that would follow.....

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  4. Very Andy Warhol! You could do a few ones in different colours.
    Very nice predators..
    I didn´t realise that type of dinosaur was called a "rustle"..I´ll get my coat :-D
    Cheers
    paul

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  5. Michael, that looks great. A fine recreation of a great, fun movie. Personally, Bill Duke and the gatling gun steals the film for me. Happy memories!

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    1. Thank you and oh yes, the gatling gun; I wonder if they do....

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  6. LMAO well and truly distracted sir. Nice paintjobs on these they are fantastic figures. Good think about the Predators background if you read/watch all the movies they pre-date humanity so could be used in a great number of periods for a laugh

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  7. Great post and lovely painted figures.

    Regards,
    Matt

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  8. An excellent pot!!!, great looking figures from a great film!!! Now please control yourself!!!

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    1. "Now please control yourself!!!", but I'm having so much fun!!!

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  9. Cracking stuff on the bad guy. oh yes you will need "old painless" the gatling gets my vote every time.

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    1. "old painless" great shout; I would never have remembered the name!

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  10. Excellent stuff. Yep a classic movie... Sci/fi meets prehistory meets Victoriana, what could be better?

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    1. You're right the wheel have well and truly come off!

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  11. Very fun! Predator fits in any genre!

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  12. Those are great, lovely painted and a reall feel for the subject. You should check out Heresy Miniatures named the Hurn. They rock and so look the part.

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  13. The so look the part there mate and a great paint job. You should check out Heresy Miniatures and the Hurn Hunter. I think you might be wanting him.

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    1. Oh my, he's a big boy! Let's hope there not at Salute as I may just have to have one!

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  14. It's good you have fun. That's the meaning of this hobby. Very nice presentation of this figures and a nice(?) story.

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

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  15. You might be eligible to receive a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card.

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