Sunday, 24 March 2013

Jungle Drums


With the excitement of the '3rd Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' slowly fading to memory I was gifted a free Saturday morning, but just couldn't bring myself to lift a paintbrush in anger.  Instead I found myself, mug of Earl Grey in hand, staring at the television bemused by the amount of cookery programmes airing at this hour - when did cartoons and wrestling slip from the Auntie's scheduling?  Fortunately I still have some previously unpublished miniatures to share and without further ado...




 Whilst I was never going to challenge the awesome turnout of the top tier of extraordinarily fast painters, I did look to consistently challenge myself to produce the best and most imaginative work I am capable of - perhaps looking to scoop up one of the prizes in the sub categories; voting is still in progress and non-competitors are free to nominate their favourite, just follow the link to Curt's 'Analogue Hobbies' within this post.  



I was hoping that these fearsome chaps might be considered my entry for the non military category.  They are part of 'North Star Military Figures' extreme cannibal range and painted to loosely represent the Azande of the Congo.  I have to confess that I really like these wonderfully dynamic sculpts, particularly the masks, so reminiscent of Picasso's early work, possibly even the influence of 'Les Demoiselle d'Avignon' itself.



I had had some fun with some of these in October last year (Cannibals) and tempted as I was to really go to town with the masks and the drums in the end I went with a much more organic palette once again hoping to tie the miniatures together with the touches of red.  Hugely distracting, but great fun to do!

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  1. That is a groovy looking drum. And as normal everything is superbly painted and atmospheric. Great work.

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    1. That's me all over - groovy, now you must excuse me while I pick up the Saintly Mrs. Awdry who has inadvertently laughed so hard she has fallen off the chaise longue!

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    2. She's not the only one who's fallen over laughing!!!

      Pip pip

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  2. Superb painting once again Michael. You have obviously done your research on these as they look like what I would imagine and expect to see if I went to a museum showing this type of thing.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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    1. Thank you Pat and yes half the fun is trawling the info web for suitable examples of reference.

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  3. Stunning job on such lovely looking miniatures the masks do indeed look marvellous great work :)

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    1. Thanks Simon, I might have to get some more.

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  4. Michael they are brilliant, I love the colour and admire your painting skills. I am sure you must get a prise or there is no justice in this world.

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    1. That is incredibly kind of you Pete, but there were an awful lot of very splendid entries to consider.

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  5. Beautiful figures Michael, excellent work!

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  6. Fantastic work on those. You really gave them the character they deserved. I don't know how I missed these models until now... but I gotta buy some!

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  7. I think looking at your Samurais and then looking at these show the breadth of your tastes and talent. The Samurais were classic and so elegantly painted. These are fun, fanciful and brilliantly painted. I think those two pieces express shows the dual sides of your personality-the serious, refined gentleman and the little boy inside who lives in a fun world where anything is possible.

    If you don't win one of the "best of" prizes, then I'm a chimp in a dress.

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    1. Thank you Anne that is incredibly kind of you and I think you might be spot on with your analysis!

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  8. A pleasure Sir! Beautiful skills.

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  9. Fantastic painting and basing as usual. Very stunning work. Best, Dean

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    1. Really kind of you Dean, thank you.

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  10. Really wonderful work Michael , i can almost hear them drums a beating. It will take a brave explorer to venture too far into that jungle..

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    1. Thank you Dave, certainly not the sort of chaps you would want to ask directions from if you get lost in the jungle.

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  11. They look great and I really like the masks!

    Christopher

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  12. They're terrific, Michael. I really like these figures. They've got to fit in well with "The Book of the Heathen" - right? So, my only question is when your figures are going to start their journey looking for Mr Kurtz in the Congo....? :)

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    1. Thank you Sidney and what a wonderful idea for a little scenario, now I just need to find a Willard!

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  13. Nothing like a bit of Darkest Africa. Utterly gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you very much indeed, great fun to do.

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