Sunday, 12 May 2013

28mm 'not' Daryl Dixon


  
I have very little ‘must watch’ television scheduled into my daily life, but every once in a while a series will capture my imagination and The Walking Dead, an American horror television drama series  spawned from a comic book series of the same name, is certainly one of those.  The series has had many awards lavished upon it, but for me its strength is its character driven storyline and the relationships and group dynamics that are forged by the survivors as their fate unfolds.


Not surprising then that some of the characters have become immortalised in lead and this wonderful two part character piece comes from 'Studio Miniatures'.  Daryl Dixon has to be one of my favourite characters from the immensely watchable ‘Walking Dead’ and this wonderfully detailed sculpt was a joy to paint up, albeit in a rather predictable palette; the fun being picking out items like the squirrel, Bowie knife and necklace of ears!



Although a relatively new devotee to this tale of life after the zombie apocalypse it strikes me as a tad ironic that Daryl is one of the few people who actually finds himself with more friends since the dead stared walking!  A loner by choice who can deny the importance of a crossbow wielding, 'good ol’ boy' on your side when trying to stay one shambling step in front of the walkers.



50 comments:

  1. Great job on all of those; my youngest son and I watch Walking Dead. I was bummed when Meryl was killed off. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean, it certainly is a great show.

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  2. Very nice, I've seen the characters made in 15mm but could have guessed they are available at different scales. Well the series are popular so it is kind of hopping on the roller coaster producing these (I was just checking out some Doctor Who figs and got to the same consensus).

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    1. Thank you Andrew, quite happy to jump aboard this band wagon as it is so much phone.

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  3. Really nice work Michael, I've just finished my last plastic studio miniatures must get some more and maybe a few survivors.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Smillie, definitely going to have to have some of those plastic Zeds to swell the hoard.

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  4. Zeds are gross! And your painting has made these more gross!! Very nice skill with the paint and brush, Sir. Those zombies sure know how to party down at the rivers edge.

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    1. The odds are definitely stacked against our hero.

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  5. Very very nice Michael your painting is just excellent the Trousers and the shirt are just excellent. This is one of my favourite Studio miniatures. You should check out the greens on the Studio Miniatures facebook page there some new survivors coming and we are all in for a treat.

    Top job Michael really! this has to be one of the best miniatures I've seen you've paint.

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    1. Thank you so much Simon for the really kind word, really appreciate them. Just seen the new greens - wow! Rally want those now!

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  6. It is always fun to visit you Michael, as I never know what you'll be painting up for us. You've done a fine job with this one I must say.

    I haven't seen the series. I know, I know, I live under a rock.

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    1. Me either. I've read a good 3 or 4 spoilers right here though ;-)

      Lovely work as usual sir.

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    2. Still plenty more to get your teeth into though - so to speak.

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    3. Hi Anne, thank you so much, lots of oddities coming up in the weeks to come.

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  7. Oooh! Not Walking Dead characters! Don't tempt me!

    Very nicely done, again Michael.

    I love The Walking Dead and have only recently finished watching the 3rd series. I agree with your analysis of Daryl's personality, but I'd also go so far as to say the absence of his big brother Merle for the majority of the earlier seasons is a big part of why Daryl has become a decent, valued if not integral part of the group. I won't give away anything about the resolution of Merle's and Daryl's relationship if you or anyone else hasn't caught up, but it's a doozy!

    Have you caught up with Bad Lip Reading's take on the Walking Dead? The Governor's Broadway show-tune is a scream!

    http://youtu.be/jR4lLJu_-wE

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    1. Thank you Ben, I'm glad you haven't let too much slip as I've yet to get through season three as for the you tube link - priceless!

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  8. Cant say I'm familiar with the series, but whoever he is you've done a wonderful paintjob on him!

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    1. Thank you Scott, certainly worth a look if you have a passing interest in all things undead.

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  9. That's nice work for the best character in the series!

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    1. Thank you Francis, have to agree with you there too.

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  10. An excellent figure Sir Michael! Very nicely done!

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  11. Well Micheal I am a fan of your painting style and this figure is in no way a disappointment. You have captured "Daryl" in very fine detail. Excellent work on all aspects of the figure.

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    1. Clint, that is incredibly kind of you, but it really helps when the figure is particularly well sculpted like this one.

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  12. This fellow really turned out well. Great job!

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  13. Lovely work Michael! Now he just needs a chopper to complete the scene.

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    1. Thank you Curt and now that's an idea!

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  14. Greate looking minis !!!

    Best regards Michael

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  15. Top notch paintwork Michael!

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  16. Very nice Michael you've captured Daryl in all his glory. FYI here in America Daryl has become the heartthrob character. He has a huge number of female admirers.

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    1. Thank you Robert and a heartthrob you say? There is hope for us all!

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  17. Great figures and great paint Mr Michael
    Greetings

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  18. Wonderful job on all these Micheal and jeans colour choice really hit the mark!

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher it took lots of washes of Devlan Mud to achieve the look.

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  19. Your work is always excellent but this one is just awesome!
    I'm really impressed, Michael!

    Cheers
    Stefan

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  20. Your painting skills are really superb Michael.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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  21. Yup! Daryl is one of the best characters. Nicely done figure.

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  22. How do I purchase this mini??

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    1. It is available through Studio Miniatures, there web site is:

      http://www.studiominiatures.com/

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