Thursday, 20 June 2013

Daphne & Velma...

...the return of the 'secret project'!



Miss Daphne Hudson, the spirited niece of Holmes' former housekeeper was privately educated  at Roedean  thanks, in no small measure, to the generous stipend that the consulting detective had set aside for her.  Always meticulous in her appearance, Daphne was due to take the social scene by storm, but tragedy struck when a ferocious bout Dengue fever claimed the lives of her parents whilst travelling abroad.   Grief stricken, Daphne missed her Debutantes' ball  and her opportunity to shine on the glittering social circuit.  With few options left open to her she has reluctantly chosen to follow her  'adopted'  uncle on his lecture tour of the United States armed only with her late father's umbrella.


'By Jinkies!'  Velma, Dr Watson's wayward ward, has a reputation for being a hellion.  Although awarded a place to read the relatively new social science of  anthropology at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, Velma quickly became frustrated by the inequality between the sexes at British educational establishments at the time.  As a result this wildcat has shunned academia for a chance to explore the grand old U.S. of A. enjoying the relative freedom from the restrains of polite society and the stifling dress code that goes with it.  A veteran of her father's grouse moor, Velma is an expert shot!



Now as departures go this one is a little left field, even by my standards.  The self indulgent folly that is the 'secret project' is simply an excuse that allows yours truly to meld together all manner of unholy combinations from mythology, folklore, popular culture and of course earlier episodes of 'Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!'


This ridiculous construct allows me to collect pretty much anything that grabs my fancy without ever having to worry about gaming it and today I'm proud to reveal the latest characters, Daphne and Velma erstwhile travelling companies of our heroes, S. Holmes Esq., Shaggy Watson and Baskerville.  This ludicrous piece of frippery has been sitting on the back burning for a while now, whilst suitable characters were tracked down, but it wasn't until 'Salute 2013' that inspiration struck.  My curiosity was piqued by the swarm of customers around the 'Black Scorpion' stand.  The release of their new cowgirls set was certainly causing quite a stir; nothing at all to do with the delightful young lady that was serving behind the counter!  It was from this new cowgirl set that Velma was born, the resin of the 'Black Scorpion' piece allowing for a simple head swop from a 'Hasslefree Miniatures', 'Louise' (what will I do with that body!) I did try to file the angular glasses frames to something more rounded, but conscious that one slip would result in an unplanned nose job, I bottled the job!  As for Daphne, she came from 'Black Scorpion's' Civilians 1 group, with both ladies adopting a colour palette inspired from the original Scooby Doo cartoon.



So there we have it, the travelling companions finally reunited and ready for more adventures, but sadly these will have to wait for the moment as the St. Trinians zombie hunters are calling!





77 comments:

  1. That is sheer JOY. Totally self indulgent and utterly Brilliant. I really wish I had thought of it.... Maybe I should make some as zombie hunters for my wild west zombie game.

    FAN-BLUMI'-TASTIC!

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    1. Thank you Clint, I can't tell you how much fun it was to do too! Wild West zombies, now you're talking!

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  2. Great work Michael is Scoobydelicious !!
    Really nice paint and colors .
    Greetings
    Vincent .

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    1. Thank you Vincent, that is really kind of you.

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  3. That's just awesome. Very creative and well executed Sir!
    Rod

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    1. Thank you Rod, I've been desperate to get these two finished.

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  4. Velma appears to have forgotten to put her vest on...

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    1. The good Doctor may need to have a word with her.

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  5. Stunning figures Michael! Lovely work.

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  6. Very, very clever, sir. I love the backstories, too!

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    1. Thank you Sir, it was great fun dreaming it all up.

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  7. Hola
    GUAUUUUUU Magnificas,si señor.es Scooby Delicioso jajajaja
    un saludo

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  8. That Sir is totally Jaw dropping, marvellous and pure creativity at it best.

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    1. Thank you Andrew, that is incredibly kind of you.

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  9. These are excellent, never worry about being self indulgent, after all that's what we all do, you just do it so well

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, I do enjoy a spot of self indulgence - when I'm allowed.

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  10. These are simply scoobyfandoobytastic!

    Here's a big thumbs up to self indulgence - the end results are always so much better :)

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  11. Inspirational work as always Michael. Now you've got me looking for a reason to do something very similar! Kudos!

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    1. Thank you Derek - that I may have inspired you to do something similar is such a thrill, good luck Sir.

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  12. These great characters will propel you into the lime light, Sir.

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    1. Thank you Jay, not overly keen on the limelight though - far too crowded!

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  13. Original and so nice!! A great work, inspired and colored...

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    1. Thank you Phil, just seemed to come together rather easily.

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  14. Very nice...
    Daphne appears to have a pair of large gauge Barrels! 12 bore?

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    1. Thank you Paul, I think it might be Velma that is armed and yes a rather splendid side by side - Purdy's I should imagine.

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  15. Fantastic! I loved watching Scooby Doo as a kid. Good memories - Daphne never looked so good. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean, she certainly not how I remember her either.

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  16. Awesome! Velma is particularly... VA-Voom! (The cowboy boots are quite fetching) Still lovun' that groovy jalopy. Very, very cool.

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    1. Thank you Curt, she certainly stands out from the crowd.

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  17. Cool figs. They look good together.

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  18. do not remember Velma being so up front......
    Great work

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    1. Thank you James, she is certainly an opinionated young lady.

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  19. fantastic job and a greet little group.
    thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Dannoc, being thinking of finishing them off for so long now.

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  20. Ah but what if you do game with them? What if you play zany ghost filled adventures? You may have invented a whole new form of gaming.

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    1. Now that you put it like that Robert...

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  21. Well done. You really brought these great figures to live with your outstanding paintjob.

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  22. Both excellently done. I really like how you bought them to life. Especially Velma what a foxy chick she obviously come from a great breeding stock

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    1. Thank you Simon, I've enjoyed 'fleshing' out the project!

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  23. Excellent painting!!! I must say Velma's seems to have more than I remember????

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    1. Thank you Ray, she certainly has developed her charms since we last met her.

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  24. A fine pair. I like where your indulgence led.

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    1. Thank you, still not sure where this will ned up.

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  25. Velma will catch her death going out dressed like that!

    Pip pip

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    1. Certainly will given the summer we've had to date!

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  26. Great concept, superb execution!

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  27. That's just great Michael, top conversion and the car looks so good love all the bits in the back!

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    1. Thank you Mr. Smillie, the Conundrum carriage has its own post slightly earlier.

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  28. That's a side of Velma I've never seen! Wonderful work on these figures Michael!

    Christopher

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    1. She has definitely been keeping her assets hidden from us all!

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  29. Great idea! I like your interpretation of Velma, sexy like Linda Cardellini from the films. And the Mystery Machine is great, Scooby Do meets Beverly Hillbillies.

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    1. Thank you Sean, it's an idea that has been kicking around for a while now.

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  30. If you are going to play...PLAY! Great stuff.

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    1. Oh we do like to play! Thank you Scott.

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  31. Utter brilliance Michael. Uuuuby rooooo

    Get yer brushes ready them rootin rootin Cowboys are on the way!

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    1. Thank you Dave and I shall be standing by the letterbox in anticipation!

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  32. Daphne never look so good there Michael. Top job on both of them and great skills in painting and conversions.

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    1. Thank you Pete, I wonder where it will lead next?

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  33. This is going to be a wonderful and very unique collection Michael.
    Superb painting and appropriate basing.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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    1. Thank you Pat, every now and then I just feel the urge to go off and do something a bit silly.

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  34. Fantastic stuff, Michael! Love the car too!

    ...not that you'd ever catch me doing anything whimsical based on a children's TV series...

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    1. Thank you Colonel, such a ridiculous concept!

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  35. NOt muc to say for this tired man but well-done! Again you were providing real eye-candy.

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    1. Thank you, that is incredibly kind of you.

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  36. Excellent work on Velma! I always knew she wore those full topped sweaters to hide her hidden attributes! Now I wait to see your rendition of Shaggy

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  37. That is one hell of a take on Velma, I'll never be able to watch scooby-do again with the kids, in the same way!

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  38. Brilliant stuff indeed! I find myself strangely drawn to Velma but then I had a girlfriend from St Hilda's. She actually looked much more like your Daphne, though!

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  39. I love your Scooby-Doo like vignette, Michael. Wonderfully executed!

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