Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Hildy!





Those who regularly frequent this humble weblog will know that I am currently competing in the '4th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' ; a splendid event that allows us to set personal goals as we look to deplete the lead mountain through the cold, winter months.   As part of the challenge we have to offer up an themed entry fee to Master Campbell and this year's tariff was to be inspired by the work of Sam Peckinpah; 2014 being the 45th anniversary of one of Curt's favourite films - 'The Wild Bunch'.  What could be simpler than painting up a 28mm cowboy and sending it to Curt, saying inspired by Sam Peckinpah?  But then I started having a closer look at the great man's oeuvre and came across the lesser known masterpiece that is 'The Ballad of Cable Hogue'.  Now as luck would have it, I still had a couple of those rather scantily clad cowgirls from the 'Black Scorpion' range and thought - perfect, Stella Stevens immortalized in resin!
 
 
No conversion necessary, just a bit of fun with the palette to ape Hildy's costume, such that it is, from the film, complete with embroidered 'Daisy Dukes'!
 
 
It's funny, but while I was painting her, I had really taken on board just how over sized her guns where - real hand cannons these!
 
 
Whist hugely entertaining to work on, I have to confess that I do find painting female miniatures difficult.  My na├»ve, Impressionistic style of painting faces seems to work reasonably well on rough, tough British Infantrymen and the like, but sadly is not so forgiving when employed on representing the complexion of the fairer sex.  Still on the whole she seemed well received and so all that remains is to get her passport in order before the flight to Canada -
 
farewell Hildy!
 


75 comments:

  1. Have a safe Trip Hildy. I thought she was a cracking figure and very different to most of the wild bunch that Curt will receive.

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    1. Post script! I thought I was painting Camels, While you are painting Camel Toes!!!

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    2. Wrong on so many levels - but very funny!

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  2. I'd say not only her guns but her hands and arms look big (though nothing wrong with big hands I say). Great model.

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    1. Certainly one or two liberties taken in the name of creative licence!

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  3. She does have big guns, doesn't she? Big revolvers too ;)

    This was a fabulous entry Michael and I'm sure Curt will be pleased to add her to his collection.

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, she is certainly packing!

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  4. A cracking looking figure, Hildy's my kinda Gal!

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    1. I hear she speaks very fondly of you too Ray!

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    1. It is amazing what they can do these days!

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  6. You did an amazing paintjob on Hildy. She'll definitely stand out between all the other entry fees.

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    1. That is very kind of you and she certainly does have a couple of stand out points, I grant you!

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  7. Bloody brilliant sir, that is absolutely superb. And the Ballad of Cable Hogue is a strong contender for my favourite Western ever.

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    1. I have to confess that I wasn't overly family with the work before the challenge, but I am now! Thank you.

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  8. Michael
    She's a beaut with a great set of..guns. I look forward to meeting her in person if Curt lets us that is...
    Cheers
    PD

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    1. Thank you Peter, is Curt not known to share? It probably stems from some traumatic, childhood incident! ;)

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  9. What an inspired entry and wonderfully executed. I have trouble with female faces too.

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  10. Looks good to me Michael. Your right they are a massive pair........ :o)

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  11. Superb painting Michael and you have done a wonderful job with her panties.

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    1. Not something I expected to read from you Pat, but thank you! :D

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  12. I'm sorry, you were saying something about her face? She's a great figure with wonderful painting. Well done!

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  13. Nice work. The word on the street is that she doesn't accept credit. And she makes change with her twin Colts!

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    1. Definitely not a girl to trifle with Jay!

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  14. reminds me of that French western film with women having a fist fight..what was it called again? Got it...LES PETROLEUSES
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5-qyQYbkeM

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    1. Thank you for the link, although nearly got a black eye for it!

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  15. Well done indeed Michael, & never fear, Canada is quite accepting of lovely lasses from the UK. And those are indeed a nice pair of guns.

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    1. I'm glad to hear that she will have a safe passage.

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  16. Nice figure, erm the mn that is, not the minis figure, which is nice but...
    I'll shut up now

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    1. We can into all sorts of trouble with this!

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  17. Wonderful work on this twin shootin Miss!

    Christopher

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  18. She's got guns? Cant's say I actually noticed!

    Pip pip

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    1. You obviously know me far too well.

      Pip pip

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  19. I must say I do enjoy seeing you paint up some babes. You and I should have had a separate Babes duel in the Challenge.

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    1. Now there is an idea, remind me next year Anne.

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  20. she's ... err... lovely !
    (excellent painting work)

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  21. What a cracking young wench - what-oh Sir.
    Well done

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    1. She is certainly turning heads and thank you.

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    1. She certainly proved a welcome distraction!

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  23. She is beautiful Michael! And I agree on female flesh, more difficult and you will have to paint larger flesh areas with smoother transitions but you did a fine job there.

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    1. Thank you Michael, the photography is never as forgiving as I hope it will be though.

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  24. This may be the only time in history the terms "oeuvre" and "scantily clad" have appeared in the same paragraph. I congratulate you sir, both on your linguistic machinations and on your artistic implementation.

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    1. You are too kind Sir, it's all in the name of fun you understand.

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  25. Hildy's wardrobe provided by Frederick's of Deadwood.

    Great job as always.

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  26. Gimmee, gimmee! ;) Seriously, lovely work Michael, thank you. Hildy will have a loving home here in the Canadian Wild West. I'll even let her impress a cowpoke now and again with her rather impressive... pistols.

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    1. I'm sure she will be happy in her new home and thank you for the kind words Curt.

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  27. Michael you're a very naughty boy

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  28. If I was you I would send Curt that cowboy you were speaking of, and keep this one for myself! :-D
    Excellent work, sir!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Nice idea Peter, but not sure I can get away with it now though! ;)

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  29. Stunning work with Hildy !

    Best regards Michael

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