Sunday, 26 October 2014

Defenders of Anarchy

Zomtober 2014 - post#5

The final weekend of 'Zomtober 2014', just where has the month gone?  Having successfully arrived at the half term break, and afforded a little extra hobby time, I'm delighted to have managed to finish off these savage schoolgirls from 'Crooked Dice'

These have been hugely entertaining to work on, really well sculpted and bags of character.  Having established a formula of sorts with my previous efforts this was just a matter of matching the colour palette and having a little fun with the details, one of which was the book cover of the Library Prefect.  The notes on the 'Crooked Dice' website read as follows:

 Then there’s the bookish one (don’t let her fool you, she’s reading A Clockwork Orange!) 
Well this reference to modern popular culture proved too hard to resist and so in a nod to the iconic front cover designed by David Pelham, Penguin's Art Director in 1972, the cover was duly painted red and yellow.



Although the official goal of presenting one zombie or survivor every Sunday in the month October has now been met, I'm hoping to take advantage of my blessed respite from the day job and get a few more miniatures painted before the end of the month, culminating in final review on All Hallows' Eve.


Now although the title to this post, 'Defenders of Anarchy', might have been a thinly veiled reference to the 'Girls Aloud' theme to the remake of St. Trinian's, there can only be one official school song - enjoy!:


Maidens of St Trinian's, gird your armour on.
Grab the nearest weapon; never mind which one!
The battle's to the strongest; might is always right.
Trample on the weakest; glory in their plight!

St Trinian's! St Trinian's! Our battle cry.
St Trinian's! St Trinian's! Will never die.

Stride towards your fortune boldly on your way-
Never once forgetting there's one born every day.
Let our motto be broadcast: "get your blow in first!"-
She who draws the sword last always comes off worst.

76 comments:

  1. They look amazing. I think I would rather go up against the zombie hordes everyone else is painting rather than them . . .

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    1. Thank you Mike, I hear that they don't take prisoners.

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  2. yes only 1 song... the original! They look terrific and fit in well with the rest of the class. Having started my PGCE in a girls grammar school and now being scarred for life I am quaking in my boots (well slippers).

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    1. Thank you Clint, I do hope the slippers have stopped quaking.

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  3. A lovely bunch of young ladies!

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  4. Absolutely amazing! If I was a Z I'd think twice before going after their brains.... brains... juicy brains *scuffle*

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    1. Thank you so much, I was really pleased with how they turned out.

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  5. Fantastic painting. You have done justice to well sculpted minis.

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    1. Thank you so much they really were great to work on.

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  6. Whilst they may not be zombies, they're just as horrifying.
    Great renditions of these horrors, they fit in well with the rest of their horde.

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    1. Thank you, I'm told they have impeccable manners!

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  7. Wow Michael they are amazing. I love the use of colour and the whole group is wonderful together

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    1. Thank you so much Pete, I was really pleased to get them done so they could join their classmates.

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  8. An excellent (if unruly!) group of survivors there; well done in your Zomtober achievements. :)

    Great work there. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, I've thoroughly enjoyed this year especially as I have done much painting recently so this was just the tonic that I needed.

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  9. Hola Amigo
    Que bueno si señor,me encanta esta chicas que as echo
    Y esa gran foto de familia de cine
    un saludo

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    1. Thank you J.D. it was great to get them altogether for that final photograph.

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  10. Quite the task to get the seam of her stocking straight!

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  12. Awesome bunch, I'd be terrified if I was a zombie ;)

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    1. Thank you, they would certainly have me running scared.

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  13. Very cool crew, and great addition to your collection of girl warriors! Cool basing too.

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    1. Thank you Dean, the floor just helps tie them together as a unit.

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  14. ...and they are studious too!

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  15. Excellent, really good to see the girls added too, glad I'm not a zombie

    Ian

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  16. Cracking work on a dangerous set of young ladies! Zombies beware!

    Christopher

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  17. Good grief, those are beautiful!

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    1. Why thank you Francis, they were certainly a blast to work on.

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  18. They are fantastic Michael - a sort of Apocalyptic version of the Powerpuff Girls!

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    1. Thank you Paul, now there's an unholy concept!

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  19. Michael, your need to get a 28mm School bus for all those girls. They won't fit into the van you had previously! Fantastic work as always my man.

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    1. Thank you Terry, school bus eh? Now there's an idea.

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  20. Cracking work. Glad I'm not teaching them - although they do look a bit like my bottom set Year 11...

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    1. You poor man! Thank you, however, for the kind words.

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  21. Excellent Michael, really nicely done. I didn't know there was so many decent quality sculpts to produce a schoolgirl gang such as you have.

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    1. Thank you Roy, the Crooked Dice additions were a Godsend, but some of the others are conversions. By the way, I tried to leave a comment on your new blog the other day, but I afraid that I wasn't allowed.

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  22. Stonkingly good stuff once again, sir. Really lovely painting, great colours and awesome bases... and the group photos are tremendous. Awesomely done :-)

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    1. Thank you so much, that is incredibly generous of you.

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  23. Superb! What a job, once again Michael.
    I love those bases.
    The zombies should viddy well!

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    1. Thank you so much Bob, the girls are defiantly up for some ultra ultraviolence!

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  24. They all look great Michael. The bat wielding girl's lime green, pink, and electric blue ensemble really pops.

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    1. Thank you kind Sir, that was a particular favourite of mine too.

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  25. Another fantastically painted collection and Crooked Dice figures are so nice - crying out to be painted. How have I not painted the Life on Mars and the Planet of the Apes figures!
    Thanks Michael.

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    1. Thank you and like you I have some of those Planet of the Apes hiding around here somewhere.

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    1. Thank you so much Simon, they were such a blast to work on.

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  27. Simply delightful, I hope they have a great time battering zombies with their hockey sticks!

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    1. Thank you Scott, they certainly look well trained and ready for a fight!

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  28. At the risk of sounding like a broken record ... you sir are a master at colour combinations. Your choices always ... ALWAYS ... pop. They look so vibrant and just simply eye candy galore. Your colour choices remain an inspiration for me to work harder at getting good combinations. Bravo.

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    1. That is incredibly generous of you and great fully received praise. I always take some time trawling around the infoweb for suitable inspiration and images, the rest is luck!

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  29. They look furious...and amazing, great job Michael!

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  30. They're simply perfect, a couple lookers in the pack.

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  31. I believe they go to a very naughty school.

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  32. I love the idea of using the boards of a Gym floor as the base for each figure. Red basketball markings and Blue for volleyball in my old school

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  33. You've sold me! Once this blasted self imposed no miniatures purchases period is over, I'm buying these girls! Bloody nice work sir!

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  34. I've just seen these. Wow. I have the Crooked Dice set but I like the way you have incorporated other figures. They look great, and deadly.

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