Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Dinovember begins...

...28mm Adèle Blanc-Sec
For the uninitiated, 'Dinovember' is a spot of self indulgent frippery that allows yours truly to enjoy in another month of themed nonsense, this time all things Prehistoric!  If all goes to plan, we should have new dinosaurs, some intrepid explorers, museum visits and a steam lorry. 
 
This was perhaps my most bizarre entry to the 'Vth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge and was pure self-indulgent nonsense.  It was something that I had been thinking about for some time and, as I have discovered with this most wholesome of hobbies, if you have an itch then scratch it!  

Inspired, once again, by the work of Luc Besson, this bizarre assemblage is my homage to the unlikely gem that is ‘The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec’.  Based on the French comics by artist Jacques Tardi, I had completely missed the original theatrical release of this ridiculous adventure only discovering it by chance by scanning the television schedule prior to the Christmas break.  Billed as Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones I can safely say that my curiosity was piqued!  Consigned to the flawed masterpiece drum of any celluloid collection, ‘The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec’ is a triumph of style over content, but I have to confess that I enjoy Monsieur Besson’s style, pure escapism rarely looked so good.   Of course the highlight for me is when our eponymous heroine flies over the streets of Paris on the back of a Pterodactyl – I kid you not!

For the record then, the composite parts are as follows: Pterodactyl – The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit’s Pteranodon.  Adèle is made up from a Wargames Foundry Victorian Lady, a plastic Rider of Rohan from Games Workshop and an arm from the Perry Miniatures ACW Zouave command sprue all held together with superglue and lashings of Greenstuff.  As for the base this was a combination of bits and pieces from the ever reliable Fenris Games.
Perhaps a little like the film, this piece didn't quite live up to my expectations and although thrilled to have scooped the award for 'Sarah Choice', I always felt that it lacked a little something.  In my defence this formed one of my last entries to the challenge and came at a time when I was desperately trying to make up for a slow start and, as a consequence, may have missed out on a modicum of the tender loving care that I had shown some of my earlier entries.  Still it remains a fun piece of kit bashing and was hugely enjoyable to do; who knows perhaps one day Adèle Blanc-Sec will ride again.

83 comments:

  1. Hola Amigo
    Magnifico si señor
    gran trabajo en esta escena de modelado y pintura
    Un SALUDO

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  2. What absolute nonsense, but what a genius idea!
    Some great kitbashing there sir!

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    1. Thank you Mike, we do like a bit of nonsense once in a while.

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  3. And this wasn't up to your standard? Jeez mate I think it's cracking!

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    1. Thank you, I wanted to do something else with the Pterodactyl, but bottled it a bit.

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  4. Great job on the famous Adèle Blansec!

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  5. Nicely done, she looks the part! I'm a big fan of Besson's work, and liked ‘The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec,’ although I think it could have been better.

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    1. Thank you A.J. and I know exactly what you mean, just felt it lacked a little something, hugely entertaining though.

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  6. WOW! Great conversion modeling, Sir! You have done yourself proud with this one-of-a-kind creation.

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    1. From the maestro of modelling this is praise indeed, thank you Jay.

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  7. Just superb! A fantastic scenic piece!

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    1. Thank you Gordon, greatly appreciated.

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  8. Bonkers creation and excellent execution. Kudos. :)

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  9. Great stuff Michael, and I for one really appreciate the WIP shots of how you put her ladyship and mount together. Wonderful posting :-)

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    1. Thank you Simon, I think I probably enjoyed the building of this more than the painting, normally it is the offer way around.

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  10. Astonishingly good job, thanks for sharing the wip!

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    1. Thank you Luca, entirely my pleasure.

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  11. As one who knows all about indulging in dinosaur related "nonsense", I can fully appreciate the coolness of both the subject matter and it's execution. Brilliant work, Michael! Might have to look at the movie too, as it sounds like the kind of thing I'd enjoy.
    Regards Jez

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    1. Thank you so much Jez, thrilled you like it and do let me know if you manage to watch the film.

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  12. Quite the kit bash Michael & a wonderful ode to escapism.

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  13. That's some good work there Michael!

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    1. Thank you Francis, good to see her finally posted here.

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  14. What a great piece to kick it all off with Michael!

    Christopher

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  15. " this piece didn't quite live up to my expectations"

    What bollocks, its a great bit of modelling Michael - good job!
    :-)

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    1. That made me smile and thank you Paul!

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  16. I remember this from the Challenge and felt it utterly deserved it's place in Challenge history

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, certainly glad to see her finally posted here.

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  17. I'm really impressed by your exellent conversion work and stunning paintjob!

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thank you very much Michael, that is very kind of you.

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  18. Marvellous and great conversion for the rider!

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    1. Thank you Simon, she was fiddly to put together, but worth it in the end.

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  19. One of my personal favs from your Challenge collection. Good to see her again!

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    1. Thank you Millsy, I wasn't sure that I was going to get her finished in time though. Now what to dream up this year?

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  20. Beautiful work Michael, really like the smooth color shift you've achieved on the "birdie"...

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    1. Thank you, the airbrush came to the rescue on the 'Birdie', but wanted to pick out a few more details.

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  21. Great conversion on Adele and the Pterodactyl looks very cool perched on the wrought iron fence.

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    1. Thank you, the fence was a real find from Fenris, great stuff.

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  22. I enjoyed the movie and your miniature!

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    1. That's jolly kind of you, thank you.

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  23. A fine piece of conversion work, Michael. Never even heard of the film that inspired it. Have to check it out.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Finch, do let me know what you think, I certainly enjoyed it.

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  24. Absolutely brilliant work on that left field creation!

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  25. Excellent model! Suitably bizarre and with a lot of character. It really was one of the best entries of the last painting challenge!

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  26. Mightily impressive combination. You really have pulled off a fabulous piece. I just love the imagination that made it all possible. Well done sir. The final paint job is outstanding.

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    1. Thank you so much my good man, it was just one of those silly ideas that had to be done.

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  27. Very impressive conversion and painting!

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  28. Fantastic figure in terms of modelling and conversion. Managed to catch the film in the cinema and it's practically a frame by frame version of the comic books.

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    1. Thank you Matt, I've not seen the comic books, but fancy see a couple just to compare.

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  29. That is indeed very impressive Sir!

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  30. And I'm just recovering from Zomtober!

    Excellent work, Sir!

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    1. Brace yourself, more madness to come.

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  31. Most excellent work, would have never guessed you used a Games Workshop Rohan rider for the legs. Great conversion and paintjob.

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    1. Thank you, there was much head scratching as to what to use, but eventually the composite parts were unearthed.

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  32. Very impressive Sir M, you are a clever chap with a bit of greenstuff!

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    1. Thank you Ray, I have to confess that it is not my favourite material to use, but we got there in the end.

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  33. Brilliant! Your imagination knows no limits.

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    1. Well that's incredibly kind of you Monty, thank you.

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  34. Fine work Sir Michael! Amazing idea.

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  35. I'm late! But it's not my fault. I didn't think you were doing the first post until Sunday so it's a good thing I decided to check in tonight.

    I think she was one of the most unique pieces submitted last year. Will you be doing Dinovember on random days or on a set day? I need to know!!!!!

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    1. Not a problem Anne, I had planned to do a post each weekend, but the reality is that the day job can be unpredictable at this time of year so I'm going to try and get as many done when I can perhaps midweek and the weekend if I can.

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  36. Wow! What a fantastic piece, Michael. I never would've suspected it's origins - conversion work. It's perfect!

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  37. Beautiful work as usual - I especially like the gradient shades on the pteranodon's wings and beak. Was that airbrushed?

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    1. Thank you Bill and yes. I am fairly new to the airbrush, tending to use it for terrain and undercoating, but this was one of my attempts at blending.

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  38. Adèle Blanc-Sec is such a unique looking piece ... sort of like Steampunk meets Jurassic Park. And wonderfully painted too. An orange Pterodactyl shouldn't work but it does here and fantastically too!!!

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  39. Some delightful whimsy there. I love it. You really captured her character with the mini, and the painting is top notch, especially the smoothness on the wings.
    I love it, and wish I had one! :D

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