Sunday, 8 November 2015

Intrepid Dinosaur Hunter#1

Dinovember is off and and running and I am happy to finally post a new miniature loosely connected to the theme. This intrepid explorer is from the the 'North Star Military Figures' Africa range of Wazungu. To quote directly from the company's webstore, "Wazungu being a Swahili word to describe white explorers in the 19th Century. It wasn't a word related to their skin colour, but meant something strange and frightening, testifying to the impression explorers gave with their bizarre appearance and terrifying weapons."
There was something about this chap's character that made him a perfect choice for a Dinosaur Hunter. An air of determination coupled with a hint of naivety, perfect traits for successfully navigating the dangers of the Lost world, after all what more do you need than a stiff upper lip when facing off a Tyrannosaurus Rex?
A lovely clean sculpt, this was a joy to paint up with a splash of colour to compliment his hunting attire. I'm not sure when the other three in the pack will be done, probably this time next year, but I am hoping to have a companion for this gentlemen completed shortly.

77 comments:

  1. A great start to this year's Dinovember, Michael, and a very nice figure indeed. I'd love to see this portly hunter outrun a T-Rex :-) I think your choice of blue really sets the mini off and definitely draws the eye to the chap's wonderfully painted face. very characterful.

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    1. Thank you so much Simon, I will definitely have my money on the T-Rex!

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  2. great figure, reminds me of someone i- Jimmy Edwards perhaps although before my time

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    1. Thank you Martin and great shout on Jimmy Edwards!

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  3. Full of character. I look forward to more dino hunters of all shapes and sizes.

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    1. Certainly got one of a different size and shape for you soon!

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  4. Looks like he needs a cold one and a rest b4 the next round with Old Rex. Great job, Michael.

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    1. Thank you Jay, he looks a bit like me after running for a bus.

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  5. Wonderful, the perfect character for an old adventure novel!

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    1. Thank you Luca, it is such a great sculpt.

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  6. I've got that mini too, I liked him, and the whole pack in fact.

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    1. Thank you Keith, certainly looking forward to having a crack at the others before too long.

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  7. Wonderful character you have caught in that one Michael bravo

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  8. Wonderful, but please give him a little beer...

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  9. Very nice figure with a lot of character. And good painting.

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  10. Well done once again Michael, this fella I think needs a Sedan chair with some load bearers. He almost seems out of place in Africa, seeming to have likely lost a bet at the Gentlemen's Club.

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    1. Thank you Terry and I think you might be right, perhaps it was a dare!

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  11. Find that man some shade! (or an all-you-can-eat buffet, judging by his girth.)

    Fantastic work, Michael.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Finch, my guess is that he would choose the buffet every time!

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  12. He's does have loads of character and will fit in nicely with the fun, playful spirit of Dinovember.

    Well done sir!

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    1. Thank you Anne, he just seemed to be channelling hapless Dino Hunter to me.

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  13. Fantastic job Michael. Fits in perfect of the Gentlemen adventurer who has perhaps more cash and less sense in agreeing on these sort of adventures!

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    1. I think you are spot on there Simon, the sort of chap that must have the trophy at all costs.

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  14. A delightful figure! Your choice of colours for the chap is spot-on. He does look somewhat like Professor Jimmy Edwards (a brave chap in his own right, BTW - he flew Dakotas during Operation Market Garden)..

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    1. Thank you A.J. and I didn't know that about Jimmy Edwards, brave indeed.

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  15. Superb! Your Zomtomber entries were brilliant but Dinovember is much more up my street so I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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    1. Thank you Gordon, there might not be quite as many individual models as I have been tinkering with a bit of nonsense for the end of the month.

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  16. Wonderful painting on this chap Michael. You can see by his facial expression that he is getting rather hot under the collar.

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    1. Thank you Pat, things a definitely not going his way!

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  17. A fantastically characterful chap Sir Michael! Excellent execution too.

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  18. I think this guy needs a really good guide/safari leader in his party, else he's dino meat for sure!

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    1. It's not looking good for him is it, I just hope that rifle is loaded.

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  19. He really looks the part, not sure though the mopping of the brow is down to the heat or realisation of what he has let himself in for

    Ian

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  20. Nice choice. He does look the sort. I like your paint job for him as well.

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  21. Brilliant work as usual Sir Michael! Love the brightness of the mustache as well as the splash of blue from the hanky.

    Mind if I get in on Dinovember as well?

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    1. Thank you so much Bill and absolutely please join in the fun, the more the merrier. Do you have a blog so I can see your progress? I tried to click on your name, but got a 'Profile Not Available' message.

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    2. I certainly do, and you already follow it! I'm at: http://dice-and-doubloons.blogspot.com

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    3. Oh Bill, how embarrassing, I hadn't made the connection. At least I know where to find you now. :D

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  22. Excellent work, Looks like Capt Manwaring's older brother!

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    1. Thank you Ray and could be, great shout. That's also reminded me that I do need those Dad's Army miniatures!

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  23. "The Rigby, if you please..."
    ; )
    He's loaded for bear - or Baryonyx, at least!

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    1. That mad me smile - great comment Evan.

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  24. Superb painting. He seems a triffle hot and bothered.

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    1. I think he has just realised that he may need a bigger game bag!

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  25. Wonderful start for your Dinovember, Michael.
    Well done!

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    1. Thank you Stefan, hopefully more fun to be had before the end of the month.

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  26. A great start to Dinovember!

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  27. Excellent stuff Michael! Really cool looking dude!

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    1. Thank you Rodger, such a wonderfully characterful pack of miniatures.

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  28. A really lovely job on the Great white hunter!

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  29. A very characterful figure - lovely paint job :)

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  30. Hola Amigo
    Que chulada de pieza,es el típico cazador regordete que luego tiene que salir corriendo jajaja .me gusta
    un saludo

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  31. A nice little addition! Certainly fits the image of an exploring gentleman trying to live the life of adventure.

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    1. Thank you, not sure how long he would last out on safari though, looking a tad tired already.

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  32. Superb characterful model, Michael! Looks like he's just shot something and is quite surprised that he's still in one piece. Needs a faithful batman offering a snifter of brandy or possibly the Butler figure from Moonraker Miniatures, as he's carrying a tray with a bottle...

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    1. Misremembered - he has a tray, but no bottle. Could put a teapot on it possibly?

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    2. Thank you Jez and I think you might be spot on, perhaps thinking about the size of the packing crate needed to get it home. Love the idea of a batman or butler, might have to check out Moonraker.

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  33. He looks superb and has the look of a character that the late Ronnie Barker would play.
    Roll on the rest of Dinovember I say!

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  34. And don't forget that in the eyes of a T-Rex he would like a piece of juicy steak.
    Love the khaki colours. I haven't been able to paint convincing khakis yet.

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  35. Wonderfully subtle colours on this chap, Michael. And one of the best renditions of "gingerness" I've seen in 28mm!

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  36. Fabulous work Mr. Awdry! He really has that 'Lost World' vibe to him. His ginger beard is a very nice touch.

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