Thursday, 25 February 2016

Cult heroes...

... or Villains?

The 'VI Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' continues to rumble on, but as we head off down the final furlong I have become acutely aware that I have somewhat neglected a couple of my side duels.  One such battle royal was the 'Pulp Challenge' a challenge to see who can paint the most points in Pulp adventure figures over the three months of the event, Pulp being defined as being from 1850-1950.

In a bid to garner my first points towards this keenly fought duel, I present these fearsome Cultists, after all what could be more 'Pulp' than a cowl wearing, club wielding Cultist?  These were originally from the 'The Servants of Ra' box set, a faction for 'In Her Majesty's Name' ruleset released through  Osprey Publishing.
Available from 'North Star Military Figures', I'm afraid I struggled for an original take on these and plumped for the red as shown on the original box art.  Now what to use them for?

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  1. By day a quiet insurance adjustor in Tooting, by night a fearsome, red-robed cultist. What makes good chaps go bad like that? They look splendidly villainous, old boy.

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    1. Thank you Michael, clearly we need to stay away from Tooting!

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  2. Very cool figures and lovely work with the brush!

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  3. Wonderful job, very interesting minis!

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  4. As soon as I saw these they reminded me of a book I read many years ago called "The Satan Sleuth", terrible book, but lovely figures Michael.

    Cheers Roger

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    1. Thank you, sorry about the book, great title though.

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  5. I love the poses and sculpts, and the paint job is very impressive with only one major color...excellent!

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    1. Thank you Phil, I was surprised how many layers that took, although the photographs have flattened them a bit.

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  6. These are very good. Like the faces and the red cloth. Cheers, Karl

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  7. I have some of these chaps in red for IHMN and black for Strange Aeons. Love them! Superb!

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    1. Thank you Gordon, I have to say that I have really enjoyed painting these, must try a few more.

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  8. So useful for so many games and settings. Nice work Michael :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, I was thinking Dinosaur and cultists?

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    2. Naturally, they try to open a portal to Cthulhu and get the "address" wrong, and open one to the Cretaceous!

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  9. I'm thinking you get get away with using these for the entire period 1850 -1950.

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    1. Thank you Joe, they certainly have some potential.

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  10. Really nice painting Michael. I'd allow them in my cult (provided they knew the appropriate hand shakes and code words).

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    1. Thank you, now what was that hand shake again...

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  11. Excellent Michael, the red/dark orange colour is spot on and so well painted.

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    1. Thank you so much, it took a while to build up the layers, but I was really pleased with the result.

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  12. Very well painted and quite useful minis.
    There is a lot games where you can use them.

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    1. Thank you, certainly hope to see them used somewhere.

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  13. Ah, the infamous Red Monks, minions of Grigori Rasputin...historically inaccurate, of course, but when has that stood in the way of a good pulp game? Very nice work, Michael.

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    1. Now there's an idea and thank you Jez.

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  14. The problem with cultists is that is you paint them white they look like the KKK and that is no good at all. Red has worked very well menacing and colourful and still with a vague air of mystery.

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    1. Thank you Clint, I had seen some rather nice purple versions, but like you said, kept well away from the white robes.

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  15. Hola Amigo
    Grandes piezas,se ven muy bien
    un saludo

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  16. That's an incredibly vibrant red glove you've slapped your fellow side-challengers with Michael. Cracking minis and ones I will definitely be adding to my collection once I've made some room for them. Terrific paint-jobs and they'll grace any tabletop you put them on :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Simon, glad to get something on the board with regards our side challenge, but apprehensive as to what you are up to!

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  17. Excellent tones on those cowls, & brilliant detail on the faces - I really like the stubble!

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    1. Thank you so much. The cowls saw a few layers but were relatively straightforward.

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  18. They look like villains to me Sir M, super work though!

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    1. Thank you Ray, I certainly had them pegged as the bad guys.

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  19. Wonderfully done as always Michael...as for their use, why that's simple - beating things to a PULP

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  20. A wonderful addition to the challenge. Really excellent work, Sir!

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  21. Lovely brushwork, sir! A useful and versatile band of ne'er do wells.

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  22. Very nicely done that man and the faces give them a roguish look?well done sir.

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  23. Very nicely done that man and the faces give them a roguish look?well done sir.

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    1. Thank you Dan, they were great sculpts to work on; just enough detail without being over fiddly.

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  24. Marvellous work Michael, Extremely useful in many settings!

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  25. Cracking work Michael! They should be right at home helping to thwart the good guys plans and dying for the greater cause!

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    1. Thank you, being expendable doing the dirty work of a higher power seems to be part of the job description.

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  26. My word, that red is incredibly smooth. Lovely brushwork.

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    1. Thank you, probably because it started with an airbrush, then a wash before a final highlight.

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  27. As I mentioned on the challenge blog I really like the red but your work on the faces is great, the need a shave guys are excellent

    Ian

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    1. Thank you so much Ian, I was really pleased with the red as it was an experiment with some wash colours then a final highlight.

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  28. Lovely looking figures Sir Michael! Very culty erh... cultists.
    I'm sure you'll find a use for these nefarious bad guys.

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    1. Thank you Bob, I think they will be probably end up stealing dinosaur bones for museums - they have that look about them.

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  29. Greetings: nicely painted. The five o'clock shadows are a nice touch.

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    1. Thank you Jay, I am always worried about doing the shadow, in case it goes on too thick, but I think I got away with it this time.

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  30. These are extremely good... even if they´re bad. Excellence in badness...!! ;)

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    1. Thank you, they certainly look 'bad'.

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  31. Outstanding job, Michael.

    In the realm of Pulp, guys in red robes are akin to Star Trek's guys in red uniforms... cannon fodder.

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  32. They certainly look menacing and roguish, Michael. I'm sure you'll find a creative way to use them too.

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  33. Forget the brilliant vivid colours for a moment ... looking at the chin stubble ... wow O_O ... very nice!

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