Sunday, 20 November 2016

At the earth's core

These latest additions to the collection are more from the curiously addictive ‘Antediluvian Miniatures’.  The adventures can actually be purchased across two different packs and are wonderfully named Shug McClure, Professor Peter Cushion and Caroline, I believe all sculpted by the talented Matthew Bickley*.
*Do let me know if this is not the case.
Now it is probably worth mentioning at this juncture the celluloid inspiration for these fabulous miniatures.  At the Earth's Core is one of those films that instantly stirs waves of nostalgia, but curiously is a film that I have not watched as often as I thought.  I revisited it not too recently and whist the steaming jungles and steamier Dia** were as I remembered them I seem to have erased from memory the giant, telepathic prehistoric birds!  I think on reflection that this might have been one of those occasions where young Master Awdry, having watched the film, had scurried off to consult the species in his vast library of dinosaur related material only to discover that they were an imaginary creature and therefore of no real importance.  Petulant at best, and I can but apologise for the Young Master’s intolerance, but it seems that these curious beasts still lack something today, that said the wrestling, bipedal, warthog like ‘dinosaurs’ are just superb! 
**Amply played by hugely talented Caroline Monroe.
Anyway I digress, instantly recognisable as having been inspired by the film, these were ‘must have’ sculpts and when it came to painting I decided not to be overly imaginative with the palette, taking I reference directly from the company’s website and of course the costume design worn in film.
What with these and the previously completed, ‘Raquel Scotch’, ‘Dinovember’ is starting to reawaken a Lost World vibe that I had previously suppressed.  Whilst not sure where this will ultimately lead, I know that my ‘Iron Mole’ has to be next!

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  1. Excellent work!
    I do love those old corny movies and books!

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    1. Thank you, as for the movies perfect fodder for damp Sunday afternoons I find.

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  2. Wonderfully painted! Such lovely figures. And I eagerly look forward to seeing what this reawakened interest in all things Lost World brings! Not sure if you are on Facebook but there is a fun group for those with similiar interests called Lost Worlds Tabletop gaming https://www.facebook.com/groups/1970019049891471/

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    1. Thank you Gordon, it certainly has been a blast so far. Thank you also for the link, but I am not a face booker and so they won't let me in!

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  3. Alongside "The Land That Time Forgot" and my particular fave "The Warlords of Atlantis", this really is one of McClure's big three in my books, and your paint-jobs have done them proud. Spookily Caroline Munro sent me an autographed b&w photo of herself, McClure and Cushing during a script reading of this film. One of my more treasured autographs as a result :-)

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    1. Another two wonderful titles and as for that autograph - wow!

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  4. Great stuff. That film is in my backlog of ones to rewatch. I think it is bordering on 20 years since I last saw it

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    1. That was a similar time period for me too Paul, where does the time go?

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  5. Fab. Saw it on the cinema as a 9 year old boy. Was great. However in a similar vein the lagoon in the land that time forgot is one of my favourite bits of modelling. Could be one of the reasons I do this

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    1. Oh yes, now you're talking, great shout Martin.

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  6. Excelent work Michael! What a idea and climate!

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  7. As always a cracking paintjob on very characteristic figures! On a sidenote: where did you get the palmtrees from?

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    1. Thank you Sander, the palms came from the Model Tree Shop - https://www.themodeltreeshop.co.uk/
      Really nice , but a little expensive and not very tall!

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    2. thanks will look into it!

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  8. Terrific stuff, real boys own adventure!

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    1. Thank you Clint, I do like a bit of nostalgia. ;)

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  9. Ohhh, they are delicious. Always partial to a bit of Mr Cushing.

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  10. Nicely done Sir - great figures.

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  11. A rather nice rendition of all three - and of course, Peter Cushing was a fellow wargamer. :)

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    1. Thank you and indeed he was, a splendid fellow.

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  12. Nice work mate, but don't forget that the Hollow Earth is also filled with Hitler's T-Rex army (look up the Iron Sky 2 trailer on Youtube!)

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    1. Thank you and what a trailer! I wonder if anyone will dare release it?

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  13. Wonderful stuff Mr Awdry! You're really doing sterling work this Dinovember.

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    1. Thank you so much Nick, a little more to come yet.

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  14. Lovely painting Michael, and thanks also for sharing your recollections on AtEC! :)

    A great little project. :)

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    1. Thank you, I have to say that this is real self indulgent nonsense, but it does make a good foil to the day job.

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  15. Stunning job and elegant poses...

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    1. Thank you Phil, they were lovely sculpts to work on.

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  16. He'll have some dinosaurs eye out with that umbrella!

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  17. Ah!...Floating on a disc underneath the starry sky of the Earth's core: this is the stuff that dreams are made of.

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  18. Marvellous work Michael! An umbrella is a true gentleman´s weapon of choice! :)Cheers!

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    1. Thank you kind Sir and how right you are! ;)

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  19. They are nice looking bunch of characters!
    I especially like a chap with umbrella. :)

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    1. Thank you Nimrod, I agree the Professor is such a great sculpt.

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  20. Wonderful work on these guys Michael!

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  21. Hola
    Excelente trabajo
    Mi preferido el del paraguas,me parece graciosa a la par que interesante
    un saludo

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    1. Thank you J.D. he is certainly my favourite too.

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  22. Fantastic stuff Michael! Somehow I've never heard of the film (shame, shame). Judging from stuff on youtube it seems like something that I definitely have to check out!

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    1. Thank you so much, great fun film, but sadly looking a bit dated now. I hope you enjoy it.

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  23. More wonderful brushwork Mr. Awdry. I'm also enjoying the childhood nostalgia of this project. I spent a fair number of years collecting/devouring dinosaur books as well.

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    1. Thank you Rod, good to know I'm not the only one. ;)

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  24. Whilst I may have bailed on Dinovember this year, I do believe that I have enough dinosaurs, adventurers and terrain amongst my collection to run a 'Lost World' game, although I might need some human inhabitants. I think 2017 may very well see the dashing exploits of Major Harrington, special envoy of Her Majesty and all-round good egg. I blame you, Michael - but in a good way...

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  25. One of my all time favourite films, I too went to the flicks to see it as a child, and loved it. I have Doug and Peter already painted but still need to pick up a Caroline (and who wouldn't!!). Beautiful paintwork as always sir.

    Cheers Roger.

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  26. More wonderful brushwork Michael! Thanks for taking my back to the movies of my youth! Good stuff that!

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  27. 10/10....I used to love all the Shug McClure films, oh to be a kid again??? Hang on a minute........???

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  28. Very inspiring! I'm off to Amazon to look for the movie now...

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  29. If the reawakening of your Lost World vibe is going to result in such cool pieces ... encore I say! :)

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  30. Fantastic additions to a very fun project indeed. The professor gets my vote for best of the trio. That film was silly fun.

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