Monday, 14 May 2018

Utinni!

With the crash landing of the beleaguered droids’ escape pod on the desert planet of Tatooine, we might have been forgiven for thinking that their troubles were over, but alas nothing could be further from the truth!  After a tactical disagreement, the two decide to go their separate ways, but all too quickly run into more difficulties.
The jabbering language of the faceless Jawas* always brings a smile to my face.  Their glowing eyes, the only discernible feature under the shabby, brown cowls.  Jawas are a native species to Tatooine that scavenge for a living and were clearly thrilled that R2-D2 had strayed into their path.
*Apparently drawn from several African languages, most notably Zulu.
This rather diminutive model wasn’t going to require the most sophisticated of paint jobs, but during an intensive bout of web based research, I happened across a rather fine example of imaginative base work using salvaged parts.  Unfortunately, I don’t seem to be able to find the original source for the creator and if anyone can point me in the right direction, I would love to let them know how their work inspired me to do the same.
My parts came from ‘Zinge Industries’ and were simply littered on the base before the whole thing was painted brown – thank goodness for the glowing, orange eyes to break the monotony!

39 comments:

  1. These look great and love the basing as well.

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  2. The basing certainly adds to the models Michael, and the painting looks spot on. Must pick up the booster pack at some point, but want to do some custom ones as well to have variation and not all armed

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    1. Thank you Dave, I was certainly thinking the same with regards to the sculpt, especially if you wanted them running around a spaceport!

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  3. Love 'em. I wonder why I have not seen these many times before. I can imagine they are very popular. You could easy do a whole participation game at a show about capturing droids.

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    1. Clint, that is such a good idea - now where did I put those sandcrawler plans?

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  4. Fantastic! I love those glowing eyes.

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    1. Thank you Nate, it's all about the eyes with a Jawa. ;)

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  5. Intriguing and superb...Excellent!

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    1. That's very kind Christopher, thank you.

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  7. I think there was a little more to it than just painting them "brown"....

    Excellent work as always Michael

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Now I may have tried a glaze or two, but the reality is there was lots of brown!

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  8. Lovely work Michael. Great work on their eyes and the assorted bits at their feet.

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    1. Thank you Curt, I now have to stop myself putting hose and cogs on everything else.

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  9. Excellent work on these Michael, love the basing!

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    1. Thank you so much terry, I wish I could discover whose idea I copied though.

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    2. Well I will likely copy it from you when I get to doing my own figures 8D.

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  10. Quite a characterful bunch, the basing Fits them perfect. Shame they had so little screentime.

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    1. Thank you, they really did luck out in the film, but by all account there are other tribes out here, maybe a Jawa spin off is on the cards? ;)

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  11. Ahhh...how satisfying! My favourite Star Wars race ever. Shame there's only the one sculpt so far though. I've been tempted by Ironclad Miniatures 'Sanwar Warriors' who hae a similar look, but are human-sized. Just need some kind of justification to buy them...

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    1. I keep forgetting about Ironclad Miniatures and just went to look at their 'Sanwar Warriors', what a great shout, I wonder how the scale up?

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  12. You've managed to make a fairly plain figure into a masterpiece!

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  13. That's incredibly kind Joe, thank you.

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  14. They look amazing, and the bases doubly so!

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  15. Do like me a jawa, especially as unexpected Criminal enforcer type when I run End of the Empire games. :) This trio look fab mate.

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  16. Terrific work Michael - besides drilling them out and fitting an LED in their head to shine through the eye sockets, they couldn't look any better! ;-)

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  17. Fantastic job love the basing it helps break up the same pose of the trio. I must admit I have soft spot for Jawa's

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  18. Great work on contrasting the browns of the Jawas' clothing!

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  19. Great work! Nice to see someone paying attention to those tiny little bastards.

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