Thursday, 1 August 2019

Woof, woof, woof!

Just a bit of fun and not a full blown distraction, but when I was painting my Sherman tank, I remembered that I had a possible commander for it in the form of a 'Studio Miniatures' survivor.  It would appear that one maverick, eccentric and somewhat wayward tank commander is not enough and I seem to have inexplicably added an 'Artizan Designs' Oddbod to the mix! 
Both characters are a nod to the wonderful 'Sgt. Oddball' so colourfully portrayed by Donald Sutherland in 1970 celluloid gem that is Kelly's Heroes.  This was another one of those films that young Master Awdry remembers watching with his father on a Sunday afternoon, replete from an utterly splendid roast lunch, curtesy of his beloved mother.
In those days, I was untroubled by a morally bankrupt squad of G.I.s that leave their comrades dead and bleeding across great swathes of the French countryside as they go in search of a bank to rob!  No back them, it was a rip-snorter of a movie, with fast paced action scenes, genuine film stars and a script that is still quoted the world over to this very day.  Every so often, I will sit and watch it again and be transported back to a simpler time.
 Both sculpts were given the same colour scheme and at some point, I will make a decision as to which one, if either, makes it to the squad destined to defend the castle.  The 'Artizan Designs' sculpt is simpler in its appearance, certainly in direct comparison to the 'Studio Miniatures' variant, but not necessarily better.  It still holds a certain charm, perhaps more akin to the age of the movie from which the character hails?  
Just as an aside, eagle-eyed visitors to this most humble of web-logs will have noticed the 'Battle of Schloss Itter' button at the top of the blog.  This is just a simple device to link all the related posts together as we move forward with the project.  I intend to put a similar link at the bottom of each relevant post to make navigation as simple as possible.

Oddball: Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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58 comments:

  1. Two great looking Oddballs Michael, both fantastically painted

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  2. Lovely pair of Oddballs! Super film, anachronisms and all!
    Best Iain

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  3. Great brushwork Sir M. Love the film, I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen it.

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    1. Thank you Ray, it must be a fair few for me too.

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  4. Great models and brushwork Michael! I too just love that film, would be a great scenario on the tabletop. You need to get a hold of Warlords Kelly's Heroes set, you absolutely must get yourself Moriarty and Turk in 28mm :)

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    1. Thank you Ivor and I would be lying if I said that I hadn't looked longingly at that set from Warlord Games, maybe one day.

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  5. That is a motherbeautiful figure. Woof! Woof!

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  6. Great stuff once again Michael! & an ode to a fantastic movie! Gotta go with the pistol figure though...the whole walking down the narrow street with pistol pivoted in the holster while facing the barrel of the 'Tiger' is still legendary. Not sure I ever saw him with a Thompson in the movie.

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    1. Thank you Terry and I think you are right, apparently you can hear an overlay of spurs jangling in that scene, but I need to hear that for myself.

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    2. Guess we should both make a point of watching it again! Like we need a reason.

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  7. Your tank and the two crewmen look great! Cheers, Karl

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  8. It's been many years since I've seen that film, but I remember it pretty well. Your Oddball looks bang on!

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  9. Not sure I can add anything others haven't already said. Excellent paint jobs! I also like the one with the pistol better - seems to ring more true to the movie character. For whatever issues the movie might have it's still a fun action adventure movie with a good few quotable lines.

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    1. Thank you and I agree, it remains a firm favourite of mine - pure celluloid entertainment.

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  10. Great work on these two versions of the character :)

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  11. Fantastic work Michael! A character legend ;)

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  12. Incredible work. Comparing your work to the reference material just shows how well it turned out.

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    1. Thank you so much, really pleased with both.

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  13. Nice work on your pair of Oddballs! great movie as well a classic like the Dirty Dozen.

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    1. Thank you Simon, now need to see the Dirty Dozen again now.

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  14. Great painting...the one with the Tommy gun. Looks a lot like Richard Branson ..or is it just me?

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    1. Nope, not just you, that's all I can see now. :D

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  15. "Paint? You fired paint at a Tiger?" Great stuff, Michael!

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  16. Wonderful- the figures and the film, youve captured the character's face and clothing extremely well.

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    1. Thank you so much, always helps when you are painting something you love.

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  17. A beautiful rendition of everyone's favourite tank commander (and his twin).

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    1. Thank you so much Joe, he was certainly one of my favourite characters.

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  18. Lord, it must be 20 tears since I watched that movie, now I shall have to watch it again ;) Nice work!

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  19. So I was right last Wednesday after all!

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  20. Excellent work on both! Frankly I‘ve never got why that film is so popular even today, but I might simply be too young.

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    1. Thank you Nick, you will be telling me you don't like Star Wars next. :D

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  21. Awesome work, Michael! Nothing but positive waves, man!

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  22. Lovely work, great film. "A Sherman can give you a very nice... edge."

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  23. Great work, and the Battle of Schloss Itter looks like a very interesting project.

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    1. Thank you Kym and finally found your wonderful blog!

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  24. Such characterful models and you did an amazing job painting them.

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