... and a thank you.
One of the many joys of working with someone like James is his mischievous sense of humour. If truth be told we probably share the same trait, which is why when a seemingly preposterous idea is floated it, more often than not, is given serious thought and consideration. This is how a fully equipped, weird science, laboratory found its way into Schloss Itter's dungeons. James' April 1st post, detailing the vile evildoings of 'Dachs Werks', was an absolute joy and I loved painting Bob Murch's 'Pulp Miniatures' that he had sourced to be part of it.
With Dachs Werks now a 'thing', my mind was pricked by a memory from the dim and distant past. Didn't I have a crashed Martian Space Saucer? Of course I did, part of the long forgotten, Mars Attacks project now hidden in the loft. After much searching, rummaging and the occasional cross word, I stumbled across my quarry, a large lump of resin representing a stricken saucer! James, quick to endorse the foolishness of the idea, supplied a base that was the exact same size as that of the crashed Storch, the idea being that we could swap out one for the other when photographing the model or just to simply amuse everyone at 'Salute'.
Once safely attached to its new oval base, I had hoped that this was going to be an easy win, but the sudden realisation that I had left my trusty airbrush at school was a cruel blow, I was going to have to do this by hand! Mixing some Vallejo Matt Medium with Oily Steel, I carefully covered the bulk of the saucer. I am not sure that I fully understand the science behind Matt Medium, but have often used it when painting large surface areas with metallic paints. Not only does it dull the surface sheen allowing washes and glazes to take hold, but also seems to ease the application of the paint, reducing visible brushstrokes. Slowly but surely the downed disk started to take shape.
This was one of those models that kept wanting more and more attention and my initial thoughts that this was going to be a quick job soon evaporated as I started to find myself keen to try out all sorts of ideas. Blue became a recurring colour theme and was used for what could be described as the energy cells and running lights, even trying a touch of Object Source Lighting. On reflection this probably could have gone better and in the case of the running lights not necessary at all given that it had actually crashed, but nonetheless proved an interesting exercise.
Finishing touches included some German crosses, purloined from another plastic kit, and some gloss varnish for the cracked canopy and lights. I have to say that I am rather pleased with how it turned out. Total nonsense, but can't wait to see it placed on the lower paddock. The addition of the little grey men is another tale all together and came about with a chance email exchange with Mark Dixon of 'CP Models'.
Mark had spotted some pictures of Weird West miniatures that I had painted and with 'CP Models' now holding the range, asked if he could use them on his website. I was flattered to be asked, but as a thank you, Mark asked if there were something from his range that I might find a use for? The truth of the matter is that there were any number of miniatures that caught my eye, but given the project that was currently on the table I asked if I might have some Grey Aliens, to act as a suitable crew. The little grey men were duly dispatched and I am thrilled to share them here, thank you Mark.
With the uncertainty of what will happen with regards to work, particularly from the start of June, I am keen to get as much finished as I can whilst at home. That said it is evident that there is a degree of mission creep starting to pervade my my best laid plans, something which I intend to embrace wholeheartedly.
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