Inspiration for this week’s posting has to go to Mr. Bryan Scott, or “Vampifan” as he is better known around these parts. A little while ago he ran a series of rather excellent battle reports for the game “Zombicide”, and one of the survivor characters made quite the impression on me, a sexy leather clad vixen by the name of “Elsa”. Now this flame haired ex-cat burglar is only available as part of the “Toxic city mall” expansion to the game, so it looked like I was going to be out of luck with getting my own Elsa, until that is inspiration struck and I remembered there was a cat-suit wearing lady amongst the figures I bought from “Copplestone Castings” back at Salute this year. Further investigation turned up the lady in question amongst pack FW10 “Babes with guns”. Now though not quite as well developed as “Guillotine Games” version she would suit my purposes admirably, my one slight issue was with her ankles, in as much as she long trousers that were over her boots, whereas Elsa has knee length boots over the top of her trousers. This was easily fixed by simply carving away the bottoms of her trouser legs and then adding some new boots tops in greenstuff. I also pushed her left arm in towards her body, simply because I thought it looked better that way. Anyway she was then glued onto a two pence piece and after her base was built up in “Tetrion” all purpose filler it was out for a coat of matt black.
Painting her was relatively simple too, as her costume is predominantly black anyway it was just a case of touching up any bits the undercoat hadn’t reached, before I added the metal finish on her gun, the zipper on her cat suit and the buckle on her belt in chainmail. Next I painted in her flesh this was first undercoated in European flesh then after adding her eyes and teeth I highlighted these areas with a mix of European flesh and pale flesh, lastly on this area I added her lips in dark red (I was going to use bright red, but I was worried it might look a bit too much like the blood I add around my zombies mouths). Hair was next on the agenda, so as she is a dangerous redhead, I dug out my chestnut paint, but to make it even more red than usual, I mixed in some bright red and a little orange before using this to undercoat the hair, a highlight of just orange was then dry-brushed over this. This just left the highlights on her costume to add, so black was mixed with some dark grey and the resultant darker grey was used for these, I then realized that the original Elsa had a “beauty spot” on her left cheek, so out came the black again and this was added, then she was finally ready to be “quickshaded”.
Basing was then carried out as per-usual, and a quick “blow-over” with some satin varnish finished her off, (whoa there!!! I hear you cry, SATIN VARNISH! Not matt?), well no actually I decided that I really liked the shiny PVC look that Bryans Elsa had so rather than my usual matt varnish I decided to use the “Rust-oleum” stuff I bought a while back (and complained endlessly about), as this has more of a “glossy” finish to it. I’m rather pleased with my finished Elsa, she might not be quite as “voluptuous” as the original figure but she’ll do for me. Check out Bryan’s original “batrep” posting to see the real Elsa in action, over on his excellent blog…
Till next week, Cheers Roger.