“How far to Hitchin?” (week 34)

So despite the complete lack of faith my fine blogging chums have shown in my ability to refrain from buying more figures this year I will be carrying on with my “roll of the die” posting for the at least the next few weeks. This week’s toss of the coins gave me a couple of heads, so it was out with “Lancelot’s” list and the subsequent roll of the D20jan-2017-2-upaint gave me…

Box 1 – (3x 28mm Sci/Fi Women)

Box 28 – (Gilbert the Alien)

Now as I’m sure you will of noticed there are actually only two ladies in the photo (right), this is because the third figure that resided in this draw was the I-core lady that I converted into “Black Scorpion” last year as part of my “Forgotten Heroes” submission, so to make up the numbers I rolled again and purely by chance (I promise you there was no cheating involved) number 28 came up. This box contained a cracking little figure I bought from GZG many years ago of one of my all-time favorite childhood characters “Gilbert the Alien”. So now with a full complement of painting participants I could begin by cleaning up the castings, gluing them to two pence pieces, filing round their bases and giving them a damn good coat of the old matt black.

My first lady needs no introduction as I’m sure you all recognize Lara Croft of “Tomb Raider” fame. This figure is by “Hasslefree”, now in the past I have stated that I’m not the biggest fan of Kev White’s figures and I have to say this one hasn’t enamored to them any further, I got her as a sample back when I was writing for “Valkyrie magazine”. Beautiful as the sculpting is I don’t like the way the arms are posed, and they were an absolute b*gg*r to glue on and kept snapping off while I painted her. Anyway enough moaning, I began her painting by dry-brushing her guns with jan-2017-2a-paintchainmail, then her shorts were painted earth brown that when mixed with a little coffee formed the highlights too. Then her vest was under coated in aquamarine mixed with a touch of light turquoise, the same colours with the ratios reversed formed the highlight here. Her flesh was undercoated with European flesh, and after her eyes were added highlighted with the same with a bit of pale flesh added. Then her backpack was painted dark grey (and her boots and belts were highlighted at the same time with the same paint), the pack was then highlighted with blue grey. Her hair was undercoated in chocolate brown and then highlighted with some burnt sienna, lastly I added the ribbons holding her pony tail with a little coffee.

Bondage Betty, I think is a “Foundry” figure, though where I got her from I have no jan-2017-2b-paintidea, anyway I began her painting by dry-brushing her rifle and various zipper fastenings in chainmail, the stock of her rifle was then painted in using chocolate brown and butternut. Then the main body of her cat suit was undercoated in dark red. This was then highlighted in bright red. Her boots, gloves and head cover were re-painted in black before the odd dark grey highlight was added. Then turning to her flesh a base of European flesh was laid down I highlighted this with European flesh mixed with pale flesh, and I added her lips in dark red. That just left her hair to add and this was done in sand and lemon yellow.

Lastly we have Gilbert, what can I say about him, created and voiced by Paul Cornwell this puppet was first introduced on a weekend Kids show called “Get Fresh”, before getting his own show “Gilberts Fridge”, I absolutely loved him, check out the youtube link at the bottom of the page for some clips, and be prepared for some of the most bizarre and surreal children’s television ever made! Anyway getting to the painting and shamrock green was mixed with scenic green to form his base coat and this was then dry-brushed with light green with a touch more shamrock added. Then his lips and jan-2017-2c-paintnose were added in dark red that was highlighted with bright red. Now it was at this point I stupidly decided that I couldn’t live with the fact that the figure didn’t have his trade mark spikey “Mohawk” so I dug out the green stuff and added it myself. This was then touched up into the green of his body using the same colours as above. And then the spikes were painted in bright blue, bright red or lemon yellow. His eyes were dotted in using more lemon yellow with black pupils (of course). The dots on his skin were then added in Polish crimson and bright red, and his tooth was popped on with a little cream and white. “I think I luv im’ more than I luv me Engelbert Umpadink recards!!”.

All three figures were then given my customary coat of strong-tone Quickshade before they were finished in my usual fashion, lastly they were given a final coat of matt varnish.

“Ah well y’ can alles’ dream” I mean time to roll again….

Cheers Roger.


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17 Responses to “How far to Hitchin?” (week 34)

  1. Some great additions to your collection there Roger, with Gilbert being the stand-out for me; even if I was a Metal Mickey lad myself. Great paint-job, a bit of conversion with green-stuff, and loads of background as to why you liked the alien so much. Lara and Betty are rather nice too though; albeit I can see what you mean about Croft’s arms. I have that mini somewhere and will be pinning mine on account of your issues with them. Great posting 🙂

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Simon, I really don’t know why I never painted Gilbert up sooner as he’s a nice figure. Metal Mickey was another must watch Saturday program, I think I had a bit of a crush on Hayley the sister as a child. I’ve never seen a figure of Mickey, but if I do I’ll get one for you.

      Cheers Roger.

  2. vampifan says:

    I never know what to expect from your posts, Roger, which just makes them all the more enjoyable. That Lara Croft figure was one of the first Hasslefree figures I ever bought. I don’t recall any problems with gluing her arms. Betty is indeed a Foundry figure, from their Street Violence range. I gave mine a shiny black PVC outfit and bright red hair. Your colour scheme works just as well. I know nothing at all about Gilbert but he is one weird dude.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Bryan, that is the joy of the “random painting generator”, I never know myself, and considering the random stuff I’ve bought over the years….

      I know a lot of people rave about Kev’s stuff but I’m just not that keen myself, the guy is extremely talented no denying but I cant take to his strange poses. I think the problem I had with the figure is that when I paint I rest both my hands on the table to keep them stable (shaky hand you see), so as I move the figure about it’s easy to catch the table top and any less than welded in place can easily get knocked off.

      I nearly went with shiny black myself and even flirted with the idea of turning her head piece into a wimple (kinky Nun anyone?) but good taste got the better of me (thank the lord).

      Cheers Roger.

  3. Hahahaha, I remember Gilbert – weird as hell but brilliant! Great mini too.

    I love these posts Roger as you never know what will get painted up and showcased, but it’s always a treat for the eyes!

    • Roger Webb says:

      Gosh the reply are coming thick and fast now, thanks Andy. Gilbert was brilliant completely insane but really BRILLIANT. The scene where he is commentating as Brian Coleman over a bath full of dead fish was bizarre but I found hysterical. Len Monotony was always great too. I don’t think a lot of people got it, that’s why Gilberts Fridge was cancelled after only one series, shame it’s never been released on video or DVD.

      Cheers Roger.

  4. Carrion Crow says:

    When you have gems such as these in your figure collection, it makes sense not to buy anything else. Given the time period in which you’ve accrued these figures, i’m very curious to see what else pops up.
    Gilbert is my favourite, as I too remember him fondly. Bizarre, slightly surreal, but very funny. The Rottentrolls also falls into this category, another series that has sadly not yet made it onto DVD.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Jez, I don’t know about making sense, that’s never been one of my strong points (ask my wife!), but there are some fig’s that have been hanging about in need of painting for far to many years. I too can’t wait to see what the dice chuck at me over the next few months.

      Seems everybody loves Gilbert (except Bryan who it seems had a deprived childhood ;-)).

      Loved the Rottentrolls too but then wasn’t it “Roger and the Rottentrolls”.

      Cheers Roger.

      • Carrion Crow says:

        Yes, you are indeed correct. I’d forgotten the full title until i checked online. Looks like most of the episodes are available on YouTube, so i’ve found another distraction.

      • Roger Webb says:

        “Cholton and the Wheelies”, “Willow the Wisp” “Knightmare”, “The Trapdoor”, “Dangermouse” the list of kids programs I loved goes on and on I’ve wasted many a happy hour on YouTube and the such.

        “Pipkins” was just damn creep though!

        Cheers Roger.

  5. I second the sentiments that Gilbert is the coolest of the lot. Doesn’t mean I dislike the other ones. I am big fan of the Tomb Raider games and I even got myself the 15mm Tom Meier version. A similar pose, but Tom being Tom he pulled off a magnificent piece of art.

    The Dominatrix looking lady surely means business. Her facial structure is quite compelling and I think you pronounced it nicely.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Many thanks D&B, I like Gilbert the best to be honest, I’ve never been a fan of the Tomb raider games myself (or any computer/console games to be truthful), so I might have been a bit biased in my dislike of her sculpt.

      The bondage lady must have come in a pack I would have bought from Foundry at some point, but why she didn’t get painted up with the rest, I really cant say. She is quite a striking lady after all.

      Cheers Roger.

  6. What a crazy collection Roger, but hugely enjoyable nonetheless. I am huge fan of any Tomb Raider miniature, but Gilbert is such a brilliant creature.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Michael, I suppose they are a quite eclectic mix now you mention it, glad you like Lara as I said I’m not a huge fan myself. But Gilbert, now you’re talking.

      Cheers Roger.

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