Week three of “Forgotten Heroes”, and as I mentioned last week, I was slow out of the blocks yet again, as Saturday I went to the Phalanx wargames show in St Helens, it’s not that far from me and they have a “Bring and Buy”, so it was a chance to off load some the excess figures and stuff that I’m never going to use again. Anyway, what you want to know is, have I finished the sculpting of Mer-man and Stratos’ and the answer is YES! I’m rather pleased about this as if I am going to have any chance of getting them finished in June I really need to start painting them ASAP. So pleased was I in fact that I have thrown another figure into the mix, but more on that at the end of this week’s posting, first here’s how I got the other two done..
Sunday, I began today by adding the rest of the feathers to Sratos’ arms in the same way as the others, I then added the back plate to Mer-man’s arrmour, this was a triangle of putty placed on his back and the ridges were pushed into this in a shallow “V” pattern, lastly today, I started work on Mer-man’s trident, by taking a length of florists wire and wrapping it in putty, then rolling it till it was completely covered.
Monday, and very little time today, so just had time to mix up a little ball of putty, and then after carving away some of the covering of Mer-man’s trident shaft, I added the ball near the top and then pushed two bent short lengths of wire into the sides of this as the extra “prongs”, I added a little bit of detail to the front of the balls and that was it for today, next day once it was dry I filed and sanded the back of the ball flat and reduced the thickness of the shaft a tiny bit, though not enough, so I also teased his right hand open a bit more till it fitted. Not much to show for two days work, but any progress is better than none as they say.
Wednesday, another poor day today really, I’ve been thinking about how I was going to do the “fins” on the back of Stratos’ rocket pack, originally I was going to try and sculpt them in putty, but I decided to try making them out the end of a coffee stirrer (honestly where would wargamers be without these!). So taking one of McDonalds finest, I began by sanding the edges to make it thinner at the curved edge, then I cut the curved tip off and cut this in half. Taking these two “fin” shapes I carefully glued then in place on the back of the rocket pack, and then gently filed then slightly to shape, I think these turned out better than I could have sculpted them (and a lot thinner!).
Thursday, and today I concentrated on Mer-man’s trident so after mixing up a tiny amount of putty, I began by wrapping a small amount around the central “prong” shaping it with one of my colour shapers till I was reasonably happy with the shape. I then took my small knife and cut the joint between the bones (well I think that’s what they are supposed to be anyway), some more detail shaping later and I was ready to repeat the process on the left and right prongs. After this I decided to add a little more putty to the front and back of the “head” piece of the trident, and to have another go at the design on the front, it came out better this time I think. With the small amount of putty I had left I added the two cones to the top of Stratos’ back rockets, these were just two balls shaped into cone shapes and a couple of holes were added for detail.
Friday, I finally finished the sculpting today (hooray!), they seem to have been so close for so long, I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever actually finish them. I began by adding the wristbands that hold Statos’ wings in place, these were just sausages of putty run around his wrists and smoothed, and he was done. Mer-man needed his fancy belt buckle adding so a tiny sausage of putty was added here and shaped into a butterfly shape before the fin details were added with my small knife, and tiny ball of putty was then pushed into the middle and will be painted as a jewel. I then carved a tiny bit away from the bottom of his trident and added a small flattened ball to this and lastly I added his wrist gauntlets these were done the same way as Stratos’ above only larger as shaped to a point at the elbow.
Now I mentioned at the start of this post that I have added another figure to the two above, and here it is, this is a “Firepelt Cougar” from the plastic “Dungeons and Dragons” range that I picked up from “Tritex” at Salute few years back. Now I’m hoping that a coat of green paint and some stripes, will transform him into a passible “Cringer”, a fairly simple conversion, so I hope to be able to complete all three before the end of the month.
Basing and painting next, but that will have to wait till next week, so till then…
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Wow… I know I say that a lot on this blog of yours, Roger… But WOW!!! Stunning work and what a genius move with regards to Cringer!! Really looking forward to seeing these painted up and finished. Its been an outstanding “Forgotten Heroes” for you, imho 🙂
Thanks Simon, glad you loike the addition of “Cringer”, I remember mentioning him to Jez at the Salute that I bought him at at him saying “why would I want a cringer figure?”
I haven’t had as much luck when it comes to finding a couple of BIG cats to turn into “Battle Cat” and “Panthor”, still I’ll keep an eye out.
This year has been more frantic than normal to be honest, I seem to have had very little time to devote to FH, work and other issues have been getting in the way, I think I’ll need a lay down for the next month!!
Superb work on these conversions, Roger. You have every right to be mightily proud of them. Many congratulations!
Thanks Bryan, they haven’t come out too bad in the end, just hope I can get them finished by the end of the month.
Looking forward to seeing your “Chastity” figure as well.
They both look fantastic Roger, glad you found enough time to get them finished on the sculpting, as no one likes painting wet putty. Like the addition of Cringer, what size do the cats need to be for Battle Cat and Panthor ?
Thanks Dave, yep got them finished, though a pretty poor showing compared to your efforts 😉
The cats need to be about the size of a horse in 28mm scale, so probably 1/35 or 1/32 scale, I used to have some plastic toy ones as a child that would have been perfect for this (what ever happened to them lord knows) isn’t it always the way!
As I always say, never judge yourself by someone else as long as your happy with the result.
The two Sabretooth tigers I did for Heroes of the Dark Age might work scale wise for the cats
I remember seeing those on your blog a while back (might even of mentioned about Battle cat), they are on my list of potential candidates, just wanted to check them out size wise, as I’ve seen a few that would work, but in the flesh have been a bit on the small side, (He-man has got to be able to ride on him after all). The original was a re-used toy tiger that was made to scale with a 12″ action figure.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Roger and I’ll photograph an example for you
Mail sent, thanks Dave.
Ah man, I wish I had half your sculpting skills Roger. Amazing!
Thanks Andy, I wish I had half of your skill with scenery and games design!!
Sorry I haven’t commented on your blog for a while, as you know I’ve had to comment as Anonymous on several “Blogger” blogs of late as my “wordpress” account isn’t recognised by them, but for some reason I’m not even given that option on yours.
I think I’ll have to create a Google account (I have one but god knows what the password is, as I haven’t used it for years!).
Very impressive work, Roger. Can’t wait to see the finished articles…including Cringer. I DO remember commentimg at the time regarding your plans for that figure, but that was a goodly time ago and I can understand now why you would want one. It’s for completeness sake.
Thanks Jez, I think I’m goi9ng to be “last minute Charlie” again this year!!
I have to admit that I agreed with you over Cringer until I saw this figure and thought that it would take so little work to convert him. I do not however feel the need to get a Prince Adam! 🙂
LOL! I didn’t watch much of the MOTU cartoon (because of Orko), but thanks to you I remember Cringer. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t he the Scooby-Doo-like alter ego of Battle Cat?
Great work on Stratos and Mer-Man. I have a friend who spontaneously breaks into a Mer-Man impression at the strangest times. We’ll be sitting around the gaming table and he’ll break out the Mer-Man voice…”pass the chips, He-Man….”, stuff like that.
Looking forward to seeing them painted up!
Thanks Keith, I guess Orko could be pretty annoying, I had to have him in my collection though. You’re spot on as far as Cringer goes too, hadn’t really thought about it but Scooby-Doo does pretty much sum up his character though (oh no does that make Orko , Scrappy-doo!!!, no I think Godzooki from Godzilla is a nearer match thank god! ).
” I have a friend who spontaneously breaks into a Mer-Man impression at the strangest times.” I bet he is just a wow with the girls! nothing impresses the ladies like an impression of a he-man character!! Strange really as I could see any girl who looked and dressed like Teela would be very popular with the boys (I think there might be a double standard here somewhere!).
I agree..nothing brings in the babes like a good Mer-Man impression. Unfortunately for the ladies, my friend is married and his wife is a long-suffering, lovely woman who is used to his…idiosyncrasies.
Oh I think you’ll find all us wargamers are married to long-suffering, lovely women who are used to ours…idiosyncrasies. 😉
Fantastic sculpting Roger. Makes my feeble efforts seem feebler! Cant wait to see these all painted up.
Having just re-posted your “feeble efforts” to the FH site, I know you are just being kind to a old man now!! I totally love what you’ve achieved with Jake and Jack, I would be proud to own them!
Hopefully you wont have to wait long as I hope to post the finished figs tomorrow, if I can get the photo’s done when I get home from work.
I just painted. You are creating!
Sorry harry, but you spelt that wrong, it should be spelt….cretin!