Time has been very tight the last week or so around here, so I’ll start with an apology, as I haven’t been around the blogs much of late, this is not to say I haven’t looked at what you’ve all been up to, more a case of I haven’t been in a position to comment, I have discovered how to reply to comments on here using my new phone (hence the “Dick Garrison”, moniker rather than “Rantingsfromunder”, but it doesn’t always allow me to do the same elsewhere!). But anyway enough with the excuses, I’m hoping in a couple of weeks I’ll have more time (or possibly a lot less, but we’ll see as and when).
So last time I said I’d be painting figures from the movies and something about a namesake of mine? Well the film in question, is the seminal James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me” (the best one in my humble opinion), and the namesake, well my mum was a big Roger Moore fan, I was in fact named after him (honestly!), so it seems appropriate to have him here on “Mother’s Day”😊, the other figure is of course the wonderful “henchman” as portrayed by Richard Kiel, Jaws. Both figures are by “Killer B” miniatures and come from the “Geezers Royale” range.
Once both figures were based on “tuppences” and given a coat of matt black I set to work with the painting proper….
“James”, was begun by giving his dinner jacket a coat of coffee, followed by highlights of cream, and while I had the cream out I undercoated his shirt in this and gave that highlights of white, so that they were tonally slightly different, now before some “clever clogs” out there points out that ”Mr Moore” doesn’t actually wear a white jacket in this film, and his dress suit is in fact very dark blue/black, I know this, but I always picture him in his near trademark white jacket in my mind’s eye, so that’s the way I’ve gone here. His trousers, shoes, Walther PPK and bow tie I left black but highlighted his gun and shoes in dark grey, then added a touch of black to deepen it further before I did the same to his tie and trousers. Flesh came next European flesh with highlights of the same mixed with a little pale flesh taking care of this and after studying his hair in the film (it was on last week as chance would have it!) I ended up mixing some chocolate brown and Eurasian flesh for form the base and more Eurasian flesh was mixed with some saddle for form the highlights here.
“Jaws” was also begun with coffee and cream this time on his shirt (though on re-watching the film it does sometimes look like very pale blue, so I could have gone that way instead). Anyway next I mixed Eurasian flesh and chocolate brown and base coated his trousers in this before adding a little coffee to the mix and highlighting them with the lighter result. His flesh was done the same as “James” above but with a smidge more pale flesh added to the highlights. His boots and the back joint on his braces were then added in more chocolate brown with leather highlights, whereas his belt was left black highlighted with just a touch of dark grey (he doesn’t actually have a belt in the film relying on the braces alone). His trademark “metal gnashers”, along with his belt buckle and the buckles on his braces were then added in chainmail and the straps on said braces were first base coated in a mix of light blue and ocean blue followed by highlights of blue grey. Lastly yet more chocolate brown was used on his hair, this time with saddle forming the highlights.
A coat of light tone Quickshade followed by basing and matt varnishing in my usual manner completed the pair. I dug out my “James Bond car collection” version of the famous Lotus Espirit for the photos, I’m quite enjoying building up my little stable of spies, the astute among you will have no doubt noticed that there is one star (or should that be “Starr” 😉) of this movie missing, “Crooked Dice” do a very nice figure of that particular agent, and I hope to add her to my collection in the near future, but for now, stay safe and cheers Roger.
Great work on both your spy and villain Roger, the added car looks cool too. hope things settle down for you soon, and you can have balance between real life and hobby time, and you can get your phone to link to the other blogs.
Thanks Dave, they were actually pretty straightforward to paint, good job really or I’d not have got them done tbh. Next week I should find out whether I’m going to be off work or working away for a bit so hopefully I’ll know more then.
Two stunning paint-jobs imho, Roger, with bags of life and energy. Terrific stuff. I especially like your take on Roger Moore’s James Bond (my fave incarnation of the character by far). Interestingly, the two-disc ultimate edition of “The Spy Who Loved Me” DVD has him wearing his white jacket on the cover illustration, so there is a connection between the two 😉
Thanks Simon, I just always imagine him either in that white dinner jacket or a beige safari suit 😀.
Nicely done, Roger! 🙂 They look spot on!
Thanks John, as I said to Dave above pretty simple stuff really, I’ve now spotted that Jaws wears black shoes not brown 😳.
Excellent stuff, Roger! Both minis are great sculpts, and you’ve painted them really well. However, all us 70s kids know that the only Lotus Esprit that counts is the Corgi one with the fins and the rockets that shoot out of the back window LOL! Seriously, they look great next to that car.
Thanks Matt, I have that gorgi version myself, along with the bronze one with the ski’s. I also have the smaller one too along with the versions they did in the “James Bond car collection “, I do like that Lotus! 😀
Great figures and great work on them. One of the things I look for is the figure manufacturer and Roger you have introduced me to a “Killer B Games” that I didn’t know about. I should say “damn you” because I can see some more hard earned being spent on some of their excellent range but it one of the thing I like about people’s blogs – it widens my gaming interest, so thanks!
Thanks Dave, Craig over at killer B is a great chap, who I got to know back when we were running WSD, as he also got Bob Olley to do his retro pulp figs, after I put him on to him. He does some nice fun stuff.
Brilliant- love the Jaws figure.
Thanks Pete, he is a nice figure, and is tall enough to tower over most 28mm figs .😉
Nicely done. I think Spy is probably my 2nd favorite Moore film after For Your Eyes Only. (Mmmm, Carol Boquet). Jaws though, might be the best villian of the entire franchise.
Thanks Harry ,I like most of the Roger Moore movies the exception being “A view to a kill” as he’s too old, and Grace Jones is a crap henchman. Shame as Tanya Roberts is quite lovely but looks like his granddaughter 🙄.
Have you ever listened to Bondcast? The podcast from the guys who do Rebel Force Radio? Roger Moore talks about aging and how the leading ladies COULD be his grand daughters. There is also a hilarious quote he made to his female costars before love scenes. NSFW of a blog comments tho. Ha!
Lovely work Roger 👏 👌
Thanks Skinflint, I enjoyed painting them.
Looking fab mate!! Double oh heaven 😊
Thanks Alex, but that pun is worthy of me😁.
Not a figure manufacturer I’ve heard of Roger but they look like nice castings and you’ve done a splendid job on both. 🙂
Thanks Dave, i know it’s not a genre you’ve really dabbled in (though I imagine you could do a fantastic diorama of one of the set pieces). There are some smashing spy figure’s out there
Wonderful! I have a few Killer B miniatures from the GAFDOZ and the Geezers lines. They’re stocked by Recreational Conflict here in the States (for anyone on this side of the water who wants some). I somehow missed these miniatures, or perhaps I didn’t recognize them for who they were supposed to be. They look great!
Although Roger Moore was the Bond of my youth, I’m partial to Connery. The James Bond films are something I always tell myself I want to watch again, but there are so many finding time is a challenge. Not to mention I’d definitely be watching them alone…
Thanks Keith, connery is definitely second, but as you say I too grew up watching Roger Moore. Thanks too for the shout out as to where to buy them over there mate.
Like the lads have said mate, great figures and excellent painting!!
Thanks Pat, I’m sure your word is your “Bond” mate. 😁