Tuesday, 27 January 2015

From IanW - Curtgeld - Bob the Anti Hero (22 Points)

Spent a lot of time thinking about the correct figure to supply Curt. I really wanted something that would span the whole period of war and as such would be timeless and yet up to date. Then it struck me.......


Here we have a wonderful (if I say so myself) depiction of what I consider the biggest Anti-Hero of all time. The deserter, the man who slips from his post late at night leaving a hole in the line and his so called comrades at risk.


This side view I feel captures the scene perfectly, from the Roman looking out past Hadrian's wall all the way too and past Monte Casino.


From behind he could be any soldier from any period, indeed he even has a place in roleplaying as the PC who always leaves the other players to face the monster. I just hope Curt realises the immense work that went into this piece and suitably rewards me.


OK assuming I am still in the Challenge  :-)

I did think hard about what I would do for this round and you can blame my wife Cath for the above diversion, she was the devil whispering in my ear. I wanted something a little different and I remembered the Black Scorpion miniature I had seen the year before and thought I had my man.


In 1966 Bob Dylan toured for the first time using an electric guitar, his core fans revolted some threatening violence and he was considered by many as a traitor to his music. Of course not everyone felt this and he also received praise for the step so I feel Bob Dylan fits the role of Anti-hero rather well.


Mind you if I had researched what he wore before ordering the figure I am fairly sure I would have picked something else, it was a bugger to paint and repaint and strip and repaint. I had a devil of a time trying to get the pattern right and in the end settled for close-ish. 


He was listed as 30mm but here he is against a Foundry cowboy so he is a rather tall 30mm. Made of resin in two parts he took only a little cleaning up and went together with only a small grinding of teeth.


Here is a photo of that damned suit, the guitar I painted is one of the ones he used on that tour. I hope the choice was not too left field and Curt forgives me my little joke.


From Curt:

When I saw this come in I almost dropped out of my chair laughing. For those who do not know the story, last year AlanD created, as his 'Curtgeld', a Bob Dylan vignette inspired from the movie 'Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid' (where Dylan played the character 'Alias'). I loved Alan's vignette but had to come clean that I really can't stand Bob Dylan (whom I often call 'The Nasal Drip with Ray-bans'). So when Ian sent in this figure I thought he was taking the p*ss out of me - which is all fine and good. But when I sent him a followup note congratulating him, he admitted he'd completely forgotten about the 'Alias' vignette and submitted this one innocently. Hilarious! So, I really can't get away from this little guy, he just keeps showing up, literally! 

Anyway, thanks so much Ian! This is brilliant. I can't wait to put him in with the other Antiheroes that are massing in my display cabinet (who knows, maybe he'll learn how to sing). 

'A Haaaard Raiiiin Gonna Fall...'

21 comments:

  1. Brilliant and hilarious! Cheers

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  2. Hilarious! Wonderfully done! :D

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  3. Very nice work Ian and a great intro :)

    We'll believe you about forgetting Alan's vignette ;)

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    1. Hmm, looks like there's something wrong with your points total - you should be a chunk-and-a-bit ahead of me

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    2. It's his fault. These little gaps are what happens when that little troll Dylan crops up in my consciousness. Updated. ;p

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    3. In fairness I did offer to smash the figure, after that suit it would have been my pleasure ;-)

      Ian

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  4. Big thumbs up from me. Although I do like the invisible Frodo figure in the first pictures as well.

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  5. Brilliant stuff! I only wish there were more Dylan figures out there. Love your work, Ian.

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  6. You sure fooled me, I thought it was a scene from H. G. Wells´ 1897 novella. A closer look proved you absolutely right! Amazing job - Dylan is brilliant, too :)

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  7. You sure fooled me, I thought it was a scene from H. G. Wells´ 1897 novella. A closer look proved you absolutely right! Amazing job - Dylan is brilliant, too :)

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  8. So the challenge for future years is to slowly build up Curt's Bob Dylan collection by working him into every curtgeld theme ;)

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  9. Nice! I love the intro! ;)
    Great work on Dylan too, Ian!
    Now I have an almost overwhelming desire to source miniatures that bear a semblance to Dylan! ;)

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    1. I think that could be a theme that gets us in trouble LOL

      Ian

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  10. Thanks for the comment's hope it gets to Curt in one piece

    Ian

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    1. And remains in one piece once he gets it!

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  11. This one really made my day! The empty base is just great ;-)
    I'm not a big Bob Dylan fan also but you've done some mighty fine work on his patterned clothes.

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  12. Haha, great on two counts.

    I've also figured out what my Curtgeld theme must be next year....

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