Saturday, 26 December 2015

A Barrel of Laughs! (Curtgeld - 20points)


It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why the Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge has proved to be so successful.  With this been my fourth year of contributing I have seen its exponential growth to the current roster of eighty eight, showcasing an incredibly diverse array of talent, styles and miniatures all combining to form a formidable hobby showcase.  

The congeniality of our host, Curtis Campbell Esq. must certainly be identified as a contributing factor to the success of the venture, as to the hugely encouraging and supportive nature of my fellow challengers.  For me, however, the thematic nature of the challenge also proves important and this year’s, celebrating risk takers, daredevils and gamblers, is no exception.  

Carlisle Graham rapid shooting daredevil
As in previous Challenges, we are asked to provide a small memento in the form of a single 28mm figure characterised as a risk-taker, daredevil or gambler and this started the old grey matter cogitating.  I can’t tell you why or how, but one morning I awoke with the germ of an idea that saw my ‘fee’ come to fruition.  The spirit of human endeavour seems to breed risk takers, people that have undertaken Herculean tasks simply because they are there to do so.  The annals of our very existence are littered with such feats, but my attention fell on one particular group of thrill seekers – those brave souls that looked to conquer the Niagara Falls!  

Given this natural phenomenon’s proximity to the fine nation that is Canada, home of our beloved benefactor in this annual painting challenge, this seemed to good an opportunity to pass up.  The list of those that have tried to tame the falls is impressive with the likes of Annie Taylor, the first person to conquer the falls in a barrel back in 1901 or Englishman Charles G. Stephens who equipped his wooden barrel with an anvil for ballast, an ingenious idea but not wholly practical – only Charles’ right arm was discovered after his attempt!

With the die cast, it was just a matter of locating a miniature that would suffice and as luck would have it ‘Hasslefree Miniatures’ had just what I was after – ‘Gambler Kev’.  Although listed as 28mm this delightfully quirky sculpt is small, perhaps more suited to representing a very short man or a teenage boy with a shaved head.  As a result, I felt I needed to add a little extra and stumbled across a rather splendid tutorial for splashing water effects.  So without any further ado let me present my homage to those risk takers, daredevils and gamblers who have tried, with differing levels of success, to tame the mighty Niagara, now winging its way to you Curt! 


I am struck speechless. Wow! What a wonderfully whacky and imaginative figure. It's just fantastic Michael and I got a good, long belly laugh out of reading this. I have to say when I saw the archival photo of the dashing Mr. Carlisle I thought someone had captured an illicit image of me getting ready for my morning ablutions! Sacrebleu!
Seriously, what a great miniature - so brilliantly conceived and executed.  
I also love the opening image of our daredevil 'shooting' the Falls - just fantastic. And thank you for providing the link to the water effect tutorial - I think I may give that a go.

Michael's 'Curtgeld' will provide him with 20 points and me with a excellent memento of his participation in this year's Challenge. Thank you Michael!

19 comments:

  1. That really IS a risk taker! Great work on those water effects, Mr Awdry, top notch stuff, worth every point and more!

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  2. Well done Mr Awdry, that's right out of the top drawer. The water effects are wonderful but I especially like the greenish tinge to the pebbles beneath. Bravo!

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  3. What a cracking risk taker/gambler. I doff my hat to you sir.

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  4. A brilliant rendition of a risk-taker indeed. I was expecting models from the Hobbit's barrelscene but this is far better!

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  5. Brilliant work. He is a truly risk-taker!

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  6. What can I say, that hasn't been said already??? Pure magic Sir M!

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  7. That's simply awe inspiring ingenuity on display here! Cracking job Mr. Awdry.

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  8. Barking, inspired, brilliant. Figure of the season contenter

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  9. That is a fantastic Curt-geld! The water effects are really cool too!

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  10. Excellent stuff Sir! You're raising the bar(rel) again!

    Wonderful water effect too.

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  11. Wow! I wish I had even half as much imagination as you. Really great concept start to finish.

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  12. Brilliant and inspired work m'Lord :)

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  13. You have really raised the bar for Curtgeld

    Ian

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  14. Wow. Way to set the bar super-high for the rest of us! What a perfect selection.

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