Saturday, 16 January 2016

From DaveD - Curtgeld - Cracking the Whip...(25pts)

Well as I have had a bit of slow start with one thing and another going on - at one point it looked as if this years painting season was dead in the water, but at least the ship is under way again now - it is high time I entered the fray. So what better way than to "pay the piper". So here is the Curtgeld for our very own Lord High Snowball..

When I thought of risk takers and gamblers I thought of something cinematic. One of my favourites is Indiana Jones, and a figure for the big Snowball of Indy cracking the whip seemed to be just the thing. He may come in useful for controlling his "minions".

This figure is from the Copplestone Back of Beyond range - but i have "tweaked it".  As cast the right arm is more down its side with the whip cast from the hand to the ankle. I chopped away the whip and removed the arm completely. The arm was reshaped and soldered back into a higher position. The whip was remade from stranded copper wire twisted to a thinned point. It is then soldered along its length for strength, and soldered into the right hand. It was bent to shape give it some "life" . The left hand was then moved to have the gun pointing more forward than upwards.








First points on the board... this should be the first of a few today....


We were missing your wonderful entries Dave, so it's wonderful to finally have you aboard - Welcome! 
I love what you've done with re-posing Indy to make him more dynamic. The stranded copper wire really adds to the figure and makes him much more menacing I think. I'd love to try some work with a soldering iron sometime, but I'm always afraid I'd light our house on fire! Maybe during the summer when I can be outside in the middle of the yard...
I'm going to add a few points for Indy's modifications, so 25 for your official entry into this year's Challenge Mr. D! Thank You!


44 comments:

  1. Great conversion on the model, it adds a lot of life to it

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    1. Thanks Paul... I came out how I imagined so I was please with it

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  2. Be careful not to wake Smaug. The destruction and devastation will be great

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    1. Tee hee.. I think i heard an alarm clock somewhere...

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  3. Great figure, great conversion, great paintwork. Love the whip. Who does he goats?
    Cheers Peter

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    1. Thanks Peter.

      The goats are oldies but goodies from Connoisseur Miniatures
      http://www.bicorne.net/acatalog/CON-EG007---Sudan-Arabs-of-Oasis-1794.html#SID=171

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  4. Very nice, the conversion makes this figure complete. Actually more as the original should have been in the first place ;-)

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  5. Now it feels like the challenge, solder and wire, it has to be Dave.

    Ian

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    1. Well... Shame not too...

      I do hope to get a full blown proper conversation unit done before we wind up...

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  6. Some very creative conversion work there Dave and the painting is right up to your usual standard. I'm not sure he's quite as imposing as you're suggesting though. The goats don't seem much concerned by his whip cracking endeavours. :-)

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    1. It did think about doing Doris Day...Whip Crack Away... But Epic failed to find a suitable figure!

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  7. fabulous work!

    are you ready for the upcoming rules Congo of Studio Tomahawk?

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  8. Curt , your welcome to soldering lessons at Chez D anytime.. It not setting fire to things but the melting figures.( but that's what a lead mountain is for practicing on) .. And ouch ya bugger that's hot you watch out for!

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  9. A great idea for a figure Dave!

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  10. Well done on both painting and conversion.

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  11. Great work Dave - reading the details on the conversion made my head ache. Your skill is off the hook - well done.

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  12. A classic! Nice to see Indy in action again.

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  13. Great job Dave. You are really a true master with the soldering iron. I fear that I would be left with a puddle of white metal. I also love the scene you set. I can just here him saying "Back you dastardly goats!" I would have named him Claude Balz. ;)

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  14. Very nice work, Dave! I am a fan of you and your soldering iron work! Indy does look better for the work. I'm afraid I'd end up like Frank from "Hotel Transylvania" screaming "Fire!!" as I raced through the house!

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    1. Cheers... Only had one or two mishaps in my time!

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  15. Wonderful work Dave - and welcome to the fun. You've been greatly missed by all of us!

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  16. That's some nice conversion work. I guess I'll have to add a soldering iron to my toolkit now...

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