Happy Thursday folks, and I’m delighted to share my first competed mini for Fembruary with you all. As a reminder, I’m laying down the following gauntlet:
“Dear reader, no doubt you have heard of Orctober, Deadcember, Slaanuary, and all the various themed months of the year… I would like to propose that we add Fembruary to the list – a time of year for us to collectively challenge the male domination of our collections, and commit to painting some female miniatures for a change…” I’m delighted with the uptake so far – thank you to all who are mucking in, spreading the word and getting involved! Time for me to step up as well, eh? :-)
So… my February contribution is going to be trying to paint Annie Norman’s (of Bad Squiddo Games/Dice Bag lady fame) ‘Ghosts of Gia 1’ collection, plus ‘Olivia Nutron Bomb’ from BOYL last year. These 10 minis sum up everything that I want Fembruary to represent – the celebration of grown-up, non-sexualised representations of women within our nerdy little hobby universes. No silly battle heals or unnecessary/unfeasible cleavage here – what Annie succinctly describes as “Believable Female Miniatures” in her mission statement. It has been a slow start, what with basing and undercoating, but I have started with ‘Angel’ from the Ghosts of Gia range:
You can probably guess that I’m running with an early punk/goth/glam rock vibe for this project, (plus whatever other tropes make sense to bring in) – hence ‘Angel’ becomes ‘Siouxsie’, leader of an outcast Escheresque gang called ‘The Banshees’. She was fun to paint – quite a simple sculpt in many ways, with a few odd bits here and there, but fun nonetheless. I’ve added in plenty of little details to add that Oldhammer flavour, and gone for a wide palette on the mini… slight downside to that is that my youngest Son saw this mini and asked me why she had a tree on her head… now I can’t un-see the tree!! I don’t think Siouxsie would have ever seen a tree though, so I suspect the irony would be lost on her :-)
One thing to note – the spray undercoat was shockingly rough, which is not uncommon this time of year in the UK – winter and all that. However, I actually don’t mind that effect if the model supports a rough and ready approach – it would suck on shiny Ultramarines, but is fine on a Scavvie if you know what I mean. In the case of Siouxsie, I think it works nicely.
Anyhow, that’s all for now dudes, but plenty more to follow as the month progresses!
Really ace painting man – as per usual :)
Cheers dude – much appreciated. I’m pretty pleased with her myself, though I’ve just realised I missed a few beads in her dreads! I’ll get them sorted when I finish number 2 :-)
Nice work–I’ve never seen this mini before.
Cheers Warbs, she is a bit of a hidden gem… it is well worth checking Bad Squiddo out imo!
Pete S/ SP said:
Very nice- I may see if I can get some of my 2nd wave Gia figures painted this month. Bit cold to go in the shed atm though.
Thanks mate – I’m still waiting for my 2nd wave :-/
Mr Papafakis said:
My son says things like that to me all the time too Alex. Usually their interpretations are pretty bloody close to the mark :D
She’s a snazzy looking mini mate and you’ve given her a great paint job, awesome!
Hey, good to hear from you dude – how’s life treating you? Glad you like her mate, and yeah -kids are great at that for sure :-)
So what’s with the tree on her head? Haha. Jokes. She’s great mate. I love all the details on her legs and knees. FYI I’m hoping to make a start on my TWO FEMbruary submissions this weekend. One is lead and a straight up paint job but set in a small diorama with a more menacing figure too. The other is a comic book and movie character.
Hehe – I know, I know :-) Thanks Brother, she’s a cool mini with loads of space for some nice detailing work, so it would be rude to skimp! Looking forward to seeing yours mate & thanks for the support
Great work, mate! Excellent paint job and cool mini.
Cheers dude, she’s good fun :-)
Mark A. Morin said:
Does she sing? Though Siouxie of the Banshees is in her 60’s now….nice work on her, and a worthy entry for the month, kudos!
Cheers Mark – glad someone else is old enough to get the reference ;-)
I reckon the respirator might muffle my Siouxsie a bit, but I suspect she can hold a tune!
Great work here Alex – though I’m not sure that topknot and hair fall under “believable” female miniatures! ;)
Cheets mate, glad you like her, and very true – she has a helluva hair-do!
Great work! I’ve got a newborn baby at home but I’ll see what I can do to join in the Fembruary. I’ve got some of the excellent (and realistically armored and proportioned) female sci-fi troopers from Hasslefree lurking in my lead pile.
Awesome, thanks mate, and huge congrats on the new arrival!! Great if you do get to paint something, but fully understand if there are more pressing baby-shaped demands on your time :-)
Great work mate, especially the checker pattern on her arm and leg (somehow whenever I try that in anything other than black and white it comes out looking like a T-towel, I’ve always harboured a secret jealousy of people that can pull it off).
Cheers mate, the checkerboard stuff was fun! I find it goes ok as long as the contrast is strong enough – dark red & white is pretty safe in my experience ;-)
Awesome dude. I’m really liking the Cyber Punk look. I’ve been toying with the idea myself due to the Cyber Punk revival we are seeing at the moment. You’ve done it proud my friend with excellent brush work and colour choice. :)
Thanks dude, glad you like her, would be great to see your interpretation of the genre! :-)
Bring on the neon glow! :)
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