Greetings Terrans, how goes it? Last post I promised you something massive… well, everyone knows Jungle is massive!
These are quick and easy pieces – just cheapy aquarium plants glued to 50mm steel washers with a bit of polyfiller & texture on the base… simples! Here are some more pics with my scurvy crew:
Wait a sec, what’s that stomping through the jungle?
Ok, so THIS is the massive thing I hinted at last week – look at the fecking size of it! This is obviously a 3D print of the Ray Harryhausen Talos from Jason and the Argonauts, (big shout out to my pal Mark for the 3D print job – he’s a real-life Hephaestus!). I am delighted with this not-so-mini – Talos, and JatA is probably where my love of fantasy (and models) first started… I still remember being a wee boy glued to a tiny tv set to watch it over and over again… It was one of the few films we had taped onto VHS, and I watched this film to death. That moment when Talos first animates still rocks my world today, and this model is absolutely a pressie to 5-year-old me:
Assembly was great fun – there are 4 inch screws holding it to the base, and connecting the torso to the legs… the hands and sword were also separate & required some serious pinning. I did consider using pins and magnets to allow me to disassemble the piece, but decided against that for aesthetic reasons – basically, I didn’t want to see the joins, so I used Greenstuff to fill any gaps & make good on a few areas of the print.
Painting this beast was great fun – black spray, bronze basecoat, shitloads of green & brown wash, Verdigris, more wash, polish with a paper towel, etc. It was really rough & ready work, and the tell-tale lines from the printing process really add to the overall effect. To be honest, the base took more effort, with a few nice touches to give the whole thing a sense of scale.
Anyhoo, that’s all for this post – more Ghost Archipelago to follow, plus I’m feeling the lure of a certain controversial Cursed City…
Bloody hell Alex thats enormous (not a comment you have heard before I suspect! 😉) and not what I was expecting in a million years . An awesome figure in all respects and a great paint job to boot. Do you have any paint left? I like that it brings back fond memories for you, nice touch. If I can just pick one tiny fault. As a statue, albeit one that comes to life, should it not have some pigeon shit added for that added touch of realism? Seriously, cracking job mate. 🙂
Oh I’ve heard that before mate – normally in regard to how much of a disappointment I am 😂
Glad you like him though mate – I’m ridiculously pleased with how he came out & the nostalgia factor just makes this one of my favourite fings wot I painted 😊
Dave Stone said:
Great looking jungle bases, completely do the job they’re meant for. The Talos statue is awesome both in painting and that your friend 3D printed it for you, who doesn’t like the old classic movies
Cheers mate – I’m in awe of 3D printers tbh… the building and painting was the easy bit! I’m glad you like the jungle bases – they were quick and simple to do… just as well because I’ve plenty more to get through!!
Brilliant model and paint love it!
Thanks mate 👍
Oh wow, that statue is certainly statuesque! It looks amazing and the paintjob is awesome!
Those aquarium plants look so good, I have some to base my zombie shark and really need to get on with it.
Cheers mate, he’s a big fella for sure 😊
Zombie Shark you say? I need to see this!!
Here you go: https://pmpainting.blogspot.com/2020/08/zombie-shark.html
He’s not based yet. I have the stuff, just haven’t got around to it.
Awesome!! I need one of those in my life 😂
THAT IS SWEET! Love it!!!!
Cheers mate 🤘😁
Pete S/ SP said:
Very nice- love the oold fims too. The man of bronze is a lovely model too.
Cheers mate, they ain’t called ‘classics’ for nothing 😁
Oh man, love the Colossus. I remember catching part of Jason and the Argonauts on tv when I was little as well.
The tropical plants are pretty awesome. I’m thinking of tryin my hand at some terrain for Frostgrave. Are the walls you have there, handmade? What did you use for them?
Yeah, such a huge moment – that metallic screeching noise! Classic :-)
The walls are pre-made & pre-painted by ‘Adrian’s Walls’ – he does a set specifically for Frostgrave. Pricey, but I can honestly say that the set is one of my best ever hobby purchases – I can’t recommend them enough. I added some washes & lichen to mine, plus a spot of blood here & there & some work on the wooden areas
Just took a look at those, and they are beautiful. Though with shipping over here, might be a pretty penny. I’ll likely try to make my own, but a bunch of stuff, fail, then end up buying something! Such is the way of the hobby! 🤪
Good luck with it mate 👍
That is great! A perfect nod to that amazing film, you really got the colour looking right! I think that film is why I like undead models when they are summoned it was my jaw dropping moment.
Oh, hell yeah, that bit rocked!💀💀💀
I vividly remember the first time that I saw Jason and the Argonauts. It was a formative experience, and it is inextricably linked to the hobby that I have spent my life obsessing about.
That model – and the fantastically authentic paint job – hits me right in the feels. I cam hear the squeaky creaking from here.
Cheers dude, and again, thanks for the inspiration & motivation!! It’s a brilliant project & I’m thoroughly enjoying it 😁
Ross Leach said:
You already know how much I love this mate, and how much I love Jason and the Argonauts too, so I’m all over this beauty. Young Alex would absolutely lose his shit if he saw this awesome mofo!
Cheers dude – yes he would! 🤯
I love the statue, but I LOVE the jungle, even if it is just quick and easy builds. Out of curiosity, where did you get a hold of the cheap aquarium plants? In my area I find they’re just a little too expensive to pick up en masse for terrain and was wondering if you had an online source. Something like that could finish off my Deathworld Forest table real nicely, someday.
Thanks mate – mega cheap bulk boxes on ebay ;-)
Oh, my. Everything is so awesome I don’t even know where to start. Truly fantastic job. Jason and the Argonauts has indeed left an everlasting impression on all of us!
Cheers mate – yup, I suspect that it was a gateway film for many of us of a certain… vintage 😂
Wow that is a whopper! great colour on him too, looks just like the original from the movie!! (I love that film too!, the Skeleton fight at the end is still one of the best fantasy battles on screen).
Cheers mate – I had screen shots on display during the painting to try & get as close as I could 😉
That model is an absolute beast mate – very impressive (and brings back childhood memories for me too). Cracking job on the verdigrised bronze.
Cheers dude, I had a feeling you’d approve 😊
Jings, that is brilliant. I also loved those Ray Harryhausen films as a child, though I reckon that the bit with the skeletons springing up from the ground was the One Moment for me.
Can’t argue with you their mate 😊👍
Hey mate I wish I could leave my cheapskate aquarium plant as vibrant as they come ! but no father they look so artificial, may be that’s why I’m slowly moving to the fantasy side that I said I would never do!! great work mate!
Well, I could put a wash on them to tome it down a bit I suppose, but the juice ain’t worth the squeeze imo 😁
No mate I like them how they are !
Thinking about it, I wonder if a matt varnish spray is worth a try… Hmmm 🤔
Sorry mate I had to go away and ask the wife about the difference between metric and imperial just so i wasn’t hallucinating ! Wow mate he is one big boy ! so good mate!
😊Cheers mate – he’s more of an ornament than a gaming mini tbh!!
On your comment in regards to spray varnish I use it all the time on my figures and also on any tres or plants just to knock of that shiny look especially on the ones like aquarium ones 🤔.