This superbly detailed 28mm model of The Masked Bandit comes from code Mex1 by “Boot Hill Miniatures” and is the second of my submissions for the Mo’vember 2014 challenge Dick Garrison is running over on his blog “Rantings From Under The Wargames Table”. The figure is actually accompanied by a mounted version of ‘Zorro’ and forms part of the manufacturer’s rather extensive ‘Alta California’ range.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of the figure was black it actually took a considerable amount of time to paint due to the almost overwhelming amount of detail on the bandit’s sculpt. Numerous metallic areas such as the Californio nobleman’s spurs, girdle, scabbard, hat and boots were picked out with “Citadel” Boltgun Metal” and then washed with Badab Black. Whilst Don Diego de la Vega’s sword was given an additional drybrush of Boltgun Metal along the length of its blade. The face took a devilish amount of effort to ‘get right’ and a one stage I was all for simply painting in the ‘whites of his eyes’ and making do with that. However I was eventually able to ‘draw in’ a line of “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone within the mask’s eye-slits and was them with “Citadel” Ogryn Flesh.
I also considered at one stage breaking up the sheer monotony of the black by aging ‘Zorro’ with some flecks of grey in his moustache and pointed beard. I have also seen several very nicely painted versions of the model with both a swirling red cape and scarlet mask; similar to Douglas Fairbanks’ cinematic version of the character. For once however I thought I’d leave well enough alone, and go with the all-black ‘in his prime’ bandit.
If you’re interested in taking part in Mo’vember then please either leave a comment and link below, or visit Dick Garrison’s excellent blog here: http://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com
Meanwhile I am still working through the numerous painting phases needed to finish these two Freedom Fighters by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio”. They’ve been joined on my painting table by another of the company’s “7TV” pulp science fiction sculpts, Tweedy Mattison. I was going to ‘hold off’ on this figure and the rest of their ‘not Eleventh Doctor Who’ range for “The Fifth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge” but as “Titan Comics” have just started publishing a monthly series of comics depicting the Matt Smith incarnation of the Timelord, and the miniature was already based, prepared and primed, I couldn’t resist but start painting him.
If you’re interested in reading “Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor” by “Titan Comics” then my review of its first issue can be found here:
These five models are from code PHP05 Doc Thompson and his Fabulous Four by “Pulp Figures”, and are part of a modest number of miniatures which have recently arrived across the Pond from the superbly talented sculptor Bob Murch. I’m hoping to paint up a vast number of these personality figures, alongside numerous henchmen and villains as part of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. As a result I’ll be preparing and basing, and then posting, a vast array of these 28mm metal beauties over the next few weeks in anticipation of the 5th December start date.