Saturday, 22 November 2014

“Truly This Man Was The Son Of God.”

This somewhat odd choice for the subject of a 28mm wargaming miniature comes from a small batch of metal models I’ve recently purchased from the “Space Vixens From Mars” webstore [http://spacevixensfrommars.com/shop]. I’ve actually seen this company's figures for sale at several shows but somewhat surprisingly never really paid them much attention. This is despite the fact that usually there’s some sort of ‘Space Vixens’ participation game taking place besides the stall, which ordinarily seems to be extremely popular and well-attended.
This particular figure, Jesus of Nazareth, simply caught my eye whilst I was simply ‘passing the time’ on the internet and is product number DW05 (from Episode 25J ‘Temptation In The Wilderness’). It comes from the manufacturer’s Divine Wind Range, which seems to be a selection of the historical, alternate and fantasy characters the Space Vixens have met during their adventures through time and space. It was an absolute pleasure to paint as a result of its clean sculpting and is my fourth submission for the Mo’vember 2014 challenge Dick Garrison is running over on his blog “Rantings From Under The Wargames Table”.
As a fair proportion of the model was going to be white I simply undercoated the model using “Vallejo” ‘Blanco’ before washing the figure’s linen under robe with watered down Quickshade Strong Tone by “The Army Painter”. Jesus’ heavier outer robe was painted using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. Finally his hair and beard, in an effort to make it seem somewhat darker than his brown clothing, was first given a coat of “Vallejo” Charred Brown and then a wash of the “Citadel” Shade Nuln Oil. The miniature’s flesh was painted with my usual three stage system of “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone, “Citadel” Ogryn Flesh and then some highlights with more “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone.
I’ve been so inspired by the quality of my models by “Space Vixens From Mars” that I have already based three more up, ready for a ‘quiet’ moment when a ‘Star Trek’ mood takes me. These figures are from their Rim Alien Range, and consist of a Male Pointy-Eared Rim Alien With Pistol, a Male Ridged Rim Alien With Pistol and a Reptilian Rim Alien With Pistol.

14 comments:

  1. Well I wasn't expecting that - what an interesting miniature.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Totally threw me when I spotted it as well, but it just seemed a must for Mo'vember... and then there's always the Christmas team-up battle report ;-)

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  2. I hope I'm not offending anyone but as soon as I saw this figure I immediately thought of Monty Python's "Life of Brian!"
    The unpainted minis have a very definite "Star Trek" vibe to them. Interesting minis - all of them.

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    1. No offence taken from my end, Vampifan. I must confess I immediately thought of the Robert Powell TV Series myself and ended up having the music from that playing in the background for much of my time painting him. I'm sure I'll be painting up quite a few minis from this manufacturer over the next few months as they're just rather nice and simple.

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  3. Male Ridged Rim Alien With Pistol? Roddenberry should have gone with that. Much catchier than "Klingon".

    Good color choices on the post's principle subject. A subdued palette is the way to go here.

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    1. Thanks Finch. I did consider a red outer robe, as that seems to be one of the more popular colours he's illustrated wearing. But as I've said, I ended up being heavily influenced by the TV Series starring Robert Powell, and he seemed to wear primarily brown. Like your thinking Ref Male Ridged Rim Aliens LOL :-)

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  4. How do you top "Jesus", well played that man! I doff my cap to you sir. hen will see a team up with him and Judge Dredd.

    P.S. when he was complete did you have enough paint left over to fill five baskets?

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    1. Thought such a figure would take you by surprise Roger :-) I do have an idea for a future team-up, something fun and (hopefully) not blasphemous. Probably for a Boxing Day posting. I also have enough paint to fill five hundred baskets... having just ordered a load more to cover the Analogue Painting Challenge :-)

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  5. WTF! He reminds me of Buddy Christ! What are his super powers dude?

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    1. Cheers Bob. As far as "7TV" super powers are concerned I'm torn between him being a mysterious stranger or an unearthly traveller; the latter being rather too inappropriately alien for my liking. But we'll see...

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  6. The SVfM figures are great, aren't they? I just wish they had slightly bigger ranges of "not-Trek" models, so that I could field entire away teams instead of just single models. Well, OK - there *are* 6 "Klingons" in the range and I *have* used them in scenarios, but I'd love to see more of the other races as well.

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    1. I like them as well Colgar6, but agree that their range is frustratingly narrow when it comes to poses. But they are also one of the few manufacturers who seem to do male and female versions of most races. Certainly I'll be ordering a few more.

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  7. Well that is an interesting miniature!

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    1. Thanks Simon. Took me by surprise too thus I had to paint it :-)

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