Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Three Lions (Version 2)






Bit of a random figure finished this week. I have picked up many bits for a number of Alpha Squad conversions. Some needing that perfect bit still. Now this is not about the conversion I'd intended but a happy accident in the process of removing the head from the body I needed. The figure I was converting was Widow from Hasslefree miniatures I'd intended to add a new head to the body to create the miniature I needed.

However the head came off in great condition. Then it struck me years ago I had done a New Avengers cast. Steed and Gambit were easily done but I couldn't find the proper bits to do me a Purdey conversion (Joanna Lumley) her hair is such a unique style in the reinvented TV series that you just don't come across models with that style of hair. Widow's hair style was perfect! I just need a a new body for this head.

 I had a rummage in my lead pile going through various Copplestone, Artizan and Crooked Dice figures I had spare but sadly many were to large in features for the more delicately sculpted Hasslefree head.  Then I remembered I had stripped one of my Classic Pandora King minis (lol I had 3). A removal of the head was simple enough. However I paid a blood price on this one (So you know the conversion is a good one!). Once a Plaster was applied to stop the bleeding all that need doing was just a bit of trimming and reshaping the remains of the neck into like a collar of sorts. Drilled and pinned the new head and job done.





Paint scheme was trickier I didn't fancy doing black on the body suit as its always trickier on these sort of clothing to get it looking right. So I spotted another outfit in a dark blue. So I decided to follow that line of thinking. I added some red on the belt and some white piping to get the Union Jack colours squeezed in. I am quite pleased with how it turned out though my photo skills are lacking this week with such poor lighting outside and my shoddy camera phone.

Rewatching some episides of The New Avengers I think the pose of Pandora is pretty perfect now.
 






Left to Right Mike Gambit (Copplestone agent with Crooked Dice minion head,) John Steed (Crooked Dice Flamboyant Agent) and of course Purdey (Crooked Dice Pandora King Classic and Hasslefree Widow).

I am quite pleased with results and think they look quite good.

More on the Alpha Squad conversion another time as I have got some putty work to do on that one. 

36 comments:

  1. Very nice. The trio work really well as the tv characters. Nicely done

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    1. Cheers Roy. One of my favourite shows that I still enjoy watching now.

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  2. Great conversion and they look absolutely superb together. I am very impressed!

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    1. Thanks Bryan I am really please with how it has turned out. I was unsure how the neck would look once painted.

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  3. Corking stuff, Simon, and arguably worth its cost in blood ;-) I like the new photo background too - its really sets off the blue in the cat-suit!!

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    1. Cheers fella! Its on my gate now as everything is blanketed in Snow since Friday morning. There may well be many more 'Gate' shots :P

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  4. Great job and splendid chatacters...for a most famous series!

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    1. Thanks Phil! I think its quite and underrated series I love some of the quirkier episodes.

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  5. Wonderful. No cost is too high when the reward looks so good!

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    1. Thanks Suber. Yes I suppose so I just find it a bit of a sacrilege to cut up Hasslefree figures sometimes.

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  6. Excellent. makes me want to watch the TV series again.

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  7. Superb work on both the conversion and painting of Purdey, and the trio looks excellent together mate. :)

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    1. Thanks dude. I am please as it has bugged me for ages not having a proper mini to represent Purdey.

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  8. Very well done. The trio look very good indeed. Takes me back.

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    1. Thanks Phil. Yeah me to I always loved watching all the classic tv shows on BBC 2 as kid.

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  9. Oh Wow! Worth the pain Simon, these are superb!

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    1. Thanks Michael yes worth every drop spilt!

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  10. Those are sharp. Well worth taking your licks for.

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    1. Cheers good sir! Yes indeed it was worth it. I am looking forward to getting some games in with them.

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  11. Great looking figures Simon. Purdey looks ready to kick arse!

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    1. Thank you Ray. I hope so no doubt she will need rescuing as well...

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  12. A nice idea and some really nice looking figures.

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  13. Nice work, but where’s Ironman? :P

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    1. Cheers Kieron off through some wormhole or something along with the Hulk :P

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  14. As they said above, very nice :-) ...

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  15. Wow, that trio brings back some memories. They'll fit perfectly in your 7vt games.

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    1. Thanks Dai yes indeed. I like watching reruns when painting :)

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  16. Great job on a lovely set of minis!

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