Friday, February 7, 2014

From PeterD: 'You Say Meeses and I Say Mooses. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off.' (12 points)


From Peter:
Some Meese for you. 
OK before either the grammarians or the biologists get on my case, I know that "meese" is not a correct plural of moose.  For the record either Moose or Mooses are acceptable plurals (like fish and not like Goose).  While the Beaver may be Canada's national symbol, to many the Moose is the quintessential Canadian critter.
These figure came about from a google query "28mm Moose figures".  They are made by Brigade Games, come singly or in a pack of 3 and are quite nice figures.  I intend to use them as game markers for unknown or suspected units. So hopefully that gets me over the umpire's hurdle.  If not then I claim that they are mounts for the Teddy Roosevelt amphibious assault force.
I've based them on Perry Miniatures bases left over from my plastic infantry boxes.  Since moose are happy both on land and lake and like marsh plants, I've given bases with a watery edge.  I did the water in Ultramarine artists acrylic topped with Acrylic Gloss medium to  give the effect of ripples (hopefully).  I also used taller plant life to show rushes along the water's edge.  I am sure that there is plenty of Moose Moss for the trio to munch.
Originally I was going to base each moose separately.  But Junior Moose is definitely too small to be far away from Mum so two bases it is.

To give an example of size for the figures, I have one photo with Laura Secord - a combination of Canadian icons if there ever was.  Oh and just for the Mad Padre I've included a shot of their backsides, since I know he is a connoisseur of moose butts.


More moose info can be found at the link below:
Hinterland Who's Who  
Canadian baby boomers like me can likely recite the narration from heart.

Jeez Louise, the Hinterland's 'Who's Who'?! Wow. Just wow. The theme from that has been seared into my mind from being raised in a northern prairie town with only one TV channel. The funny thing is that CBC, who produced 'Hinterland's Who's Who', didn't realize (or simply didn't care) that half the population that were forced to watch these 'nature vignettes' could look out their window and see the same critters in the front yard eating the flowers and fertilizing the lawn. 

Anyway I like these a lot (nice rack dude...). 

These moose will give Peter 12 points. 

And I'm not going to say a word about the Mad Padre's predilection to moose butts. Nope. No siree...

PS: Peter, bring 'the family' out for our 'Muskets & Tomahawks' game tonight! Maybe they'll scare away the marauding Canadiens...

17 comments:

  1. Haha these are brilliant! Have to get some of these too as Finland is filled with Moose too. Those buggers manage to kill quite a few people per year somehow as we have thousands of car crashes with Moose involved. Now where's my rifle...

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    1. Samuli

      Moose are known as the most dangerous animals in Canada, or as the "Newfoundland Speed Bump".
      Cheers and happy hunting
      PD

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  2. A veritable "Moose Moo?" of Canadian wildlife Peter :)

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  3. I like them - all you need now is a squirrel

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    1. Miles
      Ah yes Rocky and Bullwinkle, another staple from my childhood. I wonder if there are Boris Badinov and Natasha Fatale figures in 28mm
      Cheers
      PD

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  4. Great Meese! An unexpected entry nonetheless

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  5. Curt
    I was actually the target audience for Hinterland Who's Who - an inner city apartment dwelling latch key kid. So the closest I got to some of the critters was on the back of our currency.
    The moose will mosey on over.
    Cheers
    PD

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  6. Moose miniatures ... I can die happy.
    They are either very petite meese, or Laura Secord was bigger than I thought.
    And yes, they are lovely meese butts. Sigh. I should be careful what I say in public.
    A gold doubloon to anyone other than Peter or Curt who can track down the origin of the moose butt link to moi.

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    1. Mike
      I thought that you'd like the meese. Laura is perhaps oversale and I think the perspective is a bit forced from the camera angle. We'll see if we can do better tonight when teh meese appear on table.
      Cheers
      PD

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  7. And yes, I can remember the Hinterland commercials and their lovely flute theme.
    For you non-Canucks, here's a taste:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr4szXuxEPk#t=20

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  8. They'd be perfect for use in the alternate history Spanish-American War, when Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders charged their moose cavalry (cervalry?) up San Juan Hill.

    Or did I dream it...?

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  9. Well what can I say except nice Moooosses!

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  10. Now that was unexpected! Well done sir, very nicely painted.

    "Mind you, moose bites can be pretty nasty..." Come one Curt, where's that from? and no Google foo...

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    1. It's a Monty Python skit, IIRC.
      Cheers, PD

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  11. Very well done on these Moose. A shame I haven't seen one in the flesh yet. Last time I was in Canada I definitely spent too much time wandering through cities which don't really look any different then ours in general. Have to correct this some time...

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