Monday, September 8, 2014

28mm Heroes Ready for Pulp Adventures from Statuesque Miniatures


I've been in a pulp fiction kind of mood lately. Probably from overindulging on too many graphic novels and schmalzy movies over the summer (as if the terms 'overindulging', 'graphic novels' and 'schmaltzy movies' could ever be mutually exclusive).

Anyway, here a four new additions to my Pulp Adventure collection. I present to you from left to right:

Captain P. Douglas D.S.C./R.N. (Ret.)


Captain Douglas is a grizzled veteran of the Great War where he made a reputation for himself as a hard-driving commander of a destroyer. He gained both his D.S.C and his prized 'Broomhandle' Mauser from a boarding action where he and his crew captured a light cruiser off the coast of Africa. (The same Mauser shattered his left arm, when he was wounded by the German cruisers captain.)


Viki 'Dead Eye' Krueger


Ms. Krueger is the daughter of a notable South African big game hunter and guide. After he was killed by a lion (a suitable end) she took over the family business. She is a rough-and-tumble character who never shies away when the path becomes perilous. Even though she lost her left eye to a pygmy dart when she was a teenager, she is still a crack shot with her pearl-handled Colt pistol.


Major Marty 'Gimme' Mohr


Like Douglas, Mohr is also a veteran of the First World War, but that is where the likeness ends. 'Gimme' Mohr ended his Great War as a German Stormtrooper, where he was finally captured while entering the outskirts of Paris... by himself. (From this, he has the unique distinction to have personally marked the furthest point the Imperial German army had advanced on the Western Front.) His martial skills were quickly recognized by his captors and he was quietly recruited into the secret 'League of Nations League'.


Lt. Jarmila 'The Hand' Fedorak

Jarmila is also a valued member of the elite 'League of Nations League'.  As a teenager she was a member of a Ukrainian nationalist group who fought with the Whites during the Russian Civil War. She attracted attention to herself when it was found that she could, through shear force force of will, throw devastating shock waves from her withered right hand. The League has helped her harness and focus her powers through arcane psychic training and utilizing a unique power gauntlet developed by the renown Nikola Tesla.


All these figures are from the Pulp Alley range offered from Statuesque Miniatures (sculpted by Andrew Rae). Really fabulous bunch of castings, with very fine features and almost no seam lines or flash - an absolute pleasure to work on. I have no idea of what I'll use these for, as I just picked them up because I liked the castings, but I'll try to come up with something suitably silly and fun to get them on the game table.

Next up: Post-Apocalyptic Gangers or WWII Canadians (whichever rolls off the table first).

34 comments:

  1. Very nice figures and as usual an extraordinary paintjob!
    Well done, Curt.

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  2. Awesome painting once more! The figures seem to be quite nice. So when I get into Pulp mood next time they're marked for purchase.

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    1. Cheers for the kind words Nick. Yes, they are very nice castings with lots of character (I really need to pick up the insane asylum set).

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  3. They are perfect for the Pulp Alley rulebook!!! Fantastic painting work.

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    1. Gracias Juan - I'll have to cook-up something to use them with. I have a few ideas percolating...

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  4. Really glad that 'Major Marty' spells his last name the "not-so-correct" way. Great job can't wait to try them in a pulp adventure.

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    1. Haha! Yes, I thought you deserved a figure (and I couldn't help the 'Gimme' sobriquet, sorry). :)

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  5. Great stuff dude - excellent work. The Captain is my favourite.

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    1. Thanks Greg, he is a great model. I'm waiting for an appropriate 'Burch' to come across the hobby table...

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  6. Curt

    Great figures and aptly named as "Statuesque"! I'll try and do the Cap'n justice. Dare I ask the origin of the names of the two babes - ex girlfriends perhaps. From the looks of Miss Kruger, yoga pants are not a modern invention!

    Cheers
    PD

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    1. Haha, thanks Peter. I'm sure you'll do the Captain proud. Ms. Kruger is an old acquaintance from my University days (for which I'll say no more), while Jarmila is a nod to one of my work colleagues who is an avid fan of graphic novels (ie 'GeekGirl').

      Jodhpurs were the Lululemon of the 19th and early 20th century (god bless them)...

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  7. Excellent stuff. I love the ability to create a back story with this. Something silly and fun.... Most definitely!

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    1. Thanks Dave. Yes, well in our hobby it's usually all about the silly and fun.

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  8. Nice work Curt, that Jarmila sounds a bit of a handful!!!!

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    1. Ooh (cymbal crashes in the background)! How very droll, Mr, Rousell.

      Actually, you have no idea... Oh, wait, you mean about the character. Erm, yes, she's quite the hellion, yes indeed...

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  9. Great stuff Curt. Have you tried Pulp Alley? I quite like it.

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    1. Thanks a bunch Millsy! Yes, I have 'Pulp Alley' and while I really like many of its mechanics (especially the Plot Points and the creation of the character teams) I just can't get my head around not having stats for various gear and equipment (I really love that granular stuff). I might try Savage Worlds or Flying Lead to see how those compare.

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  10. Oh wow, Curt. Capturing cruisers off the coast of Africa….Fathers being killed by lions….eyes lost to pygmy darts…personal invasions into the Paris Arrondisements… great backgrounds! Just one problem. Now I want to know about the backgrounds as well !! Terrific work!

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    1. Thanks Sidney. The great fun to the Pulp genre is that is lets your mind run wild within a rich historical setting. For histo-dorks like us its like mana from heaven!

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  11. Vey nice as usual Curt, you must have quite a collection.

    John

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    1. I was going to say 'No, not really' but then I looked in the cabinet... They are beginning to gather!

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  12. I have not seen these figures before so that was quite a treat. It is always nice to see new figures so well painted. Cracking job mate.

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    1. I'm delighted that you like them Clint. They are excellent castings and I highly recommend them.

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  13. Quite a bunch of Characters you have there. I'm sure they will pop up here unexpectedly in one of your famous scenarios.

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    1. Thanks Mike! Yes, I have a few ideas for their use rattling around in my head already...

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  14. Lovely inspiring work as usual Curt! Looking forward to what you create for them.

    Christopher

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  15. 'Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol.' -- George S. Patton

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    1. Ah George, a hard-boiled character if there ever was one...

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  16. Excellent figures and paintjob there Curt... I am glad you showed the backs too as that you lady has a delightful posterior! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Scott - Ms. Krueger is a finely made woman to be sure...

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