Hello again all
Well at the risk of driving everyone mad with yet-yet-yet-etc-etc-another figure, I seem to have settled on doing these as a means to pass the seemingly interminable winter we are enjoying.
For a bit of background I do have some pre-painted Preiser figures, as well as several corpses and limbs from various unpainted sets. I was looking at one of the pre-painted figures recently, the seated passenger with two holdalls:
All very nice, if a bit plain - to my eyes anyway; but, for the price I paid it would have been sacrilege to embark on disfiguring it in any way. It occured to me, however, that in my box of bodies I had the exact equivalent in the unpaited version of the seated passenger set. So to cut a long (and by now, I am sure, predictable) story short, I rearranged the pose a little:
Nothing much done to this: just moved the large holdall so he is resting it on his lap; further protection is afforded by his other hand, which is now adorned with a wrist watch. I decided that two holdalls was something of an extravagance!
In painting it, I found that the facial features and general physique suggested a kind of 'Mr Cool' character, so some dark glasses and a gold neck chain were called for:
The neck chain is a single strand of cross-stitch thread, painted gold. The glasses are fashioned from a single strand of thin copper wire, wound around a thin drill bit to form the lens frames - then dipped in black paint and cut to fit the face. In doing so, I then decided that in order to be ultra-cool, he needed to balance those shades on the top of his head! This led me to thinking that because his pose suggested he was looking up at something, I needed to give him eyes to see with to accentuate the 'looking up' pose:
Roll on Spring!
Fat Controller of the Great Unfinished Railway, formerly the S&CGR