Sunday, 15 April 2018

Harpies

Five Wargames Foundry harpies to add to the OGAM forces.


Some single shots







As I was finishing this last one I realised that I was subconsciously painting a tribute, or more properly un homage, to flame haired Gallic screen siren (!), star of  Engrenages (Spiral) and future Mrs Tom's Toys Soldiers* Audrey Fleurot.



These were odd models to paint. They have a Heavy Metal Album Cover vibe about them, a whiff of Kerrang circa 1983, as if the sculptor's knowledge of female anatomy came from the extensive study of Pat Benatar fan art.
I'm not sure what 12 year old me getting in to the hobby of toy soldiers would have thought about 40 something me painting nipples on 28mm breasts and applying washes to miniature pubic hair. 40 something year old me certainly feels distinctly weird about it.

I realise there's a sub set of gamers who think there's nothing wrong with collecting "erotic" female miniatures, but it's not my version of the hobby.

Over on TMP there used to be (and possibly still is) a board called something like "Needs More Boobies" or an equally puerile title. I once ventured in, in the interests of research you understand, to discover that the vast majority of content came from the man name-checked in the header of this page - Tango01. So apparently when he's not stealing content from other gamers he spends his time glopping off to 54mm anime French Maid sculptures.

On the other hand they're the nicest Greek style harpy models out there and arguably pretty representative of the mythical creatures so I'm happy to have them in the force, though I'm not sure I'll be rushing off to buy any more.


*Madame Audrey Toy-Soldiers has a ring to it I think.

8 comments:

  1. Hmm, join the queue Tom, get your hands on Josephine!!!

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    1. I mean off!! Get your hands off I mean!!! Crikey, I'm all of a dither...

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    2. She told me she likes you, but just as a friend.

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  2. They look great, despite your ethical reservations.

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    1. You'll notice my ethical reservations didn't extend as far as not actually buying or painting them.
      I'm a sort of weekend social justice warrior I guess.
      :)

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  3. They're excellent sculpts and your brushwork on them is superb, but like you I do have reservations about nudity in general on figures as most times it's not needed, but seems merely self-indulgent on the part of the sculptor. In your collection, for example, why don't they all have feathered lower areas ? Getting off soap-box now

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    1. Agreed. I don't know (though I could hazard a guess) why the sculptor felt one of the five shouldn't have the lower anatomy of a bird. (I think there might be a mythological explanation that they at first appear as beautiful women, but still...)

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