May 5, 2014

The Deadly Trio Strikes Again!

The previous version of Count Ozgrusowoa and his comrades was the one I made from green stuff. Not too contended with the proportions and outcome, I have set my eyes on the ECW command set made by A Call to Arms. No, actually the two things didn't overlap, but when I received the box I immediately thought: change is needed! And change was what I had made.

These images are from PSR and are to demonstrate how have I butchered converted the Ozgrusowoa and de Tabasco figures. Above, the good count Glutemarknog has been made from the arm of the figure in lobster helmet and the standard bearer. Explanation: the standard bearer has his arm separately cast and it was easy to convert a parrying/waving motion turning the other figure's arm.

Jose de Tabasco had been given a nice cloak, the head of the halberdier NCO and the body of another lobster man. The superglue did not want to adhere properly so I pushed the head into the greenstuff of the cloak.
The rest of the figure parts were made to a standard bearer (armless lobster guy + standard bearer arm) and a pikemen (a spare pike, lobster head and halberdier body).
Poor Jürgen von Bekkön, being a simply man, is just a musketeer from the set.

This is the Count Ozgrusowoa von Glutemarknog, famous contemporary hero and a champion of good faith (whichever it is). Adventuring throughout the Appennini and the Iberias, then the New World, he had many acquaintances and many fine stories to tell by the time he had returned to King Gustav Adolf's court and waged war on His side in the German princedoms.
This turned out to be a very interesting figure, a pose that has no front or rear side really. Very dynamic one.

Let us give the thread of history to the chronicler of the great nobleman: 'He had, in these wars, met with two strange personas, one being a German of the Count's age, named Jürgen von Bekkön; his fate was that of a third child of a rich family, thrown out of the country fief when he outgrew that and his good mother and father said he ate them out of their fortune. But alas, he found his luck stealing an old bird gun from the barn: being forced to chase after his own meals, soon realized that he had an unusual knack aiming and handling the obscure weapon. He was able to hit a pear impaled on a stake from a hundred paces, and after applying to the training parties of the Duke of Augsburg, was shortly promoted to the rank of serjeant. He was discharged and his rank was taken for his feasting habits again. After this brief episode, he earned his wage as a mercenary, traveling to Italy, Vengria and the eastern steppes of old Europa. There he acquired a masterwork gilded musket from a janissar-aga.'

Jürgen von Bekkön

'He travelled the continent again, and had met in the Iberian peninsula with a nobleman named Jose de Tabasco. De Tabasco was a lord of his people, orphaned at an early age, inheriting a large, but not very prosperous estate. He sailed to the New World where he earned a lot of coin with the trading of tobacco. All went well until he had a quarrel with the Jesuits and the royal court confiscated all his belongings. As a last deed in his native land, he stole a barge full of tobacco and sold all of its contents in Flanders, the Inquisition's agents at his heel. Unlike the marksman von Bekkön, the Spaniard preferred naked steel,  a short dagger and a rapier in each of his hands. Very few could have overcome him when he was at the peak of his skills. As the German, he had liked a good meal, but he remained slender and never gained an inch of fat on his belly.'

Jose de Tabasco

A shot showing the back side (if there is one) of the figures. Jose de Tabasco's cloak was made from green stuff and is to simbolize a motion when he unfolds it to strike down the enemy. The Count has his two-handed sword, an anachronistic but sometimes useful weapon on a back sheath.

Instead of washes, I have used a combination of black glaze+burnt umber+glaze medium, a dark umber shade on the figures, which turned out to have a very similar effect to the Umber wash I have, except this medium does not precipitate like the wash does sometimes.
The bases were similarly made on all three figures. Painted Dark Earth, the little props added, washed with Umber, highlighted, drybrushed with a mix of VMC Flat Earth&Buff. Count Ozgrusowoa has a musket at his feet, Jose de Tabasco a hat and Jürgen von Bekkön a 'Swedish feather' and a drum.