Tuesday, 18 October 2016

"I will buy with you, sell with you" - A Pair of Merchants


In the bazaars and merchant's quarter of Sandport, trade is king. Itinerant traders from the wastes barter with merchants from the Commerce Guild, off-world hauliers and smugglers. Food and spices, wines, cloth, metal, munitions, slaves, fuel, water, drugs and more; it is all available for the right price and the right word in the right ear.
 

 


A pair of relatively newly painted figures to share with you today, both intended to further populate the streets and squares of various locations around the galaxy.
 
First up is one of my favourite new additions for some time. The figure is one of the Space Merchants from the currently running Astropolis Kickstarter from Lead Adventure Miniatures. I was very lucky to get a pre-release copy of this fantastic figure (thanks Alex!), and rushed it to the front of the paint queue. At the time of writing, there are just 52 hours left to get in on the Kickstarter, and with the fantastic range of hugely characterful space civilians available, I strongly urge you to go and check it out!
 

Space Merchant by Lead Adventure Miniatures (Astropolis Kickstarter)

I decided to paint the Space Merchant with a functional and neutral robe colour, enlivened with splashes of colour on the shawl, tabard and pouches.



The figure was an absolute job to paint - great level of detail and a crisp, but chunky sculpt. I particularly love the weird mask / hat combination.



I also decided that as the Space Merchant was so coy about showing his face, he was probably reluctant to show any flesh, so I painted his hands in black gloves for good measure!


 
Next up is a figure that I actually painted a few weeks ago, purely on a whim because I anticipated it would be pretty fast. The figure itself is a Bobby Jackson sculpt from a range I'd not heard of before called Conspiracy X. I picked up a battered blister from old stock at a local store containing a pair of Atlanteans (male and female). It turns out that Conspiracy X is an RPG loosely based on the X Files by Eden Studios. You can still pick up this figure (called J'acks) from the online store, along with two others (Agents Sculder and Mully).

All that's largely irrelevant to me though, as he makes a rather nice merchant, minor official, household servant or similar for my games.



I've used the same grey that I've used on a range of other figures (my Adeptus Administratum, Adeptus Custodes and a few others). This will mean he can fulfil a range of different uses.


The figure itself is OK - he has a big head, thin ankles and is a very flat, 2D miniature. But I really like the pose and the facial expression, and that's what counts!

21 comments:

  1. I'm totally sold Jon. I'm not kidding when I say I love those pics as I loved the SW movies back then.

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    1. I struggle to see sci-fi towns as anything OTHER than Mos Eisley if I'm honest! It's effectively what I'm aiming to recreate ;)

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  2. I feel like there's room for the crowded grit of Los Angeles in Blade Runner. (Which is really just any old city of ten or fifteen million along the western rim of the Pacific these days.) Or the clean and idealized New Chicago of Buck Rogers. (Or Cloud City back in Star Wars.) Mos Eisley is really compelling, and Firefly's recent popularity has kind of kicked all our Space Towns firmly back into the Hollywood West, but there are other options. That said, those fellows seem like a couple of very nice additions to your port. The place is getting busy and lively.

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    1. I don't disagree, there's plenty of evocative sci-fi settings out there, but a Mos Eisley-esque fringe port in the edge of a desert just presses the right buttons. The added bonus is that its easy to replicate on the table :)

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    2. Oh, that is very very true. Yes. It presses the buttons and it's nice on a table. Which is why I have Mos Eisley myself and not New Chicago . . . yet.

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    3. Please take pics when you make New Chicago :)

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    4. It's may still be mostly in the pipe dream stages, but if I ever do I assure you I will.

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  3. Well I know what paint scheme I'm going with now. Jon you a really building something special here.

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    1. Thanks buddy! I've got some plans for a full table set up one day soon :)

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  4. Oooohh, so cool! I'm a backer of the Astropolis project, you are certainly inspiring my future paintjob!

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    1. Astropolis is firmly aimed at hobbyists like you and I! Looking forward to seeing your interpretation :)

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  5. Well you'd have convinced me if I wasn't already a backer. Lovely work Sir. I may copy that in my own ham fisted way.

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    1. Thanks! Feel free to borrow elements that suit you :)

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  6. Cracking stuff Jon - now I'm even more excited about Astropolis!

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    1. I suspect we won't be disappointed!

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  7. Great painting as ever! The plaster on the back of that squat's bonce always makes me smile, such a nice little detail! Also, those Astropolis minis are lovely, just wish I could afford to back the KS at the moment.

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    1. Cheers Evo! I'm with you on the squat. I like 'hidden' little details like that on the rear of minis. Makes you realise how rarely you see them from behind.

      Hopefully you can pick up some of the Astropolis minis at a future point?

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  8. Could have sworn I'd commented on this post when you stuck it up. *grumbles*

    Thoroughly characterful figs, painted in your own sterling style. I'd be almost too intimidated to play a game against your collection for fear of my own minis messing the game table up!

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  9. Nicely done on both. The latter seems to have a Christopher Walkens vibe to him :)

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