Monday, 2 July 2018

Frills, Bows, Power Swords and Combi-Pistols - Bratt Leader

Every Confrontation gang needs an unmistakable leader - that flamboyant model with the over-sized gun or waving their powerful combat weapon. The Sutter Dukes have previously been led by the Magpie Dandy, but with an updated gang, I wanted to use the excuse and paint up my unreleased Bratt leader.

The sculpt dates from the early 1990s, along with the other unreleased Bratts, and is the pinnacle of over-ostentation. He wears a quilted split tunic over a shirt with puffed and slashed sleves. He has lace cuffs and ribbons and bows galore. He wears heeled and buckled boots, and an astonishing hairdo. In essence, he is the ultimate Bratt. The brattiest Bratt!

Beau Rouge is making a name for himself in the Sutter Dukes. Starry-eyed young fops admire his razor-sharp spire fashions and somewhat ultra-violent nature. Some even whisper into their scented cuffs that Beau has designs on usurping the Magpie Dandy! For now, Beau is content to undermine his father, the famous insterstellar merchant, Rouge Trader through his self-indulgent and reckless activities. After all, being noticed is everything.


As with the previous members of the Sutter Dukes, Beau Rouge got the jade, orange, white and magenta colour scheme. All the little details necessitated a longer time spent on the figure than I normally do. But I think the result was worth the extra time spent.



The jewelled mane that the figure sports is very reminiscent of some of the Harlequins that Jes Goodwin also sculpted. Both Jes' and John Blanche's concepts sketches for the Bratts suggest that their styles were influenced by Eldar dress, so I guess this is no coincidence.


In finishing off the Bratt leader, I have now painted all five of the unreleased Bratt models (although ironically, I still need to paint up two of the Bratts that were released). I'm pretty pleased with how they all look together.


I still have one final gang member to add to the Bratts in order to have them game ready for the campaign day in a month's time. I'll show off the completed gang when she's done.

Beau Rouge attempts to subdue a vent dragon in order to snatch it's valuable horde of astrogold.

18 comments:

  1. Nice. What I particularly like about these is how the bright colors contrast with your hive scenery. I'm also a sucker for space dudes with lace and big hair.

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    1. You like space dudes with lace and big hair? Me too! Cheers Sean :)

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  2. The basket guard on the sword is another design that bridges the Brats with the Harlequin sculpts. For a moment I was sure that sword was a conversion part lifted from the Harlequins.

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    1. The sculpts are littered with harlequin elements aren't they? Ribbons, jewels and tailcoats. Not to mention the guy with the mask that I haven't painted yet!

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  3. Well the Sutter Dukes just keep getting better and better! And now we have a potential upset for leadership of the gang! Hope we get to see this duel possibly play out at BOYL. ;)

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    1. A Bratt fight might be fun!! Glad you like them :)

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  4. Another gorgeous job! The gang looks brilliant. I love the paint style you have with all your gangs.

    I was at Foundry the weekend at a 7TV event and it was nice to see all of the displays. It reminded me how things back in the day were painted in a way which made you feel you could achieve it.

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    1. Thanks very much Simon, I think I invariably default to the style of painting that I first started with, albeit with better technique these days! Very much influenced by 'Eavy Metal paintjobs from the late 1980s and early 1990s I guess!

      The cabinets at Foundry are real eye-openers aren't they? I love seeing those old school paintjobs.

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  5. That's a wonderful dose of brattish panache and I have to say I loved hearing about the famous Rouge Trader.

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    1. More tales of frippery and ultraviolence may well yet appear in this blog. Now, about that Rouge Trader - I suspect I may have to model him one day!

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  6. Super, super job axiom. That hair might make him a sniper's delight but heck who cares when you look like a punk badass :)

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    1. Let's hope there's some sort of refractor field hidden in the hair!!

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  7. Spectacularly punchable!

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    1. Something about a peacock does make you want to punch them!

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  8. So good. They are like A Clockwork Orange and The Warriors, on steroids and in space! Great work.

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    1. With added psychedelic drugs too :D

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  9. So much hairspray.... O_o

    Bit of Eldar-envy there for sure.

    Love him.

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    1. I suspect there might even be a suspensor unit hidden in there! Cheers :)

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