|Shady dealings for dodgy goods.
Back in July 2014, I started making plans for the first Kickstarter of my Colony 87 miniatures. The very first idea I wanted to make reality was for a nomadic human trader, reminiscent of many human cultures across the world. The very brief description I sent across to Will Beck, who drew the concepts for the Colony 87 range, was this:
Human trader - lots of visual cues from nomadic trader types (big hats, baggy, layered clothing, staff). Heavily laden with lots of trade goods.
Will immediately grasped the concept, and drew me an almost note-perfect early concept for the figure:
|'Human Trader' - Colony 87 early concept by Will Beck.
The final version of the concept is below. This was sent to Michael Anderson to sculpt, into the 28mm figure:
|'Human Trader (Pash Grolin) - Colony 87 final concept by Will Beck
I've had my version of the figure I eventually named Pash Grolin on my desk for far too long. So I made a commitment to paint him up as one of my first figures of the year. Here he is:
I went for a utilitarian look for the paint job in the main - a mid-brown coat and cream padded jacket. Pash Grolin got some splashes of colour on his head cloth and gaiters. The only concessions to personal adornment are the markings on his staff and the gem on his hatband. I confess I totally stole the staff markings from Suber's excellent version (check out the Old School Workshop).
|Pash Grolin with other members of the Colony 87 range - Lord and Lady Greiss.
I'm aiming to paint up the rest of the Colony 87 range of the course of this year (a long overdue task!). I always need more sci-fi civilians after all!