Monday, 30 March 2020

Strontium Dogs - Durham Red

Aside from Johnny Alpha, one of the most iconic Strontium Dog character is Durham Red - the vampiric Search/Destroy agent.




Finding a suitably-scaled Durham Red to sit nicely alongside the Citadel figures I've locked myself into using is no easy task. And I've spent a lot of time trying to work out the best approach over the last couple of months!

Warlord's current offering is too tall and true-scale.


Foundry's OOP version is nearer 35mm and I'm not keen on the kneeling pose.


I had high hopes for the version of Durham Red from Osprey's Judge Dredd: Helter Skelter miniatures board game, but unlike Middenface McNulty, Osprey's Durham Red was too tall and had bizarrely long legs. So I started to concept out some extensive conversions using old Citadel models:


Based on Leela from the Citadel Doctor Who Range.

Based on 'She' from the Citadel Gothic Horror range.


These had potential, but would involve a huge amount of work. Which brought me back to the Osprey figure. The key problem I had with the figure related to the over-long bandy legs. Sorting those out would allow the me to overlook the tiny hands and short arms.


Option 1: cut down the legs.


Option 2: new legs.
Although Option 2 required the dissection of a classic miniature, I decided it would result in a better pose and more pleasing result.

Durham Red with brand new legs that could stop a pig in an alleyway.


Better scaled against Johnny and Middenface.

Phew... after all that it was a relief to find time to get Durham Red painted! I went for a fairly traditional paint scheme with the yellow and purple outfit happily clashing with her red hair.


I tried a paler skin tone that usual, which allowed the eye shadow and red lips to pop a little more.



The model does retain the over-exaggerated and probably rather uncomfortable 'sticking out bum' pose.


All in all, I'm very pleased with the results - probably the best compromise from the options available. And happily, she doesn't make Johnny look too short!


With Durham Red done, I think that will be the last of my Strontium Dog figures for the immediate future, although I do plan to revisit the setting with the Stix Brothers and some local security types at some future point.

20 comments:

  1. Interesting process. I think you made the right choice, yours looks the best by far.

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    1. Thanks very much! This was a long and drawn out process of deliberation, as a result of a bit of indecision! I think the final result is probably the best outcome though :)

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  2. That's a novel solution to her "also fits on a Bullock Jetcycle" pose. It's really lovely painting, and interesting to see you following an established colour scheme rather than the traditional axiomatic pallettes.

    I tried converting a Durham Red out of the Citadel Suzi Spitgun torso and a Gothic Horror vampire head, but it stalled as apart from being in scale and female, she looked nothing like Durham Red.

    I do like your reworking of the Gothic Horror She.

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    1. I honestly would have liked to do the full Gothic Horror transition to get a properly period figure, but it was a huge amount of work. The option I went with seemed to be the best balance of input to output.

      I have to say, I've enjoyed using colours I wouldn't usually have considered. I don't use a lot of green or purple really. I really like the magenta from Durham Red's top, even if I had the mix by eye!

      Is it worth persevering with your Durham Red conversion? It's hard when a project just isn't doing what you hope it would.

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    2. I might just start again with Durham. I like Gretchin's idea below of using a Witch Elf with their ridiculous boots as the starting point.

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    3. Looking forward to seeing what happens if you manage to summon up enthusiasm for it!

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  3. I was wondering what you were going to use for Durham Red. Personally I'd have placed bets that you'd have explored the 1st Gen Marauder Witch Elves range.

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    1. Witch elves never even crossed my mind! I'd better not look, just in case there was a good option there!!

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    2. I think this is the one I had in mind...

      http://www.collecting-citadel-miniatures.com/wiki/images/3/38/MM73-WE02.jpg

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    3. Definitely a potential basis for Durham Red, but I think I'm happy with what I went with :)

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  4. I really appreciate your showing the cut and paste/green stuff phases of your work rather than make us guess where everything came from in a finalized painted project, which would have been even harder here using way OOP figures with non-Citadel ones!

    That is a great correction to the original legs btw, hugely improving the pose.

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    1. I've probably said it before, but I love seeing unpainted conversions by other people too. I find it really helpful to understand how, what (and sometimes why) people convert the way they do. The only time I wouldn't share pics, would be if I forgot to take them!

      Glad you approve of the leg replacement surgery!

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  5. The original minis proportions were a fair way off weren't they. I was trying to figure out why you didn't just go with option 1, but then I noticed the stance.

    I'm really in awe of your GS skills. I struggle to get a smooth blend between surfaces.

    Great job Jon!

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    1. Yeah, I really didn't like the original proportions, or the bandy-legged option 1!

      There are two things I use to get smooth blends - the first is never to have a sharp edge to blend onto - filing it to a rounded shape really helps. Secondly, I use firm clay shapers rather than metal tools for the blended areas.

      Cheers Shane!

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  6. I was going to state the obvious, the work itself is stunning, both sculpting and painting wise. But I want to emphasize how great is to follow your train of thought on this one. Wow.

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    1. Really pleased you like the figure Suber! I always find people's hobby processes fascinating, so I'm more than happy to share mine!

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  7. Your version looks fantastic in concept and execution.

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    1. Thanks very much! Pretty happy with how she came out.

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