A few weeks ago miniatures sculpting legend Bob Olley was selling some converted figures on eBay. At the time I didn't get round to bidding, but instantly regretted it. Carmine over at Indelible Inc. did bid however, and after completing a squad of 5 alien mercenaries based on WOTC Star Wars Yuzzem, had one spare.
|Check out Carmine's cool squad.|
Carmine very generously offered it up for grabs in the Great Yuzzem Giveaway, and I ended up being the lucky recipient as I promised to include the model in my Super Hairy Alien Mercenary Squad.
Fast forward to Monday morning, and I collected the hairy fellow on the left from the Post Office.
|Image taken from Bob Olley's original eBay listing.|
I set about painting up the Yuzzem in my lunch break, finishing the job off later that same evening. Here are the results:
I wanted to give the Yuzzem a believable, yet alien look, away from the brown bear-like colouring they're traditionally depicted with. I've found that the best way of doing this is to look at actual colouration and patterning of brightly coloured lizards and monkeys. Although the shape of the face makes the Yuzzem look baboon-like, it's actually based on a white uakari monkey:
The painting was all done very quickly with drybrushing and washes on the fur, and a bit more attention paid to the painting of the face, strapping and shoulder pad.
All in all, I'm very pleased with both the paint job, and having an original Bob Olley conversion in my collection, and I'm very grateful to Carmine for sending the hairy beastie to me!
|Hairy aliens need to stick together!|