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Belated Happy Birthday to jenjojen


I had intended to post the next chapter of ‘Tabula Avatar’ tonight but it’s not ready yet. It should go up tomorrow. Instead here’s some picspam.

I haven’t said a great deal about my talks at the WriterCon UK meet and I won’t do so now; peasant_ has posted a detailed account of the weekend that includes a synopsis of my ‘Writing Fight Scenes’ presentation that is better than I could have done myself.

One of the tricks that I sometimes use when planning a fight scene is to set out miniature wargaming figures to represent the characters so that I can keep track of who is where. I rarely do it these days but it was very handy when I started out. Obviously most people won’t have such figures but almost anything works instead; batteries, salt and pepper and vinegar, Scrabble letters, whatever. But the proper figures do add greatly to the visual appeal and thus to the fun.

And they really are the proper figures. The manufacturer can’t say so openly, because he doesn’t have an official license, but if you read between the lines of the generic descriptions (‘Female Teenage Vampire Hunter with stake and crucifix’, ‘Willowy young witch with books and schoolbag’, ‘Chipped Vampire advancing’, etc) it’s not hard to work out who they are. They’re 28mm high (a fraction over an inch) and come as unpainted metal. Once painted by an expert (e.g. me) they really look rather good. curiouswombat has taken some pictures of the ones that I took to the MidiMeet and, behind the cut, you can see them for yourselves.



A group shot of the Scoobies.


Angel (aka ‘Good Vampire in Long Coat’)



Angel and Spike.



Angel, Buffy, and Spike.



An overhead shot of Angel on a ruler to give an idea of scale.



And from the front.



Buffy and Spike.



Buffy and a ruler.



Buffy, Tara, and Willow.



Giles and Buffy.



Giles and Willow.



Spike on a ruler. Alas, the ruler is not Illyria the God-King.



Tara and Willow.



Willow.



And, just for the hell of it, here are some llamas.


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bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: August 18th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
>>Spike on a ruler. Alas, the ruler is not Illyria the God-King.

Damn.

I've always been rubbish at painting such things, although they fascinate me. I think I like Tara best.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

Unfortunately it's not possible to paint them by computer!
gillo From: gillo Date: August 18th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
They are adorable - where did you find them? I particularly love the fact that even at this scale Angel's hair is bloody stupid and goes straight up. Thanks for sharing the pics.
ffutures From: ffutures Date: August 18th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ground Zero Games sell them

http://www.gtns.co.uk/store1/commerce.cgi

You'll have to search a bit on words like "vampire", "willowy" etc. to find them all.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
http://www.gtns.co.uk/store1/commerce.cgi?product=CM&exact_match=on&cart_id=4346576.10586 is the exact page - Spike is on the next page, found by clicking on 'Last 3 matches' at the very bottom.
elisi From: elisi Date: August 18th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're wee little metal figures!!!!! And llamas! *profound love*
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the llamas, although they had nothing to do with the fight scenes talk. There's a little baby llama too but CW hadn't photographed that one.
woman_of_ From: woman_of_ Date: August 18th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, those figures were a real hit! Should be able to post the comic on Monday, my friends took up my time, and I couldn't get to the Post Office to send it! Hope you enjoy!

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
petzipellepingo From: petzipellepingo Date: August 18th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those are just... neat!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: August 18th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Those are pretty cool.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
fenchurche From: fenchurche Date: August 18th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe I'd completely forgotten about those figures! Some good shots of them there...
fenchurche From: fenchurche Date: August 18th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
And now I have some on order, hopefully to soon be wending their way across the Atlantic!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope you (and <lj user=rackham) like them when they arrive.
rahirah From: rahirah Date: August 19th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's classic! Not the best-modeled figures I've ever seen (I still swear by my ancient Ral Parthas for detail and realism), but you can certainly tell who they're intended to be.
indri From: indri Date: August 19th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it must be two decades since I last "ink-washed" a Ral Partha. I think my brother must have our collection.

IIRC, I had to buy an elf in plate mail and then file down the ears so that I could have a female fighter figure who wasn't wearing a metal bikini.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
In more recent years female fighters wearing sensible armour became widely available.
rahirah From: rahirah Date: August 19th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was hard finding good female characters. Luckily for me my main character back in the day was a female centaur ranger, and I was able to find absolutely awesome Julie Guthrie sculpts of a female centaur both in and out of armor. Ralfaella Thunderhoof kicked ass, often literally. *g*
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the Ral Partha figures sculpted by Julie Guthrie were possibly the best figures ever.
rahirah From: rahirah Date: August 19th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still have a bunch of half-painted and unpainted ones, and a couple that need re-doing because I foolishly skipped the base coat, and they're starting to chip. I should dig them out and see if I can finish them, though I'm not sure my eyes are still up to the teeny tiny details.

Damn. I miss tabletop RPGs.
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: August 22nd, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn. I miss tabletop RPGs.

Me too - and I share a house with all these figures....
makd From: makd Date: August 19th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
the figures are adorable! Thank you for posting these.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
ringthebells From: ringthebells Date: August 19th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Willowy young witch with books and schoolbag

Oh, that is so funny! :)

My house is overflowing with battle-ready miniatures, since that's my husband's big hobby, but I've never heard of these Buffy-ish ones!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is no Xander figure in the range, I'm afraid.
ringthebells From: ringthebells Date: August 19th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
They have Buffy, Willow and Giles, but no Xander? That's just wrong!
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: August 19th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Those are great! But I'm curious: What was their description of the "Tara" character?

I used to use toy soldiers, and way back when I first started writing I would use my Johnny West action figures along with my stepsister's Barbies for scene planning.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tara is 'Blonde Wiccan girl in long skirt'.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: August 19th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that settles the question of just how blond she is, once and for all! I'd just wondered if they were going to try to fit the word "gay" in there somewhere.
kathyh From: kathyh Date: August 19th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
These are great. I love Giles and his tiny glasses.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Painting the glasses (which are solid metal) so that they look realistic was the hardest part.
pfeifferpack From: pfeifferpack Date: August 19th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great Idea! Love the captions....um those wouldn't be the dreaded vampiric Llamas of the Nazca plains would they??????? ...::::shivers in fear::::.... LOL.

Am seriously curious as to the meaning behind the Llamas. Did they speak to you? Do you speak to them? Como te Llamas?

*G*
Kathleen
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 19th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just like llamas. It is so remarkable that a species of South American camelid should have independently discovered Tibetan Buddhism and advanced so far in the religious discipline.
pfeifferpack From: pfeifferpack Date: August 20th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
And let's not forget the fame of one female in particular. Not every Llama has a Broadway hit named for her...you remember "Hello Dalai"?

Kathleen
I like Llama's and alpacas as well...cute even if they do eat your hair!
spikendru From: spikendru Date: August 20th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
These are adorable! But you really need to get an extra "Good Vampire in a Long Coat" and paint a plaid shirt on him and green pants and call him Xander. Because, it's sad that there's no Xander. Love the Giles . . . and the llamas!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 20th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have countless other figures that are not specifically BtVS ones; I can always find one to stand in for Xander. I usually use a 'Construction Worker in Hard Hat' from a toy car playset.
spikendru From: spikendru Date: August 20th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That'd work! Xander-the-Builder works for me!
partri65 From: partri65 Date: August 20th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love Giles with his nose in a book, while his boob-a-licious young girl with stake springs into action!
And llamas - love llamas!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: August 20th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
The metal Buffy is rather better endowed than the screen one, isn't she?

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