Hot off the paintbrush, this is a reissue of the classic Aurora Monster Scenes Giant Insect by Moebius.
The vintage Giant Insect was on the verge of release when scandal hit the Monster Scenes series, and the suitability of characters like “The Victim” and instruments of torture was questioned by ‘70s parents groups.
As a result, the kit only saw release in Canada and was pretty much unobtainable until Moebius did this overdue reissue.
My family’s reaction when I first stuck the body halves together was “eurgh!” No matter how long you have the components sat around while you paint them up, the minute you assemble the legs, wings and curving stinger, it becomes more than the sum of its parts, and a deep seated revulsion kicks in that even the ridiculous fangs fail to mitigate.
Now he’s getting frisky!
Well she asked for it I reckon, dressed like that. After his photo shoot, GI took his place in the glass cabinet after much patience and profanity with a fishing line.
Beautiful paint job! Clean 7 neat! the Victim has a great paint job too! Also digging that Dr.Who Ice Warrior figure model you've got there tucked away in the back of your display cabinet! Any better pix of it posted anywhere else?
Post by hypnotator on Oct 14, 2012 12:42:59 GMT -5
Thanks for your comments guys!
I spent some time on the rainbow panels of the Giant Insect. My wife teaches watercolours and she was a big help suggesting how to go about it with enamel washes.
My Victim is a resin recast from before the Moebius reissues. Sadly the casting on her fingers is poor. I canâ€™t bring myself to buy replacements of the Monster Scenes figures because Iâ€™m pleased with my paint jobs, even though the resin versions arenâ€™t perfect.
Yes indeed itâ€™s a Sevans Ice Warrior. There are a couple of shots with him in the background over on my collection thread on this forum. These kits are sold sealed, and until I bought him I had no idea he was vacuum formed. Lots of work but a nice kit nevertheless.
Last Edit: Oct 14, 2012 12:44:20 GMT -5 by hypnotator
Watercolors will wipe off, or wash off it you don't seal them. Cheapest and easiest way to do that is with Krylon Clear Matte.
I was skeptical about watercolors myself until I saw a demo on them at WF a few years back. They are really good for adding small details like veining on a figure. You can paint nice thin lines with it. As if you make the line too thick, all you have to do is take a damp brush and and run it along the edge and remove part of it, working it down as thin as you want. I've also used them as washes. And they are great for building color in some situations. As watercolors are not opaque and let previous work show through them.
I did this piece almost exclusively with watercolors as a way to play around with them and see what I could do. www.tylisaari.com/models/misc/knob/knob1.htm You can see the build up of layers on the in-progress page. I like to use small kits like this to try out new stuff. Test out the technique and see just what I can do with it, and how it works.