and the heads:
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Ogre does what ogres can...
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Last Saturday I received a small batch of Cardinal’s Guard Ogre precasts, fresh from the master mold. I am really pleased with how they turned out.
and the heads:
The ogres use the same multipart system as the dwarves, so virtually any hand-and-arm activity can be represented depending on the hand you choose and how you rotate the wrist. When I was planning these figures, however, I was resigned to the fact that, given the classic ogre posture and the lamentable absence of neck, there would not be much articulation of the head. But John Pickford's talent for sculpting multipart figures apparently knows no bounds. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that with each of the four poses in combination with any of the four heads, a great many head positions were possible.
In scale Cardinal’s Guard Ogres match the classic ogres of the 80s and 90s:
And here next to an Iron Mask Miniatures Dwarf Musketeer:
The following examples are white-primered to enhance the detail, assembled with Blue-Tac (gluing would provide a much tighter fit, of course), and based on 40mm lipped, round bases. The bodies are shown in the same order left to right, with the heads and arms swapped around to show the variety of poses possible:
Following is a study of the stooping ogre. This is by far the most restrictive pose, but the placement of the head and positioning of the hands can direct the figure’s action to the left, to the right, or to the front:
Currently one other ogre is planned. This will be Jussac, the ogre captain, who will look something like this:
Jussac is one of eleven special figures that will eventually complete the Three Musketeers theme.