I think it was last year, maybe even the year before, I was on a job up near Honfleur and spotted a flea market there, so during my lunchbreak had a browse. One seller had a box full of resin figurines based on artwork of an artist name Milo Manara. I had a rummage and bought a couple and got them for dirt cheap prices. In fact it was such a bargain that I went back later in the afternoon and nabbed some more for future project just like this. I htnk I got about 8 in total.
I like tinkering with resin and epoxy putty as well as wood.
So I stashed these figurines in a box under my bench and sometime last year made a start on one of them adapting her from the regular Erika figurine that rolled out of the factory to someone a bit closer to this forum's heart. Betty.
Here's the before and after collage.
Betty's wearing her signature paraboots and sports a sheath knife (in a PUBLIC place!! ) as well as a small possibles pouch on her belt. She also has a small daysack at her feet. The John Fenna's here will notice I also increased her lung capacity a bit.
I made all of these modifications out of a product called Miliput. It's a two pack epoxy resin/putty and pretty nice to use too. Leaves you some time to model it before gradually setting harder. Something like 20mins working time I'd guess, maybe less. I had my wannabe Dremel tool ready to use but it never got out of the case. Gave the whole thing a lick of acrylic paint and Bob's yer uncle.
And something for scale. She stands just a tad over 6 inches tall (150mm)
Here's just a small sample of the figurines available.
The seller on ebay's flogging them for £20 plus £6 P&P. I paid just under £2.50 for mine. See what I mean about them being a bargain?
The long term plan was to make a series of bookends for eventual sale. Who knows, maybe I will get around to actually doing another, it only took me two years to do this one!
Thanks for reading.