Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Last Unicorn

A little while back, I purchased some cheap Schleich knockoffs at Kmart... One of them was the Hanoverian Stallion (#13649). The thing is, while at a different Kmart store, I ended up buying the same model twice (it had a different coat colour, so I thought it was a totally different model). "No worries!" I thought... I'll turn the second one into a unicorn. I did a fair amount of adding and subtracting to this model.

See what I mean? It IS the Hanoverian stallion by Schleich,
but the little weasels gave it a palomino paint job, so I got confused.
I straightened its roman nose profile, trimmed back (and unattached) the tail from the body, cloven the hooves, and added a flowing mane, goatee, fetlocks hair. a tufted lion tail, and of course... a horn.
Less horsey... More a mythical combo of horse/goat/lion. 
Here he is, all primed up. 
I'm using Vallejo paints, as well as Liquitex titanium white for extra punchy highlights.
It's a slow layering process.
Finally finished! I didn't want him to have a grey, albino or cremello colour, but a bit of all the above. I remember reading "The Last Unicorn" by Peter S. Beagle when I was in highschool (YEEEEAAAARS ago!) and it described the fabled animal has having "a coat the colour of sea foam." I think it worked out okay. The photos doesn't show it well, but the horn has golden iridescent hues to it, and so do the hooves (I know... Kinda "kitschy", but I like it.) I had lots of fun making this one. I had great inspirational music to work to... "Unicorne" by Faun (my favourite band!) 

Monday, May 22, 2017

On the prowl

This is the Papo 50017 leopard. I always loved its stalking pose, but something about its face always niggled at me; its cheeks and ears were too small.
See what I mean? Kinda looks like Simba from The Lion King.

A powerful predator, such as the African leopard is able to haul a dead gazelle up a tree... It must have powerful jaws. So, I whipped out my trusty two-part epoxy and beefed up his cheeks and ears. A few coats of paint later, and voilà!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Aaaaand, we're off!

Goodbye noisy neighbourhood! Goodbye stressful city! Goodbye little munchkins. 😿😾
See you in nine days!

If y'all wanna trek along with us, here is the link to our TrackMyTour map. Bear in mind, we may or may not drive around a lot. My husband is totally spent from hard work, so we may end up crashing at just one or two places and explore the surrounding areas (we may also not have any internet or mobile phone connection!)