The Spork of Everblight Project: Orange Crush 2014 charity army model, completed December 2014
The Legion of Everblight is one of my favorite factions in the Privateer Press universe, so when I was told that it had been selected to be the charity army for the 2014 Project: Orange Crush charity army, I readily agreed to participate again. It was just a matter of choosing one of the models that spoke to me and suited itself to a few thematic ally orange conversions. I was a bit spoiled for choice because I like almost all of the Legion minis, but I finally narrowed it down to the multi-limbed Succubus.
Since Project: Orange Crush is a hunger-awareness charity, I'd originally thought about adding utensils to each of her four hands, but decided it was more aesthetically pleasing to limit her to two and put Orange Crush soda cans in the lower pair. It would also be more efficient since I had already sculpted soda cans and printed Orange Crush logo decals from the last project and wouldn't have to repeat that work from scratch. This wisdom was perhaps outweighed by the fact that I ended up sculpting four new hands for the model to hold my conversions.
The miniature was slightly more of a challenge to assemble than I expected. Since this is going to be a gaming piece, I decided I “had” to pin the four arms and two wings into the upper body, which got very crowded very quickly. I managed to make everything fit, but I also managed to make a pretty serious mess out of the shoulders and upper torso. It ended up being easier to carve most of that area away and rebuild that portion of the figure with putty.
The handles of her utensils came from a handily pre-carved Legion standard pole; in addition, the fork is carved from ABS plastic, and the spoon is flattened wire with a bit of putty. I also added a variety of doo-dads to her wrists, my favorite being the watch on her upper left arm. In addition to adding a bit of lightheartedness to the model, these details would be places to add more orange to the figure in the painting stage.
The stock model leans forward quite aggressively, so while I was at it I cut about half way through the lower abdomen. This allowed me to bend her upper body into a more upright pose, the better to display my conversion work. Once that was done, I filled the gap with putty and cleaned up a few details I'd damaged with overenthusiastic sawing.
Lastly, I tucked the little rubber-ducky shredder from the Blighted Bather kit into the coils of her lower body. This piece doesn't really have anything to do with the model or the charity, but it was another item I could paint orange. And if I'm honest, I find it cute, and this model is light-hearted enough to allow me to add it.
I had initially planned to use a more unique paint scheme for this model - something that would harmonize better with orange than the standard Legion colors. After a few trials and a fair amount of frustration, I decided not to reinvent the wheel and just use a typical Legion palette. I'm quite comfortable with those colors, and that experience let me finish the lion's share of this model rather quickly (for me). As with my contribution to last year's project, the orange bits were painted with a mixture of white paint and orange ink. This yields a vibrant orange that I'm increasingly fond of.
The last painting point I'd like to mention is the tattoo on the upper left of her chest - a cursive “L”. I'm guessing a lot of viewers won't be old enough to remember the sitcom that inspired this addition (Google "Laverne and Shirley"). Regardless, the "L" works just as well for “Legion”, and it amuses me terribly, so there it is.
The fundraising portion of the project, along with a gallery of the other project miniatures is here.
Note: the photos show I added a little "15" to the back of the shredder-ducky as a sort of rubber-duck-racing number and nod to the year, but I was mistaken. This is the 2014 Orange Crush army, not 2015 - it's just being auctioned in early 2015. I corrected it on the model before I shipped it to the organizer, but I didn't re-take all the photos in the interest of time. I just added an insert to the fourth photo in the gallery.