Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Captain Kara Sloan Conversion

Capt. Sloan, in her stiff stock pose
This was a fun conversion, and one of few times I've been asked to reproduce my own work.

Like many others, I thought that the Kara Sloan stock pose (right*) was static, at best. I personally am a huge fan of well done "at ease" poses, which is why I'm constantly impressed by the old Confrontation line.

* Seems there was some confusion about the stock photo, so I've added the least painted photo I could find of the stock pose, if someone has a clearer one, please let me know.

However, holding a rifle longer than she is tall, one handed, with the other on her hip, is not an interesting (or believable) pose. (Interestingly, the concept sketch shows with her in a very similar pose, but looking over her other shoulder, and the rifle on the ground, in a much more natural pose. The face is also nicer, but I imagine that's more to do with sculpting limitations than the poor pose.)

Sloan, done by Mr. Uderzo looks
 sort of like a man, but at least looks
like s/he's doing something.
The obvious modification was to make something like her artwork (right), which took some careful cutting and was one of the first attempts I made to do thoroughly mechanical details.

Ready to cap some (insert faction here).
I was quite happy with how the model came out (as were my clients), but, were I to do it again, I'd definitely apply what I've learned about making scale rivits (more on that in another post).

I think that this conversion, while not perfect, is one of the more effective conversions for the time it took of any I've done.

A more elaborate conversion I've considered is as follows:

-completely remove/resculpt both shoulders, to drop her stance slightly.
- lean her head in to the gun slightly (to give the look of taking a shot, instead of either just having shot or scoping out a new target)
-the addition of a bipod or monopod might be in order

However, I pride myself in affordable prices, so I didn't do the extra steps for the commissions, as I don't feel it's worth the time and associated cost to my clients- this would likely be a personal project instead.