An integral part of this years Painting Challeng are the (at least to me) highly entertaining Bonus Themed Rounds again. The poll is still running so make sure you head over to vote for your favourite(s)!
Here's what I submitted for the first round themed 'Cold':
When looking out for a suitable figure to represent the first themed bonus round I found it in the excellent Lead-Adventure line of miniatures. Their Post-Apoc range has some rather nice miniatures which should fit the bill. I was a torn between "Igor and the Red Gang" and "Santa Contaminated". Having already seen some of their figures in the flesh but not having painted some yet I decided to first try my luck with Santa instead of doing a whole group.
I really enjoyed painting this fellow and am rather pleased how he turned out. The figure came with almost no mould lines and virtually no flash what always is a plus in my books.
The detail is very crisp and the sculpting reminds me a bit of Mike Owens work of which I'm a big fan.
As a post apocalyptic Santa Claus could also be found running round in Australia or some other not necessarily cold place I decided to create a little vignette to further underline the "cold" theme.
As it felt to me as if the little Santa figure was looking at something behind his gas mask I wanted to further inhence this impression by giving him something he could look at.
The sign was made from plasticard and weathered using the hairspray method. The signs inscription suffered a bit under the weathering but it looks suitably worn to me. The text reads "Achtung! Gefahr!" (Attention! Danger!) and "Sperrgebiet" (forbidden zone) while some buffoon painted "Frohe Weihnacht" (Merry Christmas) in red over the shield.
As Christmas is fast approaching and I'm not sure if I get something else done before the holidays I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
So thanks for viewing and I hope you enjoyed!