Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Ladies of Port Largo - Part 1

While the title of this post may sound like a bad calendar idea or worse yet, something you might find on cable TV late at night, it's actually something much more benign.  My slow but steady painting methodology has been moving right along (at a snail's pace) and another batch is ready to join the action on the gaming table.  Since I have quite a few pirate and naval miniatures already completed, I wanted to start fleshing out the inhabitants of Port Largo and what better place to start than with the tavern --- the place where adventure, intrigue, and more than a few fights always seem to start. 

The first two ladies to grace Port Largo come from Reaper and Black Cat Bases.  Although I very much like both of the sculpts, the character of each could not be more different.  I'm always pleased at how some miniatures, just by the virtue of their sculpts, speak to me and guide my decisions on color scheme and background.  Anyone else ever experience this?

First up is a serving lass from the Reaper line of Townsfolk.  With her short hair and innocent looking face I simply could not paint her anything other than blonde.  Actually I tried initially.  I wanted all the women of Port Antigua to be more than a bit shady so I painted her hair jet black.  But I quickly changed my mind and reverted to a more open and less threatening color to do the figure justice (that's not to say that dark hair equals dark intentions though...Just for the record, I'm quite fond of brunettes).  With the fair face and hair, the dress had to match so I went with a "country lass" type scheme.

She was fairly easy to paint as all the features on the model were large and bold.  The only problem I encountered was the food that sits on top of the serving platter.  You can't see from the angle of the photo, but there is a bowl of soup and a plate of meats and vegetables resting on top.  I had a devil of a time trying to paint that food.  No matter what I did, all the colors seemed wrong and I must have changed my mind ten times before I found something that worked.  Go ahead and laugh if you like, but really, how often do wargamers have to paint food items?

Next is Catherine, or Cat, or sometimes known as Black Cat.  She's quite a striking sculpt from Black Cat Bases based out of the UK.  I first saw her in the Legends of the High Seas rulebook but no information about the model was provided.  I took to the internet in search of her and had a difficult time of it but finally stumbled upon Black Cat Bases.  If you're interested in finding her yourself, the name above is one I've given her.  She is listed under the Civilians and Townsfolk section and called quite simply "Wench".  Of course, I'll be nice and provide a direct link here.

To me she is a perfect sculpt for a pirate town.  The sculptor has managed to combine beauty, innocence, flirtation, seduction, and danger all in one model.  Well done I say!  I tried to paint her to accentuate some of those features.  The red dress signifies her devilish side while the whale bone corset shows that she is still a lady.  But beware gentlemen of fortune, though she is smiling and flirting, danger is oh so close.  Behind her back she wields a wicked dirk that could easily change a sailor's moment of rapture to one of death.

Three more ladies are very nearly complete with several more in the early stages.  Stay tuned for part 2 in the near future.


  1. Nice work on all your pirate figs.
    I too, love that "wench" model..I think we all paint her like our ideal 17th century woman...
    here's a shot of mine

  2. Very nice, I particularly like the barmaid. Realistic proportioned figured and nice shading and tones used.

  3. @Scott: Thanks for the comment. I'll take your advice on the skin tones you left on the other post and see how it works for me. I'm always looking for different/better techniques.

    @John: Ha! Our wenches look very similar. I almost painted her corset brown as well. Your basing is leaps and bounds better than mine. That's something I really need to work on. What buildings are you using for your pirate terrain? They look almost "Warhammerish" but fit nicely with the rest of your theme.

  4. That building in particular is the GW Chapel, I converted it quite a bit stripping away every bit of warhammer bling I could..I was happy with the result. you can see a bunch of pics here http://plasticlegions.blogspot.com/2011/06/pilots-house.html
    or in my LotHS gallery. Most of homes I have are the old Armor Cast Fantasy line..now discontinued..the big building is the Tavern from CNC minature scenery AUS ( I have quite a bit of their the stuff.) The rest of stuff is made out of blocks for Hirst Arts molds..
    anyways your figures look great.
    keep up the good work!
    Ancients, Pirates, LotR?? your blogs an easy sell for me, Scotts too!.