I have to admit I’d never seen the original 1987 Robocop movie until a few weeks ago. I didn’t have high expectations for it so of course I wasn’t disappointed when I finally got around to seeing it on Syfy.
Three things however struck me instantly while watching the ‘ED-209 Malfunction’ scene.
Firstly was the animation of the ED-209. I was genuinely shocked by how poor it was. They really scrimped on this effect. This was a low budget movie but even so they should have cut out the ‘let’s test the big guns by exploding cars and shops’ pyrotechnic scene for example and used the money towards making the ED-209’s movement less comical.
Secondly I couldn’t help but think that Kinney would probably have preferred a PowerPoint presentation.
And finally it reminded me of the creator of the stop motion animation technique called ‘Dynamation’ – Ray Harryhausen, most of who’s work was world’s ahead of the similar techniques used in Robocop.
Last year I’d bought a Reaper Bones ‘Vandorendra Snake Demon’. This figure is the embodiment of ‘Harryhausenness’. It’s a cross between Kali, the six armed statue in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and the Medusa from the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans.
Anyway, it had lain forgotten and unpainted in my collection until Robocop of all things reminded me of it.
Here it is finally painted up.
All the usual Reaper Bones problems reared their heads with this miniature but the more of these I’ve painted the fonder I’ve become of them. I’ve painted all I own now but wouldn’t think twice about purchasing more should any of the Bones figures meet my needs.
Last year I also bought some of the GW textured basing paints. I can only describe the textures of these paints straight out of the tub as akin to ‘gritty thick mayonnaise’. I find them difficult to use in this state as ‘blobbing them on’ is very hit and miss and it makes getting any texture close to the miniature’s feet etc awkward without covering them in the textured paint. They’ve sat in my box pretty much unused since I bought them.
I decided on a stone type base for this Demon so I pulled the Astrogranite back out to give it another go. For those who’ve never seen them here’s how the textured paints look in the pot.
I tried loosening the texture down with water so I could paint it on rather than dabbing it, but of course that dropped the grit out of the paint suspension. When that dried I went back to trowelling it on straight out of the tub.
It appears I’m using this stuff correctly but I just don’t get why anyone would want to. Ho hum, I’ll just use PVA and sand as I’ve always done instead for a similar, much more controllable effect.
“Too bad about Astrogranite, huh?”
“That’s life in the big city.”