I finished painting some pirates. Yar, me. These are from the Reaper boxed set "Pirates of the Dragonspine Sea." My box is cardboard, not the plastic one shown on the link, I've had it that long.
These did not really inspire me at all. I started them right before I received my Bones miniatures, thinking I could knock them out quick-like. But I stagnated with their uninspired poses and lackluster execution. It was all I could do to force myself to finish them, but I cannot stand unfinished minis even worse!
I have no plans to use them in any game, although a couple of them could possibly double as fantasy swordsmen/women. I do have some pirate-game rules, but have never played them. What's more, I have no intention to.
I added into the mix "Maria Roseblade" from Reaper, since she's a pirate too, and I paint better in large batches. *She* is an excellent sculpt, and has much fine detail: fine the in sense of very detailed details, and fine in the sense of she's just a beautiful model.
The funny thing is Sandra Garrity sculpted both Maria Roseblade as well as all of the boxed pirates, including the girl with two swords. The dates on the back of the metal base of the two-sword girl is 2000, and Maria Roseblade's date is 2002. So, they were sculpted two years apart; I think you can really tell both the improvement in Ms. Garrity's abilities as well as the casting process Reaper uses. What's more, in 2000 I wouldn't have thought Ms. Garrity could improve, because she was already just that good. She is one of the best sculptors in the industry, in my opinion, and I have many, many, many of her miniatures (both painted and unpainted). The only thing I can think of is that this was just another job for her that day; crank 'em out and get paid.
Anyway, on to the pictures. Click them and they will enlarge quite a bit.
|A rear view. Seriously, Ms. Garrity, what were you thinking?|
|Left: #03152, Peg Leg Pete, Pirate Cook; Right: #03144, Captain Wilmont Silver.|
If he's a cook, why does he have the treasure map? And you've heard of Zorro, the Gay Blade? Meet, Wilmont, the Gay Pirate!
|I told you I was uninspired by these. How else can I explain a yellowy-orangey pirate cloak with matching hair? I was really just trying to see how bright I could get it.|
|Blackbeard I could probably find a use for. Not a bad generic looking model; maybe for a leader-type.|
|A rear view. It really is a monkey because it has a tail....|
|Here is an example of what I mean by "fine detail": look at the backs of her leggings, and her belt. Lots of hooks, loops and buckles. Absolutely beautiful.|