Saturday, 3 April 2010

This picture is my latest Lead Painters League entry, and features five gangsters I painted for my Spirit of the Century campaign. SoC is a pulp role playing game, ideal for these one off adventures when someone can't make it, or between campaigns. Pulp is a genre of adventure gaming based on the trashy stories that came out in the twenties, thirties and forties, featuring heroic adventures, dastardly villains, evil Nazi scientists, rocket men and so forth. I have included it because, while not strictly speaking Four Colour, many of the heroes of pulp stories were kind of proto-superheroes, like the Shadow, and the Phantom. It's easy to see their influence on the older heroes, especially the likes of Batman. Others influenced well known movies like Indian Jones, The Mummy, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

The male figures are by Copplestone Castings, and the lady is from Pulp Figures. I painted them in a sort of sepia pallet in homage to my favorite gangster film, Last Man Standing. I love the way that film is shot in colour, but feels like it is sepia.

Next weeks LPL will be five crewmen from a pan-galactic trading vessel, then it will be back to four colour with a London-based team of Superheroes.


Lee said...

I like the idea of "Indian Jones". I'm imagining Bollywood Pulp with Bhangra-dancing Nazis and the Ark of the Covenant covered with enough sequins to make people's eyes melt even before it's been opened.

Rob Bresnen said...

Now that sounds like a Movie! I would pay good money to see that.

You were not here when I spelt Saddle wrong on my cowboy shop. very embarassing - why does my brain not have a spell check?