I love cinema.
One of the key elements of cinema is visual storytelling.
Just like the soundtrack audibly tells a story (if done well, ie Star Wars, The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, Jaws) costumes and set dressing (if done well) can visually help tell a story too.
This is one reason Bladerunner is a masterpiece.
And it is said a picture is worth a thousand words…..
What does this have to do with a kitbash converted mini?
I have had a mini idea in mind ever since I saw two parts in two different Warlord Games WW2 kits. The shotgun on a bent arm (Warlord “new” US Army Infantry) and the head with soft cap & cigarette (Warlord US Marines). I knew I wanted to create a specific mini and to have that mini be somewhat iconic.
And Warlord Games multi-part plastic figure kits are great for kitbashing.
The question is, am I on the right track?
Using bits from 4 different Warlord WW2 kits and some greenstuff I have built this fellow.
I could not find the WW2 American torso with the perfect stance I was looking for so I had to settle on second best (Warlord “old” US Army Infantry). The problem is that this stance does not convey the identity of the figure as well as the one I had in mind. So for me this mini can go two directions, be one of two people so to speak.
What do you think he is supposed to represent? I will give you some hints, WW2 (ish) US Army European theater. What rank, position, unit do you think he is? Some folks (looking at you veterans out there) may think he is a bit too “Hollywood” but I am going for something specific for a narrative reason and I think there were real world equivalents based on some folks I knew when I served.
So what do you think?
PS. The cup was cut off from a backpack on a Warlord WW2 British Infantry sprue and the hand holding it was cut from a different arm on the “new” US Infantry sprue.