Change of Pace...
Sexy Blond in 1/18 Scale
"Sexy Blond" with
customised "Redhead" conversion
Coree 1/18 Scale
1/18 scale Sexy Blond is available online from Squadron.com
Challenges of Research...
I like painting knights and the occasional Napoleonic figure.
Sometimes, however, I need a break. Something completely different. I
had experimented with Coree’s (ex-Dynasty) Hot Body I (DN3547), but I
wanted something larger. Then I saw Coree’s (also ex-Dynasty) nude Sexy
Blond (DN1801) in 1/18 scale. The problem lay in the nude part; I still
didn’t feel comfortable putting that on the web. The trick then, was to
cover her ventral area in order to make her less risqué. Panties? A
thong bikini? Drop tank? Nah. Too common. Consequently, I went back to
the Hot Body theme – a diaper. The larger figure, however, would require
more detailed research. Modelers love research. There were so many
questions regarding colors, shapes, sizes, material characteristics, and
the… umm, optional weathering.
Trips to the local hobby shops revealed very little in the way of
accessories or references covering diapered women. Well, none actually.
As common as diapers are on this planet, you would think that there
would be a plethora of aftermarket material on the subject. Not so much
as a photo-etch diaper pin from Eduard or Verlinden – minor oversights
I’m sure, and ones that will probably be corrected in due course.
I faced a similar situation with regards to books; a diapered women walk
around would be best seller. Likewise, a Verlinden Lock-On or perhaps
more appropriately a Pin-On. Basically, the definitive work on diapers
and waterproof pants, including the wrinkling characteristics of plastic
versus rubber pants or cloth diapers versus disposables, has yet to be
written. Ok, any work as yet to be written. Consequently, some
additional research and observation was necessary. Not to get on a
soapbox here, but I simply don’t understand why the modeling industry
doesn’t respond to modelers’ obvious interests and needs. In any event,
it was time to think outside of the hobby shop box. I went to Victoria’s
Go to any military related museum and look for someone taking detailed
photographs of a subject. There’s a good chance that person is a modeler
taking reference photos for their next project. This is a fairly routine
occurrence and no one thinks anything of it. Hang around the local
mall’s Victoria’s Secret, however, and ask a woman to model a diaper so
you can take reference photos, and they look at you like you’re nuts.
Then they call security. Well, I hardly ever shop there anyway. The
mall, not Victoria’s Secret.
My last recourse was the Internet. I figured about five minutes worth of
research would be all that was needed. I would be able to discern colors,
patterns, shapes, and sizes.
Six months later…
Well, I’m exhausted… I can’t feel my mouse hand and I seem to have taken
up smoking. There was certainly no shortage of available material. I was
amazed at the sheer number of sites – the Internet is obviously a mecca
for figure modelers. [Note to Brett: Brett, what do you think of this:
DyperScale! No need to thank me buddy; I’m always looking out for ya.]
Despite my exhaustion and numb fingers, I was ready to begin the
project. For the most part, Coree’s Sexy Blond figure is exceptionally
well cast. Minor pitting and flash were easily taken care of with
Squadron white putty and a sanding stick. I also flat sanded her back on
a piece of glass to reduce any tendency to rock on her base.
The bent right leg and integral hip is a separate piece, as are most of
the left leg (split at mid-thigh) and the right arm (split at the
bicep). All are a near perfect fit. I attached the left and right legs,
but left the right arm off, and cleaned up the joints. Next, I sprayed a
light gray primer over the figure. I then gave her a thorough
examination in strong light; any remaining flaws were quickly removed.
The diaper and rubber pants were sculpted using Andrea Sculp two-part
putty. The putty was kneaded together using wet fingers, then blotted
dry and troweled onto the figure. The diaper is a bit fuller where it
gathers between her legs. I used toothpicks and a knife blade to impress
the wrinkles in the rubber pants and the puckering of the elastic leg
and waistbands. The impressions were then smoothed out with a wet
The figure was reprimed in white, and then sprayed with Testors Model
Master Shadow Skin Tone Tint enamel. This was followed by successive
applications of Warm Skin Tone Tint and Light Skin Tone Tint Base, all
thinly applied with a Paasche VL airbrush.
The basic facial tones were painted using the Testor's paints, then
followed up with Andrea Acrylics. Painting the face and eyes represented
a new set of problems – makeup. Knights don’t wear make-up; ok maybe
some did (and you English historians know who they were). I found a
ready source of make-up colors and combinations in several women’s
magazines (again a failing of the hobby industry in what is obviously an
untapped market). Despite some concerned stares at by a number of women
(and some pleased stares from a couple of men whom I assume were also
figure painters), I was able to gather enough information to go with red
hair, green eye shadow, and a dark reddish brown eyeliner – all applied
using Andrea Acrylic paints. The hair is a simple mix of Andrea Red and
Yellow to create Orange. The hair was shadowed with Dark Reddish Brown
mixed in the base hair color and highlighted with more Yellow.
The shoes, diaper, and rubber pants were painted Andrea White. The areas
covered by the diaper are opaque, while areas covered by the translucent
rubber pants have a bit of the skin tones showing through.
Once all the paint was dry, I coated the hair, rubber pants, and shoes
with Humbrol Satin Cote and added the right arm. The right arm seam was
covered with a gold painted band of Verlinden’s metal foil. It was best
way to hide the seam without having to match up the paint during the
inevitable retouching. I mounted the figure on an Andrea Square base
with Pedestal covered with a piece of dark green velvet paper.
I thoroughly enjoyed this diversion from my usual medieval figures. If
you’re looking for a change of… pace, then diapered women (a great name
for a female rock band by the way; just think of the savings on stage
costumes) might be something worth looking into.
Just don’t go to the mall.
If nudity offends, do not
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