To enhance my motivation, I decided to try and make my three favorite characters from fantasy fiction. One of them, Conan, I can do as part of the game I am working on. So that would be making the Conan who fought at the Battle on the Ruins at the end of the 1982 movie. He's cool looking, awesome helmet and lamellar armor, funky pants, how can you go wrong ... plus I need him for the game. As much as I love Conan, though, my favorite fantasy character of all time is the Gray Mouser, with his companion Fafhrd. Leiber's stories of the adventuring duo shaped me more than any other in terms of the types of rpg worlds and adventures I like to play in and run. Obviously, my online name comes from this character as well. So I thought choosing characters I love to try and make some figures in more dynamic poses would only enhance my motivation.
Let's start with my favorite character, the Gray Mouser.
Now onto Fafhrd. The barbarian needs to be larger than the smaller Mouser and I wanted a barrel-chested look. So I went with a barrel bead for the chest and torso, and a split oblong bead for the pelvis/groin area of the figure. Here are some pics.
Here are the twain together. You can get a better sense for their size difference in this photo.
And now Conan. This figure was very detailed. Because he is supposed to be putting together a mish-mash of armor and weapons from the dead left long ago on this battlefield, he has a very eclectic appearance, but this makes for a complex figure to make. But I like him too. I didn't want his pose to be as "lungy" as Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, and perhaps his legs may have turned out the best of them all. Here is a photo from the movie that captures the look I am going for:
And here is the actual figures.
This is a picture of the "barbarian's" torso and pelvis. It's hard to see with all the paper I'm using now but I have come to really like paper for these figures. I literally can if I keep at it and keep trying, make pretty much any shirt, belt, pants, etc. that I need. But when I glue it all over the figure it becomes hard to see the wooden "skeleton" pieces.