Of all the Red Riding Hood miniatures in existence, I find the resin scale figure from Nocturna Models to be the most appealing in terms of the way she is sculpted and depicted. It is a reversal from the original fairy tale - of which the first known printed version was titled Le Petit Chaperon Rogue - so in the Nocturna Models version, Red Riding Hood is a grown woman while the wolf has become a pup. Speaking of the traditional way she is viewed, I found a wonderful illustration by Therese Larsson of this fairy tale character and decided to share it by re-posting her picture below.
|Nocturna Models Le Petit Chaperon (Front view, semi-assembled)|
|Nocturna Models Le Petit Chaperon (Back view, semi-assembled)|
|Little Red Riding Hood as illustrated by Therese Larsson|
But such are the fantastic details of the Nocturna Models Le Petit Chaperon that I can also paint her as Sansa Stark in my re-imagining of a Game of Thrones character. That this figure is not clothed in the traditional court dresses of Westeros is not a problem because [Spoiler Alert Starts] Sansa was at one point disguised as Alayne Stone, the bastard daughter of Lord Petyr Baelish [Spoiler Alert Ends]. It won't be stretching the truth to imagine Lord Littlefinger as wanting to cloth Sansa in a sexy outfit.
|Pendant on Le Petit Chaperon's neck can easily represent the direwolf of House Stark|
Although Sansa Stark has only wielded a cheese knife as far as I know (I just started reading Book Four of the George R.R. Martin fantasy series), in my re-imagining of Sansa I would want her to be able to protect herself, and what better way to do it then to arm her with Valyrian steel, more specifically a dagger from House Targaryen. To see if this was possible, I tried to re-model a Khorne Berzerker sword, which had a hilt sculpted like a dragon head, to look like a dagger (see below).
|Re-modelling a Khorne Berzerker sword to become a Valyrian steel dagger|
If I were to proceed with the Sansa Stark option, I plan to remove the wolf pup completely and replace the leash on the miniature's hand with the re-modelled Valyrian steel dagger. Since the wolf pup will no longer be on the base, it stands to reason that the base will have to be shortened. In an unintended piece of realism, the awkward way she is holding the dagger would be reminiscence of how the lady-like Sansa Stark would hold a weapon - similar to someone untrained in using a dagger.
|Possible conversion of miniature to become Sansa Stark disguised as Alayne Stone|
I am still at two minds about which direction I should take the Nocturna Models Le Petit Chaperon. On one hand, I have always wanted to paint a miniature version of Red Riding Hood. Then again, I believe this model gives me an excellent opportunity to add to my Game of Thrones project. Accchhhh! Both options are appealing so I have to think long and hard before deciding.