|Royal Selangor Star Wars Pewter Figurines exhibition|
|This shot (together with the poster above) kinda gives you a sense of how big the figurines are|
|From left to right: Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Yoda and a Stormtrooper|
Sculpted out of pewter (a metal alloy comprising mainly of tin), these figurines looked good as is. In fact, they were created as display pieces without the need for any coat of paint. That however didn't stop me from daydreaming of what I could have done, painting-wise, to bring these figurines to life.
|Your lack of confidence in my pose is most disturbing ...|
|Much maligned for his aiming skills, the Stormtrooper is nonetheless my favourite character|
|Yoda eyes an easy kill|
|Well sculpted pose and textures on Yoda made this piece exceptionally realistic|
|Boba Fett is a blast to play in the new Star Wars Battlefront multiplayer game|
Of all the figurines on display, my favourite has to be Princess Leia in her slave costume. She would be the one I would most love to paint, followed by Yoda, the Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. Actually I wouldn't mind painting all of them but if I had to choose, those four would be my preferred choices.
|Oh Han Solo, Han Solo, wherefore art thou Han Solo?|
|Princess Leia in her slave costume|
|Han Solo's pose is awkward at best, or just simply ridiculous ...|
|... partly redeemed by good sculpting to capture the character's features|
I could only spot one character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the collection i.e. the Chrome Stormtrooper with a cape. There was also only one diorama on display - the Luke Skywalker versus Rancor scene from Return of the Jedi. Poor Luke, he is so unpopular that he's the smallest figure in the whole collection. And if you ask me, the diorama was definitely missing a Gamorrean Guard!
|Not sure what is he called ... 'the Chrome Stormtrooper with a cape' is my best guess|
|Luke Skywalker versus Rancor diorama ... poor Luke, he's the smallest figure of the whole lot|
In addition to the figurines, there were some odd pieces here and there namely cuff links, USB drives and a hollow-on-the-inside Death Star, whose purpose I can't quite discern - paper weight? candy holder? decorative piece? It's obvious the highlight of the collection are the figurines themselves.
|Power cuff links to ace any job interview you may have, force not included|
|16GB USB drives coming in at a whopping RM238.50 each|
|A geek's personal disco ball, or the Death Star to diehard Empire fans|
While waiting for the latest installment Force Awakens to hit the big screen, I have been getting my Star Wars fix by playing the PS4 version of Star Wars Battlefront. Moreover, coupled with the fact that playing a first-person-shooter using a console gamepad is akin to shooting like a Stormtrooper ... you could say this game is not only fun but extremely realistic. ;) My kill ratio is bad (my son calls me a feeder) ... really bad, but I can hold my own despite having the reflexes of a freezing tauntaun.
If you ever find yourself in a multiplayer session on Star Wars Battlefront and get shot in the back by a player called FourEyedGamer ... know that your death is not in vain. It's helping my kill ratio!
|It pays to be part of the Empire you rebel scum ...|
Well that's it from me as I continue with my self-imposed break from the hobby. Getting some video game playing time is going a long way towards recharging my batteries so hopefully I will soon get back into the groove of painting and hobbying in general. Now where's that bush I can camp in and shoot all the rebel scum as they spawn ... muah ha ha ha ha ha ha ... darn it I missed. Pew pew pew!