Sunday, 5 January 2014

Assorted 28mm Scale Vampirellas

This is a bit of a self-indulgent post, seeing as I seem to be the only fan of Vampirella. Mind you, I do know of one follower, who resides in Slovenia, who has been badgering me to post this and you'll see why later. Anyway, I thought I'd start 2014 off with a look at my collection of 28mm scale Vampirella figures.
At the far left of this photo above is my oldest Vampirella figure (or should that be non-Vampirella figure, seeing as none of them use her name for copyright reasons). She is also the smallest, given that she's actually a 25mm scale figure. I bought her in the 1980's from a German firm (now long defunct) called Metal Magic. She isn't as well sculpted as more recent figures but she still has a certain charm about her and I do like the bat she's holding. Her boots are too long but I can forgive that. For many years she was my only Vampirella figure and so I'll always view her with fondness.
Next in line is another non-Vampirella figure with thigh length boots. She comes from Black Orc Games and is called Paloma (no, I don't know why). She was sculpted by someone with the initials PF (Paloma Faith, perhaps, LoL!). She is nicely sculpted and rather slim but her costume isn't quite right. Apart from her boots being too long, her costume doesn't show enough stomach. Unforgivably, you can't see her tummy button. However, what I do like about her is her hair. She is ridiculously cheap, costing a mere $1.00.
Far and away, the sexiest of this figure collection is the third in line, produced by Blood Moon Miniatures (who appear to be no longer trading). She is the tallest of my Vampirella figures and unquestionably, the bustiest. Whoever sculpted her has overcompensated her in the boobs department. Contrary to many people's opinion, Vampirella is not a busty female. Her vital statistics are a nicely packaged 36C-24-36. She stands 5' 11" tall and weighs 115lbs. Hey, only someone called Vampifan would know that! Her hair isn't quite right but my God, she has curves in all the right places! She is one incredibly sexy figure. I'm not sure why there is a piece of red cloth between her feet. It seems to serve no purpose.
The fourth figure in line is by Ground Zero Games and can be found in their adult-rated Gentleman's Club range of figures as GC25 - Vampyrelle. Hmm, who are they trying to kid? Of course, she's Vampirella. She is in an almost identical pose to the figure by Blood Moon Miniatures but seems to be more in proportion to what Vampirella should look like. You can still buy her and she costs £2.40 from the GZG webstore. It is interesting to see that she is baring her fangs.
Moving on to the second batch of figures, I start with another Out Of Production figure. The female vampire in the red mini-dress was made for the Horrorclix game by Wizkids. She was one of the six unique figures who came with the original starter figure boxed set. You may well ask yourself, did Vampirella ever wear a dress like this? Well, yes, she did. I can remember her wearing this very dress in one of her adventures in New York in her short lived Vampirella magazine series produced by Harris Comics. Sometimes, Vampirella did go incognito by wearing normal clothing, although I think she'd attract just as much attention if walking down a street in that red mini-dress as in her skimpy costume.
Second in line is a figure produced by Armorcast - LL21610 Sexy Female Vampire. Well that certainly gets round any copyright problems! The main problem I have with this figure is that I think her head is too big for her body. From the neck down, she is perfect. It is such a shame. She is available for sale from the Armorcast webstore for $3.00.
The penultimate non-Vampirella figure is produced by Black Cat Bases. You can find her in their webstore under the heading of "Vampires" and she is listed as Vampire Girl, priced at £2.00. Her hair is good, her costume is good, her pose is different but her boots are wrong. They're too long and not tight-fitting. I should make mention of Vampirella's skin tone. Vampirella is not a traditional vampire. Garlic, religious icons and sunlight do not affect her. Apart from when she grows her fangs, long talons or wings, she can easily pass for a human. She does not have the anaemic pallor found in most vampires. So I tend to paint her as a healthy looking human female. This is consistent with how she appears in the colour comics.
The final figure in line is unique and holds a special place in my heart. She is a conversion based on HFL503 Hasslefree Female Armature (price £2.50) and was a present for me from Mathyoo (aka Matevz). He wanted to get me something special as a thank you for letting him stay with me last year. Those of you who have seen Mathyoo's blog will know that he's not a bad sculptor. So he added the hair, costume and boots to the Hasslefree armature figure to create something unique. He covered the base in static grass but I added a few pieces of rubble so that she fits in with my other figures. Mathyoo painted her for me, which explains why she is so pale looking. I don't mind that at all.
So, out of these eight figures which one do you think is my favourite? It's that oh so sexy Blood Moon Miniature. Pure sex on legs! Mathyoo's version comes a very close second.

20 comments:

  1. Wow what a unique collection of vivacious vamps!! :) The paint jobs on the flesh are awesome, particularly the shading 'where it counts', really helps them pop. I'll stop now.
    I can only imagine a scenario where you could bring them all into play?

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Hybrid Horde. There was a story set shortly after Vampirella "died" in which the letter "V" appeared on buildings everywhere and all sorts of women were dressing up as Vampirella to help usher in her resurrection. That would certainly give me the basis of scenario to use all of my collection of Vampi figures.

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  2. Good heavens! I wonder what the correct collective term is for Vampirellas?!

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    1. That's a darned good question, Hugh. I was wondering the same thing myself. I think I shall settle on a harem of Vampirellas!

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  3. Great collection Bryan, I've seen some of the wip pics of the final sculpt by Mathyoo and its been nice to see it go through from start to finish as I hadn't seen the finished version until now. What an Awesome Collection!

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    1. Mathyoo kept her well hidden from me and wouldn't even tell me what my present was going to be until after I received it. I guess that made the surprise of seeing her that much greater! When he came to visit me he couldn't believe just how many Vampirella figures I had... not just in 28mm scale.

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  4. I thin Mathyoo has done an excellent job there. I should imagine you are both very well pleased with it. Was it a self indulgent post? well who cares. It was a great post!

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    1. Thanks, Clint. You're too kind! I've been meaning to run this post for ages now, but I'm glad I waited until I received Mathyoo's mighty fine gift.

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  5. And this is just the "small" stuff of your collection I take it?

    Looks pretty good! And Mathyoo has done a great piece of work there!

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    1. Yes, Johnny, these are my "small" Vampirella figures. I've posted some of my bigger models in previous posts but not all of them. I take my hat off to Mathyoo's sculpting skills.

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  6. After the Blood Moon one, I like the Black Orc and the Hasslefree conversion best. Dean

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    1. Yes, I can think of a couple of reasons (fnarr, fnarr!) why you'd like the Blood Moon Vampi best of all, Dean! Seriously though, good choices all round.

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  7. Excellent post Bryan I seem to own a 25mm Vamirella you don't, one from Shadowforge miniatures she is nice. Its the only vamirella I own but I do own a number of the original Warren Magazines. If you contact me at kidterminal@yahoo,com I'll send you some cover scans.

    Rob

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    1. I do have a lot of Shadowforge figures but I must admit that I never saw anything resembling a Vampirella figure amongst them. I'll make sure I drop you an e-mail, Robert.

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  8. I actually like Black Orcs one the most, second most. Can't trash my work! :P
    Are you sure you only had 8 of them? :D

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    1. It may seem like I had more, Mathyoo, but yes, I only have eight. And no, you're not allowed to trash your own work!

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  9. each of the figures has a couple of good point going for them, but I have to agree that Mathyoo is almost certainly the best proportioned.

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    1. Joe, I think what makes Mathyoo's figure stand out so much is the fact that most of the figure was sculpted by Kevin White, who is a master at sculpting the female form. Even so, that doesn't detract from Mathyoo's conversion work, which is top notch.

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  10. Awesome Bryan, the most fun you've ever had painting minis? :)

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    1. Absolutely, Adam. Painting these was a labour of love.

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