|"So Gordon, nice day huh?"|
So I finally decided to tackle these two figures, Khurasan's "Dave Rimmer and Desiree Kim", pretty decent proxies for the protagonist of Half-Life 2 and his surprisingly resilient NPC sidekick. It's a bit intimidating. They're some of the most amazing miniature sculpts I've ever seen, in ANY scale let alone 15 mm! The incredible paint job (edit: by Jen Haley, so yeah) posted on Khurasan's website doesn't help... O_O
Anyway, I hope my results are even half as good... I did try to make a cool base for them, matching the game's post-invasion wasteland atmosphere. This was done mostly with Instant Mold: taking a texture impression of a rough stone and dabbing the IM against the putty base until it looked irregular enough. The half-buried drum and tires were duplicated from some bitz using IM, and pressed into the base material. It doesn't perfectly match my headcrabs, but it's close enough and looks good IMO.