Sunday, September 27, 2015

Light and Dark

Keisho the Monk
15 mm

As we see farther into the universe and meet innumerable beings, some might ask "how can I have compassion for these beings who I do not even understand?".  An answer could be "one does not need to understand the language or metabolic requirements of another being to accept their suffering".  Such universal understanding may not be possible, but universal compassion is a stone on the path of enlightenment.

Some faiths adapted to humankind's spread through the galaxy better than others.  Keisho, a monk of the NeoBuddhist Temple of the Four Noble Truths, lives among the poor and exploited in the filthy spaceport of Dropfall.  There he seeks to relieve worldly affliction and teach the dharma to any sentients, human or otherwise, who seek it.

I first mentioned this guy in passing in a previous post, and when I saw now has a monk figure available, I thought it was almost perfect, though I did add a sort of breather pack to make him more sci-fi.

"So... you're saying letting go of attachments can become an attachment?"

Gunslinger Assassin
15 mm

What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? 
Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.

A slightly converted figure.  I think Spacejacker did a much better job on these guys, no surprise there.

Picking up cargo on Ord Mantell, Han and Chewie run into another of Jabba's hired guns.

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Dark Lord Unmasked

So I don't often do blog posts about other people's blog posts, but I recently came across something too cool to pass up.  Matt S. at Oldenhammer in Toronto recently posted this conversion of a Star Wars Imperial Assault Darth Vader figure which blew me away:

He has a bit to say about it too:
If there's anything scarier than Darth Vader in his mask, it's Darth Vader with the top down: the bruised eyes, the long unhealed wounds, and the skin pale as a moonscape. There is no better subject if you want a miniature as a portrait of a person in pain.

It's a powerful portrait of one of our favourite sci-fi villains in all his hideous glory...  If you like it, don't just tell me.  Tell him!  (He's also posted some other really nice Star Wars stuff more recently, so check that out too.  I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this blog from now on.)