Forgotten Heroes 2021

It was with more than a little bit of panic as June began passing by, and the model I ordered for the 2021 Forgotten Heroes languished between me and RAFM Miniatures. Which, I had forgotten (much like the heroes in the challenge) was in Canada. Even in normal times, shipping from the Great White North is a crap shoot on speed of delivery. Some items seem to take an appropriate amount of time, while others disappear for weeks before suddenly appearing in the post. With C19 here, all bets are off. Things just vanish into the ether and sometimes stay there. I have avoided trades and purchases from Canada for over a year after a much-delayed package took three months to arrive.

With Jez’s challenge over at Carrion Crow’s Buffet rapidly approaching, and me without a model to convert/paint, I was in a bit of a rush and ordered from Canada by mistake. I didn’t actually pay attention to the originating location until it had been three weeks with no mini. Many of the minis I order are from the UK, and I often get parcels in about a week. Once two weeks had passed, I checked, and to my dismay realized the mini I needed was probably not arriving in time. And because of the delay I might be out of the challenge.

Another model I ordered that had a connection to two previous Forgotten Heroes challenges did arrive, though it wasn’t a mini so I wasn’t sure if it would count, though I was willing to try. The model was an actual plastic model of a Grumman Goose from Lindberg.  Before I had a chance to build the Goose the RAFM model showed up. Stoked. Chuffed. Excited. This model would be a key ally to a pulp model I painted a couple years ago, and now I can get to business.

(goose model, box from rafm, and open model)

Of course, my model bench is completely covered with parts from a project right now. So, despite having the model, I wasn’t able to immediately start the minor conversion work I needed. I’m the middle of more Dark Angels builds and painting for my son’s Warhammer 40K army, and models, parts, DA paint colors, decals, and bases are everywhere…

My entry for the year is Sallah from the Indiana Jones movies. I have a really cool Indy model painted and lording over my workbench, but no Sallah. There hasn’t been a rush to paint a model for this import ally since I haven’t been laying many games lately. The Forgotten Heroes challenge was perfect to get him done.

This image is what I had in mind when I think of Sallah, the faithful Egyptian ally to the famed archeologist. Of course, I started sculpting without looking at an image, and went for a full beard. Thicker and more full than this image, Typical of me. I really do need to make sure I print source photos and have them sitting in front of me BEFORE I start working. Ah, well, I guess my Sallah is a bit younger and less likely to trim the beard. I also realized I failed to take a pic with green stuff on metal, before priming. The rush.

I added a beard to a mustachioed Turk cultist from RAFM Minis. And sorta a tie like in this photo. The stock mini has a buttoned-up coat and there isn’t much space for a tie. The right arm is at an angle the meant I couldn’t do the heavy carving I did last year on Corky. No way I would try to recreate a perfectly good arm. Its hard to see the little blobby tie, but I know I tried, and that’s good enough.

Burred pic to give a idea of his beard. I need to experiment with cranking up the resolution of my phone camera for closeups. That might help with the cropped pics. All I k now is i do not have the ok to buy an expensive camera just for pictures of “your stupid miniatures”, so poor pics it is for a while longer.

Jez has a good writeup on the challenge here: FH 2021. This is the third time I have participated, creating Jake Cutter and Jack, and Corky in previous challenges. FH Pt1, Finished, 2020. I don’t sculpt my own minis like some of the gang do. I do a bit of conversion with green stuff, and then paint them to match the character.

That’s it. The Dark Angels project is ongoing. I’ll probably do a blog post on it at some point. A quick tease. I built ten models while I was on my last deployment. I had anticipated getting some painting down as well, but mandatory sixth work days meant I barely recovered from a grueling schedule enough to just get the models built. Then returning home meant a month’s worth of catchup work on the house and yard. The flyers are done finally, and the bases for the four flyers are partially complete. This is one project I really can’t wait to be done with!

The only other models I squeezed in this month were the crew for a great cannon for my Empire army for WFB. This time, in the livery of the Imperial Gunnery School of Nuln.

And nothing like getting this done at the end of the month. Matte coated in the wee hours of this morning. Blog post finished just before lunch. All still in June, though!

BG out

18 thoughts on “Forgotten Heroes 2021

  1. Dave Stone June 30, 2021 / 11:44 am

    Wonderful conversion Harry, and fits the character perfectly. Great work on your sons DA army, and you cannon crew as well. With your busy schedule understand the lack of posting, hope all goes well for you

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    • borderguy190 June 30, 2021 / 11:45 am

      Thanks Dave. Its been a mess. And I’m prepping to be deployed again in three weeks. Yay.

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      • Dave Stone June 30, 2021 / 11:48 am

        Hope the new deployment goes without incident, and you can get home soon

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  2. rantingsfromunder June 30, 2021 / 1:22 pm

    I think he’s come out really well (though I was right, he looks nothing like Farrah Fawcett to me! more Kate Jackson LOL! 😉).

    Great character to pick, fits in perfectly with the rest of your entries from previous years. I think Jez would have let you count the Goose, I did a car as one of mine, after all 😁.

    Sorry to hear you’ve had a hectic month, I’d say lets hope it calm’s down now, well after you next deployment anyway! Stay safe mate. Always a joy to see and read what you’ve been up to.

    Cheers Roger.

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    • borderguy190 June 30, 2021 / 1:34 pm

      Haha!! Thanks Roger. He will be really useful and a good add. Now I just need to actually start playing some games!

      Unfortunately my deployments will only be increasing for the foreseeable future, so hobby time will decrease proportionally.

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  3. John@justneedsvarnish June 30, 2021 / 1:40 pm

    Nice to see a mini of Sallah! Looks really good! 🙂 And I like the motorbikes! Here’s hoping you get to catch up on painting and modelling in the not too distant future!

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  4. Carrion Crow June 30, 2021 / 5:06 pm

    I am extremely flexible in respect of FH rules, so if people want to submit their version of an iconic vehicle from a tv show or movie, that’s just as acceptable as a single figure.

    Glad you got your figure in time, Harry, as I was getting concerned that a few who had said they wanted to take part hadn’t posted anything.

    But RL has a way of getting in the way of ‘more’ important stuff, so glad to see you were able to take part.

    Stay safe, mate, and we will look forward to your next post, whenever that may be.

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    • borderguy190 June 30, 2021 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks Jez. I was literally emailing you the day the box showed up. The Goose was a character, so I figured it was allowable.

      RL sucks. I want all my tine to be hobby time!

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  5. angrypiper July 1, 2021 / 11:15 am

    Looks great! Much better than the crappy “official” Sallah I have that was made by TSR. (That entire Indiana Jones boxed set is pretty bad.)

    I have the same Goose model, still awaiting assembly and painting after a couple of years. (I want to do the same thing you want to with it.) DRAW Decals makes the Cutter’s Goose kit for Grumman Goose models made by two other companies. I asked if they would work on the Lindberg model kit and they said yes. I haven’t ordered the decals yet, though; so I can’t confirm.

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    • borderguy190 July 1, 2021 / 12:29 pm

      Thank you Piper! I didnt even know there was an “official” set of minis. My Indy started as “Kentucky Davies” from another company.

      Thabks for the tip on decals. Definately going to try them. Its weird, I haven’t built a “real” plastic kit. Lots of GW vehicles, and tons of decals in FoW models. So I think ill be fine.

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  6. Matt July 2, 2021 / 5:29 pm

    Great job on Sallah, he’s a wonderful character in Raiders and you’ve totally done him justice.

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