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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Forgotten Heroes: Leopard Girl Complete!

Well, the converted miniature is painted. Obviously I went for the 'Less is More' approach, and can always claim that the suit isn't actually a real leopard's coat and so doesn't need to be accurate! 😉
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Back in 1953...   (what follows is, further, information, that I forgot to publish in the first post)

The origins of the woman known as Leopard Girl are a mystery. She was a secretary to a various scientists and explorers who lived in the jungles of Africa in the 1950s, under civilian named of Gwen, although her last name is unrevealed. She frequently worked with a young wealthy man named Peter who had an infatuation with the Leopard Girl. What prompted Gwen to become the Leopard Girl is unknown, however she soon became a legendary jungle adventurer fighting criminals who sought to exploit the jungle. She was frequently aided in her adventures by a pack of wild leopards who followed her every command.
In her first recorded appearance, Gwen was working for Peter directly. At the time he was to be married to Sandra Dennings whom was really working a con with her father in order to trick Peter into purchasing Mr. Dennings failing business and then running off with the money. Learning of this ploy, the Leopard Girl stranded Sandra and her father in the middle of the jungle at the mercy of seemingly deadly snakes, forcing them to confess their scam to Peter before revealing that the snakes were harmless and delivering them to the authorities.
Later, Gwen's secretarial services were hired by Professor Kreitzer, a scientist who came to the jungles to continue his researched undisturbed. One of his first experiments was using radioactive chemicals to summon the spirit of the so-called Flame Witch. Surprisingly, the experiment was a success but Kreitzer was knocked out and the Flame Witch then cut a swath of destruction across the jungle seeking out the man who restored her to life. Gwen changed into Leopard Girl and came to Kreitzer's aid, stashing his unconscious body into the cave of the female lion known as Numa. Leopard Girl and Numa then tricked the Flame Witch into following them into the cave, where an uncovered water source doused the Flame Witch apparently destroying her.

The jungle was later terrorised anew by a tribal man named Robo who attempted to summon spirits to get revenge on Leopard Girl for arresting him for murder in the past. However the spirits turned against Robo and apprehended him. In her civilian identity she rescued Pete and Professor Kreitzer who had foolishly charged off on their own to stop Robo and became mutually trapped.

Leopard Girl stopped a leopard known as the Wild One who had been driven mad by a thorn caught in his paw. After stopping Pete from trying to kill the big cat, she removed the thorn, restoring the leopards sanity.
Leopard Girl had her place as ruler of the leopard pack usurped by a leopard named Fang who then sent the other leopards out on the attack. Leopard Girl prevented Pete from killing the leopards, and defeated Fang in battle, learning that Fang had no teeth and only sought to be part of the pack. Leopard Girl promised Fang that she would keep his secret and took control of the leopards once again.

Leopard Girl later appeared as a resident of Valhalla Villas, a retirement home for ex-heroes and ex-villains that is located in Miami. When Scott Lang was there meeting with Mary Morgan, Leopard Girl was interested in meeting Scott's father only to be told that he is dead. Leopard Girl is among the residents that are temporarily de-aged by Mary Morgan, who used an unnamed Asgardian relic during the Incursion between Earth-616 and Earth-1610.
Thanks for checking out my series of posts, and for all the kind comments left for me.

Also, thank you to everyone that has made Forgotten Heroes so much fun!

28 comments:

  1. Lovely work Roy, a stunning piece of painting and a wonderful scenic base too. Also thanks for posting all that additional information about the character, all in all top notch stuff sir!

    Will we be seeing "Retro girl" by the end of the month?

    Cheers Roger. (oh and re-posted to the FH site by the way)

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    1. @Dick Garrison: Thanks Roger

      Retro Girl - Unfortunately not. Mainly due to the two weeks I spent working on the Col. Bill's samurai, but also not helped by the fact I've began converting the stock model instead of just repainting it (the model was naff when I got a good look at it).

      Upside is that the model will be accurate to the Calista character from the tv show. Downside is that it will end up finished in July.

      It was always going to be a bonus figure, as I'd only intended to do the two. But I'll get it finished asap, since Leon (Pendraken) went to the trouble to get it to me and post it on my blog. If you want to add it to the FH blog, as a late entry, I'll let yourself and Jez decide.

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    2. That's a real shame Roy, I was looking forward to Retro Girl immensely. It does mean I might be able to do her myself next year (sssshh.). Though if you let me know once yours is finished I might be able to sneak her onto the web-site, I want to see her finished anyway.

      Thanks for entering, loved all you posts, and I hope we can tempt you back next year.

      Cheers Roger.

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  2. Superb! I also greatly appreciated the background info to Leopard Girl.

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    1. @Bryan Scott: Thank you

      Yes, it was rather interesting to read about the character. I really like the fact that the character is now retired and she has been revisited as a resident in a retirement home - details like that certainly give a longevity to the Marvel Universe.

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    1. @Michał Kucharski: Thanks Michał

      It was certainly fun painting the leopard's spots pattern. I want to give it another go at some point in the future.

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    1. @Clint: Thanks Clint

      It'd be certainly be fun to see the character on the tabletop, wildlife and Tribesmen in assistance, battling evil wrongdoers.

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  5. Very nicely done, Roy. She's lovely and really captures the essence of the character.

    As this looks to be turnimg into an annual event, I hope you'll be joining us next year for more FH fun.

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    1. @Carrion Crow: Thank you. It was fun learning about her, especially those story plots: thorns in an animals paws or toothless animals.

      I'll keep an eye out for interesting characters that I could attempt for next year!

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  6. Great work Roy ! Great paint-job !
    Greetings

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    1. @Mario Morrhaye: Cheers Mario

      Yes, I had fun making and painting this miniature. Definitely a case of 'a change is as good as a rest.'

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  7. Very nice rendition of the charater; I think filing way the belt was a good idea btw.

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    1. @Zabadak: Thanks Joe

      Oh yes, definitely. Getting the suit's look right (if not the exact colour shade) certainly gives the model a feel of authenticity. 'If you're going to do it, then do it right', or whatever the saying is :)

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  8. Really well done Roy, she looks absolutely superb.

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    1. @Michael Awdry: Thank you Michael. I certainly tried to raise my game for this piece.

      I might even have a couple of dinosaurs tucked away for November, if there's a need...?

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  9. Awesome stuff, Roy. Simply awesome!! great conversion and a stunning paint-job too!!

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    1. @Blaxkleric: Thanks Simon

      I'm still rather surprised that I managed to sculpt that cat's head! :))

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  10. Excellent Roy, well done and thanks for the bio on her

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    1. @da Gobbo Grotto: Thank you

      Yes, I rather lucked out finding three separate sites with bios on the character. I love the fact she's now retired and its obviously been acknowledged that her heyday was back in the '50s. I'm that used to seeing ageless superheroes that it is a really cool change.

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  11. Fantastic work. I like the 'less is more' approach to the spots; I wondered how you'd approach them. The pose looks great and the scenic base really sets the whole thing off.

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    1. @Kaptain Kobold: Thanks Kaptain

      My leopard spots are certainly one interpretation of doing them. I'd like to give them another try, one day, but go for a larger pattern and possible more densely clustered. This miniature is very slender and lends itself to less is more, I think at least, so maybe if I chose a larger, masculine figure to attempt another try it would be fun to see the results.

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  12. Well done Roy nice job....😀

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    1. @Matt Crump: Thanks Matt

      If the character had been twelve years older and British, she could have kicked some invading German Arsch!

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    2. Or even thirteen years older :( Arse!

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  13. Great work! That's some mighty fine painting!

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    1. @The Angry Piper: Thank you

      Yes, I was more than a little lucky working on this miniature, as I so easily could have messed it up in my 'learn as I go' attempts.

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