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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

A Golden Age Hero: Doctor Jill Trent, Science Detective

From Sam’s Journal: “There’s this smart dame with legs that go up to her shoulders. I’ve got it on good authority not to call her a dame to her face - plus she’s some kind of scientist with weird gadgets and big words - and don’t get me started with her smart ass sidekick Daisey . . . anyway the the police think she interferes too much and the goons hate her so I guess she is okay in my book. Plus she's a looker. Did I mention her gams?”

Doctor Jill Trent is a genius with a number of Doctorates in physics, chemistry, optics and other disciplines. Her true passion, however is justice; but, because she is a women she could not get a position she wanted the FBI, the police, or any of the large detective agencies. As a result, where college friend Daisy Smythe, she opened her own unique business calling it Science Sleuths. 

"Hello Nazi scum."

Business has been good. Combined with her scientific knowledge and natural detective skills, and Daisy’s expertise in judo and firearms, has provided a quick and impressive record for the team.
Some of Jill’s inventions include a device that can monitor the atmosphere in the city were they worked making it possible to tell when and where dangerous gases are being used, a pair of glasses that work as a super magnifier and even low level X-ray, a fountain pen that fired a concentrated beam of electromagnetism that looked and acted suspiciously like a laser. 

As Sam has recorded, she is no-nonsense person. Dr. Trent is pragmatic and inventive, a true lateral thinker. She is able to synthesize data from multiple sources and use them to develop solutions to abstruse problems. She is adept at ‘on the fly’ thinking and problem solving. Somewhat sarcastic, she isn’t afraid to stand up for herself, even against super-villains, though, as a pragmatic person, she knows when to back down.

The Dr. Jill Trent figure is from Unmatched Adventures: Tales to Amaze board game based on the Unmatched series of games. I will do some posts later on Tales to Amaze and other Unmatched games but for now I'm just going to focus on the Dr. Jill Trent Figure. The Unmatched games have some great, 28mm hard plastic figures that are compatible with most figure ranges for Pulp or other genres of gaming.

Dr. Trent compared with "Sam" from Copplestone Castings.

The Jill Trent figure is not the first Unmatched figures I have painted (more posts to come, I promise!); but, honestly, I found the figure intimidating to paint. It was the legs - and not in a sexist way. As I analyzed the figure, I quickly realized why Sam mentioned her legs - if I messed up the legs, it would ruin the impact of the figure. 

A picture from the original comic that I used as the basis for my interpretation of Dr. Trent.

I usually prime my figures black, but this time I used a white primer as I wanted a brighter, overall look. I took my time with the legs - and I ended using GW Tallarn Base Flesh as the, well, base, followed by Vallejo Dark Flesh and highlighted with Vallejo Pale Flesh. I was very pleased with the way the overall figure turned out.

Dr. Jill Trent will be showing up in upcoming adventures but first she has to survive the solo/cooperative game Unmatched Adventures: Tales to Amaze.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Second Quarter Update for 2024: Plan, what plan?

I have had to radically change my painting plan do to the "Year of Travel." I've actually have put together a decent travel painting kit that needs to be updated as I shift focus to another project. I can't use my "normal technique" of bouncing back and forth due to space limitations for figures and paints, so I'm focusing on one unit or project at a time. Here is the recap at the midway point of 2024: 

Last known photograph of Charlie.

1. The Search for Charlie. During "Operation Big Move" last year Charlie disappeared. Sam, his partner, suspects foul play. Little does Sam know that his life will change - and possibly his quest will have world shattering effects.


     a. Pulp Campaign: Hard boiled detectives, dangerous dames, returning heroes, menacing mechanical monstrosities, Nazis, The Canine Corps of Justice, unnatural science experiments, ancient and mythical beings, and evil geniuses eliminating the competition so they can take over the world! Globetrotting Adventure! What more could you want? [The campaign will probably be postponed to the end of the year.]

     b. Sam needs a car; he is tired of walking.
        [The model has been purchased.]

     c. Figures that have been painted.

        1). The new Shadow from Pulp Figures. The actual sculpt is not new, but I have painted the figure again.

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"

    2). The Woman in Red from Pulp Figures.

    3). Financing the search by making a "movie"; figures from Pulp Figures (are we starting to see a pattern?). I love this set! [I'm reading the free down load rules for Pulp Alley! and a director figure is very important!]

     4). Hollywood Nazis! (Yep, Pulp Figures).

    5). A "Pulp" era Joker and crew from Pulp Figures.

    6). If you are going to have a Pulp Joker, you have to have The Batman. A Heroclix conve

[Holy base swap out! Yep, I swapped out a new base this quarter]

    7). The Movember Men. Each November Bob Murch of Pulp Figures sculpts a special figure to promote Men's Health that he will provide for any donation to the link on the Pulp Figures website. Past figures are still available and these gentlemen may show up in the search!

    8). Mysterious Additions: [I finished the Canine Corps of Justice this quarter. Woof!]

"Gott im Himmel! Vere did the little weiner hundt go?

"Hey hombre! Do you have an extra smoke?

The Canine Corps of Justice.

"Hmmm . . .What do I know of cultured ways, the gilt, the craft and the lie?
I, who was born in a naked land and bred in the open sky.
The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the weapons sing;
Rush in and die, dogs - I am a beagle barbarian and one day I will be a king."

The Nazi never stood a chance.

    d. Scenery and terrain need to be made. (TOP SECRET).

        [A slight pause on this and I'm going to cheat with a new product I discovered so there is no rush.]

2. The Northwest Frontier Uprising of 1897-1898.

"Death to the Infidels and hopefully he's a slow painter."

The tribes are ready. The Indian army is on the frontier - but they need reinforcements:

    a. One British (Anglo) infantry unit. Figures arrived!
    b. One Gurkha unit. Figures arrived!
    c. One Sikh infantry unit. Figures arrived!
    d. One British (Anglo) mountain gun. Figures arrived!
    e. Tribal Cavalry if @#%& Wargames Atlantic ever releases their hard plastic Afghan Tribal Cavalry. Wargames Atlantic surprised me and the box is now out. Need to order. [Have to check with the Ministry of Finance.]

[The Indian army will be my major focus in the 3rd Quarter.]

f. Major General Pavel Ivanovich Mishchenko of the Imperial Russian Army wants to know when his Cavalry Brigade will show up for the ongoing Anglo-Russian War. I don't think this is going to happen this year. [I know for a fact it's not going to happen this year!]

"When will the Trans-Baikal Cossack Brigade get here?"

3. The German Division in The Peninsular War. I plan on using WoFun Miniatures: Hesse-Darmstadt, Baden, the Dutch, minor German States and maybe some Poles just for fun.  I have the figures but need to organize. [Yep I have the figures . . . but will I have the time? Not a high priority.]

Confederation of the Rhine Battalion Number 3 (Frankfurt).

4. One Hour Wargames. Easy to learn and always a tactical challenge. One Hour Wargames is one of my favorite set of rules and I haven't played it in years. I used it to teach a history class for several years but I donated all of the armies I had to the school. I think it's time to play again - the big question is which period. My tired brain will have to ponder.

And the winner is: The English Civil War for OHW. [I have the figures, maybe the 4th quarter.]

5. New Discovery: The Unmatched Series of games. I like the trend of hybrid miniature board games and the Unmatched games have some great figures for the game and very useful for the table top. I have finished Houdini and I am working on 13 more figures before I shift over to the Indian Army:

"Nazi scum! No one can keep Harry Houdini imprisoned!"

Future posts to come but here is a preview:

Doctor Jill Trent from Unmatched: Tales to Amaze" compared to Sam who is a 28mm Copplestone Castings figure.

Annie Christmas, all 7 feet of her from Unmatched: Tales to Amaze.

Also from Unmatched: Tales to Amaze . . . but you can probably guess who this is!

Doctor Trent, Science Detective wants you to have a great 3rd Quarter with the hobby!