Sunday, February 28, 2016

'Nautical' from MartinC - 'Divers and the Red Octopus'

The divers knew that the search for the treasure of the Santa Marta would be difficult but really this was too much.









The divers are Foundry that I picked up from Col Bills at the Durham show. The stones from my garden except the flat one which is a piece of crinoidal limestone  (Crinoids are tulip like corals from the permian (250 million years ago but are still around today as Sea Lillies.). The sand from the local beach, just to keep the marine them going. The sand is not glues in place, I tried this but it looked wrong.

The Octopus was found at Tynemouth  market after a couple of months of searching. It is soft plastic and was tricky to repaint. It's a little shiny but I'm pleased with the effect. To be honest the whole scene looks like I've  just photographed an aquarium

30 comments:

  1. Ah, Mr Cthulhu, we've been expecting you...!

    Lovely bit of work there, Martin - very atmospheric (despite being set in a location without an atmosphere!).

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    1. Thanks, I have a little secret. I know 2 things about Cthulhu. It involves tentacles and I can pronounce it

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  2. I think those two could be in a spot of bother! Great job Martin.

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    1. Ta, the phrase "As welcome as a fart in a diving suit" springs to mind

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  3. Great work Martin. When u first read this I thought that you caught the octopus in the North Sea at Tynemouth. Glad to hear that no molluscs were injured in this project.

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  4. "Hello sirs, have you accepted the Lord Cthulhu into your lives?"

    Nice work Martin :)

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  5. Very nice Martin and very creative. I do love what you did with the Octopus!

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  6. I love the Octopus! - the setting is fantastic - like a 1950's sic-fi movie

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    1. Ta, I was thinking Harryhausen when it came to mind

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  7. Very nice, Martin! Good work on the divers and Mr Cthulu.... er Octopus should look shiny...er slimy! ;)

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  8. love the color scheme on that octopus!

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  9. 'In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming'

    Brilliant work Martin.

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    1. Thanks, i need to go and read about Cthulhu

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  10. Very cool! Good work on including the crinoids!

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  11. Captain Nemo, I think we have a problem.
    Forget C'thulhu this is real! Love it! Makes me want to do some Victorian underwater games!

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    1. My thoughts exactly. I did think about giving the divers aqualungs made from seashells but couldn't find any the right size. Give me Verne and Wells over Lovecraft any day

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  12. what a brilliant little vignette, the Octopus is truly menacing and I really like the scenery you've done for the scene.

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    1. Thanks. Took me ages to find the octopus. So many toy shops so few octopodes

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  13. Impressive work Martin, that Octopus is first rate.

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    1. Cheers mate. He'll be after your pirates next

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  14. That's a very cool scene. The whole thing is very old school adventure, great stuff.

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    1. Cheers, it was the look I was going for

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