An Iron Painter’s Quest, Episode 17: A Puzzle With No Corners

Posted: July 1, 2015 in Iron Painter 2015, Malifaux, Works in progress
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It all comes down to this–the final round of the Iron Painter 2015 painting competition; the theme for this round is “Space Oddity.” Somehow I managed to come up with an idea for this theme that I really like within 24 hours of it being posted, but of course I couldn’t actually get started until I got my hands on all of the elements I need for this piece. Turns out that you can get your hands on most anything through Amazon, even hands…


For this round I came up with the idea of taking Collodi, a literal puppet-master from Malifaux, and have him hanging out in space dangling the Earth from puppet strings and then have Collodi himself being dangled from puppet strings held by a skeleton’s hand. It’s an oddity. It’s in space. It meets the theme in my crazy head. Now I just needed to get my hands on a skeleton hand. Turns out you can get pretty much anything on Amazon, including medical models of skeleton hands as very reasonable prices!

Now that I have my skeleton hand, I just needed to remove the loose articulation it came with and rearticulate it with something sturdy enough to support a metal model. I feel it is my duty to tell you that attempting to rearticulate a medical model of a hand with little actual medical knowledge is more difficult than one might think, even if you keep all of the bones in the places they started. Apparently bones don’t exactly fit snuggly together like the pieces of a puzzle, but after a fair amount of bending, twisting, and threading of paper clips and guitar strings through plastic bones I have myself a sturdy, rearticulated skeleton hand!

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Now that I have my skeletal hand sturdily rearticulated, I need to pose it to dangle Collodi and determine what to use as a backdrop to support the hand and paint stars on. This is definitely one of the weirder projects I have ever done, so naturally I am really excited by this. This painter still has plenty of iron left to give!

Check back soon for more progress!

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