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Hi all,

I’m not 100% sure if this is where I post my projects or not, but if not, I’m sure you guys will point me in the right direction.

As you will probably have gathered from my introductory post last week, I am a creative writer and graphic artist with a strong interest in military history.

One of my major ventures in this field was the creation of NEMISIS; a multimedia project set in an alternate dystopian 1980s without nuclear weapons, but still nonetheless an out-of-control arms industry.

One aspect of the project, which in itself is a love letter to 1980s popular culture, is the creation of custom action figures based off of characters from the NEMISIS Universe.

Below, I will detail the first of hopefully many similar projects; the creation of a 1/6 scale Gwen Hunt, otherwise known as Goose.

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Toy Textile Doll Art Military camouflage

FIG. 1: The Completed Figure, posed with small Welsh flag

First, a little backstory. Gwen Hunt (full name Gwenhÿfar Enaid Carandini-Hunt) was introduced in the first episode of NEMISIS: THE RADIO SERIES (Hong Kong, 1984 - Aired 07/21/2021) as a secondary protagonist to The Jaded Millennium story arc, and was voiced by Wagga Wagga-based actress Antonella Salvestro.

Gwen, born in Portmadoc, Wales to a Welsh former SOE operative with ancestry linking her to the Italian nobility, and a Cantonese mother, served as an officer in the Special Branch of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, where she distinguished herself several times in service despite little opportunity to advance her career due to her being a woman. Despite this adversity, she truly was a bastion in the crusade against the corruption endemic in the colony of Hong Kong at the time.

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FIG. 2: Gwen Hunt as depicted during The Jaded Millennium incident, in specialised RHKPF uniform and armed with a S&W Model 10 Revolver (Not seen) on a poster for the first season of NEMISIS: THE RADIO SERIES

One day, her life changed forever when, during a routine counter-terror assignment on one of Hong Kong's busiest tram routes, she encountered Drake Overton, a mysterious young Rhodesian mercenary who later turns out to be a Soviet agent with cybermechanical implants known as an Avtomat.

Though she distrusts him at first, Gwen eventually has her eyes opened to the sheer scale of corruption in her own ranks when Drake unveils an elaborate industrial conspiracy perpetrated by her superiors to smuggle industrial Avtomat's into the colony and displace an already disaffected workforce, which would then have severe socio-political consequences in the far east.

Working with Drake to foil the smuggling plot, Gwen turned in her badge after testifying against her superiors during a Royal Commission hearing and left Hong Kong for The Hague, where INTERPOL had set up an International Crimefighting Force known as Taskforce Intercontinental, where she was assigned a menial desk job.

She didn't stay idle long, though, for once Drake came crashing into her life again on Valentine's Day, 1985, she decided to follow him into the life of the 'Circuit', and now serves as the second-in-command of No. 2 Sable Commando, a private military contractor formed by Drake during the Sun Of May Uprising in San Centrino the same year.

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FIG. 3: A biographical poster of Gwen Hunt for Season 2 of NEMISIS: THE RADIO SERIES. She is shown wearing a vibrant jumpsuit and carrying a Browning Hi-Power pistol. Not seen is the H&K MP5A3 SMG.

Now, with all that out of the way, let's get to the actual figure itself!
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Now, as the more eagle-eyed of you can probably tell, Gwen was physically based off of late American actress Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009), and it's because of this that Gwen is one of my more popular characters among friends, some of whom grew up watching Charlie's Angels in the 1970s.

Thankfully, this served me well, for Farrah had a ridiculous amount of merchandising centered around her likeness during that period. So obviously, the first part I needed was the head. A quick search on eBay was all I needed.

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Joint Hand Arm Shoulder Eye

FIG. 4: (Top) The Farrah Fawcett head, arrived ex-New Jersey via Fed-Ex.
FIG. 5: (Bottom) The head fitted to the body, which was found on eBay for a remarkably tidy sum!


As you can see by Figs. 4 & 5, the skin tone was all wrong, owing to Farrah being tanned for most of her life, plus the body came with two different pairs of feet, several pegs, but no hands! In resignation, I ordered some hands for her and did some research into the possibility of respraying her body. Thankfully, I found that repainting and varnishing Gwen's body would be no problem, despite the rubber torso. This was done in due course, as can be seen below.

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FIG. 6: The figure, ex-sprayed condition. The paint used was a mixture of two locally-produced acrylics in differing skin tones, thinned by tap water to about 1/4 of water per paint... Don't quote me, please.

Mercifully, after weeks of waiting, her hands arrived, plus boots and a plastic kit of a H&K MP5A3 SMG. All were cheap as, and can be found easily on eBay.

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FIG. 7: The hands and MP5 having arrived, both were fitted, the pegs on the hands requiring trimming to fit and being stuck in place with some blu-tak.

Not much else needed doing at this point, despite the creation of the jumpsuit shown in Fig. 3 plus awaiting the arrival of a Browning Hi-Power to use as a sidearm. Now all that was needed were some spare clothes, a bit more blu-tak, and some imagination. Below is the result!

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Cheek Head Lip Chin Outerwear
Doll Guitar accessory Toy Military camouflage Musical instrument

FIGS. 8, 9, & 10: The 80% finished project in a variety of poses.

Well, that's pretty much it for the moment. I know what most of you will point out, and I will admit, the head and hands might slightly be overscale. However, with the right trickery, even these can be masked!

I hope you enjoy the end result of my first adventure into 1/6 scale modelling as much as I have creating it! More updates will be on the way concerning Gwen's clothing! Plus I have some other projects in the works, but that's a whole different barrel of fish!

Peace and Joy!

-D.
 
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