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ALF

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“Yo Willie!”

ALFs back, in pog form.  And more importantly, in 28mm miniature form.  I saw the green for this figure on LAF a year or so ago and it was subsequently made available by Four A Miniatures.

ALF avails of Earthside diplomatic immunity via some (slightly shiny) MiBs.

ALF avails of Earthside diplomatic immunity via some (slightly shiny) MiBs.

The figure is a little larger than I had expected.  Going by the publicity photos and the occasional shot or clip from the TV show I would have figured that Gordon Shumway was about 1m high.  IMDB confirms this as the characters height.  I find it sort of funny that a puppet character whose legs only feature in SFX shots has a true height, but there you go.

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As you can see from the comparison shots , this Melmacian seems to be a bigger specimen than nineties television ALF.  The sculpt is immediately recognisable though.  Who is to say that ALF isnt a shorter than average example of the species than this particular cat eater  anyway?  Still, I would have preferred it if the figure was more petite.

L to R: 40k Rogue Trader era Imperial Assassin, Four A Alien Life Form, 40k 3rd edition Space Marine.

L to R: 40k Rogue Trader era Imperial Assassin, Four A Alien Life Form, 40k 3rd edition Space Marine.

After a false start by painting the figure in a more orange tone, I went with a pretty straightforward basecoat-wash-drybrush affair on the fur.  I tweaked it here and there, but I didnt want to get too heavily into what should be a straightforward and quick paint job.  Possibly I should have spent a little more time on the floppy quiff, but after I got the face to a passable level I decided to leave it as is and move on to the next project.

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ALF is likely to show up in some 40K skirmish games chez sho3box in 2013, likely as part of a radical Ordo Xenos Inquisitorial retinue.  He is a good proxy for a jokaero visually, although as aliens go ALF was pretty powerless.  He didnt have any particular abilities beyond those that a hairy one metre tall human might have as far as I can remember.  Correct me if I am wrong.

Melmacians

Melmacians come in a lot of shapes and sizes and a perverse part of me now wants to paint up a few more.  That way madness lies however.  I am very unlikely to actually do it.  Probably.

Painting this figure has also made me want to get some of my 28mm cat miniatures painted.  A gyrinx companion for said Ordo Xenos Inquisitor both makes sense thematically and taps into ALFs shtick.  Thats going to happen for sure.

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3 Responses

  1. This was unexpected! A pleasant surprise though, I used to be a huge fan of ALF. I think you nailed the fur, but do ALF really have eye whites? Regardless, a great distraction! I agree on the sculpt, it’s a bit too heroic scale… =)

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    • Hi Mattias, thanks for the feedback 🙂

      ALFs eyes are brown/black without visible whites, like a horses eyes or a cows. The white is supposed to be a reflection/shine, but maybe the white dot plus the gloss varnish gave them too bright a finish overall. The lighting for the photos was a bit harsh, so maybe Gordons eyes look a little whiter than they do under normal circumstances. Maybe 😉

      The fur worked out well, but it wasnt rocket science, I didnt do anything inspired. Basecoat, wash, drybrush, done. The fact that ALFs “fur” looks pretty artificial in the first case probably helped.

      I definitely used to watch ALF pretty regularly but I have very little recollection of what happened other than an episode where ALF nearly burned down a hotel with a talking toaster. It was a fun little miniature diversion all the same.

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  2. […] Miners Squat Brotherhood and also got ambushed by orks of the Bigdogz tribe and Vim Petrol babysat Gordon Schumway in a hair raising, high speed collision filled pursuit across the wastelands near Standard Falls. […]

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