Thursday, 11 April 2013

=== PREDATOR ===

Time for a figure, in this case of the infamous 'predator' from the movies with the same name. The first movie, 'predator', appeared in 1987. The film was about a group of commando's (including 'Dutch' played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the South American jungle. They find themselves hunted down by an extraterrestrial. The creature or 'predator' hunts to gather trophies (in case of cached human, our spine and skull). Although it has a range weapon (a shoulder mounted plasmacaster) it seems to prefer to use close combat 'equipment'. One of the most extraordinary features is a cloaking device rendering the creature almost invisible. In the end Dutch manages to trap the creature but it has a trick almost literally up it's sleeve, it blows itself to bits by overloading the portable reactor powering it's equipment.
The movie Predator II was released in 1990 and more is learned about the mysterious creature. Hunting other creatures appears to be an important part of it's culture. It only goes after foes who are armed and who behave aggressive. In Predator II the 'stone jungle' of Los Angeles acts as a hunting ground and it's underworld gets decimated before the creature is stopped by a police officer. A few years later the 'Predator' and 'Alien universes' where blended in the computer game 'Alien vs Predator'. It took more then a decade until a movie with a clash between these monsters was released. The entire 'Alien-Predator universe' now consists out of no less then 10 movies:
  • Predator
  • Predator II
  • Predators
  • Alien vs Predator
  • Alien vs Predator Requiem
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Alien 3
  • Alien Resurrection
  • Prometheus
The films vary greatly in quality, subject and intended viewer experience. 'Predator II' seems to be mainly about a tense cat & mouse game. 'Alien' exploits fear about the unknown and 'Prometheus' has the creation of life in the background. Common themes in all movies are extraterrestrial life, survival and adrenaline pumping through your veins. I personally like 'Predator', 'Predator II', 'Alien vs Predator', 'Alien', 'Aliens' and 'Prometheus' the most. I have the biggest dislike for 'Predators' and 'Alien Resurrection', they seem to be endless celebrations of violence.

Andrea Miniatures released a figure of a Predator-like creature, kit no. SG-F085. It doesn't seem to be an 'official' product but looks very good. The Predator is set on a jungle base and has the armor that seems to be a mixture between the armor seen in the first and second movie. One of the weapons is a 'collapsable spear' appearing in Predator II. The kit has 18 parts. A choice can be made between the predator holding the collapsable spear or a skull and spine. The parts fit quite well and the detail is absolutely great. The predator has a coarse mesh over it body in the movies and even this is represented very well on the figure. I have the idea that this is a more recent figure from Andrea Miniatures and the detail is even better as on the 'back prince at Crecy'. The only recommendation I can make is to glue the four fangs to the figure when you're finished painting. They are very small and there conic shape make that they 'launch' from your tweezers. Also I painted the thick hairs (provided separately) before glueing them on.
This is a science fiction subject so you can paint it the way you like. I chose to stay close to the movies but the colors there are sometimes difficult to make out. There is a very large difference between the patterns on the heads between the predators in Predator II and all the others:

The most common 'spots' pattern

A more exotic pattern from Predator II

My predator looks the most like the one from the first movie. I chose to make the spots green although in the movies they are brown but I found this to be a more 'extraterrestrial look'. The right arm holds the collapsable spear while the left holds the mask. This mask is provided as separate part so you can also glue it to it's belt or put it on the base as suggested on the box. It is not possible to glue the mask on the head without making serious modifications to the head.
On to the pictures! As always click in the photo's to see a lager version.

Highy recommend for all predator fans or figure painters who want to use there imagination.

A fan (BigBadBoss) made trailer with some very good footage of the predator from youtube:

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