Saturday, 23 February 2013

Victorian Superhero Miniatures

We have professor Gecko to look forward to with Empire of the Dead - Requiem - but I would LOVE to see some Victorian Super-Hero Miniatures personally, and not just "retro" versions of already established characters either (though that would be cool).

But also original Characters or maybe one based on existing tales of Myth and Legend, like "Spring Heeled Jack" for example.

Spring-heeled Jack was a character from English folklore - actually stemming back further than the Victorian era from which he was most famous, Jack was known for his astounding leaps, often from rooftop to rooftop. The first claimed sighting of Jack was in the London of 1837 - later one sightings were reported all over Great Britain, and were especially frequent in suburban London, the Midlands and Scotland.

There are many theories about the identity of Spring-heeled Jack. and his legend was very popular at the time, his popularity was not only down to his bizarre appearance but also to his almost supernatural ability to make extraordinary leaps - and his fame grew to the point where he became the topic of several works of fiction!

Spring-heeled Jack was described by people who claimed to have seen him as having a rather terrifying appearance, with demonic appearance, clawed hands, and eyes that "resembled red balls of fire".

One report claimed that, beneath his black cloak, he wore a helmet and a tight-fitting garment like an pale-grey oilskin.That he was tall and athletic, with the appearance of a gentleman - sort of like a Victorian Batman.

Other stories also make mention of a more "Devil-like" aspect - spouting out blue and white fire from his fanged mouth - and that he had sharp metallic claws sprouting from his fingertips (a sort of Hellboy/Devilman combo).

Then there is this illustration of this supremely well-armed policeman - from Punch of 1886 and there have been debates about the policeman's use of weaponry, uniform etc in the picture.

So not only "retro" Superheroes would work here, but also unique heroes based on the Urban Legends of the Day.

Time to resurrect "Roger Parachute Pants" . . . . .

Selden . . . . . .

Another great "Empire of the Dead - Requiem" Kickstarter Update - "Selden" -

'As if in answer to his words there rose suddenly out of the vast gloom of the moor that strange cry which I had already heard upon the borders of the great Grimpen Mire. It came with the wind through the silence of the night, a long, deep mutter then a rising howl, and then the sad moan in which it died away. Again and again it sounded, the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild, and menacing. The baronet caught my sleeve and his face glimmered white through the darkness' - ''the Hound of the Baskervilles'' ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle