|LEFT: before; RIGHT: after. The only change here is the addition of a small bell.|
Besides arms, all Bell-ringer bar that one got brand new faces. These masks give the group a more coherent look.
|LEFT: before; RIGHT: after. A visible difference on this one. The bells on his left arm come from the Blightkings kit.|
I made each of the black masks out of bits of plasticard, carved with a hobby knife and put together with superglue. For reference I looked at photographs of real wooden carnival masks from Međimurje, such as these:
|Photo by Davor Rostuhar; published in National Geographic HR|
The musician got a bit rearranged. This walking bagpipe's chanter now sticks from the base of his neck, while before this intervention it used to be a transformed mouth.
|LEFT: before; RIGHT: after. The bell got relocated to his back, as it would have been obscured by the new arm had it remained around his neck.|
You will notice that some have a ring or a disc between their horns, which reminds me of portrayals of Egyptian gods. I can't really explain the logic behind this detail, but it feels right. Does it look out of place to you?
As for the Devil (not pictured in this post, but THIS is the mini I'm talking about), I can't seem to make his new look work. All attempts to fix him have failed (which is a bit frustrating), so I decided to put him away in a box for the time being. In my experience, that is the right course of action when a mini refuses to cooperate. There are plenty of others in need of my attention. :D
|LEFT: before; RIGHT: after. This guy got his old club replaced by a new one, put together from a brass rod, a plastic bead and green stuff. The weapon's red colour adds a splash of interest in the crew's otherwise monotonous colour scheme.|
|LEFT: before; RIGHT: after. The first bell-ringer I ever made, this poor fellow has been through many transformations. I wish I could promise this was the last.|
This is it. What do you think? Was the makeover successful, or do you feel they were better before?