Mario, Sonic and Zool: the Holy Trinity of video game mascots in the 1990s. Two of these characters are going strong to this day. Zool – the lovechild of Cool Spot and a Ninja Turtle – explored a visually intense platformer landscape deep with thematic heft, which let the Amiga gamer grapple with complex socio-cultural questions such as “What if world, but made of Smarties?”
If you want to express your personality through the consumption of Zool merchandise, there are only dog-eared tie-in novels from 1995 to collect. And that’s not enough for me – I dreamt of owning a plastic rendition of my hero from the Nth Dimension. SO I MADE MY OWN.
This is my digital sculpt of Zool, created in Blender. As he’s some sort of weird ant, I printed him the size of a two-pence coin and painted him up with a specially made Chupa Chups base.
And then, to recreate the sugary joy of the original computer game levels, I emptied sixteen packets of Smarties into my lightbox.
Now that I’ve found a way to conjure miniatures from my imagination into paintable pieces, I am completely giddy with sculpting potential. What next? Maybe a 1990s British pop culture Justice League, with Superted and Bananaman.
Regal Blue Cloth Tutorial
Hello everybody, welcome to another slice of delicious painting tuition cake. Thanks to each and every one of you that's subscribed, and special welcomes to first-timers Philli, Joe and BigManWithFacilitiesForThat. Today we're continuing the Colours of Cloth series with the help of a Scinari Cathallar from Warhammer Age of Sigmar'sC Lumineth Realm-lords.