“Johnny Fontane: A month ago he bought the rights to this book, a best seller. The main character is a guy just like me. I wouldn't even have to act, just be myself. Oh, Godfather, I don't know what to do, I don't know what to do... All of a sudden, Don Corleone rises from his chair and gives Fontane a savage shake, YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN! He gives a quick slap to Fontane. What's the matter with you? Is this what you've become, a Hollywood finocchio who cries like a woman? "Oh, what do I do? What do I do?" What is that nonsense? Ridiculous! Tell me, do you spend time with your family? Fontane: Sure I do. Corleone: Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man. You look terrible. I want you to eat, I want you to rest well. And a month from now this Hollywood big shot's gonna give you what you want. Fontane: Too late. They start shooting in a week. I'm gonna make him an offer he won't refuse. Okay? I want you to leave it all to me. Go on, go back to the party.”
In case you don’t know me that well, the Godfather is one of my all time favourite movies and back in my student days I could quote this scene line for line.
Fortunately Designer Eric Lang, has brought us The Godfather: Corleone's Empire a standalone big box board game with numerous miniatures. And lucky for me a friend of mine asked me to paint some for him.
Firstly The Don himself. A massively imposing character. Personally I found the sculpt itself is quite static pose and the there is very little fine detail especially in the face, leaving me to believe they weren’t designed with painting in mind. I also found out the hard way there was a huge amount of mold release on the model which even after a good scrub with soap still caused me to have to strip clean and repaint again.
The model was painted with my usual method of airbrush primer followed by Reaper MSP paints. But with the lack of detail on the sculpt itself, I was forced to freehand some of the detail to give the impression of the shirt collar and cuffs.
The horse head token was done in the same way, I also managed to incorporate Reapers excellent pearl paint to represent the shimmer on the sheet, I then used some liquid effect mixed with red ink for the blood.
The car was my favorite piece, having much sharper detail than the Don and its Tiny! Again this was done with an airbrush primer followed by Reaper MSP paints.
Hopefully I will have another opportunity to do some more models from the game soon.