He seems to me he's just the typical space pirate like many we know and have come to love :
Andy Hoare from Tales from the Maelstrom asked Rick Priestley about it but there's little to learn from that :
" I've asked Rick about the character and he says the name wasn't a specific reference, but was intended to be suggestive of 1970s sci-fi baddy/rogue types."
So with such conflicting first and last names, I had several choices :
- Totally ignore his name and model what I wanted : Tempting, it wouldn't make much sense which would fit well with the general RT vibe.
- Make Abdul Goldberg a middle eastern looking guy with visual elements from the cultures implied by his name : Dangerous, I'd be scared to make a "Jerry Seinfeld wearing Fez on a camel"
- Make Abdul Goldberg even weirder by adding elements to the concept, elements that actually don't relate to the character or with what we alredy know of him : That's more like it. It's a matter of pushing things to 11 for me.
That's how I came to select the most peculiar head I had in the bits box. For some reason, I felt adding a third cultural elemnt would make the model even funnier.
You can actually see that the head pieces Sikh warrior wear are actually more exagerated than what I used. But they are just brilliant graphically and th efact the head is that of a fat guy over a slim body pleased me even more !
One of the main elements I wanted for this model was that I didn't want him to openly carry a gun. This doesn't mean he doesn't have a weapon concealed in his coat or that he may not be trying to get a grenade in his pocket but I want to leave a doubt.
The guy is a con man, always on the run, fleeing and thieving, that's what the running pose is all about. He's always either being chased or chasing others. The fact you don't know what he's going to take out of his pocket summarises everything, is it the shuttle's keys ? a gun or grenade ? his ID ? Who knows ?
It seems space bastards are an inspiring subject for me, I have 3 done so far and I don't think I'm going to stop here.
Now please don't expect to have 3 posts and 6 models painted a week. This was just a fluke. Really.
I have plenty of projects ongoing at the moment and I have absolutely no idea which one is gonna be completed first (especially since I'm starting new ones every day).
Anyway, there's gonna be freshly painted stuff coming soon enough !
Take care !