Yes I know, the title is a bit unfortunate, given the fact that we are talking about two ladies, but those are the recent additions to my Bauhaus force, so it cannot be helped!
Lets start anyway. Since I am nearing the completion of my last Bauhaus minis, I wanted to tackle the remaining character minis. I am not sure if I shall ever field them. For one these two ladies hardly do much for me stats wise and as I found out in my last couple of games I might be better off with custom Warlords anyway. But in the later case they might still see service as stand-ins.
Up first is Valerie Duval. At first I was a bit skeptical of this sculpt. I always liked the metal version that was sold with the 1st and 2nd Edition of the game, and I somehow felt this one would not stand up to that old sculpt. Painting her though I found that it is actually quiet a nice mini and en par with the old one. The mini itself is straight out of the box. I have deliberated long and hard how to convert her uniform to the winter theme of my force, but as with the other Etoiles Mortant (the unit she hails from and still to be painted) the layout of the body armour makes the addition of (faux) fur look strange. So she and her sisters will have to do with spandex. I decided to underlay her Bauhaus insignia (the cogwheel) in black. The Etoiles Mortants are women who have lost a loved person to the Dark Legion and out of mourning have joined the unit to take revenge for their deaths. So I felt black was a fitting colour here.
With Angelica Drachen I went a slightly different route. The mini is wearing a rolled up shirt under her body armour and a pelisse style vest over it. That was far easier to bring into line with my winter theme. So I sculpted on long sleeves that I connected to the vest to turn it into a proper jacket. and to make it a proper pelisse I also sculpted on fur cuffs and a collar. Otherwise, this mini is straight out of the box as well. Just like Duval and my Venusian Ranger Special Forces I painted her uniform in a darker blue than my rank and file troops to show her higher status. All the piping and lacing was done in a NMM technique.
And last some scratch build booby traps for my Venusian Rangers. In their first game I forgot that they could deploy booby traps, so I decided to build some counters for them, so I would not forget. essentially these were inspired by modern-day Claymore mines.