Carpathian Kitten Loss

The title of this post is a phrase used by Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters II, referring to what Vigo the Carpathian is suffering from and why he looks so grumpy in his painting.

It’s also… The. Best. Title. Ever.

After my brief diversion to announce the Forgotten Heroes 2019 event, we return to my ongoing Ghostbusters project and something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but not got around to yet.

As I’d previously built the first room of my museum ‘board’ (go here if you missed this genius idea) and discussed in the comments that it could be used for any large internal space, including an art gallery, this started those insidious cogs turning in my brain…

As the villain of the second Ghostbusters movie spent the majority of the film as an oil painting, to have a ‘complete’ collection of 28mm Ghostbusters and related characters, I really needed a scale representation of this. I mean, I’d just built a museum hall, so how difficult could it be?

Turns out there were some teething issues, but as I’ve now overcome these, I can show you the best way to create scale paintings for your scenery, that are; 1. easy to make, 2. dirt cheap and, 3. with the right bits, can be added and removed from your scenery without any issues.

So, the first thing to do is to find the relevant images that you want to replicate. I decided that my portrait of Vigo should not hang alone, so decided to source some other images of like-minded folk. Having selected my ‘Rogue’s Gallery’, I used Google Images to find the largest, most detailed version of the picture I wanted, then simply copied and pasted these into a blank Word document.

Using the Formatting facility, I then reduced these images in size to what I felt was the correct proportions, ensuring that the aspect ratio was locked, so it didn’t distort the image. Using the ‘Picture Styles’ Formatting option, I then added a “frame” to each picture, using ‘Compound Frame, Black’. Having done this, I then printed this out on a piece of A4 paper, using my colour printer, along with one other image, like so:

So, Vigo is at the bottom left of the portraits and above him is a portrait of Ivo Shandor’s mother, which features in Ghostbusters – The Video Game, which I’ve mentioned before. As for the other three portraits, they are all historical personages and anyone who can name all three gets bonus points and my everlasting respect.

The final image is the actual logo for Stay-Puft Marshmallows that appeared in the first Ghostbusters movie, on the packet that Dana had on her kitchen counter. Yes, I am THAT much of a geek…

Interestingly, the image of Mr. Stay-Puft is a bit more angular than the one that manifested in the final reel and I’m tempted to try and recreate this…but maybe not full size.

Anyway, as I had printed this out on A4 paper, I decided to cut out the pictures and glue them on to thin card using a gluestick…

This was a mistake, so don’t do this.

The glue make the colours run and you get weird lumps everywhere. Instead, print the images straight on to card, as most home printers will take the sort of white card they give to kids to make greetings cards from and is therefore available from most stationers and handily comes in A4 size. (As a side note for any overseas readers, A4 is a standard paper size in the UK, equivalent to 8.27 Γ— 11.69 inches, because having it 9 x 12 would be FAR too easy…)

Once you’ve done that, use a steel rule and a craft knife (as even with the best will in the world AND a steady hand, you won’t cut ’em straight) to cut out your paintings, like so:

You will then need to colour the edges of your ‘paintings’, as otherwise when viewed from the side, you’ll see the white card they’re printed on. This can easily be done with a black felt tip such as a Sharpie, although someone’s wandered off with mine, so I had to paint the bloody things. Don’t do this – it takes too long and you can end up with paint, ironically, on your ‘paintings’.

The next stage is to cover the paintings with transparent sticky=backed plastic. I used a 50p roll from Wilko, intended for covering school books. This is to protect the images when being handled, as ink from an inkjet printer will wear off if treated too rough and gives the ‘paintings’ that sheen that you see on oil paintings. Once you’ve done this, flip them over and glue 1 pence pieces to the back of each one, like so;

It doesn’t have to be a 1 pence pieces, you can use any coin of your choice, or a washer, although washers do tend to be more expensive than a penny each. The important thing is that the coin (or coin substitute) be of a composition that is ferromagnetic…

And the reason for this is because that way, by placing a strong enough magnet on the reverse of the wall you are intending hanging the ‘picture’ on, it can be placed anywhere on the wall and removed just as easily, so will not be a permanent fixture.

To show you what I mean, here’s Dr Floyd Petersen of the Rookhaven Ghostbusters franchise, examining a portrait he has discovered hanging in the museum, which appears to be giving off a significant amount of Psychokinetic Energy…

“There are no strings on me…”

Did I hear someone say… ‘genius’?

Until next time…

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11 thoughts on “Carpathian Kitten Loss

  1. Nice work on the paintings Jez, you could make another layer to make the frames stand out from the paintings, and to seal the paintings you could use a a 50/50 mix of water and PVA glue

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  2. Nice one Jez. I`ve always been a believer I using framed pictures on walls to enhance the right terrain (if you`re using 3D that is) and have sized and assembled many such for my horse and musket era century “Fotherington Hall” manner house, which I have yet to show in any blog games. Must remember to rectify that sometime. Your museum is coming on nicely, and finished, should look just the ticket πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Steve. I think you did feature Fotherington Hall in one of the earlier posts – it’s the Terra Blocks one, yes? It may have been doubling up as the White House as I think Lincoln was there.

      And the Rookhaven Museum of Natural History is slowly progressing. Needs a bit more work before being open to the public – plinths for the Hall of Reptiles, display cases for the Abenaki artefacts and ensuring the Mictlan Codex is…protected.

      Then there’s the upcoming anniversary of the Blake Manor Trsgedy, strange lights seen at the abandoned Bellman Institute and reports that the Devil Monkey has been seen in the woods…

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      • Yep, you`re spot on, I forgot I did show `part` of Fotherington Hall in a small cameo long ago (which will be re-vamped and re-visited soon over on The Emerald Musketeers blog). But oh man, that building is big when fully set up, so you`ve only seen a part of it.

        Rookhaven Museum looks like it will be equally awesome when completed, so excited to see what you do here. Plinths are pretty easy to find without needing to scratch build them. Plastic cake stand ones are nice and cheap and readily available.

        Blake Manor Tragedy sounds like a real blast. So more to look forward to in the future πŸ™‚

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        • I’ve settled on the town/city of Rookhaven, in Orloc County, New Hampshire, for both my modern Ghostbusters/Scooby-Doo-esque games AND as a historical setting for “Age of Unreason”. So, events that happened way back may impact on the modern games…might even be a bit of time-travel shenanigans. And I will be commenting on both blogs, once I’ve finished reading them. They are packed full of content after all. πŸ˜‰

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  3. I go to New Hampshire quite often as I live in bordering Massachusetts. Usually it’s to attend the Highland Games at Loon Mountain. I’ve never been to Orloc…perhaps that’s a good thing.

    That being said, a lot of good information here, Jez. I have been wrestling with how to complete a realistic, weathered-looking billboard for a while now. Perhaps your method might be of use. I’m also working on an Old West town that could use some wanted posters and handbills scattered about. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    Good idea with the magnets, too.

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    • I picked New Hampshire as the state for my fictional county and township so as not to tread on anyone’s toes. You reside in Massachusetts and Steve has staked his claim on Maine, so I get the bit in the middle, which has wood devils and devil.monkeys, so not a great hardship.

      Regarding your boarding and wanted posters….MS Word certainly allows you to apply what it calls “artistic effects” to ANY image saved to a document, so if you wanted the picture in grayscale or sepia, you can do this really easily. But it has other effects that can make the image look faded. Can’t recall the exact option = something like ‘nostalgia ‘ or ‘contact’s = but.it.makes it look.like a photo taken in the 70’s, faded and a little bit yellowy. Might work for your billboard. Alternatively, print it out and pop it inside your shoe for a week. Sounds a bit strange, but does artificially age documents quite well.

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    • Thanks Michael. Sometimes I get these ideas that just seem so obvious that I can’t understand why no-one has done them before, so have to share them. Just glad that my ideas inspire others.

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