Taryn VexxFree Mars webcomic miniature, completed April 2013
This sculpt is the second of the Free Mars miniatures and possibly my favorite of the three. As the character was developed by the writer and artist, it was decided that the band’s bassist would have a family heirloom sword and the training to use it. This facet of her character really informed the pose of my sculpt and gave me a strong mental image of how I wanted her to look. As with the other Free Mars characters, I have pages and pages of existing art, so my extremely rough concept sketches for the mini didn’t prove to be a hindrance (nor even strictly necessary).
Her foot position was influenced by a martial arts stance and her salute was patterned after a fencing move, but neither is entirely true to any particular style - a fact that makes things notably easier in my opinion. It also allows me to shrug off criticisms that she’s standing wrong or would never hold a blade that way. As far as I’m concerned, this is an incredibly accurate stance and salute for a noble Martian swordswoman in the late 2330’s.
Once again, I asked Jennifer Haley to paint an example of this sculpt, and once again I'm delighted by the results. I asked her to use the slightly atypical color scheme from the Free Mars prequel that appears in the first print compilation. The red coat really stands out, and I just love what she's done with the skin tone. I think you'll agree she has really brought the comic character to life.
Both resin and metal castings of this model are available in the Full Borer Store.