Which brings us to this great kit from Alternate Images Productions displaying the Gill Man holding his apparently deceased mate in his arms, throwing a “if
looks could kill” glare over its shoulder at the perpetrators. This remarkable sculpt is by David Hansen and is breath taking in its detail, The size is roughly that of the old Aurora plastic monster kits and would fit in a display of them quite nicely.
The cast is clean though it did require a bit of clean up but nothing too objectionable. Perhaps the hardest part was placing the Gillman's mate in his arms since
they are intertwined a bit. This eventually proved to be a plus since the arms of both were cast separately sopainting was a LOT easier than if they were melded together in a single “lump” of the two figures.
The base is very nice and I added a few things such as ground foam to suggest moss on the fallen log, some plastic aquarium plants to break up the monotony of just having cast ferns along
with a few mouse bones here and there. Because I didn't have a perfect union with the feet of the creatures in the water, I disguised the gap with some Liquitex Modeling Paste (similar to toothpaste in color & consistency) to act as water splashing.
AIP has very nice photos of their completed kits on Facebook and “The Gillman And His Mate” was no exception. I was struggling a bit with how I should
paint this bad boy but after I saw the production photos, my mind was made up for me, the result of which you see before you.
I trial fitted everything, trimming away excess resin as needed. I mounted the arm pins with a lot of slop
so I could manipulate the pre-painted
limbs to provide a better union with their respective contact points. I prefer five minute epoxy in most of my work since I get a little time to position each piece where it should be and I don't mind the two or three minutes it takes to set.
Note that the assembly sequence is crucial since a number of parts overlap the other. I started by pinning but NOT gluing the Gillman to the base. Next, place his
mate on his hip and position hisleft hand to his wrist and insert the mate's feet into the special depressions in the base. If all looks well and fits snugly, using 5 minute epoxy, glue the Gillman's feet into position and BEFORE the epoxy sets, lay his mate
on his hip with his left left hand pressing against his wrist. Once the epoxy has set, glue the mate's feet into place on the base, making sure that the left hand and wrist are in alignment on her stomach. Once this assembly has set, glue the mate's right
arm into place followed by the Gillman's right arm under the mate's shoulder. If this sounds complicated, it is. Try a few dry runs before using any adhesives and making sure the parts mate as tightly as possible.