I’m a retro gamer at heart, and when I started this project I thought it would be fun to pay tribute to all the great games that so many miss out on today. I also saw it as a chance to showcase all the awesome game heroines that I love, but people seem to forget. People always say that there aren’t any cool heroines in games, I beg to differ. Sure, there are far more male protagonists in games than females, but most of the male heroes are carbon copies of each other (the brown hair and stubble model…) with not much of an interesting personality. Female heroes tend to be much more interesting.
This will be the first of many upcoming retro mash-up with cool female characters. They don’t necessarily need to be the lead protagonist of a game, but still a memorable character.

Laura’s dress was the easiest, the only problem was that the number of roses on it differed on all the pictures. Sometimes she had two, sometimes it was only one. Emily and Sophia provided some challenge, I had never done a suit nor a jacket before, so there was a lot of freestyling involved.
The Nur-Ab-Sal medallion was made out of foam coated with gesso. After that I experimented with different shades of brown, copper and gold to get the right color, and added some metallic color and patina that reacts with the metallic color. In hindsight I might have overdone the patina effect.
I started on a Dagger of Amon Ra, but being short on time I didn’t manage to finish it.
The drawings on the letters where made by Meiko Revolver, and as always, Sanchez was behind the writing.

It’s all in the details:

  • Laura’s nails has white feathers on them, as a homage to flappers
  • The pictures on the letters are “lovecraftian” versions of the game companies logos: Sierra, Infogrames & LucasArts
  • The letters contains the mad writings of Lord Boleskin from the Infogrames game Shadow of the Comet
  • Emily’s Necronomicon is a homage to the Cthulhu referenses in Alone in the Dark, and to Shadow of the Comet and Prisoner of Ice
  • Dagger of Amon Ra takes place 1926, Alone in the Dark in 1924 and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis in 1939. Sophia acquired the necklace during the Jastro Expedition in 1929, which would mean that our photoshoot would have to take place somewhere between 1930 to 1938, which in turn means it’s actually not the roaring 20’s.

Lessons learned:

  • When making patterns, you can use a TV as a substitute for a light table
  • Metallic patina colors are really awesome

The dagger of Amon Ra and Prisoner of Ice are the only two games that have ever scared me
Cookies: Heather’s homemade macaroons
Drink: Sangria
Music: The Archaeologist Song


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