Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Before diving into Forgotten Heroes, I thought I’d post an update on the TSR Indiana Jones miniatures I started back in April. I’ve finally completed the set, having painted all the characters from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I’m actually quite proud of that, as completed projects are a rarity in the Angry Piper’s basement.

Let’s start with the bad guys. L-R: a Thugee cultist, Mola Ram, Chattar Lal and the Mine Guard.

Kind of a lame bunch. Chattar Lal was the quickest miniature to paint in the entire set, for obvious reasons.

I’m pretty happy with Mola Ram, the cultist and the guard. Chattar Lal I could take or leave. He’s a pretty shitty miniature.

Onto the heroes: Indiana Jones (painted back in April), Short Round and the insufferable Willie Scott.

I hate the Willie Scott miniature, and not just because I hate Willie Scott. It’s a terrible facial sculpt. I’m certainly not happy with the paint job, but underneath the paint that’s her face. It looks every bit as puffy and misshapen bare as it does with paint on it. This miniature was by far the miniature that took longest to paint, mostly because she sat on my desk untouched for weeks, but also because I kept trying to fix her face until I realized I can’t; and I hate the miniature anyway, so why bother anymore?

Short Round’s jacket is painted navy blue, but it looks black here. Weird. Anyway, he was a quick paint job.

I’ll likely never play with these miniatures, but I figure there aren’t too many people who have a fully painted TSR Indiana Jones miniature set, and I’m one.

Now, onto Forgotten Heroes. I am scrapping my original idea and moving on to something else. Now I just need to comb the ‘clix boxes to see if I can find a suitable base miniature.

6 thoughts on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

  1. Dave Stone

    Excellent work on all Keith, the Chatter model is a strange inclusion, being a non combatant, I would have thought more of the cultists or even the prince with a doll and needle would have been more fitting ! LOL
    I see what you mean about Willie’s face, even using make up tricks would not help that face ! LOL
    Look forward to seeing what you do for Forgotten Heroes

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks, Dave! Yeah, it’s not much of a cult if you only have one cultist, and I agree, the kid with the doll would have been better, or even Lao Che (although he would have been somewhat out of place, considering the rest of the miniatures). I just wonder why TSR chose to do the villains from the films rather than include all the playable characters from the RPG. I’m sure Lucasfilm had some input in that decision.

  2. Dick Garrison

    Well I think you’ve don’t a great job of some not too impressive miniatures to be honest. Women’s faces are always hard to get feminine so if Willies is as bad as you say kudos to you for getting that good a result mate. The temple guard is a pretty decent mini though, and love the paintwork on him too, looks a lot like “Pat Roach” to me.

    As for Heroklix figures they are very much like classic cars “The many must die, so the few can live!

    Cheers Roger.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thank you, Roger. I must admit picking through my rather large Heroclix collection trying to envision what could be is my least favorite part of Forgotten Heroes (aside from having to sculpt something myself, of course). It takes a lot of time, and I’m not great at picturing a miniature as a different character unless the resemblance is obvious. Still, at least now I know what I’m going for this year, so I’ve made progress!

  3. Ryan James

    Oh hi! Long time listener, first time caller. Those are pretty good paint jobs, especially considering what you had to work with. Willie Scott looks like the Chameleon with a wig on. Clearly the sculptor wasn’t much more of a fan than you, though I would also point out the artist who did the box cover probably hated her the most, seeing as they have Marion instead!

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Welcome and thanks for the kind words! Yeah, when you have Marion, you really don’t need Willie. I’d say you don’t need Willie, ever. She’s so annoying, even her miniature is annoying.

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