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Last Painter Standing - Round 4

Jaguar Strike Craft
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Last Painter Standing now advances to the fourth round...but we've introduced a twist this time.

As you know, each round of Last Painter Standing alternates between fantasy and science fiction. So, you were probably expecting a science-fiction figure?

But the contest rules state that each round focuses on "...a single i-Kore product (pack or boxed set), and could be an individual figure, a figure set, or an individual vehicle."

Yes, this round is a science-fiction vehicle. (Which happens to include a figure...)

The Round Four miniature is i-Kore's Jaguar Strike Craft, an open-hulled hovercraft. This vehicle is from the VOID product line, from the Viridian army lists.

Jaguar boxed set

The Jaguar comes as a boxed set. Within the box is a resin "dust skirt" base...

Resin dust base

...and a bag of metal parts.

Bag of parts

A large round piece is the major hull component. Another large piece (the "cockpit") sits into the middle of this, and a large gun sits on the front (between the pilot's feet).

The cockpit (top left), gun (bottom left), and hull (right)

Three more pieces combine to form a "tail assembly" that fits into the top/back of the cockpit chair. The tail boom is the component to which the engine nacelles (one piece) and weapon pods (also one piece) attach.

Tail components - engines (left), tail boom (center), and weapon pods (right)

The design of the hovercraft leaves the pilot fully exposed - which may not be the best idea in terms of survivability, but it adds visual interest! The pilot comes as a separate figure, and is intended to sit in the cockpit "chair" with his feet straddling the main gun.

The pilot

To give a rough idea of what the finished vehicle looks like, I've temporarily piled the pieces together:

The pieces, combined

The tail boom would normally attach on top of the cockpit "chair," and the gun would sit in front of the pilot.

So now the contest proceeds to Round 4. It's down to six contestants, after bounide was voted out in the last round. There was a delay due to a package being lost (and a replacement sent), but the contestants eventually received their models and a deadline has been set: 28 March 2004.

As the write-ups come in, they will be posted here...