In the dead of night
A shimmering light
Gleam of a blade
And the devil is paid.
When the axe comes down
A chilling sound
Steel against a head
Another rabbit's dead.
I'm a rabbit slayer,
A guitar player,
With a nasty habbit:
KILL THE RABBIT!---Ozzy Fudd, The Rabbit Slayer

Slap Happy North is oh-so glad to present
His fifth piece of original sculpture
Inspired by the Chuck Jone's Cartoon,
"What's Opera, Doc?",
Elmer Fudd, Rabbit Slayer

Did you ever start working on a piece of art that took off without you and just went wherever the hell it wanted to go? This piece did that for me. I had originally envisioned a stoic Elmer with a dead Bugs skin on his lance, but the more I worked on him, the more I got to thinking, "Wouldn't it be cool if the reason why Fudd was such a great hunter now was because he had made a pact with Satan?" Well, I twisted his expression somewhat and added the fangs, but the real coup de gras came when I knocked the statue off a table when I was working. The neck broke, and that's when the rest of the story came into my head. A little blood around the break, a black scarf to "hide" the infirmity, and suddenly Elmer was a soldier slaughtered on the battlefield and reanimated by the Devil for the purpose of killing smartass rabbits.

Disturbingly, however, and you can't see this in the pictures, if this statue sits at about waist level, the damn thing's eyes follow you across the room. Neat optical effect, achieved totally by accident, but still pretty creepy. Which is why he no longer sits on the waist level table.

Painting was pretty smooth, except that I have a tendency to sculpt things that can't possibly be fully painted. Since Fudd was sculpted as a single piece, this only added to the annoyance, and in the future I intend to be more mindful of things like undercuts and small gaps during the sculpting phase. Elmer was done in all acrylics (and just a touch of gold enamel), weathered with washes (and I wanted a dirty look), coated with Testors Dullcoat. I then went back with a clear gloss laquer to give his eyes, mouth, ears, and all that drippy blood a wet look. That worked pretty well, especially given the right light.

Components: Sculpey III, regular Sculpey used as a core/filler cause I'm a cheap so-and-so,a coat hanger, some foil, a wooden base, some stick pins, a piece of plastic action figure bubble, and some twist ties.