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Marrow the Deathblessed - From the World of the Radio Kings

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"When the world fell, men cowered in fear, and huddled together to hide from the storm.  But there were those that embraced it.  The storm had shown them the true path, and freed them to return to the old ways.  They referred to themselves as The Nation of None, although to everyone else, they were known simply as the Scut."
Excerpt from the Ruin Chronicles

Nomadic and tribal, the Scut wandered the wastes, scavenging to survive.  They had adapted to the new world, owned no more than they could carry, and were said to have found ways to pull food and water from even the harshest conditions.  They worshiped strange gods that they claimed existed long before the times of man, that they had rediscovered since man's fall.  

Marrow is the last of the Rusted Bones Tribe.  Stillborn, all in her tribe claimed it a miracle when she took her first breath.  Those who died and returned were known as the Deathblessed, and were believed to have been sent back by the gods, touched with their blessings.  She excelled in everything she did; she was always unnaturally fast, strong, and clever, with an unusual connection to the land, even by the standards of her people.  Her strange red eyes were said to see things that others could not.  They believed that she was touched by Abarath, a dark and inscrutable god, and was known among the tribe as his favorite daughter.

Marrow was 13 when her tribe was massacred by the army of the citadels.  Left for dead, she was now twice deathblessed.  The years that followed, she drifted through the wastes alone, at times hovering at the outskirts of the camps of travelers, but never seen. She had no connections, her only friend Dodge, her stuffed rabbit that she had kept since her childhood.  She swears that he is quite wise, whispering secrets to her, and always watches her back. Even at her young age, she was a survivor and had learned well the ways of her people. Children of the Scut were all raised to be fierce warriors, but from the moment she held her first blade, there was no doubt that this was where her greatest talents would lie. So for years, she honed her skills, tracking, hunting, and killing the armies of the citadels.  As she grew, so did her notoriety. Among the soldiers she had become an urban legend, an unstoppable, unkillable ghost among the ruins.  

When she would find people, often travelers or small encampments, she would watch and listen, so close but always unseen and unknown.  And it was there that she began to hear stories of the man the wastelands call Saint Crow. Rumors that were becoming legends. And she found herself fascinated.  He wasn't hard to find, following the trail of chaos he seemed to leave in his wake.  For weeks she watched him.

There seemed an almost casual and comfortable air about him, no matter the situation, as if he simply doesn't know fear, a hint of a smile always at the corners of his mouth.  She had seen him battle the citadels' armies, and while he claimed to not care about others problems, he always seemed to end up helping someone in need.  She'd seen him take stupid risks in his obsession with old music, and the more she had watched him, the more he left her confused and curious.  

He had begun to notice her long before she had decided to make herself known to him.  It was subtle, but he had gotten a sense of her, lurking just outside of the periphery of his vision.  He was cautious, but over a few weeks, her presence became oddly comforting, like a shadow that followed him, and kept him company without ever speaking.  Then he started to catch glimpses of her, like she had wanted to be seen.  One night, she simply joined him at his campfire, picking up a piece of his dinner, and started talking to him, without introduction, as if they had always been friends.  

Since then, she has stayed close to him.  She disappears and reappears at her whims, but Crowther is fairly sure she's almost always nearby.  When she talks about her past, there's a complete lack of sentimentality, as if everything she's lost is simply a matter of fact.  Although he's sure that there are moments he's caught a glimpse of a buried sadness that even Marrow is mostly unaware of.  But for the most part, Crowther is amazed at her strange and oddly cheerful disposition.  She'll fluctuate from being completely unreserved and talkative - an outpouring of whatever thoughts cross her mind, oblivious to how awkward or inappropriate they may be, as if saved up from her years alone and overflowing - to long stretches of silence, sometimes accompanied by unsettling eye contact that at first made even Crowther a bit uneasy, although he's gotten rather used to it.  And as far as he can tell, she seems utterly fearless.  Every fight, every situation, she seems to glide through effortlessly.  When asked, she told him "Twice now, I've returned from the dead lands, each time with Abarath's gifts.  He's given me strength and speed, breathed into my lungs a fire to survive, to live.  Abarath doesn't have much interest in the lives of man, but I am his favorite daughter, and I burn so that even he will delight in what I have done.   I'd never do anything so pitiful as to ask for Abarath's help, after he's given me so much," and, with a wink, she leaned close and whispered "but I know he watches over me.  And pity whoever provokes his wrath."  

When she had said it, Crowther assumed the words mad.  But the more he's seen of Marrow, the more he's started to wonder if they might be true.





































































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Absolute Great Character ! She made herself a bra with the knee pads of a fallen soldier Very Happy Love the background. Let me call You Master of Poses now. That´s always inspirations for me... see a picture of a real person or fantasy art and try to copy the pose with a pichen body. With her hairstyle You give the poses a dynamic touch.

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Great showcase of Marrow, and great background story. I half expect that Mad Max will be showing up soon to help make sense of the post-Apocalyptic world. If you use your considerable gifts wisely, you might well shape the next Mad Max film into a Radio Kings story.


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FINALLY !!!
At long last, we get to see more of Marrow in all her glory !!
That knee pad /bra idea is just a brilliant idea LOL !!
That cleaver and sheath of hers is just awesome and I'm going to try and replicate that (one day lol) ! silent

Mad skills putting all the custom pieces together dude...absolutely mad skills !


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Impressive figure. I'm even more impressed with all the gear she is carrying on her back.

You've got me wanting to try making a sword with a chicken bone as a handle.


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Brilliant! She needs to have her own movie.

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Very Cool and great backstory for Marrow! Very Happy


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WOW!! Just... WOW!

Everyone has already said everything I wanted to say... I'm at a loss. I've told you before she's my favorite character of yours, and now... after reading her backstory, and all the great pics of her... WOW!! Just spectacular work, Adam. Brilliant posing, and, as Ephiane said, an excellent use of her hair to show movement. She really does need her own movie. I'd pay to see that.


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Attaboy, Rev. The anticipation level for this was high and you've risen to the occasion.

And, those are some wicked-ass looking weapons she wields.

Beautiful work, indeed.

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Absolutely fascinating! I love that character, and the pics are so atmospheric! Fantastic universe mate!

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Ephiane wrote:Absolute Great Character ! She made herself a bra with the knee pads of a fallen soldier Very Happy Love the background. Let me call You Master of Poses now. That´s always inspirations for me... see a picture of a real person or fantasy art and try to copy the pose with a pichen body. With her hairstyle You give the poses a dynamic touch.

Thank you Ephiane!  I can't believe I hadn't though about her bra that way, but now that's totally cannon!  I can totally picture her casually picking over the corpses of her enemies, looking for usable salvage.  And I think trying to get those really dramatic poses is my favorite part of taking photos.  And I give a lot of credit to Phicen for really making it that much more fun to play with figures.  And glad you like her hair!  That material is so fun to work with, I'm always amazed more manufactures don't use it for figures.

GubernatorFan wrote:Great showcase of Marrow, and great background story. I half expect that Mad Max will be showing up soon to help make sense of the post-Apocalyptic world. If you use your considerable gifts wisely, you might well shape the next Mad Max film into a Radio Kings story.

Thanks so much GubernatorFan! Yeah, the Mad Max movies were such a huge influence on me growing up, and Fury Road really lit a fire to figure out my own take on the Wasteland.  I really dug deep to try to make something that would set itself a apart from Max's apocalypse, and have a flavor of it's own, so don't expect Max to show up any time soon.   These poor bastards are all on their own to deal with this apocalypse!  But if George Miller wants to give me a holler about making a Radio Kings movie, I'm ready!

Allotropos wrote:FINALLY !!!
At long last, we get to see more of Marrow in all her glory !!
That knee pad /bra idea is just a brilliant idea LOL !!
That cleaver and sheath of hers is just awesome and I'm going to try and replicate that (one day lol) ! silent

Mad skills putting all the custom pieces together dude...absolutely mad skills !

Thanks Allotropos!  Yeah, Marrow is well deserving of her time in the spotlight.  It's funny, I was saving up that bra idea for a while.  It really says something about me that I get a set of those pads and think "I should put some boobs in these."  And I'm glad you dig her giant cleaver.  I love these big chunky looking blades, and it seemed a good fit for her.  Really fun to make, although I have a cat that wants those chicken bones so bad.  After he's crunched through a couple of bone handle knives I made, I have to make sure Marrow's sword is always in the glass display case if I'm not right there working with her.

shazzdan wrote:Impressive figure. I'm even more impressed with all the gear she is carrying on her back.

You've got me wanting to try making a sword with a chicken bone as a handle.

Do it!!! lol.  And thanks Shazzdan.  I think I actually stole the idea from Ephiane a while back.  The chicken bones really are perfect for this scale.

And Dodge the rabbit kinda doubles as a backpack to carry that extra gear (although in Marrow's mind, she just carries Dodge, and that's his knife and grenades).  Still, she'll gladly use them in a pinch.

delusional wrote:Brilliant! She needs to have her own movie.

See George Miller?  Are you listening?  The people have spoken.  Lets do this!

Thanks so much Delusional!  I have a killer opening scene, a great climactic battle for the 1st film, and a good chunk of the soundtrack all planned out.  I'm ready.  Very Happy

BAD WOLF-787 wrote:Very Cool and great backstory for Marrow! Very Happy

Thanks Bad Wolf!  I know you're no stranger to how these stories just take form around our characters.  Glad you dig it!

Stryker2011 wrote:WOW!! Just... WOW!

Everyone has already said everything I wanted to say... I'm at a loss. I've told you before she's my favorite character of yours, and now... after reading her backstory, and all the great pics of her... WOW!! Just spectacular work, Adam. Brilliant posing, and, as Ephiane said, an excellent use of her hair to show movement. She really does need her own movie. I'd pay to see that.

Ah, seriously, thanks a ton Stryker.  She's really one of my favorite characters too, so I so badly wanted to get some photos that captured what I love about her, and be able to write up something that really conveys who she is as a character.  So it means the world to know that comes through.

So come on George Miller, lets get this project happening!

dadrab wrote:Attaboy, Rev. The anticipation level for this was high and you've risen to the occasion.

And, those are some wicked-ass looking weapons she wields.

Beautiful work, indeed.

Thanks so much Dadrab!  And sorry for the long wait! lol.  I really wanted to deliver on this one.  I'm pretty proud of her background, and it took me a bit to get it right when writing it up.  Until I take a stab at a Radio Kings novel, or Hollywood comes knocking, these posts are my outlet to get out this big story rumbling around in my head, so I'm always trying to really come through with something fresh.  

blackpool wrote:Absolutely fascinating! I love that character, and the pics are so atmospheric! Fantastic universe mate!

Thank you Blackpool!  I'm always trying to up my photo game, and felt pretty good about how these came out.  The Radio Kings world is only gonna get wilder from here!

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ReverendSpooky wrote:Really fun to make, although I have a cat that wants those chicken bones so bad.  After he's crunched through a couple of bone handle knives I made, I have to make sure Marrow's sword is always in the glass display case if I'm not right there working with her.

I leave my bones outside next to an ants nest for the critters to pick over for a few weeks and the sun to bleach naturally. Then I boil them for a few minutes just to make sure that they are sterile. My cat doesn't want to go near them after that. Make sure that you put the bones in a mesh cage of some kind - it lets the bugs in to pick at the bones but stops them from getting stolen. I started doing this after I watched a gang of Aussie green ants pick up a bone from a chicken wing and carry it down into their nest. I was happy to share with them but, no, the little thieves want the whole thing for themselves.


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really stunning work the poses are fantastic

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Excellent figure! I did not know about the kneepad bra until it was pointed out, fantastic idea! I will never go walking in the woods alone again! Smile

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ReverendSpooky wrote:Do it!!! lol.  And thanks Shazzdan.  I think I actually stole the idea from Ephiane a while back.  The chicken bones really are perfect for this scale.

Here ya go. I reckon that a bone handle deserves a wicked blade so here is a cleaver and a sickle knife. It is a neat use for chicken wing bones. Many thanks to Ephiane and RevSpooky for the inspiration.












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How appropriate that the skeleton is wielding a bone-handled cleaver.


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I absolutely adore your Radio Kings stuff and this is a very worthy addition to its canon! Your writing is exquisite and I’m joining the queue of people who’d love to see it come to the silver screen! (Perhaps you could try out some stopmotion in the meantime? :p)

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Cool looking figure and very inventive clothing too!

CHEERS!

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wardog_001 wrote:really stunning work the poses are fantastic

Thank you Wardog! The poses really are the most fun part of a photoshoot for me.

JohnByng wrote:Excellent figure! I did not know about the kneepad bra until it was pointed out, fantastic idea! I will never go walking in the woods alone again! Smile

Thanks JohnByng! I hadn't even thought about it that way at 1st, but after Ephiane's comment, it's officially canon.  

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ReverendSpooky wrote:Do it!!! lol.  And thanks Shazzdan.  I think I actually stole the idea from Ephiane a while back.  The chicken bones really are perfect for this scale.

Here ya go. I reckon that a bone handle deserves a wicked blade so here is a cleaver and a sickle knife. It is a neat use for chicken wing bones. Many thanks to Ephiane and RevSpooky for the inspiration.

Those came out great!!!  I especially love that cleaver style design! And knowing your stuff too, I bet they're all real metal.  Quality craftsmanship man.  For the bigger chunkier blades, I have to resort to plastic, since the the metal gets so heavy.  But for those knives of yours, the metal is just so slick.  

And I'm with GubernatorFan that I love that its a skeleton with the bone handled weapons.  He lost any shame he might have had with his flesh.  

MerylAkiba wrote:Really awesome figure!

Thank you!!!

Lynkhart wrote:I absolutely adore your Radio Kings stuff and this is a very worthy addition to its canon! Your writing is exquisite and I’m joining the queue of people who’d love to see it come to the silver screen! (Perhaps you could try out some stopmotion in the meantime? :p)

Thanks so much Lynkhart!!!  I really want to try doing a more narrative photo series, maybe with speech bubbles or captions.  Starting it as a novel really does seem like the place to start, but whenever I have time, I just want to work on figures!  I'm my own worst enemy.

Rogerbee wrote:Cool looking figure and very inventive clothing too!

CHEERS!

Being inventive is the only way to survive in the wasteland!  And thanks Rogerbee!  So glad you dig her.

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