Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cavegirl: Halle Berry

Would you like to get hammered?

The incandescently gorgeous Halle Berry qualifies as a cavegirl because of her part in the otherwise execrable The Flintsones (1994) film, where she played a character called Sharon Stone (who turned down the part-if only she had turned down Basic Instinct 2 as well!)

Sadly, her outfits are not that brilliant (she is rather overdressed in my opinion) but they do show off her trim waist and give a hint of her impressive bust.

Halle, whose curious name has nothing to do with the comet but in fact was named after her local department store, became even more gorgeous as she got older reaching her ultimate for a boxing themed shoot for FHM. Now 42, the former beauty queen continues to light up the universe wherever she appears.

These photographs make any comment quite unnecessary

It's black and white so it's art

Halle gives her bust a rest

Lovely back!
Cavegirl rating: 8/10 (largely down to her indifferent costume)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bettie Page: 1923-2008

I just need to note the death yesterday of Bettie Page, top pin-up model, who did a memorable jungle girl series for photographer Bunny Yeager in 1954. I am in Canada at present so don't have access to my picture files but will compose a proper tribute when I return to England.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dinosaurs, cavegirls and other prehistoric figures

Reaper's 28mm (probably 30mm) Jungle Girl

I have just come across an excellent resource for those looking for prehistoric wargames figures.

Mr Pugh (whilst having execrable taste in music) has put together the definitive lists of manufacturers of prehistoric miniatures in all wargaming sizes (that is 28mm or less). I found it whilst looking for more Jungle Girl miniatures where I discovered another Reaper figure (this time a 28mm cavegirl and sabretooth).

Oddly, they call it a Jungle Girl not a cavegirl which just adds more confusion to the classification of women in animal skin bikinis. She has an authentic (if overscale) stone-tipped spear and nothing about her says "modern" so to me she is undoubtedly a cavegirl. As a figure, sadly, she isn't brilliant, suffering from big head and big hand syndrome but I have to say that she has beautifully rendered toes, if you are into that part of a cavegirl's anatomy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Reaper Miniatures 54mm Queen of the jungle

Biopunk has pointed me in the direction of this 54mm reaper minatures vignette by Gene van Horne (you can't be serious!)

She is very much in the cavegirl species whilst being, of course, from the genus of jungle girl. I haven't covered (uncovered) jungle girls yet as there are still many, many more cavegirls to reveal but maybe now is as good a time as any to start a little diversion. In fact, I can see a whole biological classification for cavegirls forming, which will need extra research.

Anyway, this figure is rather nice with her balletic pose and prominent sartorius muscle (we do like a girl with a nice toned sartorius!). Her doeskin (by the look of it - but you could surely paint it in the requisite spotted cat look) bikini is nicely minimalist and she has the classic teeth necklace. I'm not sure what the cat is supposed to be; a leopard, I suppose. You certainly need to be able to handle spots for this one. She sort of reminds me of some of the Lost World of Atlantis figures by Phoenix Model Developments which appeared back in the eighties. Although I have often been tempted by figures like this I always feel that they would eat into my 28mm painting time so have resisted so far. Nevertheless, I am sure it would grace any cavegirl collection.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Cavegirl Art 10: Cavegirls and sabretooths

Understandably, there are quite a few pictures of cavegirls and sabretooths because, at least, they did co-exist in history (unlike the more popular dinosaurs). So here are a selection of pictures:

In this first pencil sketch the cavegirl herself is rather fine; her fur bikini is nicely ragged and she has a reasonable spear. She is shapely without being ludicrously busty. The sabretooth is not so good. Firstly, it is far too big; much more than lion size, which is what smilodon was. Secondly the artist has used a tiger as his model, which is not uncommon, given that when I was small they were always referred to as sabre tooth tigers; however this nomenclature seems to have gone the way of Brontosaurus.

This picture, by the peerless Frank Frazetta, has a somilar cavegirl/sabretooth scale issue and again it's basically a tiger. However looking at the picture more closely we can see that she is far too technologically advanced to be a cavegirl. She has metal jewellery and a metal knife. She is either a time traveller down on her luck, on an alien planet or in a lost world.

Here we have a real Frazetta, Dawn Goddess, from the cover of Vampirella magazine in 1970. Again, she is not a cavegirl due to her metal acoutrements but the sabertooth is wonderfully rendered; looking much more like a Smilodon than a tiger or lion with big fangs.

This picture is by an artist called Sandy Plunkett. Again the girls isn't really a cavegirl as she has metal bracelets but otherwise she is superb: a really nice, athletic figure and a great fur bikini. The sabretooth is dreadful, however, with a really badly drawn head (although the size is about right).

Next up we have another Frazetta with some really anachronistic flying reptiles. A good, animated sabretooth and a typically curvaceous girl.

Here we have another School of Frazetta picture with a metal sword armed warrior and an alien sabretooth. The girl is pretty strapping and has that dark and obvious look I like!

Another real Frazetta with a couple of very feral looking sabretooths and an even more feral girl. Her fur bikini is bursting under the strain and I wonder how she gets her hair to stay up like that. Maybe she rubs sabretooth semen into it as prehistoric hair gel.

Finally, yet another Frazetta. This girl also has a metal spear but she wins the prize for having the most minimalist bikini; just a few wisps of fur. Hope its warm where she lives!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Cavegirl: Julie Ege 2

Julie Ege in Creatures the World Forgot

Further to my earlier piece on Norway's finest cavegirl, Julie Ege, I have been searching high and low for the pictures she posed for in Penthouse which helped launch her film career in the UK.

Julie Ege on the cover of Penthouse

These don't seem to be available on the web but thankfully eBay came to the rescue and so we now present the girl they called Julie Edge who was presented as The Nudest Miss Norway even though it had been nearly five years since she took that crown.

" Will stripping for a magazine get me more film work?"

The magazine said that the then 22 year old Julie was already being sought out by film producers and that year she made her first (uncredited) appearance in the British film Robbery (1967) loosely based on the Great Train Robbery.

The film had a great cast of British character actors: Stanley Baker (Zulu), James Booth (Zulu - he was also in Twin Peaks!), Bary Foster (Van de Valk and I particularly remember him playing the Kaiser in Fall of Eagles), Frank Finlay (The Three Musketeers and also played Van der Valk in a French film), George Sewell (UFO and just about every British TV series from the 60s to the 90s), Glyn Edwards (The Ipcress File, Minder and just about every British TV series from the 60s to the 80s) and Joanna Pettet (the original Casino Royale and then dozens of 70s and 80s American TV shows).

Sultry in the Sixties

The really important thing about the film was not, however, Julie's appearance but the fact that the director Peter Yates did such a good car chase that Steve McQueen personally requested that he direct Bullitt (1968).

Julie's Centrefold: Volume 2 Number 7 May 1967

The photographer of her pictorial was Penthouse's Art Director, Philip O Stearns who went on to become a famous fashion photographer (like several other Penthouse photographers).

However, amazingly, he also has a strong wargames link. He was born in Detroit Michigan and served with the OSS during the Second World War and was always interested in military history and militaria.

So apart from photographing naked babes for Penthouse he also took the pictures for the book that really got me into wargaming: The War Game, edited by Brigadier Peter Young which I got for Christmas in 1972 and still treasure. His evocative photographs of Peter Gilder's massed recreations of Waterloo and Gettysburg still inspire me today. He also wrote a book called How to Make Model Soldiers (as well as contributing to one called Six Nymphets!). Stearns was also a Captain in the Sealed Knot, which was presumably where he met Young.

So in one entry we have manged to link a cavegirl in a fur bikini to Zulu to the English Civil War and Penthouse photography to Wargames. A definitive entry for me, really!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cavegirl: Linda Harrison

Not really a cavegirl, but so gorgeous who cares?

Thanks to Nathaniel from San Francisco (I really must try and get over there at some point; maybe when I go to California in December) for pointing me in the direction of the gorgeous Linda Harrison who featured in both Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).

Although I have seen both films it must be twenty years since I have watched either so had completely forgotten about the character of Nova, played by Ms Harrison. Although she is not a cavegirl (properly she is a post-apocalyptic barbarian) she does have a very fetching cavegirl-type outfit.

Linda displays an awesome hip/waist ratio

Very sixties bikini!

Linda was born in Berlin, Maryland ( I very much enjoyed a brief thing with a young lady from Maryland when I was at college) and did some beauty contests (she was Miss Berlin in 1963, Miss Del-Mar-Va in 1964, Miss Ocean City and Miss Maryland in 1965) before doing some modelling in New York.

Trim, very trim!

Good outfit!

Although she had the credit "And introducing Linda Harrison as Nova" in Planet of the Apes she had actually appeared in small parts in several films before this as she had won a seven year contract with 20th Century Fox following a screen test in 1965. She had been talent spotted by a young agent called Mike Medavoy, now a top producer, of course, but then just starting his career with General Artist Corporation.

Cleverly, she married studio head Richard Zanuck and he offered her the part in Planet of the Apes. She returned for the sequel and then worked intermittently appearing in films such as Airport 1975 (1974) and Cocoon (1985). She also had a cameo in the Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes (2001).


As to her cavegirl outfit, it was actually rubber with bark attached, so not a fur bikini at all. Nevertheless, we think Ms Harrison looks quite splendid in it and have to give her a cavegirl rating of: 8/10

Just lovely!