This past week I once again mined my Bones backlog for something quick and simple that I could squeeze in painting among the usual pre-Christmas chaos. I also, wanted something I could give a Holiday or Winter spin, and thus I landed on the Were-armadillo figure from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion, which I thought would make a pretty good "Holiday Armadillo".
For those of you who weren't regular watchers of the 80s-90's sitcom "Friends", the Holiday Armadillo is a character made up by one of the show regulars, named Ross, in one of the Holiday episodes. Ross wants to teach his son, who is half Jewish, about Hanukkah instead of focusing on the Christmas holiday as is usually the case. In the end though, Ross gives in to his son's desire for Santa to visit, and tries to rent a Santa costume, only to find out there are none available. In a desperate move, he settles for an Armadillo costume, and comes up with the story that he's the Holiday Armadillo, Santa's half-Jewish friend and assistant. This leads to a great opportunity for Ross to talk about Jewish traditions with his son.
In subsequent years, the Holiday Armadillo has taken on a bit of a life of its own, and a quick Google search reveals all sorts of T-shirts and ornaments available for purchase, as well as a generous assortment of memes.
My goal was to try and copy, as best I could, the coloration of the costume.
Lastly, I painted the base with Ceramcoat "Snow White".
I let the figure sit overnight, and the next morning I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. Later that afternoon I flocked the base using Woodland Scenics snow flocking. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor's Dullcote".