This post is dedicated to a young man named Jason.
As can be discerned from the subtitle on this blog, I am not normally one for gaming genres outside of historicals. This has not stopped me from making a few odd purchases in the past, and has not done so again recently. While I will likely not add to my list of projects gangsters or super heroes, I have enjoyed painting such things in the past. Today I made a small but intentional purchase for a superhero figure named "Super J". While I am sure to derive a bit of fun in painting the mini, the purchase had a purpose, which is a charitable one. Since it is always best to cut out the middle man when passing along important information, I will defer to the original post by Jason's Father, Brian, on Lead Adventure Forum:
The real Super Jason!
This gaming mini was made in the image of our son Jason and his best pal, Snakie. Jason was born with a rare genetic disease called Friedreich's Ataxia. This is a degenerative disease that attacks many areas of the body, including the brain, spinal cord and heart. There is currently no treatment for Friedreich's Ataxia and it is a life-shortening illness, so we're trying to raise money for the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). This organization is our only hope for a cure.
Jason has a quickly advancing case and is losing his ability to walk, see and speak clearly. He also suffers from heart disease and skeletal problems. Since there is currently no treatment for Friedreich's Ataxia, raising money for FARA is really our only recourse. Jason is a happy boy enjoying a great childhood and we want him in our lives as long as possible! As many of you know that I use to run What The?! Miniatures and it was with my son's diagnosis that led me to sell it off so that I could better make him more comfortable. Since he loves minis we though his own mini would be awesome! We are selling Super J minis on eBay, where all proceeds will be automatically donated to FARA through MissionFish.
Aaron Brown of Black Crab Sculpting Studio was kind enough to donate his time and skills to sculpt it and Forrest Harris of Knuckleduster Miniatures generously cast Super J for us, free of charge. We are very grateful for their help!
The Super J mini comes unpainted and is in the 28mm range (actually 18mm in height since his just a little kid after all) on a round 20mm slot base. The one pictured here was painted by Simon of Stone Cold Lead.
For $10, with free shipping, you can get a great miniature for a great cause!
Feel free to use the pics to plug the mini on your own blogs or other forums that you might think would be interested. Every bit of exposure will help my little boy.
The guys who made it all possible!
The Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance: http://www.curefa.org/
Black Crab Sculpting Studio: http://www.blackcrabsculpting.com/
Knuckleduster Miniatures: http://www.knuckleduster.com/
Stone Cold Lead: http://stonecoldlead.webs.com/