After watching the beautiful and characterful model Radagast the Brown on Sleigh I have decided that I want to make my own - especially after Scott's short comment on its delightfullnes. I want to sculpt a billion rabbits and make a little sleigh and mount it all on a nice 120 mm base. The only problem is: How to make Radagast?
I already own a Radagast, the running version with Sebastian under his left arm, from the Escape from Goblin Town "Limited" Edition-box. Only problem is, I do not want to start hacking him up. I like my paintjob and do not trust my sculpting capabilities enough to start cutting the model up. So, what to do? Theft, is the answer!
Veteran readers might know I once stole slate from a DIY-store, and recently I found some hazy clump foliage which I was able to sell to a friend for good money. All good things comes in threes? Do they not? So, a third crime to top it all off sounds like a good idea:
So, what I want are your tips on how to steal a finecast model from a store. Any store. Should I betray the trust of the regular store (easier because they trust me) or shall I have some sort of "criminal's code" and go to a fresh place and do the stealing? Will I use a flashbang as a diversion?
As it stands now, I have planned on using a skimask, kick in the door at the exact moment the store opens and just run inside, grab what I want and go. The other plan is to casually walk in (wearing my best crocodile clothes) coolly say "tjaba" and put Radagast in a bag of groceries. I was considering the somewhat convoluted Mrs Doubtfire-tactic, but after watching Arrested Development I reconsidered...
Of course, this is not something that will happen, it is just a little comment on the debate on GW and their pricing and how we are supposed to *mainly* perceive the Hobbit as a collector's hobby: The models are now priced so high that it is actually almost a sensible thing to risk stealing them!
In this country, if you steal something small to smallish at a value below 200 GBP/220 EUR, there's a 1,2% chance to get caught*. After that, there's a 50% chance that police will actually show up. After that, there's a very high chance of police dropping any charges because of political reasons ("many-crimes", as they are called, are "supposed to drop in numbers", so our violence-monopolists simply look the other way whenever they can). The chance of not being processed as a petty thief are high, some say around 80% if you are older than 23. Younger petty thieves will be noted either in a five-year running registry after been given a fine or simply released without fines after stating their identity. The youngest will be given a consultation time with a halfwit social worker. It is not mandatory to show up to the meeting.
So, in the incredibly unlikely event of getting caught in fact happens, you will still only get fined between 80 to 200 EUR depending on the situation and the goods. So, were I to fill my bag of groceries with finecast I would make better money than a convenient store-robber but risk almost nothing! So, kids, you heard it here first, start stealing that goldcast if you live in Sweden, because it's worth it.
*) An internal security educator from my company said this and many other things that might or mightn't be true - he didn't really seem like a sharp knife, like most people being consultants in this country. Parrots, that's what they are...