Retelling fairy tales are all the rage these days, isn’t it? One of my faves is the YA series “Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer. The first one “Cinder” is loosely based on Cinderella, except in this one she’s a mechanic and a cyborg. I was listening to the audio book of the second one “Scarlet” (loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood) while painting and I have to admit it’s heavily influenced my take on this Steampunk Fairy Tales set.

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The thing about these fairy tale remakes is that the heroines tend to be ass-kickers. These gals are tough and not very feminine and their central focus is not to meet Prince Charming and get married but rather to hitch up their skirts and kick more asses. I’ve included two guys in this set because they more or less inserted themselves into it without consulting me, or else it’d be fun to put in Rapunzel and the Little Mermaid. Next time.

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The Little Red Riding Hood has got herself a crossbow, some serious arrows, and a lunch bucket filled with goodies for grandma. I’m not going to pretend there’s just bread and cheese in the bucket because for this tough gal, you know her kin would appreciate a small semi automatic more.

Jack's blunderbuss golden hen

Jack got himself a blunderbuss in order to rob the Giant in the Sky of the hen that lays the golden egg. I’ve always find that story a little upsetting because when it comes down to it, Jack’s just a petty thief and he’s got no business stealing from the big boy.

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This Cinderella is not a cyborg, obviously, but her stepmother’s evil enough to insist on getting a bionic arm for her—mostly to up her work level.

snow white's weapon

I wouldn’t mess with this Snow White if I were her stepmother. The girl’s got herself a stun gun, for crying out loud.

Rumplestiltskin spindle

Here Rumpelstiltskin is just showing off his ability to spin straw into gold and my very first attempt to paint a spinning wheel.

Now, what’s this I hear about turning Broadway’s “Into the Woods” into a motion picture starring Meryl Streep? What’s wrong with having Bernadette Peters reprise the role of the witch she’s created?