That title might confuse some but I promise it will make sense by the end. This week might have been the worst I’ve had in terms of wedding and moving stress. I finally jumped through enough hoops for the closing only for the lawyer and lender to schedule it on a day without consulting me when I already had a doctor’s appointment and I didn’t have all of the money ready to pay for the closing. Thankfully, it has been pushed back until next week and then moving and all of that can begin in earnest finally. In wedding news, we lost a wedding photographer due to some shady business practices and are looking for another one. As I told my fiancée, its better to find that out now than later on but it is another thing to deal with at the same time. Moving and trying to get married around the same time was really ill-advised but thanks to COVID, I didn’t have much choice.
On a happier note, I have had another week to work on my High Elf project and I made pretty good progress despite not having quite as much painting time as I would have liked. The fur is mostly done on the elk and I’m sorry to say that the head will not appear until close to the end. The head pieces connect to the rider and they look fragile so they’re going to have to wait a long time I’d guess. The statue really came together nicely on the base and I just need to go back and touch up a few things and then it should be good to go. I’m a bit worried I’m going to rub off some of the paint as I work on the rest of this mini but not a lot I can do about that I suppose. I will say the armor parts I’ve painted are really rough and not done either so it should look better next time you see it. I did those parts yesterday and rushed through them a bit so I will will circle back to them tomorrow when I’m hopefully less tired. The style I’m going for on this piece is actually inspired by characters in a video game so I’m curious to see when someone is able to guess my source of inspiration! Lastly, it is dawning on me how big of a model this will be when I’m finished. It will easily be the largest project I’ve tackled yet. Hopefully it ends up being worth the time I put into it!
Other than that, I have done one thing I wanted to mention. While I have been watching a Marvel show, I also have been reading a Marvel comic but I bet it isn’t one you would expect. By Crom, it is none other than Conan! I gave it a try as it is a Pulp era story and my interest in the pulp genre is high thanks to Pulp Alley and I am surprised to say I love what I am reading. Generally speaking, I know what types of books, movies, and TV shows I will like and I steer clear of stuff that I’m skeptical I will enjoy. Conan was something I had judged as being corny, quaint, and having a bit too much macho nonsense in it but the comic version I’ve been reading has been really engaging.
I shouldn’t be too surprised because the writer, Jason Aaron, is one of the best in the business and I don’t know if this version of Conan is typical of others, including the original by Robert E. Howard, but I like what is here. It is a grim world full of scum and villainy but Conan reminds me of a Western hero, not unlike Clint Eastwood, where he is often a reluctant hero or doing the right thing for his own reasons. At the same time, there is that funny Thor thing where Conan only cares about fighting, drinking, and women. Personally, I’m a lover and not a fighter but I respect how he values the simple things in life. It probably is no coincidence that something simple and pure is exactly what I need in my complicated life right now. Conan is also a pretty imaginative world with lots of different people and some solid fantasy tropes going on as well. I think it would be a great setting to use in Pulp Alley and I’ve seen some examples on Youtube from the maker of Pulp Alley so that might be one for the future. In the meantime, I’ll keep enjoying Conan and his Crom-filled exclamations. By Crom’s bloody teeth, it is a good time!