I’ve had a very sleep-challenged week for some reason. I woke up early in the morning Saturday night and couldn’t go back to sleep but then a worse thing started to happen. My dog started showing signs of kennel cough. A dog with a cough, could be a little gross, sure, but what’s the big deal? My God, they are loud and they cough a lot when they get a doggie cold. My tiny apartment meant that our clingy and loving dog was following us around and coughing extremely loudly all week. It has been horrible! Fortunately, today is a day where I can say for sure that her coughing is noticeably quieter and less frequent so we’ve hopefully turned the corner and get some rest this weekend. I can’t wait, as you can probably imagine.
Here’s another update on the Elk. Another week down and this side is looking pretty decent. Not too much further to go until this side will be done, I figure. I think I can handle painting it another week but after that, I think it will be time to change gears and paint something else for a bit. I could feel myself running a bit low on motivation later this week so I know it will soon be time to set it aside for a bit. As I said last week, I’ve had a lot of fun painting this and for the most part, it seems to be coming together pretty well so I consider myself lucky and will hope the rest of the project goes as smoothly
Since this would be a short update if that is all I had to show, I thought I’d talk briefly about why I’m painting this particular mini. Much like Sam in the Lord of the Rings, I’ve always liked elves. Their refinement and grace is something I think is admirable but their immortality and unique perspective in the Lord of the Rings is interesting too. More than anything, I just think they look cool and in any fantasy setting, I’m always interested in painting elves. While I have painted some LOTR elves (a long time ago when I wasn’t a great painter), I truthfully only like a few of GW’s elf sculpts. The Lord of the Rings movies didn’t give many elves a hugely memorable design outside of the opening scene in Morder. I imagine that is why I’ve always had a soft spot for the High Elves. They’ve always been pretty detailed minis that have a certain flair and encourage you as a painter to bring it out. I think my brother actually bought a bunch of the old elves and I somehow ended up painting them. Of course, this is rank’n’flank Warhammer Fantasy where you needed tons of models so I never actually got close to finishing an army and probably didn’t even get half of one done. Fortunately, I did take some pictures of the minis I had painted before selling them on eBay many years ago.
As you can see, I’ve gotten a bit better since then! These are very cartoony looking even though I wasn’t trying to do that deliberately. I was mostly following GW’s suggestion of priming things with black and then applying a basecoat on that. For some reason, I couldn’t figure out how to do highlights or shadows so everything had flat tones back then. While it didn’t look all that nice, it probably did help me get these minis done in a timely fashion. There’s no way I could paint this many minis in a reasonable amount of time with the way I paint now. It is nice that I have these pictures to share with you after all these years. It is scary to think that I was painting these about twenty years ago! would encourage anyone who gets rid of their minis to do the same. You may end up really cherishing the pictures like I do and it also keeps me from feeling any regret over getting rid of them too.
But to get back to the point of this trip down memory lane, I’ve always liked elves. While I don’t game with any system that has elves currently, I figured why not make one really awesome looking elf for my future display case so I can show off my love for the pointy ears? Having a chance to hopefully paint something way more impressive than I ever could have back in the 2000’s will make me appreciate it that much more too. So that is the goal that I’m working towards with this project and a bit about what it means to me. I hope it was enjoyable to read and we’ll see if I can push on with this elf for another week or if I end up deciding to take a break and paint something else for a bit.