I’m going to run out of creative titles for this mini one of these days but at least that day is not today! After finishing the synth, I surprised myself when I started to feel drawn to go back to the elf project. I’m glad I did as I have more or less finished everything on one side of the elk mount. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I have to do the other side which is more or less the same as what you see below. It looks like we’re going to find out how much you all can take of seeing the same model week after week!
The main thing I was worried about were the gemstones. Gemstones are intimidating to work but if you’re willing to be patient and glaze the paint delicately, they aren’t actually too bad to work on. I spent way too long on these (like 6-8 hours!) but I think the final effect was worth it. I also went back and touched up the green tassels which I wasn’t all that happy with and I think they “pop” much more now. All in all, this is coming together nicely and pretty smoothly. I’ve started on the other side and made fairly decent progress. With any luck, I’ll be able to get that side done a lot quicker than this side and then I can move on to even more exciting things. I am a bit surprised that nobody has been able to figure out which video game inspired this particular model. Any guesses now that one side is done? Knowledge of the video game isn’t required to enjoy this particular mini but it might make you appreciate it that little bit more. I may give some hints in future updates if nobody can guess!
In news beyond miniature painting, I really averted disaster this week when I realized that I was pretty much out of time to get a custom suit for the wedding. I’ve always gotten them at department stores and to be frank, I’m shorter than average (5’5 by American standards) and for some reason, I tend to find that clothes for men who are short tend to be too loose fitting and have too long of sleeves and legs on them. All this is to say that I’ve never gotten a suit that fits very well or that I feel good in. As a result I wanted to get a custom suit for the wedding but I realized this week that some places needed as long as three months to make one. I had a month left exactly at the time, not three so I was really feeling the heat. Fortunately, I found someone who graciously fit me into his schedule and I’ve got this sorted out now. Had that not worked out, my fiancée might have not let me live long enough to write this week’s update 🙂 There’s still plenty more wedding stuff to go but hopefully I won’t get myself into any more holes that deep!