Another week and more progress on the all-consuming elf project. I’m working on the other side of the elk which isn’t as exciting but is possibly a bit more relaxing since I have a pretty good idea of what I’m doing with it. I also knocked out the red armor parts which is by far the most tedious part left due to it needing a lot of glazing to look smooth. Now if I can just get that other gold “fin” done, then I’ll have my least favorite parts of the elk done. My hope is that I can get the elk’s side and maybe even the front of it done before the wedding in three weeks’ time but we’ll see what happens.
I did want to give a shoutout to Mikko whose site, Dawn of the Lead, is very inspiring and features well-painted nautical miniatures in recent times. Even more importantly, he correctly guessed the video game inspiration for the elf which incidentally was harder than I thought it was going to be. This piece is inspired by none other than the Blood Elves from Warcraft and World of Warcraft. I used to love Warcraft (the RTS games, WoW was a disappointment for me personally) growing up and I remember when Blood Elves came out pretty fondly. I thought they had the coolest color scheme and character design ever. While I’m not slavishly devoted to the art style Blizzard uses for my project, I have found that the piece of art below has been great inspiration. Often in the past, I’ve tried to create a very specific image or idea in my display pieces and truthfully, I think it is best not to do that if you can because it is often hard to replicate an idea in that way. For this particular mini, I hope the end result is that people recognize this project as being inspired by Blood Elves but also that it looks pretty darn cool. Of course, if you’ve never played those video games or are even aware of them, hopefully you’ll enjoy it still too!
Outside of painting progress, I wanted to give a shout-out to Bret aka Mapper on The One Ring, forums dedicated to MESBG, who very generously sent me some Hobbit miniatures. He, along with something else, has got me thinking about painting LOTR minis again in the future. I’ll talk more about that mysterious thing later on though. I also received some Sarissa MDF terrain for Fallout that I need to work on one of these days too. Unfortunately, the Pulp Alley project has completely stalled as well. I have multiple, ambitious display pieces I want to complete in the coming years that are waiting for me to start them. So what I’m saying is, I’ve stretched myself pretty thin in the hobby and won’t be taking on any new projects for a while. Its funny how easy it is to do that yourself in this hobby. To end on a positive note, having so much I want to accomplish has motivated me to try and make more progress on the Elf so we’ll see how productive I can be amidst all of the craziness in my life at the moment.