Its a special double-stuffed update this week as I’ve had two weeks of painting saved up. It was kind of hard to pick a title since I worked on two different projects. Let’s start with Hellboy though and say our farewell to the frogs. I finished the last four frogs in the box. I tried to mix in some more new colors but other than that, it was just a question of getting these done as quickly as I could while ensuring these are the same quality as the previous ones.
There is plenty more Hellboy that I can paint and you’ll generally see a bit more variety going forward as the Frogs are the only thing that features a lot of repeat sculpts. At this point though, I’m in a great place to be able to really play the game and so I’ll probably focus on that in the coming months to see how much I enjoy the game. The first scenario I played was a nice appetizer and I’m hoping the stuff I haven’t played feels a bit more like an entrée if you don’t know I mean.
The other thing I’ve been working on is my first proper diorama. I’m trying to tell a story with this one and am using the largest base I’ve worked with to do so. I’ve made a fair bit of progress but most of the work I’ve done isn’t worth showing off yet. The one thing I did do was paint up one of the minis I will use in the diorama. Its a sculpt I know fairly well because I painted a number of these about 3-4 years ago.
I have to admit the Warg looks a bit odd without being on a base but since this is for a diorama, it will make more sense sooner than later, hopefully. I actually used a previous warg as inspiration for this one and I tried to improve upon the paint scheme as much as I could. I think you can really see how I’ve gotten better at achieving a higher degree of contrast and also how that improves the look of a mini. Yazneg and his ride don’t look bad at all but I can do quite a bit better now which is satisfying to see.
There will be more diorama updates to come as I get more stuff painted up for it and start to do the base work. Its been a start and stop affair thus far but I don’t have anything gaming-wise that I need to work on so I might as well focus on the diorama as much as I can.
Finally, I just wanted to mention that I’m really enjoying Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power thus far. I’ve only seen the first two episodes and hope to catch the latest episode this weekend at some point. I really wanted the show to be good because right now I’m more interested in LOTR than I have been in Star Wars or Marvel, which, as you all know, I feel like are both oversaturated. I’ve been thinking lately that I will be happier if I step away from Marvel and Star Wars a bit instead of trying to keep up. With that said, I had mixed feelings with the Rings of Power trailers as they didn’t feel like Tolkien enough to me.
And then of course, there is the crazy online backlash the show has been getting before the show even aired. While I generally don’t care what other people think about movies, TV shows, etc. and make up my own mind when I watch something, I’m becoming more and more concerned by what some people are using the internet for. Awhile back, I stumbled across Youtube content where someone was basically spreading misogyny and racism in a fairly mainstream way. I think people like this helped cause the backlash towards Rings of Power and the whole thing is just ugly and makes me fear for the future. That is more political than I intended to be but it has certainly been on my mind as I see this kind of backlash online starting to become more and more prevalent.
Anyway, back to the show itself. Thankfully, the Rings of Power has overcome the ugliness and I feel like the setting and characters are working pretty well. I tried to read The Silmarillion when I was a kid, probably in middle school, and I couldn’t get into it. I may give it another try sometime soon as the setting that the show depicts feels similar to the Silmarillion in a good way. I think I was probably too young for the book and might enjoy it now, especially with how much I like the show.
I really enjoy painting fantasy miniatures as a result of reading Lord of the Rings as a kid. I’ve tried to find other fantasy books that I would like and truthfully, nothing has really ever stacked up to Tolkien’s work. Its not that there are good fantasy books out there, I enjoy what I’ve read of Brandon Sanderson, for example, but nothing has such a well realized world or conveys the excitement of going on an adventure in the same way. So for that reason alone, its nice to see high quality stories being told in the fantasy genre. If nothing else, I think the Rings of Power’s jaw-dropping budget was well-spent as it is visually stunning and very inspiring if you like Peter Jackson’s version of LOTR at all. I’ve been getting diorama ideas and inspirations from the show which is maybe the greatest gift it could give.