Currently we have a lot of hobby projects started in our household. It can be tough to getbthings finished however. There are always distractions and demands on our free time. One thing I was keen to see finished were these GW Mirkwood Elves. We won them on eBay awhile ago and intended to use them in our next MESBG Battle Companies Game but they needed a bit of work first. Although they were painted by the previous owner we wanted to make some changes to personalize them. Originally I was going to do it but then Mrs. GG decided she wanted to. She has even less free time to paint than I do so this took longer than either of us liked.
She changed a few bits of clothing, tidied them up a bit and added some foliage to the bases. At her request I added eyes to the two “hero” models but after my struggle to get the eyes right on one of the others we decided that eyes would not need to be painted on such small faces. They are on the small end of 28mm. I decided to add eyebrows but Mrs. GG did not seem convinced by them. I am more of a fan of little details like this, she is happy with a “details not visible at one meter are unnecessary” level of painting.
The eyes are painted on these two but very hard to see, both in the photos and in person.
When I asked her if she would be using this version of Legolas she stated she would not. That both would just be other Mirkwood Elves… in part because she is not a fan of how these characters are portrayed in the Peter Jackson film version of the Hobbit. And to be honest, I agree with her opinion on that!
The sculpts are interesting. We do not have much Games Workshop sculpts from the Hobbit. Very fine featured and with dynamic poses. Mrs. GG really likes these sculpts and said that these look how she pictures Elves in her mind’s eye …. unlike our Oathmark Elves, which I like but she does not.
Anyway, I think that is a thumbs up on GW Mirkwood Elves.
Next up I finally finished the last eight Pegasus Hobbies walls…
… bringing the total to thirty walls.
These have been much more time consuming than I expected because I wanted them to be just right. Each one has probably taken as long as a figure to paint. So looking at that photo I keep thinking about the unit I could have finished in that time but I keep reminding myself cool troops need cool terrain!
What I think looks cool is largely influenced by some of the artwork that formed my idea of what fantasy art should look like. We recently found this book on eBay in the UK….
I love the artwork of Darrell K. Sweet, much of it covering some of my favorite childhood sci-fi and fantasy books. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover but cover art often helped me decide what book to try next.
In my painting I try to recreate his color palette. I love so much about his aesthetic but I struggle to articulate why. It is more stylized than what I would normally consider my usual artistic tastes. Mrs. GG is less of a fan, particularly of his Medieval fantasy fashion choices which differ so far from historical sources and to her eyes very non-Elven looking Elves.
The book has been great reading, learning more about the artist and his artwork. Highly recommended.
In other news, I watched Army of the Dead. Yet another zombie movie, this time from the famous or should I say infamous Zack Snyder…
I set myself up for disappointment. I love Dave Bautista in pretty much everything and Zack Snyder is supposed to be a pretty good director… but ouch. This was painful. Beautifully shot at times but cringeworthy tropes and terrible plot holes that border on amateurish.
These two videos express my issues with this movie, but beware spoilers…
Extended universe? Ugh. I honestly hope not. The film was watchable if depressing and not exactly innovative beyond some potentially interesting but then wasted and not explained concepts. Popcorn film that can provide some cool inspiration for a better movie or game scenario but do not go into this with high expectations.
But it was not as bad as…. the sequel to 30 Days of Night…. Dark Days…
Vampires instead of zombies and one of the worst endings I have seen in a movie. Not that the sequel had a great premise…. Hunt down the Queen. Ugh. At least the first film has an interesting premise with the idea of having to deal with a nocturnal threat in the extended darkness of Alaska. This sequel has some decent actors, the best of which did not live long. I do not recommend you spending time you will never get back on this. My only positive out of watching this is that my time spent may save someone else the trouble. Public service done. Yay.
And the next Doppelgänger….
…. apparently a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.