I have several projects on the go at once, this means completion is often sporadic but it helps keep things feeling fresh as I try to work on what I am in the mood for. I try to avoid it beginning to feel like work because I will get even less done if I burnout. So it has taken awhile to finish this Hagglethorn Hollow house. On the left is a factory painted one and on the right is a factory painted one I added my personal adjustments to. Now it looks more like what I was expecting.
This piece started with a damaged, or rather poorly cast, basement door on the bottom half.
Given how things have gone with the Kickstarter fulfillment I decided to try to repair it myself rather than try to get it exchanged. I am not a very good sculptor but they say you can only get better with experience so I tried.
I think I did an ok job on the repair and feel I made the right decision but I am clearly not a proper sculptor like the Hagglethorn Hollow designer Johnny Fraser-Allen.
My painting was mostly to try to “clean things up“ and increase he contrast.
Mrs. GG suggested the moss on the thatch roof and did that herself. I think it was the right call and adds some more character to the piece.
Little details like the raven, the bucket and the foliage again help add some more character but hopefully do not overly specialize piece. I experimented quite a bit on this piece to try to get the contrast I wanted, using various different paints, techniques and washes. Several attempts are hidden under newer layers. I still have not mastered drybrushing and I do not highlight as much as other painters. It would be fair to say I rely heavily on washes.
My mate Kuribo gave me a good tip to get a really nice matte finish, which I had been struggling with.
Various matte clear coats had failed to deliver. Army Painter, Vallejo, Acrylic and Polyurethane, spray on and brush on, even the normal Ak Interactive matte clear coat. But Kuribo was right about AK Interactive Ultra Matte.
It even removed the last glimmer of shine on our Toyvian trees.
I love the character in the Hagglethorn Hollow sculpts. They are big and chunky compared to Tabletop World, without the meticulously sculpted fine detail, but there is a Jim Henson kind of charm to the Hagglethorn Hollow sculpts that Mrs. GG and I love. I wish there was more playable space inside. I wish the sculpt was just a little bit bigger to create a bit more playable space on the outside for 25mm bases. But we like these sculpts enough to constantly be on the lookout on eBay for more.
Overall I am really, really pleased with how this came out. I would prefer not having to paint all of our Hagglethorn Hollow buildings but to get an end result I am pleased with is worth the effort.
What do you think? Constructive criticism and advice welcome!
In other news, we finished watching Wandavision and started watching Loki. Wandavision took awhile to catch Mrs. GG but by the end we both were enjoying it.
Like most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies I think my Mother would like it. Perhaps this one more than others for a couple of reasons…. Which will have to be left unspoken until she watches it!
My mate Kuribo has a good writeup about Wandavision on his blog. I highly recommend his blog.
Loki got off to a decent start and we are enjoying it…. even if Loki really annoys me at times, he is just so darned charming as well. It is hard to stay angry at the character.
I decided to introduce Mrs. GG to an old John Carpenter classic, Big Trouble in Little China, a movie I have fond memories of from my youth. It did not age as well as I had hoped.
The cheese was not to Mrs. GG’s taste. But then she did not really like They Live or Escape from New York either.
She seemed to enjoy Artemis Fowl over on Disney+ more….
…. although having read the books she was quick to point out where the movie deviated from the books. I enjoyed it, not so much for the story as for the visuals and the world building. It was a very interesting take on the Fae.
What about you? Did you like these movies? What have you been watching?