Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Gimli

 

In truth, this isn’t quite the Gimli I wanted. I wanted a figure that was closer to the Angus McBride depiction – but, after much searching, I couldn’t find anything that worked for me. So, I just decided to go with a dwarf model I really liked, as long as it had an axe!

At first, I passed over this dwarf model, sculpted by Werner Klocke, because his heavy plate armour didn’t seem fitting. Then, it occurred to me that I could paint the metal as leather, and if I painted it as a kind of red leather, it would tie the figure closer to the film interpretation of Gimli.

All-and-all, I think it worked out pretty well. The painting process was a bit strange. I had a lot of fun painting the top half – lots of big detail – but the legs gave me all kinds of problems. For whatever reason, mostly my eyes I suspect, I just couldn’t see the detail on the legs that well. Thus, the legs aren’t painted a well as the rest of the figure. Still, they are not that easy to see most of the time either, so I’m not going to worry about it too much. 

Size-wise, he’s a good mach. He stands just a bit taller than the Hobbits, but shorter than everyone else!

So, this brings me up to 8 members of the Fellowship and smack into a problem…  You see, my three Hobbits are all Bobby Jackson sculpts from Reaper.  I love them, but they have a very particular style that doesn’t really match well with other hobbit/Halfling figures out there. That would be fine, except to-date, Reaper have only released three of them! (Okay, there is also a Hobbit cook and a barmaid in a similar style, but that’s not really useful in this situation). So, I’m not sure what I’m going to do about it.  I'm not even sure if I'm missing Frodo or Pippin, as that will depend on whatever figure I end up with. Anyway, here are the 8 walkers so far!

12 comments:

  1. They are great and very individual, I love the Gandalf figure with his whispy flowing beard

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  2. Top work! I'm sure nothing bad shall befall this carefully assembled ensemble.

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  3. Spectacularly characterful fellowship- I look forward to the final hobbit!

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    1. "The Final Hobbit"? Is that like the Final Girl in Slasher Movies? If so, Merry and Pippin are bound to be the first to perish.

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    2. Never be too hasty to discount a hobbit's ability and "intelligence" :)

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  4. So you have a wizard, captain, knight, Templar, Ranger, and 2 thieves and 1 peach mule. Now you just need the apprentice

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  5. Easy solution for the missing hobbit: use an empty base and it is Frodo wearing the ring. Bonus points for a floating and glowing sword :D

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  6. Absolutely lovely work. I say get he one with the lantern again. And convert him to holding a ring instead of a lantern. Or check out the TTCombat halflings (townsfolk set) - might be one fitting there.

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  7. Great looking party so far. I concur with Bloodbeard - buy another one and convert it if you really want the Bobby Jackson atyle.

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  8. +2 on the idea of repositioning duplicate Bobby Jackson figs. Add a few bits - pack, bedroll, pouches, the chicken-holding hand from the Frostgrave Knights box - and vary your color palette and/or painting style just slightly and you're GTG: 9 out of 10 people won't even realize it's not a unique sculpt!

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  9. Great fellowship! I like what you have better than the McBride artwork. Bobby Jackson has other Reaper halfling sculpts. I suggest you use Dicarus Darksword and cut off the bow then rotate the wrist as if he is holding the one ring out. Then hit the quiver with some green stuff to make it a bag.

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  10. Personally, I like the halfling figures by Tom Meier (mostly) on Dark Sword Miniatures. But being of a race so different from humans that even trees see the distinction, maybe a different style isn't a problem?

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