As if in a Deliverance style boating trip, I’m hanging on for dear life as Tom paddles his way down the furious Kickstarter river into the frosty heart of Naggaroth. An innocuous project to design some shiny elves has turned into a ‘nightmare’, an initial flirtation with the dark side of elvendom has turned into fulsome musky embrace. Black fingernails, eyeliner and thin-lipped sarcasm are our companions as we navigate through the abyss while Juan Miguel our faithful illuminator maps out our fevered visions.
Today’s fare is Ithaca Benoin, a Star Player skeleton who was once a Dark Elf. Apparently he got caught in a sandstorm (cue the Darude track) and had his bones stripped bare, yet still retained some of his playing talent. Here he is making use of his Dump Off skill, shovelling the ball to one of his team mates.
Although I’d known that my Elf team could double as a Dark Elf side with a bit of conversion I never dreamed I’d be working on Witch Elves or Assassins. I’ve never run a Dark Elf team, partially because they’re over-represented in my local league, but it can’t be denied that designing ones own minis gives a fairly good licence.
There will be two metal team options for the Kickstarter. One will be a Pro Elf base with optional Witch Elf and Asassins, the other will be a Dark Elf base with optional Pro Elf Throwers and Catchers.
Tom and I are now in the process of designing a Horkon Heartripper and an Ithaca Benoin to round out the Dark Elf star player selection. All we need after that is a Zara and a Soaren HIghtower – then we’ll have the full complement of HIgh Elf stars as well…
Tom took the lead on this witch, he was keen on the ‘come hither’ pose. My main input was the hair. I was shocked by the size of it initally, but it has grown on me (pun!) as time passes. Witch elves need witchy, vampish hair and I think this one carries it off.
SHORYUKEN! The second witch is my suggestion for a pose. It reflects the witch’s natural aggression and evokes the use of her Jump Up skill. It is also delightfully 80’s, imagine her on TV with cartoon star wipes emanating from that raised fist.
Lastly, here’s our skulking Assassin. He’s modeled off one of the linemen and has an Assassin’s Creed style hood. Watch yo back!
The Kickstarter to fund my team – along with 17 others that are getting brand new resin castings is underway. You can see and pledge (if you like it) here:
I’ve been spending most of my hobby time working with the sculptor to shape the minis as per my ‘vision’. He’s fantastic though, so I don’t have to request many changes. Two pieces of work here, my favourite Blitzer and one of the Catchers:
Its been two weeks since my last post and the hobby desk is becoming like any other low-ish flat surface in the domain of a rampant 16 month old – cluttered with the shifting dune of nick-nacks, cutlery and small toys.
Instead, I’ve been focusing my attention on the really big project, my elf team. Juan Miguel, the sculptor and I have been working on getting the proportions right for an elf blood bowl player, which is time consuming because he’s on the opposite side of the planet – we don’t get a lot of back ‘n forth communication. The hard work is paying off though, here is a work in progress shot of the first elf lineman. There’s a few details to work out still, but I’m really impressed so far and I can’t wait to work on some of the positional players.
These are Star Player concept drawings for my High/Pro Elf Blood Bowl team. They are Eldril Sidewinder, Hubris Rakarth, Dolfar Longstride and Jordell Freshbreeze. The concepts were produced by Lorraine Schleter courtesy of Tom Anders of Impact! miniatures – who will be running the Kickstarter campaign to fund the transformation from 2d image into 3d pewter miniatures (and later plastic)
The digital sculpting will be performed by Juan Miguel Lopez Barea, who has previously done fine work for Impact! previously – notably the Amazon Blood Bowl team.
These star players are likely to be stretch goals, I have posted earlier some of Lorraine’s earlier work – although I didn’t write anything about them at the time! I’m a really shitty salesman, what can I say?
Of course the first question that any reader who’s interested is gonna ask is: WHEN???
To that, I can say there should be hard evidence of sculpting by May.