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.
I’ve finally finished the 16th man of my Elf team, a pink haired catcher. It only took four years! I’m pretty happy with him, I managed to keep the colours relatively consistent over such a long span.
The paints are Vallejo, apart from the metallic which is GW Chainmail.
Blues: Azul Medio -> Azul Electrico -> White
Yellow: Naranja Fuego -> Amarillo Lunar -> White
Hair: Magenta Fluo -> Rosa Pulpo -> White
Next, a shot of the complete side – with Eldril guest starring.
And lastly, a recently unearthed shot of some of the previous paint schemes, captured back in early ’09. These minis were painted several times, with teal being strongly featured. I thought the eyes were pretty decent on these guys.
This outfit is my current Blood Bowl side. I’m running them as High Elves because although it’s been almost 25 years since Jes Goodwin sculpted these guys nobody else has come close to making an Elf team worth even half a shit. The season has been strange – nigh on unbeatable most times, the Sky have lost only a single game (to the lone undefeated coach) but only won three games out of a total of twelve. The casualty rate is something like 12-44, its tough to win games when you’re being pummelled off the pitch.
Given the carnage rate the team isn’t actually in that bad shape, and will likely return next season.
The minis themselves were painted in 2009, and its really the first real concerted painting project after a decade where I painted maybe five miniatures total.
I was a bit enamoured with the San Diego Chargers return to powder blue alternate uniforms and I based the colour scheme upon them. The highlighting is a bit flat compared to the work I’d do today – the team represents the skill level I had back in ’99.