I'm sure there's a gag in here somewhere about an Archaeologist, an Archer and a Snow Leopard going into a bar but honestly I can't for the life of me think of a punch line. Anyone? Anyone?
Whilst I absolutely laughed my thongs off at "A Hand Dexter, Two Fingers Rampant" I have to say the best bit of this entry is the Snow Leopard's pelt. You've probably earned yourself some commission work from me on that one mate. It's bloody brilliant and I *loathe* painting stuff like this.
15 points for you and congrats on passing your initial points target as well. Cheers, Millsy
Thursday, 10 March 2016
From EvanH - An Adventurer, An Archer, and An Ounce (15 points)
My last weekly submission before the floodgates open and the final mad rush of submissions pours through (and I'm looking at you, Mr Docherty...). Thanks are in order to our Thursday Minion, the estimable Mr Mills, who has been an invaluable aide to Snowlord Curt in organising the Antipodean Contingent; well done, Millsy, you've been juggling live squid with all the aplomb of a professional live squid juggler!
But to business - my painting has slowed to an even slower crawl with the hot and humid weather, but I did manage three figs this week. First up, a Copplestone Miniatures Armed Archaeologist from the excellent High Adventure range;
This chap is more tropical in his kit, but I didn't really do a lot with the base this time round owing to time constraints.
Still, he's probably up for some Lost World action on Skull Island or in Ancient Opar, and I'm quite happy with the textiles on this one. I'm learning a lot in the course of the Challenge, mostly by shamelessly plagiarising the work of better painters than myself!
Next up is a chap I've had in the lead pile for a while now; the Salute 2015 Agincourt Archer by the Perry Brothers. I've never been to Salute, but winning this fig on Pendragon Without's blog was the next best thing! PW has been off the radar lately, but if he's reading this, hope you're doing OK and that things are sorting themselves out.
The figure is a gem, as one would expect from the Perrys. He came with a number of posing options, but as soon as I saw that this gesture was on offer, there was no question. The old heraldic device, A Hand Dexter, Two Fingers Rampant.
Now there's been a bit of debate as to the provenance of this gesture, but in this instance, I'll have to disagree with the experts and say that I like the notion of it originating during the Hundred Years' War - in your face, QI elves!
His hose are rolled down, I suppose to avoid unpleasant accidents while on campaign - that French pond water will get you every time!
Finally, the second half of last week's submission, the Snow Leopard (or Ounce, if we're in medieval heraldic mode) from North Star Miniatures' Frostgrave range, and the stablemate of the Nice Toad.
This was quite a challenge for me, as I rarely paint fur, let alone patterned pelts, but I think I've managed a reasonable approximation.
Good enough for the tabletop, if not quite the Golden Paintbrush of Montreux...
So that's all from me until the next Bonus Round (paint gods and weather permitting!).