I put in some extra work and am now done with the Archers. I am really happy with the result and even more so with the lessons conferred to me by the work. Next up is painting a unit of 25 Spearmen (Spearelves) – yikes. They are – luckily – better models with less troublesome robes. Lasse grabbed a quick shot of the finished unit:
The gems – a simple yet extremely effective technique Adrian showed me. It adds something to contrast the red and white – I plan to make other units using blue, green, purple and yellow instead of the red – I love bright colors.
The bases – just a little bit of attention to detail goes a long way here. I love the autumn leaves and the grass.
Things to improve:
Weapons – I started out with the swirly pattern on the bows and while I like the effect it does not do that well when seen up close and actually turned out better when I botched it and ended up with a more “random” pattern.
Skin – these particular miniatures had been painted before. Another layer of black basecoat (sprayed on) simply did not do the faces and hands any favors. The natural recesses got filed out and I was left with very little to work with when using a wash and trying to highlight or drybrush (the same goes for the hair).
Later in the evening Adrian created an interesting effect by pointing a flashlight at my army (he was inspecting it because I just added the autumn leaves to all my bases).
As mentioned before Adrian is dragging me (and Lasse – although he is proving surprisingly resistant) back into Warhammer Fantasy. I do not mind at all.
Currently we are having fun brushing up (haha) on out painting skills. I have picked out 12 High Elf archers as my project. It’s modest but challenging and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the unit all finished up.
Now these models are not the worst but not the best I’ve been working on throughout my intermittent delving into the hobby. Games Workshop are getting better and better at making miniatures that work WITH you rather than against you when you paint them. The clothes on these archers almost paint themselves once you start applying washes and highlights while the robes are very difficult to work with.
Here’s a work in progress shot:
I think Lasse sent me this just to make sure I was remembering to not do stupid things.
Fastelavn is – to me – mostly about kids freezing their ass off in costumes. But it is also about Lasses Fastelavn-rolls. It’s a sweeet roll with a creamy substance in the center and liquid sugar on top. Delicious.
The Oreo. The best selling cookie in the United States (I’m practicing my dramatic introductions)
So recently I was hanging out at Lasse and Adrians place and Adrian expressed his malcontent. Lasse had, in fact, just been to the States and neglected to bring home delicious Oreo variations. As we all know there are countless variations on the Oreo. A multitude of different tastes, shapes, sizes. As though there existed an unstopable Oriditas force driving a delicious evolution towards either uncompromising circular perfection or blissful, endless variety.
But why then, Adrian demands to know, is it only possible to get the classic Oreo here in Denmark? Why do you need to go to Argentina to have the banana cream Oreo? Why are only the Canadians privy to the coconut oil Oreo? The answer is as sinister as the cookie is desireable: Oreos are like vampires.
Even the most common Oreo will recoil from crusifixes and other items of the faith (or it would if it wasn’t an inert cookie). Some Oreologists speculate that Oreos does not cast a reflection but since it’s impossible to carry one all the way to a mirror without eating it first this is hard to prove or disprove empirically. Most importantly however: Oreos cannot cross running water. As such all Oreos must be produced in local factories making the supply of the cookie of cookies somewhat unpredictable. Especially in thinly populated regions where investment in a huge Oreo infrastructure is less lucrative this can be a problem. Does Oreos drink the blood of the living? No. Although, since the exact Oreo recipe is a well kept secret, the blood of the living may or may not be an important ingredient.
Recently new advancements in space technology has given Oreo craving individuals cause for hope as the consensus on the last great summit of Oreologists was that Oreos may bypass the constriction on transport if it is taken into orbit and moved across oceans, rivers and local streams in space. Proeminent Oreo experts have concluded that while it is too early to celebrate free access to all Oreos for all humankind there is no doubt that the future of man and Oreokind lies in space.
I have always had a tendency to develop habits. Especially when it comes to where I choose to sit, how I respond to certain common phrases and which items I use… even in other peoples houses. For instance this is “my” mug when I visit Lasse and Adrian.