So I was sick for the past fortnight, and as a result of some undesired acute vertigo could not watch TV or read, much less paint models! So over the past couple of days I’ve pushed the boat out with a few models from different ranges – here is a few pics of an Ent from the Lord of the Rings series. This was a tricky assembly, but I have to say I love this model. The painting was very much a case of less is more, and I kept the finish to a mute understatement so that it looked as close to my old GW forest terrain. The choice of weapon I went with was the single rock, and the pose I wanted was something reminiscent of the classic bigfoot footage!
What have I learned? I used an old twig as my touchstone for colour here, and beyond doubt Graveyard earth is more useful here than any other brown. I would just mess about with darkening and lightening Graveyard Earth and maybe mix in more Vomit Brown than any of the darker or more striking tones. It just hits the balance as “real” timber more.
Below is a base I’m working on for this model – just inking the dead log up a nooch, as I want the draw to be the difference between scenery and Ent. I love sparse bases – most of my own are little more than sand and flocking, if that, but this is a really nice model and I want the entire display to represent that. I’d love to see an army of these guys – I could go for splitting the differences between foliage and timbers. With a bit of crude modding, you could easily break heights and really make the forest come alive! GW probably think so too, as the retail on these things make them prohibitive for larger collections. I’ll make do with my one for now! Let me know what you think, as I think this series (LOTR), as much as this model can be divisive – never mind my paint job, but is this a good model or not? I like GW’s effort to make it close to the films and to trees as this character gets without it just being “scenery”, but I’d love your thoughts! Take it easy and the next post will be up sooner than this one took! Have a few to get through this week!