was a quicky paint job for the GW Two Towers painting contest.
I was in the middle of converting entries for the Golden
Demons and hadn't painted anything in months, so I decided
to get in on the contest. Didn't leave myself much time
to prepare - I converted the figure in 1 week and painted
it in another. Therefore, not my best effort... ;^) I think
he's still a pretty cool mini because of the attitude, though.
My wife did drive me crazy with her nigh-well anal eye for
the colors on his clothes. Well, it makes sense she being
a LOTR nut, and having an extremely authentic
Sam Gamgee costume she's been developing for years.
based on a piece of old Heartbreaker resin scenery, with
the original wood grain smoothed down and made to look like
the worn stones of Helm's Deep. He's riding on a metal Uruk-Hai
shield. Both Legolas and the shield were graciously donated
to me by Dan Roberts, who won 2nd place overall in last
year's Fellowship of the Ring contest.
'Leggy' did well locally, but only took 3rd place in the
Regional contest at Brookhurst Hobbies in Burbank, CA. The
basing was a source of controversy, but I took it with a
grain of salt as the winning mini in the regional heat was
on a resin-cast "water" base (it was the Gollum
w/fish mini), with the slotta completely invisible within
the resin. At least my slotta was visible ;^)
I'll put in more of an effort next year, but honestly the
best part of this contest for me was talking with a lot
of young painters and their parents after the local heat
(GW Store @ the Oakridge Mall inSan Jose). They were really
enthusiatic painters and I was pleasantly surprised at the
number of parents out to support their kids in the hobby!