The last post put me in the mood of reflection. While I try not to wallow in too much whimsy, too much nostalgia… I find myself doing exactly that in these posts more often than I might like to think. A keen reader might also note that these moments of reflectivity tend to walk in step with those times when I either cannot speak about current hobby projects, or when I have nothing real to offer on the hobby front (consider the heady and exhaustive nostalgia trip, for example, that immediately followed the birth of baby-number-two).
Thankfully, this case is more the former than the latter. In fact, I have far too much on my plate at the moment, far too much (see bottom).
These three gems represent some of my absolute favorites from a bygone hobby era. The Viking is a very old GW model that I once dreamed of using as a Chaos Marauder many, many moons ago, but who has landed in obscurity instead.
Alas. It is an inglorious fate for an otherwise tremendous old codger model.
I mentioned last post that you can often spot the era of my old minis purely by the basing and, in this case, you might remember a time when Marauder bases were slightly larger than the ones we find on mere mortals these days. Moreover, I hiked him up on this platform to accommodate his slightly diminutive scale –odd for certain.
The Elves are of the wood variety, but not that you would notice. Also OOOOP, these fellows were painted in days of yore to mimic the primary color bonanza that was mercilessly splattered on poor Teclis. I have never been certain why Teclis would be mingling with his under-civilized cousins, but one should never let these details get in the way.
I was initially attracted to these models for the delicate simplicity of their pose, and that they are unique while clearly molded from the same foundational design. That is both clever and strong enough to carry the model despite the shortcut that might in other instances vex me considerably. In fact, I find the shortcut quite charming from this distance.
More on that come Saturday.