Probably no figure in literature has inspired me more than the wizard Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’. I have always loved his power, but even more his humor, compassion, foibles, and awesome style.
No sculpt ever captured Gandalf at his fearsomely frumpy best like the ‘Arcane Traveler’ from now defunct Peter Punk Productions. I managed to snag one off eBay a while back, and finally reached the point where I was ready to paint him.
I’ve been building up the layers on my Yarry base. I felt that he needed to be in a fairly lush, healthy woodland environment. Middle Earth is the obvious point of reference (especially for a hobbit), and I wanted him somewhere wilder than the Shire but not so gloomy & forbidding as Mirkwood. Troll country, I guess.
Here’s the state of the base. There will be a few more additions, I think, but nothing major, I think. Read on for some WIP shots of how I created this scene. Continue reading “Grow the Land”
At last I’ve added the metal details to my little hobbit. If I haven’t missed anything, he just needs a jewel painted on the scabbard of his sword and that marvelous pompadour. I’m also planning to put some stripes on his pants, but right now that is still optional.