"What are you doing?"
"Tomatoes, sausages, and nice, crispy bacon!"
Hobbit references aside, I am now pleased to share with you all a secret project which I had worked on this summer!
White Knight, with his wonderful range of landsknecht gobins, gave in to popular demand to see a separate set of halfling heads sulpted by Kev Adams to fit on the goblin bodies. In my conversations with him, I was able to trick/beg/barter a set of mastercastings of the aforementioned halfling heads to paint up so he could show the world some painted examples.
Upon receiving them in the mail, I was delighted to find the 12 crisp heads, with great details and expressions. The pick of the crop to me (and WK will agree) were the bare headed halfings, who simply oozed with character.
I set about assembling the 6 heads that most appealed to me, and slapped on some paint. Here are the final results!
First up are 2 of the bare heads and a nice feathered cap. The strapping chap in the middle is my favourite of all 12 heads. Nice bushy eyebrows and a full face. I found the sculpt somewhat resembled my late grandfather, so in his honour the middle halfling with the halberd has been named Tom. I don't normally name my miniatures, so that's a pretty big honour :)
Next up were some more heads, a couple with handguns and another halberd. I made a slight slip up with the guy on the right - adding a blue wash to add some colour around the eyes ended badly. My wife said it looked like he got a black eye, so I decided that was a better story than taking time to fix it. So the halfling on the right got into it last night with a surly (and quite drunk) dwarfen merchant at the hogshead tavern. Today he showed up for duty with a nice shiner and his pride mostly intact!
These guys were lots of fun to paint up! The details pick out nicely, and they don't overwhelm the models. I find models with tons of little details can be somewhat cumbersome to paint, even if they give good results. To me, these little guys are both fun and rewarding to paint, and nicely fill a gap in the miniature market. I hope to finish off a few GW halflings soon so you can compare the size and scale of each.