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suggestions on elf archer from andrea..face
yahweh
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Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 04:56 PM UTC
just got the elf archer . any suggestions which colors (oils ) to use on his face ???
i'll also take arcylic suggestions.

thanks

mongo_mel
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 02:07 AM UTC
Hi,
Here's a link to an article I wrote for the site . It lists several different mixes I've used for fleshtones. Maybe one of them will be useful to you.
http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=117
How does this elf figure look?
Good luck.
RayW
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 02:37 AM UTC
Hey,

I too am working on an elf (LOTR type). I haven't mixed any paints yet but they should be light tones not the usual dark tones that a soldier out in the wind and sun would have. It will be a challenge though to highlight and shade. I pln to buy that kit let me know how you make out.

Ray

jimbrae
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 03:13 AM UTC
Thanks Mongo for those articles, I never realized they existed....very useful indeed. Now I'm going to have to go through all the lists as thereare some real gems there.....Jim
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 04:41 AM UTC
Andrea (and others) are a touch naughty with the 'generic' figures they have produced, I don't really blame them though.... Basically a question of "LOTR figures? no, not us, they just look like the actors from that mega-production...." Totally , but a few years ago, TSR (of D&D fame) actually had Gods(tm) in one of the game manuals, now that is pushing it.... #:-) Jim
yahweh
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:38 AM UTC
hey craig mongo_mel

heres a site with elf archer pic

http://http://www.squadron.com/ItemDetails.asp?item=AESGF84
mongo_mel
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:43 AM UTC
Thanks yahweh, pretty cool looking figure and I like the pose.
I had a little trouble with your link so I'm gonna try posting the picture itself here...hope it works
(And hope you don't mind)

yahweh
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:49 AM UTC
hey rayw

this is my first 54mm...man they are small. the pictures make them look like a good size. oh, well. so far, i put together the elf archer's arm and leg and had to use some putty. the detail is awesome.

the plan: use vallejo medium flesh for base coat then increase it for highlights. for shadows i'll use the basecoat decreased with brown and some red. i want his face to come out almost pale or milky white like the movie. dont know if this will work, heck it only cost me 35 bucks.

cheers
yahweh
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 06:55 AM UTC
craig mongo_ mel

great...so what color mixes would you use to get face like the pic ??? let me know when you get a chance. thanks


oh, when i tried to copy the pic, squadrons web site wouldnt let me..something about copyrights.

AJLaFleche
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 07:02 AM UTC

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Andrea (and others) are a touch naughty with the 'generic' figures they have produced, I don't really blame them though.... Basically a question of "LOTR figures? no, not us, they just look like the actors from that mega-production...." Totally , but a few years ago, TSR (of D&D fame) actually had Gods(tm) in one of the game manuals, now that is pushing it.... #:-) Jim



The problem is thr outrageous licensing fees incurred using the actual name. From a major figure vendor, I learned what the folks at Andrea do is create the figure withthe bogus name and market them as long as possible. If and whenthey get hit withan injunction, they pull the item, pay the fine and license fee. We got a nice figure at a more nearly reasonable price, the studio got free advertising, and eventually a fee and Andrea got sales more sales to finance more figures.

This licensing stuff started a few years ago when people like Boeing wanted to charge model kit manufacturers to use thier name on things llike the B-17. The builders simply continued to use the models but no longer id'd it as a Boeing B-17, just "B-17 Bomber.
mongo_mel
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 07:07 AM UTC
Hi,
A couple of things:
First, 54mm is WAY too small for me and my eyes
I tend to stick with the big stuff like busts and120mm figs. Although I do have a couple of 54mm SAS figs on the workbench. Guess I'm a glutton for punishment.
Second, I strictly use oil paints so I can't be much help for you with the Vallejos...sorry
Third, to get Squadrons picture here, I just right click on their picture and go to "properties" Then I highlight and copy the url address listed there. In my post, I click on the IMG button under the reply window and paste the address there. This way, the image is actually linked to their site and not copied from them
And last, Andrea figures (and products0 are pretty expensive. You should price one of their busts! If I may, I'd suggest you practice the fleshtones on a cheaper figure first. It could be worthwhile in the long run.
Good luck with the elf and keep me (us) posted on how he's coming along.
jimbrae
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 07:11 AM UTC


This is called the Arachnid.... It's from andrea as well....lol, Jim
AJLaFleche
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 07:11 AM UTC

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heck it only cost me 35 bucks.

cheers



I hate to say this, but you got took. Sentinel and Red Lancers both list this at $24-25.
jimbrae
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - 07:14 AM UTC
Anyone want a, ahem, 'Space Officer' in 54mm. All 'Space officers' have pointy ears and come from the planet Bulcan.....Jim
Biggles2
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Posted: Friday, January 02, 2004 - 06:18 AM UTC
A couple of items to note about elves, especially if youv'e seen 'Lord of the Rings'. Legolas, or 'Elf Archer', has very pale complexion to separate him from the race of Men, even though he spends all of his life (which is very, very, very long) outdoors. He never shows any sign of wear and tear as do his companions--no dirt, no dishevellment, no stubble. And contrary to the movie, only a minority of Elves had blond hair--nearly all of them had jet black hair according to Tolkein--and he should know!