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Normally, I'm never one to give painted models as gifts. Firstly, I think the idea is a little stupid. Secondly, I wouldn't consider myself a good enough painter to actually make it a nice gift to receive. Nevertheless, my loving girlfriend of two years has recently been taking an interest in my little-dudes-with-guns hobby and asked if I could build and paint her a model. Not to play with, mind - just to keep.
But there is a caveat, of course. Genetically engineered superhumans with rapid fire rocket launchers isn't really her cup of tea. Nor are plague-infested daemons or levitating aztec frogs. So I'm casting the net wide on this one. Fantasy might be a better bet than 40k, LOTR might even be quite good as we're both huge fans of the films.
If you were to build and paint a model for your loved one? What would it be?
Well... My GF is a sucker for vampires. I have the "one winged vampire" somewhere in my stash and when I get "the time and inspiration" I will paint it up for her...
Currently painting the Waaagh! of Warboss Borboss - Goff and Evil Sunz warband
you want it to be impressive as well as easy to paint and make look good without it being over the top like a dragon, here's some suggestions:
Mounted Arwen & Frodo - LOTR - Slightly romantic and easily combinable with a Ringwraith or two to replicate a scene from the first movie.
Eldar Shadowseer Harlequin - 40k If you feel more comfortable painting 40k models Eldar always look really daunting but are actually fantastic clean slates to apply your own fancy design on to, myself I painted this model to look like Tali'Zorah nar'Rayah from the Mass Effect games but you can do anything really, another option is Sanguinary Guards which probably aren't to her tastes but you never know, the sculpted nipples on the breastplates might make her laugh atleast.
Woodelf Wardancer - Fantasy Again the model looks daunting but is actually quite easy, aslong as you get the pale flesh tone right it'll look very ornate on display, if wood elves are'nt your thing then Lahmian vampires or Prince Althran would look equally as majestic on a nice base, Prince Althran even has a painting guide in one of the more recent white dwarves so that'll help.
if you have a bigger budget their's lots of little vignettes in the lotr range Here and another idea is to buy the Mines of Moria Boxed Set, that way you get a full fellowship set to paint and put on display as well as some goblins to mush if she wants to give the game a go.
Hope I could be of some help.
Come see my Necrons, Space Marines, Dwarfs, Orks, Goblins and anything else I feel like painting at my blog: http://modelminiaturepainting.blogspot.com/
ok, if you want something really cool. Grab a little greenstuff. and geet the wood elf lord with 2H sword and mount him on one of the eagles. He's my favorite model in all of fantasy by far. and the mounted on an eagle gives it an air of fantasy and flair.
Greenstuff to add a little something here and there. His hair is already kinda wavy. and not too expensive either. Perfect in my opinion.
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