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Littlefinger and the Spider

Judging by the comments I'm hearing, one of the favorite scenes in this week's episode of HBO's GAME OF THRONES was the throne room verbal sparring between Lord Varys and Lord Baelish. (For which all credit goes to David Benioff and Dan Weiss. The scene was not in the novel. Which is not to say it could not have happened, but neither Petyr nor Varys is a viewpoint character, so I had no pov from which to present such a scene).

So for all you miniature collectors out there who would like to recreate such a scene in your own throne room diorama... here are the two latest releases from Dark Sword Miniature.



Both sculpts are by the talented Jeff Grace, who just keeps getting better.

(And no, they don't look like the actors in the show. They are not meant to. Dark Sword is licensed to produce miniatures based on the novels, not the television series).

You can order these, and the rest of the amazing Ice & Fire line, from the Dark Sword website at http://darkswordminiatures.com/ There's a gorgeous painted version of Varys up there as I write, and a painted Littlefinger will not be far behind.

((Just a reminder. I've mentioned the show here, but that does not mean I am opening up the Not a Blog to discussion of the series. Oh, a passing mention is okay, but serious debates and discussions should be taken to Westeros, Tower of the Hand, Television Without Pity, or Winter Is Coming. Comments are open here... for comments about the miniatures.))


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May. 16th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
oh those are awesome! they all are!
May. 16th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
Those are great - can't wait to see what talented figure painters (that's not me, sadly!) make of them...

Aw crap, and I've just realised I missed last week's episode...

There's going to be a DVD set, right?
May. 16th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
...and some other scene...
...not featured in the book. I mean some unexpected Stag/Rose alliance.

First of all, I'm not going to discuss if it's good or bad (cause I have a feeling that this matter will be discussed much).

I'm interested in other thing: if this matches your own vision of Seven Kingdoms history, or that's totally a TV-spinoff, a kinda point where book and show go separate ways?

I suppose, some other people will be quite interested in an answer too.

Regards, and thanks again for all this - books, show, setting.
Sol O'Rielly
May. 16th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: ...and some other scene...
Unexpected? perhaps how graphic HBO spelt it out, but But George has confirmed that it is canon way back when, and there are hints in the books, though they are missable. I did before they were pointed out to me.
Re: ...and some other scene... - mustajumala - May. 16th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: ...and some other scene... - westeros_fan - May. 18th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 16th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
It is really unbelievable how awesome this series has become. And the one thing that keeps coming into my head while watching it how great your books are!
While watching the show i reread the books these days and both fit so perfectly together to flesh out the whole perfect story and characters and twists and turnings, i am so excited, wow!
May. 16th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
Lookin' good, Stego!
May. 16th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
I have to say, the Varys v Littlefinger tete-a-tete was one of my favorite moments in the most recent episode. The highlight of which was Varys getting in one last "hadn't you heard?" at the end.
May. 16th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
Renly / Loras
Like Mustajumala I'm interested in whether the developments between Rose and Stag were consistent with your vision, Mr. Martin. It may just be my inability to take a hint, but I never felt like this was the type of relationship they had when reading the books. Many readers have mentioned in other places that this is the case, though. Several have said that you did, indeed, confirm this but I haven't been able to find evidence of that yet. I honestly don't care if that's the taste these characters share, I'm just interested in figuring out if HBO is remaining true to your vision. That's my only concern. Episode 5 was amazing. Series gets better and better. Can't wait to meet Tywin and get more Hound!!!
May. 16th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
I think they look quite a bit like the actors in the show. Good figures either way, though.
May. 16th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
I dunno George, I think they do look a lot like the actors portraying them. Of course the actors look a lot like the book descriptions, so chicken or egg, but still.
May. 17th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
I agree. They do look quite like each other ... especially Petyr!
(no subject) - manby - May. 19th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 16th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Such great work!! Hope Queen Renly is next!
Martin Vavpotič
May. 16th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Interesting scenes
There were definitely some very interesting scenes in episode five. I loved the Cersei/Robert scene for the heaviness of the subject. The Littlefinger/Varys scene was simply incredible in the tidbits it offered. None of these scenes could match the Renly/Loras scene. That was simply priceless. After I was done laughing all I could think about was "This was not in the book." :D

I also noticed that the scene where Loras gives Sansa a flower is very similar to a picture I once saw of Rhaegar giving Lyanna a flower. In both occasions Ned sat by.

Excellent work by the HBO cast.
Leeor Vardi
May. 17th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Cannon-esque material?
Continuing the questions before my comment, I seriously have to ask this: is everything stated in the show considered cannon-esque in the sense that this is indeed possible/true?

to give an example of what I mean, the books never pinpoint the extent of Littlefinger's knowledge, where as the show just confirmed that he knew about Vary's conspiring/meeting Illyrio Mopatis, does this mean he indeed knew about this back in the Game of Thrones parallel time in the novel? this could have serious implications on many reader theories if so.
May. 17th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: Cannon-esque material?
Only the books are canon... in the universe of the books.

The series is canon for the series.
Re: Cannon-esque material? - bbessette - May. 17th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Cannon-esque material? - grrm - May. 17th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Cannon-esque material? - bbessette - May. 22nd, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 17th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Very nice work.
May. 17th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
I should get a whole bunch of these figurines and reeanact the books.
May. 17th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
Book vs. Show licensing?
I actually have had a question for some time about licensing... this probably is the least professional platform to inquire on, but since you mentioned book vs. show licensing in the post, I can pretend it's almost relevant!

I'm a sculptor/artist and there's a particular piece I've desperately wanted to sculpt for some time now. I might just make one for myself (and mayhaps to have on display as "fan art" in the Comicon art show), but would love at some point to try and work out a limited licensed run with you (if you were at all interested, of course). Considering how busy you are these days I'm sure the thought of any new licensing relationships might be the last thing you want to deal with. And, I was chatting with Jed of Valyrian Resin (he's a buddy of mine, actually lives walking distance from my house... small world!) and he mentioned that all new licensing might be tied up with HBO.

I guess that is what I'm curious about. Has HBO put a hold on any new licensing on your end, or are you still free to do so as long as it's strictly from the books and not the tv show in any way?
May. 17th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Re: Book vs. Show licensing?
It's a very complex situation. Normally when a studio or network options a book for adaptation, they get all the merchandising rights as well. In my case, however, I already had all these existing licenses, so those had to be grandfathered in. But even that's an oversimplification. I control some area, HBO has others, and in some case we have "the Tolkien exception," where HBO is allowed to do a product based on the show while I do one based on the books (the name derives from the similar situation on LOTR miniatures, where the Mithril range long predates the Jackson movies).

You can do anything you want for your own personal use, of course.
Re: Book vs. Show licensing? - ghoulgurl - May. 17th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC) - Expand
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