In Face Off this week it was The Art of Warcraft that the final five had to tackle. The MMO delight of Walter was apparent but no where near the exuberant level of “nerding out” that Melissa displayed. McKenzie even remarked on the high level excitement that the contestant was showing.
Walter revealed that he had played the online MMO for years and Melissa was a huge fan also having played the game, sadly neither Yvonne, Mel or Rob had any experience of the online phenomenon. This week’s challenge was obviously a bit of publicity for the game-based film Warcraft which is due out June this year.
One of the film’s stars, Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim, True Blood) sat as a judge on the panel and while he may have been a little “Simon Cowell” as an expert on the game and its world, Kazinsky made a great addition to the show. He was also an enthusiastic fan of the game.
As Ms. Westmore explained the premise of the challenge, and mentioned the film attached to the game, she brought out the game’s senior art director Chris Robinson. He explained what the game was and the characteristics of the creatures that the final five had to choose from.
Robinson was also on hand to help the contestants, allowing them to bounce ideas off him and to offer advice. The senior art director was also there to help the artists maintain the theme of the world’s verse. Mel was the first contestant that Chris spoke to and she had a plethora of questions as she was not a World of Warcraft devotee.
Rob hated the cowl he started making and he decided to move past the thing and focus on the face. Walter was happy with what he had made thus far and Michael Westmore arrived with MacKenzie. After dispensing advice Michael left and Rob announces that he hates everything he has developed so far.
On day two, Rob has an epiphany and scraps the cowl. Mel joins her fellow artist in the decision to alter her design as does Yvonne. Melissa has a disastrous turn with the hand mold and she loses valuable time, and fingers, by having to chisel out her molds.
Walter makes his tail and Mel films him wearing the appendage and despite feeling silly, he is pleased with the result. Rob experienced more disaster as his broken horn prosthetic is not going well.
Rob is still stressed out as the mold process is proving to be just as difficult on other prosthetics. Melissa also has more problems with her molds. Mel gets her groove on by adding yet another mohawk hairdo and Yvonne plans to do the same.
The five put the final touches on their paint and makeup and Rob is disgusted with his creation. Last looks sees Melissa and the rest rushing to finalise their visions and bring everything together.
Kazinsky may be blunt-ish in terms of what does not fit in the World of Warcraft verse but for the characters created that do fit, he is full of praise. He did not think that Rob’s creation was reflective of the verse but he did admit earlier that this “bi-pedal cow” had a regal look because of the proficiency of the makeup.
Yvonne was the disappointment this week. The three series judges were not impressed and neither was the guest judge. Yvonne wound up on the bottom and ironically was joined by the uber excited Melissa.
The top two looks were Rob’s “cow man,” much to the irritation of Kazinsky, and Walter’s death knight, that Kazinsky adored for its perfect depiction of the world. Melissa’s creation was did not go over with the panel except for Kazinsky who actually praised her character for its overall look.
Walter was the clear winner with his Death Knight and Yvonne missed the mark all the way around and was sent home.
Despite Yvonne being sent home, she managed to get words of praise from Ve Neill to take with her.
This win was Walter’s second of the series and as Glenn Hatrick pointed out, his upward swing this close to the finale was a good thing. There are now four artists left and Yvonne left the contest head held high.
Face Off airs Wednesdays on SyFy.