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After a long time away from the hobby, some friends and I have started building Warhammer Fantasy armies. While my friends used to play Warhammer Fantasy I've never painted or played WFB before. I was immediately attracted to the High Elf army.
We've been playing with test armies using paper (arghh!) while we decide on an army composition. I thought I would post here as I build and paint my army. I'm aiming for 2250pts, which I will choose as I play more test games and construct a theme.
10th of May, 2009: I have done a big update of this starting post to include everything I've done so far for ease of browsing. It's a little bit of an exaggeration to say that many of these units are complete but they are at least to tabletop standard even if there are still gems, etc to be painted.
So far I have:
Unit of 15 Spearmen (Complete)
Unit of 10 Archers (Complete)
Unit of 14 Swordmasters (Complete)
Unit of 5 Dragon Princes (Complete)
Unit of 15 Phoenix Guard (Purchased)
Repeater Bolt Thrower (Complete)
Repeater Bolt Thrower (Complete)
One unit of White Lions
The last time I painted a model was when I was 18 or 19. 6 years later and while it was a shaky start, I am finding that I'm considerably better than before.
Last edited by Acidburns; May 10th, 2009 at 17:58.
Looks good, great gems, nice basing. The only thing I would suggest is that the metal seems somewhat flat, but that could be the pictures though.
Thanks for the comments. The whites have been a real pain, It's taken a lot of coats to work it up from a black undercoat, and on numerous occasions I've screwed up and the paints gone on a bit lumpy. The only areas it's come out consistently perfect is on the shields and the skirts.
Googletron: the metal is probably a bit flat, but the photo does not help either. I used the following:
Badab Black was on all seams & on channels around the fluting
Mithril Silver highlights
I was considering watering down the badab black and layering it up to try and get some shading on the curves, but I'm not sure what else to do! I'm particularly stumped by tthe upper half of their pointy helmets.
Use a wash of blue mixed with black ink and then watered own with some flow agent added (a blob of washing-up liquid for example)...this adds shading to the helmets, whilst also adding a nice ploychromatic sheen.
White always works best for my elves - so second that Paintmonkey...
I do find that painting the face black does help though, so you could undercoat white and paint the face black and lighten up. Alternatively, if you want to start from a black undercoat because of the metals (and sitting on black is easier than on white...) then I would condone base-coating all areas to be white with codex grey or perhaps using a foundation colour, This will give you your shading, and also gives much better coverage over black than white will...
Try that and see what you think (do a test model if you aren't super-convinced).
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
Hmm, might work - I hardly use chainmail, as I prefer the finish of mithril, but that sounds like it could be quite a good way to get round it.