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Okay, this will a be sort of showcase/bragging/begging for help kind of thread, where I post pics of my wood elves. But you know the drill.
We start of strong with a noble in fall colours.
This is a very fun model to paint (bird helmet with horns FTW!) although I don't particularly like the hawk on his arm (does it count as an extra handweapon?). The little bugger kept chipping when I painted it!
The chainmail and gold swirls on the horns was made with tin bits taken through bronze, shining gold to burnished gold, given a wash of deep red ink from Winsor&Newton (!) and highlighted with burnished gold+ mithril silver.
The leaves on the cape was basecoated mechrite red, then warlock purple, red gore, blazing orange and golden yellow painted succesively further out on the cape. For example, the middle section got a red gore wash, a heavy drybrush of blazing orange and a light drybrush of golden yellow. The yellow on the outermost leaves was highlighted with bleached bone.
Keep your attention fixed on the stage, ladies and gentlemen!
The wardancers of Athel Loren will enchant you with their deadly dances shortly!
BTW if anyone wants to post some of their own elves, feel free.
Wow, great job!
The colours look very natural, the bird very realistically painted and the cloak is pretty amazing
Rep for you, i look forward to seeing more
love this model, i have one 3/4 painted which i quickly knocked up for a tourney
the colour transition on the cape is great!!
have you chosen a particular colour scheme for your army?
The cape pretty much suggested itself when I looked at the model (and I might have seen something like it somewhere else, can't remember), it is just too detailed to to paint it all in one colour.
For the bird I looked at some raptors in wikipeda and went with the red-tailed hawk. Dark brown back and wings, reddish-brown head and creamy underside.
My army's colour scheme is red and yellow, with occasional purples for that enchanted forest feel. The only models that really shows it is my glade guard though and I don't think you will see them because, frankly, they stink.
I do think the base is a bit bland, perhaps painting the sides in a brighter colour will help.
What do you think? Any suggestions?
Hmm, yeah some paint on the base may be useful as a finishing touch. Dont make it stand out too much, a nice brown or something should do it.
Okay, next out is the wardancers.
Here are the first five.
...and the last five.
These were done without much highlighting. Mostly just a thin basecoat on a (very) light grey undercoat and then various washes.
Let me know what you think.
I love the autumn theme and bases! What did you use to make the leaves? I'd paint the rim of the bases brown, I think it would add a lot to the bases. You did a great job with the eyes. The flesh might benefit from a stronger contrast between the shadows and highlights. It's pretty personal but I don't like the green wash on the metals.
Thanks for the feedback, Acidburns!
I agree that the bases need something more and as I write this, the paint is drying on the base rims. Will post pics soon.
The litter on the bases are simply tea leaves of mixed sizes. I will probably add some static grass aswell and some birch seeds when I get ahold of some.
The eyes were painted following the tutorial at the Reaper site: Reaper Miniatures :: TheCraft
Some of them do have a quite pronounced squint, but it's my first attempt and if I get hung up on small details like that I will never get an army done. They're still some of the best I've done so far.
It's pretty personal but I do like the green wash on the weapons I'll grant you that it could be a lot more subtle.
The flesh...well, I'll just have to try not to skimp it on the next ones!
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I look forward to seeing the finished bases. You probably know this but maybe watering down the wash you could build it up quick quickly with thin, quick drying layers. Perhaps even mixing in some dark green paint instead of chaos black to the metal like in http://www.librarium-online.com/painting/true-metallics-with-citadel-washes-850.html metallic painting guide?
I could be wrong about the flesh, but I find that when I put a lot of wash on and then highlight it looks as if there's too much contrast but once I let it dry out it looks pretty good. It could be harder with all the naked flesh on those wardancers; there's nowhere for the wash to go.