Welcome to Librarium Online!
I would like to share my hopefully growing autumnal wood elf army with you guys
I do this mainly to encourage myself to complete the whole army and make it look good (aiming for at least table top quality )
I hope you can help me out here, by giving tips and criticising my work
If someone could give me tips for painting elven skin (especially faces with eyes!) then I would be very thankfull
Ty in advance!
Here are the first 2 glade guards I painted
Hm, well for a start these just don't scream autumn to me. More.. wood. If I was you I would look at making them look more autumn; look at the colours that are generally associated with the season and add them in places. It doesn't have to be lots, but there should be something. At the moment, with this scheme the army would look very dark and drab. Not bright and vibrant that you'd expect from autumn.
Colour wise, I'd advise to stay away from green - that's a more spring/summer colour - but instead look at yellows, red, oranges and browns. For ideas, google autumn and see what comes up. Then have a look at placing different colours with combinations in different places. I would set aside a few spare miniatures to "play" with.
Painting wise, you seem decent enough for tabletop play. Really lacks highlights and shading. For shading, you just need a darker shade of the main colour and highlight you need one lighter shade and mix it into the base colour. Paint the highlight on the edges, only a thin line, and you'll see it does wonders to improving the overall look.
I would look at elven faces as you would humans, just a bit lighter. So: either a dark base colour and build it up by adding a lighter tone until you're happy. Or, a flat normal tone and wash/ink the face to shade. Personally I go with the former as it gives a better look. For the colours, I would look at: Dark Flesh, Dwarf Flesh, (Flesh Wash - ink), Elf Flesh and Skull White. One to get to the stage of elf Flesh, add a touch of skull white to make it a bit paler; then once more for a highlight.
Hope this helps.
Pretty good start, I'd say.
I agree with King Ulrik that they're not quite autumnal enough: the cloaks look a bit too "assassin" for my tastes. I would go with a dark red or even a very dark reddish-purple. I think you could also strengthen the yellowy-brown colour on the tunics, perhaps with highlights or another thin layer of paint.
Again, more dark red would be good to really hammer home the autumnal concept. Could work as gemstones, patterning or hair. As for the faces, perhaps a thin wash of watered-down chestnut might bring out the creases a bit. I know a couple of people who don't paint the pupils in on Wood Elves as the faces are so small. Up to you, though.
I really like your bases: nice grass effect. They're a good start and will look fine racked up on the table. What else is going in the army?
First of all, I think you've done a pretty good job on the painting, and the colors you're using now really capture the late autumn feel (when all the leaves fall of the trees and it starts to rain...kinda depressing and mournful I guess). But I'd really like to see an early autumn scheme, with red, orange, yellow, yellowish green, and brown. I've never seen any army painted like this and I guess I'm just curious to see how it'd look, but I think it would look really original and unique. Try google image searching "autumn" to find some inspiration. It's up to you though man, but if you keep up with your current paint scheme, make sure you keep painting and posting some pics. Good luck!