Welcome to Librarium Online!
So I'm getting ready to finish painting my albino great stag, after which I'll paint the 8-elf wild rider unit he leads. I posted all of this in the painting forum, but haven't gotten much feedback (and I'm looking to start the horses in the next day or two), so I'm calling on my fellow wood elf players for help.So here's the original photo:My question regarding the wild riders is this: I decided to make all of the wild rider horses the same color. My two favorite options right now are white, to give the unit a kind of ghostly appearance, or black to make the great stag stand out in the unit - this would also make the wild riders stand out in the army as a whole.I have often doubted the wisdom of a wild rider unit this size, but they're just too cool to pass up.I won't bother with a poll, since I'm more concerned with opinions than numbers. What do you guys think?
I think Black wild riders would just stand out. Also, they would contrast the stag which would make him all the more special.
This article at ellsweb.com really helped me out. But be careful if your PC doesn't like PDF documents, though it's only six pages in length.
Whatever you do, you definitely want some contrast in the unit. White horses can easily wash out, and your winter theme is light already. Also, if you use the same snow base, the horses could really suffer visually IMO. If you do that, I'd paint and place some brilliantly colored spite bits from the Glade Rider or Glade Guard sprues: electric blue comes to mind.
Looking at this guy's article, you could do something with a Skewbald, Piebald, or Appaloosa scheme and really make for some interesting mixes of blacks and whites, especially once you decide what to do with the stag.
The only problem I see with this is that the stag looks rather bullish, as many people have noted. If you go with blacks and whites, he could look like a Heifer. As for the black stag, I really don't like that idea when I try to imagine what it would look like.
Have you Googled for images of a stag? Have you seen this from France GW? I wish someone would translate the article so I could do more than just look at the pictures. :cry:
The first scheme that came to mind for your wild riders was Dappled Grey. I think that would allow your models to stand out more.
What are you thinking for the riders themselves? They're part of the bigger picture in what scheme you choose for your models. I can see some cool pelts to see off against the whites and greys.
Okay, it appears I was kind of unclear - my apologies.
The stag is going to be the color shown in the photo, though I've gone back and hit a few areas with some inks to make him a little more contrasty. I haven't quite settled on a color scheme for the rider (or the wild riders themselves yet), but I'm thinking to depart slightly from my standard color scheme to make them stand out a bit.
As for the wild rider horses, I'm leaning toward the mode of thought to make them contrast with the stag in order to make the stag stand out. I did google a few images of white and albino stags before painting him (didn't find that photo on the GW France site though - damn that person for stealing my idea!), which is what convinced me to go with the yellowish shadows on my stag.
I have seen that PDF before (and wow, that thing needs some serious optimization). I had a passing thought about doing dapple gray horse... it just seems like so much work. When I read your suggestion to that end, I gave a heavy sigh - the kind that comes from realizing something you were trying to ignore. I have a few extra glade riders, so I may try a couple of colors out on them before making the final call.
The stag does look kind of bullish, but I honestly can't let that stop me from thinking that he's just a really cool model. If my plans for the base pan out, this thing should look pretty sexy when everything is done.
After looking through your army thread, I'm more than willing to take your advice - especially considering the pelts on the wild riders. What did you have in mind?
Thanks for the feedback so far, guys.
No, you made yourself clear. I just had a stupid moment.
I think dappled greys would look good, and it's not that hard to do. I used my Glade Riders as experiments before I moved onto the wild riders, which still hasn't happened, so I think that's a smart move on your part.
I think some of the pelts could like the stag rider's saddle blanket. That would tie the unit together somewhat.
I personaly think the white ethereal look would be great.
The stag will stand out well enough due to its size.
Mirage Arcana Podcast
The "A Smart Player Will..." theory is a complete paradox. If we make an assumption that everything we do is outsmarted, then theoretically we can never win.
Looks great but I'd darken in the hooves a little bit more. As for your ideas, sounds great, i want to see the finished product.
Somebody please tell me why it was deemed that this guy needs to be bristling with weaponry?
This morning I finished the noble and the base, and then remembered, that, in addition to his sword, spear, and dagger, he's got a bundle of weapons that are stuck to the side of his stag. including another sword, another spear, and a bow.
Don't mind me... I'm bitter. I thought I was done.
looks great! makes me consider putting a great stag into my 2250 list!
Armies: Wood Elves, High Elves
Warbands Campaign 07: 1st
San Antonio Alamo GT