It’s been a while since I’ve worked on the Elemental Tribes project and the excitement of the upcoming Frostgrave release has inspired me to work on another clan. Now while I wouldn’t consider “life” to be an element I would consider it to be a source of magic. I really had trouble deciding how to do the elves. On one hand I had the lovely inspiration of the darker autumn elves from the Disciples franchise:
On the other I had the vibrant spring themed elves of Heroes of Might & Magic:
Because of the Reaper Bones miniatures I have on hand I decided to go with the latter.
So without further ado I introduce Sylvan Elves of the Life Tribe.
I picked up some Hero clix faeries a while back when I first started the idea of doing Elemental Tribes, so long ago in fact that I don’t remember what they were originally. I think Hornet or something along those lines. After unsuccessfully trying all kinds of methods to strip the paint from these gals I finally gave up and just painted over them. The detail is pretty blurry but they serve their purpose. They are based on the sprites from Heroes of Might & Magic.
This week I’ve been working on a healer and a couple of archers:
I was able to add a mage and another archer this weekend:
I really wanted to gather and paint up a tribe of elves that represented a wilder and more tribal Druid-like feel than what I have seen available on the market. Yes, GW does make some nice Woodies but the entire genesis of this idea stemmed from the idea of “using the miniatures I already have lying around with minimal additional purchases”. I also didn’t want them to be armored or using any metal weapons as they would obtain all their resources from the forest so there will be some modifications coming up with the mage and a ranger who are both wielding swords.
More to come…