I’ve had a chance the last few days to get the elves to the point of “almost finished”. For the display board I used an adhesive floor tile from my local home improvement store and glued it to a piece of cardboard for added stiffness. This was coated with black sand from the dollar store and drybrushed a few different shades of green and yellow.
I decided to go with the angled design as I did with the Undead Legions of Shadow and framed it with a few pieces of stained decorative wood trim.
Last summer when I was visiting my local Rock & Gem show I came a cross a vendor selling Lucite flower jewelry and picked up a few bags:
I started the bases by gluing down some coffee grounds which i then drybrushed green and yellow before adding flower colored flock and a few leaves from a GW wood elves kit:
These were followed by the Lucite flowers:
Eventually I’ll add the Forest Spirit miniature and base the statue and pillars but I think I’ll save that for rainy day when I need to break off from something else (I can’t have all my projects completed – I wouldn’t know what to do with myself!).
I was able to get a bit more done on the elves this weekend and wanted to share an update. In the last post I spoke of having to choose between the elves of Disciples and HOMM and I came to realize that it doesn’t have to be one or the other so I took a little from both and came up with a happy compromise.
On the back row from left to right we have an Oracle (healer), a Scout (archer – ranged) and Mage (ranged):
Next we have another Scout, another Oracle and a third Scout:
Front row left to right is a Centaur Lancer and a Sprite:
Middle are a War Dancer that had his sword replaced with a pole (a la Shaolin monk) and the Hero:
The Hero is a bash of a GW wood elf torso and head, a set of WF Persian legs and a Reaper Bones unicorn. I took some antlers off a plastic deer to add a little decor to the headset:
Lastly the other Centaur Lancer and Sprite:
For decor I found a dollar statue and some wedding cake decorations that were painted up and weathered:
Hopefully this week I’ll some spare time to get them based, set on a display board and work on the Spirit of the Forest Miniature.
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.
Narthrax has been propped up on my workstation staring at me for over a month. One of the reasons it remained there for so long is because I wasn’t able to decide what color it should be. Red? No. Blue? Nah. Green? Nope…and so on. At the risk of sounding a little too artsy sometimes you just to let the colors emerge. Break out the Gesso!
A base coat of brown. Hmm. A more natural color maybe? I noticed my daughter was playing Skyrim the other day and I wonder if that didn’t have some effect.
I started adding some highlights and thought maybe some cream and rust colors might help lighten it up.
The eyes need some rework:
Now back to the base that I built for her a while back and some better lighting.
It still needs dome detail work and a magnet placement for the back foot but I’m surprisingly happy with the direction this is going.
I’ve been working on a stronghold/fort using Hirst Arts blocks off and on for the last few months in what little spare time I’ve had between projects. Some pieces get moved on to other projects and some stick around. I’m not a hundred percent sure of the configuration yet but I think I am honing in it finally.
I don’t know if this is going to be a permanent diorama or if I’ll keep it available for gaming so I tried to make it as modular as possible.
I wanted to add some water features so I made a fountain and a couple of pools.
I used white glue to build up the water letting it dry for 24 hours between layers and then topped it with glass varnish before adding some lily pads.
I decided it wasn’t big enough so I added some more parts (and may still add some more).
So the timing was pretty good to try to figure out how to incorporate Narthrax into the project and for most of today I’ve just been playing around trying different set ups.
I think I will build a different tower that will be specifically for him and can be both part of this set and a stand alone base. I’ve never casts with magnets but it looks like it might be time to learn just to keep him up where he belongs.
I’m getting excited enough about this project that all the others may have to be put on hold for bit!
Well it finally showed up! In October of 2013 Reaper Miniatures of Denton, TX successfully funded their second kickstarter: Bones II. So , 17 months later a package shows up and I have to say it’s pretty impressive. I won’t bore you with all the core stuff that 14,000 others are getting but I will share some of the add-ons:
A few brief thoughts:
The overall quality of this batch seems to be of a better balance and more consistent mix in terms of bones material and detail. Yes, there are a few bendy swords – that’s to be expected at the preboil stage – but nothing that appears to have a permanent disconfiguration.
Biggest surprise: Narthrax – while not the biggest of the group it is probably the best dragon sculpt I’ve come across. So much movement and ferocity in the pose. Hats off to sculptor Julie Guthrie!
Alright, with that out of the way, I wanted to share some of the miniatures from Studio McVey’s board game “Sedition Wars – Battle for Alabaster” This was the result of another kickstarter that seemed to have really taken the brunt of rage hate for a while. Luckily I picked it up after the fact for next to nothing strictly for the minis and feel like I got a good value.
First are the Vanguard:
I went with orange visors and blue as my secondary color.
I decided to have some fun here and go with brightly colored hair on a few of the female troopers in keeping with the Manga style.
And a group shot:
The Strain are pretty interesting miniatures. There are a sci-fi zombie that has mutated and somehow grown or incorporated technological features such as hoses and tubes growing in and out of them as well as organic firearm appendages.
I coated their exposed “guts” with gloss varnish which really enhanced the horror factor and am looking forward to painting the rest of the crew.
That’s it for this one so I’m off to boil some bones.
Last night I got started on the big fella and before I knew it he was done.
I mixed up some ink, Liquitex matte medium, Anita’s extender, and some tap water for each color and started slopping it on. The orange and yellow were done the same way with craft paints since I don’t have yellow or orange inks.
I used the colors as the picture shows going from purple to blue to red, then orange and yellow.
The matte medium(?) has a strange property in that I can’t seem to photograph the finished product very well. I had the same trouble with the chaos tree using the same technique. I suppose making a light box should be added to my to-do list.
Inside photography doesn’t seem bright enough while outdoor photography is almost too much.
Although it isn’t as vibrant as I had seen in my head it is what it is and I’m pretty happy with it.
So now I need to figure out how to base him. I’m not impressed with the base that came with him as it seemed like a quick afterthought. The problem lies in the distance that his tail sticks out.