So thanks to a long weekend with minimal obligations, I've made quite a dent in tackling the stack of elves needing to be prepared for the tournament.
As I mentioned previously, the high elves suffer from lack of imagination in their poses, which is part of why I waited so long to actually invest in an elf army (the other part being that being evil is just so much fun!). But I've found some solutions to this problem.
|L-R, 1) Original GW model, 2) Frankenstein elf, 3) added basing materials |
and patched with a little modeling clay, 4) Swords elf v.1
|Sword elf conversion 2: Step by Step|
|Step 1-2: Carefully slice sword handle above left hand, |
and remove right arm at shoulder
|Step 3: carefully remove left hand at wrist (I HIGHLY recommend covering the arm with a |
paper towel or something when you cut, unless you feel like chasing it as it flies across the room)
|Steps 4-6: re-attach left hand palm inwards (as if holding shield outwards), re-position right arm as desired (you may need to trim arm and/or shoulder to get proper fit and angle), smooth out any gaps/exposed cuts with modeling clay as necessary)|
|Sword elf conversion 3: carefully cut arms off at both shoulders|
|re-position as desired. This conversion took the most effort, as it takes a lot of |
trimming/patching to get the arms to realign in a decent manner
With a bit of patience, practice, and spare elves, the possibilities are endless.
|Spear conversion: 1) original GW model, 2) remove sword, oh-so-carefully drill holes for brass rod,|
glue blade to end and smooth joint with modeling clay, 3) final spear elf
I decided to avoid the cliché gold and blue paintjob that is so prevalent among high elf players. Instead I decided to try to a more forest-y look. Returning to woodland greens and browns. Armor that gleams on the battlefield, yet does not betray their presence among the trees. Ultimately, I'm going for a end-of-winter/spring thaw theme, with patches of snow on the bases. Paint scheme is as follows:
- Prime black (I bought these elves off ebay, and some of them had previous paintjobs with different levels of quality, best to just start with a blank slate)
- Drybrush of (P3) Battlefield Brown on the base (I haven't yet bothered with further drybrushes, because most of the base will be covered with snow and/or grass flock
- Exposed skin – (GW) Elf Flesh
- Tunic – (GW) Dark Angels Green
- Cloaks – (GW) Graveyard Earth
- Armor – (Game Color) Plata Silver
- Bows/sword handles/quivers,archer gloves – (Game Color) Dark Flesh
- Sashes – (GW) Bleached Bone
This is followed by a wash of (GW) Orgryn Flesh on the skin, and a light wash of (GW) Traka Green on the armor and blades. Finally, a liberal wash of (GW) Devlan Mud is applied to the whole model (mostly avoiding the skin) to blend it all together and tone done the color a bit – however the brightness of the plata silver helps keep a bit of sheen to the armor. There are still a few touch-ups to be done, some highlighting, detailing on the base and I'm still waiting for my shields to arrive, but they are starting to come together.
|The Elves are preparing for war...|
You may note the blurry form of a commanding figure in the background... but that is another post