Here is my first Ellyrian Reaver fully painted apart from the base.
I will say one thing if you are building these things. Put them together with glue, but don't glue them to their bases. If you do you will have a hard time painting the surcoat and the belly of the horse.
I used the same range of colours for this model as I did the other High Elves. The horse, quiver and the feather crest was the only thin really different.
The horse was firstly painted Deneb Stone.
It was given a thick-ish coat of Devlan Mud.
It was given a final coat of Badab Black to bring it in line with the rest of the model.
The quiver was achieved by going over the piece with Thraka Green.
Then a coat of Badab Black was used.
The horse and mane was gone over carefully with Deneb Stone.
The entire quiver was coated again with Thraka Green.
The crest was achieved by using two coats of Thraka Green and followed by a coat of Badab Black.
Here are the first fully painted, although not based High Elf models that I have finished. I am using a non-standard colour scheme due to a limited palette and I hate painting white.
I start by painting all of my models Deneb Stone. I've found that it is a much nicer base to work with than Chaos Black or Skull White.
The plume and the cloth then gets painted Blood Red. It is a nice contrasting colour that is normally not seen on High Elf models.
The mail is painted with Chainmail. This is the middle tone of silver that GW does. If I wanted darker I'd have gone with Boltgun Metal, or if I wanted lighter I'd have gone with Mithril Silver. Too light and the red trim would look even darker. Too light and they would have not suited the way I ink.
The surcoat running just under the armour was painted with Mechrite Red. It gives a subtle change to the model making it slightly darker, while not changing the model's overall colour scheme and tone.
Areas of the armour and swords were painted with Shining Gold. This was to give the models a bit more colour as they don't have shields and it was also used to make them look elite.
The face was done using Humbrol Acrylic 61, which is like Tallarn Flesh. I will be going back to Tallarn Flesh as I don't like the consistency of the Humbrol paint. Both give a similar look, but the GW inks don't settle as well on the Humbrol paint.
The whole model was doused with Badab Black. This is one reason why I didn't want a darker silver. The face and gold were gone over with Gryphonne Sepia or Devlan Mud. This brings out the vibrancy of the gold colour.
The gems were painted with Deneb Stone, then gone over with Thraka Green. I used two coats of Thraka Green as a single coat lacks vibrancy.
I don't use any highlights. Mainly because I don't really know how to do them. Also I don't see my armies as being too pretty. I prefer them to look as if they have walked through a swamp, or out of a coal mine.
here are some more photos. The bases aren't done and I forgot to do the gems, the Griffon head and neaten up the saddle. I have missed the crown on the Sword Master Champion's head and some of the inking. I'll deal with them later.
Now, before people start, I know that I wasn't a fan of Elves. ANY type of Elves. I wasn't a fan of the High Elf models, especially the spear elves and the archers. The GW 'monkey-hand-syndrome' had hit the Elves as hard as it did the old Skaven models.
Funnily enough both of these armies are in the new Island of Blood starter set for 8th Edition. Having been in the UK I have seen the models in the flesh in the GW's that I have visited (Grimsby and Milton Keynes). I've actually got the starter set, but
The models are stunning.
Seriously; all of them are of a very high quality. GW have used the techniques that they used for the Space Hulk models to great effect here. The Skaven models are along the lines of their new releases with the new miniature release that went alongside the latest version of the Skaven army book.
Here are my two mages that I have painted up since I got the boxed set. These models are mono-pose, but they have three pieces. They are done using a limited palette. The rest of the models are just as good. The Griffon is nice, but he is huge. I accidently glued the wings to the first Griffon. I'm not doing this on the second one. It's wingspan is much bigger than Louen Leoncouer who is on a Hippogryph.
I'll write about an army list in a bit. Need to ponder some more on what I'm going to do for them.
Here are the 3 Bulls from the Bulls Regiment that I got several weeks back. I only have a limited palette of colours to work with but I do have several washes that I have been layering on though.
Bull or Gutlord
There isn't a lot to talk about per se. I'm just marvelling at the ability to put up photos on the blog again!
What I will say is that the Bellower was an attempt to replicate the technique that I had used on the Khadoran Manhunter for the skin tones. I don't think that it worked as well as it did on the Manhunter. It could just be that I'm out of practice.