Saturday, August 20, 2016

Meanwhile, in the Elven Woodland Realm, or, Paint Me Like Your French Elves

It’s Saturday evening and my sermon for tomorrow is finished.   Time to go take some pictures of naked ladies.

Yeah, that didn’t sound very good, did it?   Better not let my bishop know about this post. 

These figures are by Wargames Foundry, from their Elfen Collection series.  These figures were OOP when I ordered them last winter, but the very kind Diane Ansell of Wargames Foundry found some blisters from that range for me.   Since then, I noticed that they are now available again as single figures on Foundry’s Warmonger Miniatures page, here.  I liked this line when it first came out, it had a sort of strangeness and classical fantasy vibe to it that  reminded me equally of the Pre-Raphaelites and old school swords and sorcery artists like Boris Vallejo.

 

One might think that these figures would have been easy to paint, but in fact they were anything but, and it was quite intimidating trying to get the skin (so much skin!) right.  I used a base of Citadel Cadian Flesh, a wash of Army Painter soft tone, and then successive layers of watered down Cadian Flesh mixed with Citadel Elfen Flesh, and a final coat of Elfen flesh by itself.  I notice that the archer on the left has a quiver, but not the lady on the right.  The old Foundry line also included a mix of cherubs, sprites, butterflies and other odd beasts, hence the little fellow by the archer on the left.

More challenging flesh to paint.  

So what am I going to do with these figures, you may ask?    My goal is to use them to augment an elven army that I am slowly building.   They may be a somewhat fanciful force to oppose Isengard’s incursions into Fangorn forest, or they may be a subset of the armies of Lorien, perhaps a special forces unit known as Galadriel’s Grrrlz?    Here are the ten figures I have done so far.  A small start to a Dragon Rampant war band, though I think they may pay penalties for lack of armour protection.

 

More figures waiting to be painted, thanks to Diane’s help.

I suppose I could flesh these out (no pun intended) with additional figures from other fantasy lines, including these war maiden archers from Casting Room that could be painted up as elves - any suggestions for other lines that might complement these figures?

These figures bring my 2016 totals to:

28mm:  Foot Figures: 54; Mounted Figures: 5; Buildings: 2; Terrain Features: 4

6mm:  Mounted figures:  36;  Buildings:  2

22 comments:

  1. Great looking figures - the skin looks good and I'm all for a lot of naked flesh (woman's).

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    1. Thank you, Dannoc, very kind. I just found your blog - very interesting!

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  2. Those armoured chaps look very promising!
    I think the naked ladies have a more Midsummer Night's Dream or Victorian Faerie vibe about them and less Tolkien.
    If you draw upon wider Faerie lore, these gals could have all sorts of strange beasties with them.

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    1. The armoured spear gals are nice sculpts. I may add them to my armoured LOTR GW Elven figures. They might also mix well with your Vendel elves.
      I agree that the nekkid gals aren't very canonical. I do have some beasties to go with them. Working on them as we speak.

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  3. Grand figures, Great photos. His Grace is on speed-dial.
    As for wood elves, my daughter found a free army-builder for Warmaster and now can put a wood elf army together.
    Keep up the good work... in every sense of the word!

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    1. Thank you Pastor. I hope you've been well this summer, nice to hear from you. Glad you like the figures. Tell me more about the army-builder. I am curious.

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    2. I'll find your e-mail and send you the information that way.

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  4. Great figures Mike. Forget about your bishop, was your wife ok with these?
    Peter

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    1. I did get a bit of that dangerous narrowing of the eyes that never bodes well in women.

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  5. Very nicely paibted in fact. Just wondering if you had a model? Or were working from memory......

    I agree that a few eoodland creatures woukd seem natursl alongside them.

    Hopefully the rules will have some sort of skirmishing target bonus to atone for the lack of armour and uh other things. Perhaps a distraction bonus?

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    1. Thank you Ross. I am certainly hoping that the distraction factor will work against my human opponent!

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  6. Yeah, that first line was a good one! Quite happy I didn't have a mouthful of soda in my mouth when I read it.
    Awesome brushwork.

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    1. Glad you liked that line, :) I hope it doesn't show up years from now against my name in Google searches. Glad you liked the minis, too.

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  7. Absolutely awesome work on these Padre. You've really don an amazing job on the skin tones.

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  8. Nice paintwork, think you need a unicorn or two.
    Best Iain

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    1. Many thanks. A unicorn would indeed be fun.

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  9. Oh I say, how charming, what an amazing collection.

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  10. No armor penalty at all, say they have fay glamour and those are hard to hit.

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  11. These are all sorts of wonderful! All that skin is a real challenge to paint. Well done, your elven force is going to be something special.

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  12. Elves, nymphs, dryads - these would suffice for a lot of female fey-types.

    They need some giant dragonflies to ride on.

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