Sunday, 11 May 2014
Arms Race: Wood Elves
My project for this summer, which I am dubbing the Arms Race, is for me to collect and paint 2000 points worth of Wood Elves. I've never really gotten to grips with Fantasy Battle, but upon seeing the new Treeman, I felt that it was time to put the Dark Elves to one side and start with a clean slate.
The rules I have come up with are simple, and based around the classic 'Tale of 4 Gamers' model that is so popular. I start with a 500 point force that needs to be painted by the end of May, each month I get £50 budget to add to that core and paint it up within the month, this repeats until I get to 2000 points.
I felt that this would be a good challenge to try and translate this look into the Fantasy universe and have a unique look on the tabletop, especially when you consider the Wood Elves aren't a bright and happy race in the first place, they are staunch and arrogant protectors of Athel Loren, equally tainted by the light and the dark.
Again, the colour scheme seemed to work well, I tried to keep it as simple as possible for these rank and file because I would be painting loads of them, and any super fine detail work would get lost.
For the paint scheme, I kept it simple by drybrushing up through the highlights, and in order to break the monotony, I split them into groups of 4 and tried to give them different bark. This would hopefully make the unit more interesting to look at.
I painted this chap in between painting the Glade Guard as a way of breaking up the large amount of repetition. I am really happy with the way it has come out, and it's definitely a step up from the brushwork on the Phoenix I did earlier in the year.
All that is left now is to paint up the free Wood that the Elves get as part of their rules, then, it's off to consider what I would like to pick up next month to strengthen the force.