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WildBerry
19-08-2009, 13:11
Hello there,

after reading through many inspirational blogs on this page I decided to start my own (now that I have holidays).
As you can see in the title it's going to be Wood Elves. My very first Warhammer army altogether.

The list I'm aiming to paint up is the following:

Lords/Heroes:

Lord on Elven Steed
Spellsinger lvl 2 on foot or on horse, will have to see about that

Core:

2x8 Dryads (optional with Branch Nymph)
2x10 Glade Guard
2x5 Scouts
5 Glade Riders

Special:

2x7 Wardancers (optional with Blade Singer)

Rare:

2 Treeman (even though I was told 2 Treemen were cheese, so I might replace one).



First off I want to go with my Glade Guard as they are basic to a Wood Elves army I believe.

Those I already have painted spread over a long time because I usually am rather busy with studies and work.

Here a few pictures of my first guys and group shot (sadly it is not my terrain.. ;) ):

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild047.jpg

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild022-1.jpg


Whole Unit:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild018-3.jpg

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild015-1.jpg


I know I should still base the guys but I could not decide yet how I would like it to be.

Oh and sadly only afterwards I realized that mold lines are something you can easily take off.. :p


Next thing I am going to work on is a bunch of Wild Riders that I got me for the fact that they look way better than Glade Riders.


Comments and Critics are welcome

Elazar The Glorified
19-08-2009, 14:43
Well I'll start with some crit. you need more shading on these :) The scheme you have looks lovely but you need to add some depth back into these models. I'd definitely have a look at the citadel washes if I were you as they can do half of the work for you. A wash of Ogryn Flesh on skin and faces and Devlan mud into recesses on the clothing etc will do wonders for your minis here.
Looking at what you've painted you have done some beautiful freehand on the cloaks etc. I'm insanely jealous of that, any freehand I try just looks like I've had a paintbrush accident!
All in all with a little work on the shading and fixing those bases (I know you haven't decided what you're doing with them :)) you'll have some brilliant Wood Elves! :)

Gargobot
19-08-2009, 15:20
Have to second Elazar here, try some washes they work wonders.
And those freehands really do look sweet.
(Might have just copied Elazar's post; he's right. :))

noeste
19-08-2009, 15:22
Heh, Elazar basically said all that I wanted to say. A bit of washing will work wonders and add depth and life to your models. And Elazar is not the only one who is jealous of your freehand (grrr!)

I'll be looking forward to more; spring is a fantastic time of year, and an underrated theme for Wood Elves, so keep it up!
I want to see where this ends *smiles* Subscribed!

Jim
19-08-2009, 16:47
So...you have blocked the base coats very neatly, the freehand swirls are very well done...and all you need to make these look great is to add some washes to the base coats and maybe a couple of highlights...I think the Ogryn Flesh, Devlan Mud and Thraka Green GW washes will work wonders for you. Also I find it hard to overlook unfinished bases!!!...So basically I've got nothing new to add to what has already been said :p

Looking forward to seeing your next batch...

Jim

WildBerry
19-08-2009, 19:14
Well first of all thanks for your comments so far already :)

Thank you for giving tips for how to add depth. I tried out the washes on my guys (Devlan Mud and Ogryn Flesh) but altogether I'm not really having the idea that the stuff is making that much of a difference. Ogryn Flesh seemed mainly to give some tan. On the belts it turned out more effective. Thraka Green gave the whole thing a too dark shade so I left it out so far.

With the highlighting itself I'm still having a hard time.. Drybrushing and such is really not my thing yet. But I will see if I can do better on my Wild Riders.

Anyways on the pictures I took it was not that very visible what I did. But that probably has to do with the not so great lighting around this time of the day. Will have to catch a better time tomorrow.

Your compliments on my freehands inspired me to do some more and above all to finally do something about the banner.

I also got a great tip from my bf how I could do my bases and I found that I really do like them like this (even though from close up some of that green mossy-stuff looks weird).

But enough talk, I'll show you what I mean so far with some pictures:

Banner Carrier's cloak:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild052.jpg


Banner:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild053.jpg


Basing from above:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild063.jpg


Small group shot:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild062.jpg

Death Korp
19-08-2009, 20:52
I have no idea why, but these elves remind me of Peter Pan :P

They look really good, but like others have said, you'll want to make sure you have washed them with the washes (?) to give them some shading. The freehand and the bases are awesome,

Keep it up!

DK

Breazer
19-08-2009, 21:59
well sweety as you can hear they seem to really like your stuff..
your blog seems more succesful allready...
keep it up...am proud of what you are doing there

Gargobot
20-08-2009, 00:26
Thank you for giving tips for how to add depth. I tried out the washes on my guys (Devlan Mud and Ogryn Flesh) but altogether I'm not really having the idea that the stuff is making that much of a difference. Ogryn Flesh seemed mainly to give some tan. On the belts it turned out more effective. Thraka Green gave the whole thing a too dark shade so I left it out so far.
The washes have very different effects depending on how many times you put them on, and how much water you mix in. For example if you feel Thraka Green is too dark for your woodies try to mix it 1:1 or even 1:2 with water, it should have a lighter look then. And if it's too light you can always go over it a second or even third time. But remember not to have to much of it pooling in one place or it will look glossy when dried.
And the bases are a nice idea, very springy. :)

tensions
20-08-2009, 09:38
the freehands are pretty good.

noeste
20-08-2009, 14:32
Well, the idea behind washes, is that they got a special surface tension, which makes them flow and run more easily, seeking the lowest point. Apart from adding a bit of colour of their own, that is. So, every crack and every fold in cloth, everywhere different surfaces meet, more wash will pool up, than elsewhere, thus one gets this feeling of shadows and light, and it gets more 3d-ish.

A problem can be, and sounds like is for you, that the washes makes it too dark, and I can do nothing else but add my voice to that of Gargobot. Thin the washes out with water, experiement a bit, and hopefully you'll get some results that please you.

Your freehand still dazzle me, though, and I really like that lichen you've used for your bases. Thank your boyfriend for the tip!

Owh, just a last thing, though. If you're going to try to wash your next unit, do it before you do the freehand, so as not to cover the freehand up with the wash.

Elazar The Glorified
20-08-2009, 15:14
In your case I would personally only use the washes in the recesses as opposed to over all of the model. You can do a few layers in the deeper recesses and leave the areas you'd normally highlight what is your current base colour. I hope that makes sense! :)

WildBerry
20-08-2009, 16:55
Thanks all for all the explanations :) I think I will try both the mixing with water and also the use only at certain spots for once.

Anyways I read that too late so today's models I didn't do like that.

I started working on my Wild Riders this morning actually and I realized a few things:

- glueing Wild Riders is a pain (the glueing spots at their waists are like.. uh.. not fitting at all..)
- painting horses is even worse
- shading horses is the worst and I was not successful so far...

I decided to undercoat the guys grey as I don't like the basecoat sprays which are available of GW. Sadly I was a bit too enthousiastic with spreading the grey on them which made me loose details on the guys as well as on the Spellsinger that I basecoated in the same turn.

Anyways I stopped after 2 and a half guys as the room was heating up quite a lot. Therefore I made a movement tray for my Glade Guard. It was quite the task as originally I didn't mind the guys having to fit into ranks when glueing them. :angel:

Well here the results of my today's work so far:
(A few links will follow in the next post as I am not allowed to post them together with the pictures..)

Wild Riders front shot:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild106.jpg


Wild Riders back shot:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild108.jpg



Glade Guard on movement tray:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild119.jpg

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild088.jpg

WildBerry
20-08-2009, 17:00
Well as already mentioned here some more links. (Sorry for the double post to anyone that might feel offended by it..)

Oh and I forgot to mention one thing to noeste's post: The thing with washing BEFORE freehanding I had to realize already today.. So on the 2nd picture from the back (in the post above) you can see that the left guy's lower cloak is quite green only and that's it.. :p

I will redo that sometime but I really did not want to do that anymore at that very moment it happened.


Wild Rider 1 only (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild102.jpg)

Wild Rider 2 only (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild101.jpg)

Glade Guard from above (http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild083.jpg)

noeste
20-08-2009, 20:13
Looking good; I must admit I find horses difficult myself, so much flesh, but compared to most models of human(oids..), there's not as much illustrious (unsure if it means what I want it to...) muscles underneath the skin, so there's really not that much help from the sculpt itself, when it comes to shading the skin. Horses being larger than most other models, generally gives larger surfaces aswell, which when it comes to fleshpainting and shading, gives a bigger challenge, to make it right.
You're not the only one to misslike painting horses, heh.

The movement tray looks good; not that anything less was expected *smiles*

I can't help but notice, though, that you've forgotten to remove a couple of the mould lines on the horses - it adds a lot to a model if you remove them by file or the back of your hobby knife.

Personally, I'm not much of a fan of copper, always liked bronze, brass, gold and steel more, but I guess that's a personal preference, and nothing else. I do think that the armour on those horses could use some wash aswell, however; experiment with all of the brown washes, if you have them, and see which you like the most. If you got some spare parts from either your Riders or Guards, use them to test out different washes and washing techniques (thinning the wash, or just focus on painting in the folds of cloth and other cracks, like Elazar suggested). That way, you can find a technique and colours, which you think fit your theme the best, without risking ruining any of your already painted models in the process.

Keep up the good work!
Owh, by the way, I am quite fond of those Dryads; any chance I'll get to see some Spring Dryads anytime soon, or have you planned to finnish the Elves first? Anyways, I'm looking forward to seeing your take on those "walking trees".

WildBerry
21-08-2009, 13:33
Well that copper colour was mainly a result of random trial, it was a mix of dwarf bronze and skull white with a result brighter than expected. But the wash is a nice idea, will try that out.

And about the Dryads I will have to see. My intention was to do those after finishing the Wild Riders, so will give em a try in a few days I believe.

Breazer
21-08-2009, 15:59
i like the wildriders...
but that might be because i had the privalidge to have seen them in real life...

Kronos
21-08-2009, 19:19
cool painting style, very orignal, I'm not a big fan of flat schemes tbh but it's worked well, nice freehand with the design on the cloaks.

WildBerry
21-08-2009, 19:31
First of all thanks for the comments.

Today I finished the Wild Rider I started yesterday (it was the Standard Bearer) as well as the rest of the Leadership Group, so my little bunch of Wild Riders is complete now. Well apart from the banner that is, I could not decide how to do it yet and if someone has (doable) suggestions I'm glad to hear them.

Due to the fact that GW really didn't do a great job on preparing glueing spots I had to fill up the waists with greenstuff which had the result that now the guys have a long upper body.. As it is also impossible to glue the models to the horses without making them look as if they were to fall off at any moment I mostly gave them a little pillow of greenstuff to sit on. And I had to move some horses to the front on their bases because making a line with those guys was plain impossible..
A nice side effect of this was (in my opinion) that the group really looks like a wild bunch now and also it does look more like fast cavalry that could reform any moment (sad that those guys can't be Skirmishers... ^^).

As this is one of the few (3) units in my army that goes in a rank they got a movement tray already as well.

So here the group shots on tray:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild124.jpg

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild127-1.jpg

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild128.jpg

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild132.jpg


C&C welcome :)

Kronos
21-08-2009, 21:29
intresting basing technique, might have to steal it if i find out what it is.. though it has given me the idea of using tea to base my fangorn forest floor :)

also can't help notice some bits of the base are falling off, a good and very quick way to fix that is.. hairspray, adds no shines and keeps it together.

noeste
22-08-2009, 06:40
Your riders look very good, and the fact that they aren't completely on a line, only adds to the whole "being in motion"-feeling, which is good, in my opinion.

What can we expect from you next?

Breazer
22-08-2009, 13:47
intresting basing technique, might have to steal it if i find out what it is.. though it has given me the idea of using tea to base my fangorn forest floor :)

also can't help notice some bits of the base are falling off, a good and very quick way to fix that is.. hairspray, adds no shines and keeps it together.

the stuff you can actually buy in most train modeling shops...
it works really well and adds a nice contrast to mainly any colour scheme..

sweety i really like what you did on the plates of the horses...and good you got them so they can line up now...
good job.. and on this rate you will soon enough have all your models painted..

WildBerry
22-08-2009, 14:09
Hello again,

Breazer already said it, my basing stuff is all available in most toy stores that sell miniature trains. Oh and the falling off mainly came from the fact that I made the picture as soon as they were done.. But will try the hairspray, I find that a great idea :)

Today I've been working a bit on my Dryads. Quite a work to put up the units and I haven't even glued all the arms yet. I almost ran out of heads as I only bought one box myself and got another eight bodies from my boyfriend (off a nice deal with a friend^^). Luckily the Dryad box contains enough heads, arms and back branches to do 2 full units. The only problem is that it is a mix of branches with and without leaves.
Now I understand that GW modellers wanted to bring some variety in, but as I want to do a spring theme I find it highly important that my Dryads actually have leaves a symbol therefore that they have come back to life after a long winter's sleep (plus I don't want them to be all brown). So I modelled my own leaves and put them on until I lost patience, but the models that I did finish do look better already in my opinion.

But here the pictures so you can judge yourselves:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild133.jpg


Test coloured Dryad with leaves (colour is supposed to be Graveyard Earth). I am not sure if I want to keep the basecoat like this or make it a bit brighter (something between Graveyard Earth and Kommando Khaki).

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild138.jpg

Breazer
24-08-2009, 10:24
that will look pretty cool when painted up

Elazar The Glorified
24-08-2009, 10:36
Glad to see you've gotten those bases done! :D They look lovely, if I ever did a Wood Elves army I'd want to base them like that :)

WildBerry
25-08-2009, 16:30
@Elazar: I feel honoured to hear that ;) I am totally in love with the colour combination myself nowadays.. :p

Well, after a long weekend I only have a WIP update as I was rather busy with work.. And also on the first trials the colours did not really come out as I wanted them to either so I had to redo stuff..

So here is what I have done so far (which is not much, I know.. ^^)

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild000-2.jpg

noeste
26-08-2009, 15:02
Looking good so far!
I really like the leaves you've added; will you do anything to those swirly patterns, like some glowing colour-thingy, or paint them as darker wood, or..?

WildBerry
26-08-2009, 16:59
Well my intentions so far were to just let some more wash run into them, even though it's almost a bit of a waste.. I still want to do their eyes glowing blue, as it is supposed to show their spirit. And I was wondering to let those spots with the swirls also glow blue but will have to see if I can manage doing that without spoiling the whole model :p

noeste
26-08-2009, 20:33
Sounds interesting, hope you'll be abble to pull it off!

WildBerry
27-08-2009, 14:38
4 down 12 to go!

Finally finished the first four of my Dryads.. It took me quite some energy to get back to them every time. But now that I know how I want to do it I think the biggest step is done, the rest is only patience..

Here a quick shot of what they do look like now. The one on the 2nd from the left shows best what colour they actually are. But still it's a bit too dark.


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild009-1.jpg

Breazer
27-08-2009, 16:08
i really like how you did the signs on them..
awesome stuff...
see that dryads can also be made very cool...
wonder how much they differ with mine

El Aartos
27-08-2009, 16:57
Cool dryads you've got there :D Those circle marks stand really out on them and make them even more spirit-alike.

Malorian
27-08-2009, 17:51
The highlighting and details you add look great, but I think you should add a wash after. With that I'm sure these would go from great to amazing.

WildBerry
27-08-2009, 23:05
Thanks for the comments there :)

I'm really glad now that I did do the engraved swirls in blue as I really do like the looks myself now :angel:

About the wash: I admit the skeleton still needs one. But on the wooden parts I won't do anything anymore, als else my models will go darker than I want them to be and loose details (I had to learn by trying.. ;)).
The skirts are already washed down with a darker green tone that you can't se on that picture. The spite I would not know what to wash with, he is highlighted more than one can see and the Assyurmen Blue (or however you write it) is way too dark for my taste.

But I will try to show that on another picture tomorrow then when I can take one with better light. :)

static grass
28-08-2009, 08:32
I think the skellie is crying out for a devlan magic wash.

The sprite looks cool as is but just water down a wash slightly and then apply into the recesses. It give extra pop.

Great log btw.

Elazar The Glorified
28-08-2009, 08:41
They're looking good and your shading is improving. I really love the blue swirls, they look awesome and contrast very nicely!

noeste
28-08-2009, 12:29
I think those dryads are looking very good!

I don't think you should wash the little blue thingy, it's looking good as it is, but if you want more depth to it, then I'd go for some highlighting instead; if not it'd get too dark *nods solemnly*

Keep it up, looking forward to seeing the whole regiment(s) done!

WildBerry
30-08-2009, 20:30
7 down 9 to go!

Tonight I finally got myself to sit down and finish some more Dryads off. Surprisingly my painting skill increases towards the evening and my hand is a lot more quiet. And that after an exhausting working day. Yet I did only 3 as the other ones still need some more leaves which I didn't add yet.

I did highlight the Spite a bit more now and washed the skeleton with Devlan Mud. I would never have dared to use such a dark wash for it but like this it really looks way more realistic.


So here goes:

The new ones:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild024-1.jpg



Line-up group shot (suprisingly THOSE could even stand in rank and file if needed..^^):

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild031.jpg


Skirmish formation (don't they look scary? ;)):

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild034.jpg


Prove for my additional highlighting on the Spite :p:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild037.jpg

noeste
31-08-2009, 06:34
They're looking very good! The one with the skull is the most scariest...

Breazer
31-08-2009, 19:02
i really like them a lot allready, cant wait to see them in real life...
keep it up...like this your army will get there.. ;)

precinctomega
31-08-2009, 19:16
Looks like the Wood Elves are multiplying! Love the dryads.

R.

bob_the_small
31-08-2009, 19:41
I really like those dryads, nice work!

WildBerry
31-08-2009, 21:13
Thanks for the compliments.

Today I did something else for a change (only Dryads was not motivating me :P). This Standard Bearer I bought some time ago, I think it was Rackham (or Reaper?). I am not intending to use a BSB but I liked the model anyways. And I finally dared to shade something.. Even though it seems to be either shade or freehand so far.. :p

So here he is:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild054.jpg

Breazer
01-09-2009, 16:15
i really like this model...
and you brought it to life very well
hope i get to meet it in battle once though...would be something different once haha :P

WildBerry
01-09-2009, 18:21
Thank you :)

Did another hero today, in fact it's my first Spellsinger. Sorry for the bad lighting on the pictures, I hoped to be able to finish her in time but I had to go to work in between..

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild068.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild070.jpg

noeste
01-09-2009, 19:11
Your two heroes are looking good, fitting very well with your theme.
Only critisism I can think of, is that I think the gems would've looked a bit better if you'd dare to do them a bit darker.
But apart from that, as I said, looking very good!

Miniature Michael
01-09-2009, 22:49
I love the free form designs on your robes, I would recommend just bringing them up one more level to a brighter white. They blend too well with the cloaks at the moment.

WildBerry
02-09-2009, 19:51
Thank you :)

Well I think I will keep the idea with the gems in mind for the next models I do (I'm a lazy reworker^^).
The freehands on the robe were just the result of me having some bright colour left over. It's fine as it is, was not meant to blend out that much anyways. But am glad you like it!

Today I finally gave the rest of the Dryads the leaves they needed. All of them already got their basecoat and wash on the wooden part. So I will have to see what I can get done tomorrow after work still..
But for now am already confident with them. :D

richy376
02-09-2009, 20:51
This is a nice force your putting together. I like the colours you've chosen, they are quite muted somehow and I think that fits them nicely.

Breazer
03-09-2009, 11:37
i like the spellsinger..
but i do agree about the gems...
its never bad to go for a bit of harder contrast...
that usually turns out quite nice...
but i'd say keep m coming...its going great so far...

WildBerry
06-09-2009, 20:52
15 down, 3 to go!

I finally got to finish the started 6 Dryads today =) So I'm almost done with those units now.

The lady with the little Spite is going to be the 2nd Branch Nymph. The Spite I found by coincidence when cleaning out a Dryad sprue, never had realized that guy was there before :eek:

So here goes:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild078.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild081.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild085.jpg



This one is to show that they can rank up nicely for cc:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild087.jpg

Breazer
12-09-2009, 18:53
that is a great looking bunch there....those will look great on the table...
can we see a pic of them all?

noeste
13-09-2009, 22:42
Yes, a picture of them all would be nice!
What will you paint up next, if I may ask? Still more Dryads left, or something different?

WildBerry
17-09-2009, 19:23
Well those last days I've been busy with various things so I cannot give much of an update. Also I did not manage to take a decent group shot of the Dryads in daylight (3 are still to be painted btw).

But nevertheless I did some painting and I started doing a Reaper Model called Tobias Winterhorn (Link to Picture (http://www.reapermini.com/graphics/gallery/4/03294_w_1.jpg)) which I bought some time ago. My intentions are to maybe use him as Noble within Wardancers, even though he does not fulfil the need of having an additional hand weapon then.

I also got me the mailorder box of Wardancers (10 of them) and the collector's models (Woven Mist, Shadow Coil and Whirling Death), as well as (one of the two) command units.

So my next tasks are going to be
- finishing the Reaper model
- fitting the Wardancers into their bases
- basecoating

I hope to get to that tomorrow again as I will probably also try some different list out in battle. Hope it goes better than my last one (which was a massacre by a friends WoC..) ;)

Anyways I will keep you updated! :)

WildBerry
18-09-2009, 13:39
Soo a quick update in my painting break:

I now took pictures of all my finished Dryads, put the Wardancers on their bases and basecoated them and came pretty far with the Reaper Model.


But here the pictures of the bunch (looks like more than I expected actually ;))

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild004-3.jpg

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild009-2.jpg

Breazer
18-09-2009, 13:59
scary bunch that...

WildBerry
18-09-2009, 15:00
Finally got the model done, pictures are sadly a bit darker than the reality but you get the idea (please dont mind the background, I grabbed what I saw first at that moment). I first couldn't manage to glue the guy as straight up as he is supposed to be, but looking at the collector's models of GW I would say he is just doing an even more artistic wardance ;)


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild012-1.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild013-1.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild014-1.jpg

noeste
18-09-2009, 20:07
Your dryads are looking really good together! Menacing force, truly.

I like your Noble, but I have to admit I miss some of that lovely freehand of yours on his cloak, hehe.
Could we get a picture of him with the rest of the Wardancers: I don't think his pose is a problem, looks more like he's in motion, but think we'd get the best impression if you place him with the unit he's to join - easier to see if he fits or not.

What's next on your list? Looking forward to it, whatever it may be, either way!

dwarfhold13
19-09-2009, 00:55
http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild012-1.jpg



i like this model.. i can throw in a little tip too.. like the people talking about your shading.. i like the look of the models, but if you want to give them a little more depth, it'll take you a little longer, but with the colors you are using, you could use the sepia wash on the whole model and pick out raised stuff with your original color.. it wont be extreme, but you'll be suprised in what it does!
looking great so far!
Jon

WildBerry
22-09-2009, 19:59
Thanks for your comments there :) I will try to use some more wash on the model even though I actually already did wash it Gryphone Sepia before. And I guess some more highlighting wouldn't do bad either.
With freehands it's some hard thing for me because I'm worried to spoil my highlighting/shading by doing miserable freehands. That's why I didn't do any on him so far..



Anyways a quick update:

I finished 4 Wardancers during the weekend. Sadly I could not take any pictures due to a full day of traveling on monday and a long work day today. So I think I will drag them out tomorrow to make some..

Also I fought 2 battles in the weekend, once 1.5k and once 2k versus Orcs&Goblins. First one was a massacre, 2nd one was a minor win (really interesting game that one) for me. I think it has to do with me actually having discovered that 3 units of Wardancers are quite nice to have.. So I think I will eventually get me a few more still.

Oh and I got me another Spellsinger model now because I actually wanted that one from the beginning (it's the other female one that is floating somewhat with her arms spread). So I'll have some distraction if the Wardancers get boring ;)

noeste
22-09-2009, 20:53
Congratulations on your victories!

Will look forward to seing that last Spellsinger aswell as your Wardancers, and I do hope you'll jump into it and do some more freehand, despite the risks. It's after all only paint, so nothing's stopping you from just painting over any mistakes and try again!

Breazer
25-09-2009, 06:23
yeh rub it in...
i think you should update here...
im curious to see what comes next

WildBerry
25-09-2009, 10:57
Well I must admit I am indeed late with this update. Anyways finally I managed to get me the pictures how I wanted them to be, even though they are partly a bit dark still.

Apart from the 4 mentioned 'normal' wardancers I almost finished one of the collector's models, the impersonation of Woven Mist. I am still wondering if I should give them those Talismanic Tattoos that they have according to their special rules.. I think I will have to get me a decent brush for that first, though.

Apart from that I worked on the 2nd Spellsinger I was talking of, she's almost done, just a few parts still to do. But I already took a few pictures of her now as well so you'll get a late WIP-impression until I get her done.

So here goes:


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild010-3.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild012-2.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild014-2.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild025.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild003-3.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild029.jpg

Breazer
30-09-2009, 09:52
i really like the sorceress...
she rules....the pose of the model is indeed a lot cooler...

and the wardancers also look great....
i wouldnt add those tattoo's on them..

WildBerry
01-10-2009, 19:25
Soo finally another update. I finished two more Wardancers, the Whirling Death and the Shadow Coil model. I forgot about the Spellsinger tbh, so I still didn't do her gems. Yet I started with one of the Bladesinger models and I think I will be able to present him here very soon.
Oh, and I still did not dare to do any tattoos.. Didn't make my mind up about that yet.

Anyways here go the new ones:


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild014-3.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild015-3.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild016-2.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild007-1.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild010-4.jpg

noeste
01-10-2009, 20:01
Your 'dancers are looking great, but one thing struck me: why not try to paint their eyes? With the freehands you've displayed earlier, I'm sure eyes would be no match for you, and they'd add so much more to your models besides.
One more thing you could do would be to paint the bands holding their braids.

Apart from that, you keep on bringing good stuff, I still like your colour palette a lot, so you're on the right track as far as I'm concerned *smiles*

WildBerry
01-10-2009, 20:10
Well I think it was some confidence mixed with lazyness that made me not paint their eyes so far, yet I think I might try it anyways. And actually you are right with the bands indeed, I keep painting them along with hair and then I forget about them. Just the colour choice for those things will be a tough one..

noeste
01-10-2009, 20:38
Maybe the grey-brown you've used for their boots?

Breazer
02-10-2009, 10:16
those also look great
i still am of the oppinion you shouldnt put tattoo's on them
besides you can take pictures a bit further away of the models...so you get the actual scale...and not the close up version...will make them look beter in general :D

Anardakil
02-10-2009, 12:11
The models sure look good but I think they'd look better with some more defined shading on the grey areas.

WildBerry
04-10-2009, 19:31
Thanks all for the comments :)

That with the pictures in right scale I know, yet my cam always makes the pictures that big already and I didn't find where to change that yet.
I am wondering about borrowing me a better one though as I am not that confident with the colour quality. The pictures reflect the colours pretty much ok, but for example there are no grey parts on the models at all apart from on the hair.. :rolleyes:

I have not thought yet about how to paint those hairbands. The Bladesinger is almost finished, although I lost a bit of fun in painting him.. In the meanwhile I did the Musician that came with the command group and I really like how her drum turned out.
I decided to not do the eyes of the models yet but mainly all of them in one go when they are done (in my experience that leads to better results).

So here you will see the Musician and the Bladesinger somewhat still WIP, even though already based.


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild004-5.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild005-1.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild002-1.jpg

psylentz
12-10-2009, 16:27
Firstly, great paint job I love 'em...but am I the only one who would love to see tattoos....your freehand on the guard cloaks is awesome, I think you could do cool tattoo work.

Maybe you could offer some advice on how to freehand like that...I am looking for a tattoo painting tutorial as I am about to embark on this process.

Daniel36
12-10-2009, 16:43
It takes skill to be improving your skills dramatically with each single page... Good job!

The metal of the weapons need a Badab Black wash. Trust me, they will look better for it.

Insanely jealous of the Direct Only Wardancers. I want some too! If you happen to have a spare Wardancer, by the way, I would be happy to relieve you of it! :D

Keep up, wonderful stuff.

By the way, almost forgot. The bases are simply amazing! I want that stuff!!

WildBerry
14-10-2009, 12:05
Thank you for the compliments :)

Sadly because of work I had no time those last weeks to do anything much on my Wood Elves.

Just for the questions:

I sadly cannot give any tattoo tutorial sadly. For freehanding I usually work with layers of watered down colours. The stuff on the musician's drum was also done like that.
Sadly I don't have any spare guys though, as I decided to use an additional unit of them in my 2k list I will still have to get me even more models.
That with the Badab Black wash on the metal parts I could try. I heard of Devlan Mud for that before, but that didn't give the result I liked.

And last but not least: The stuff for the basing you can buy in any (toy) store that has a department for model trains. At least that's where I got mine ;)

Bladelord
14-10-2009, 19:49
Check: Good eye for colour balance; distinct, personal style; supreme freehand painting...

Well, conclusion made: Some more training, and you'll be truly masterful. Best of luck and joy. :)

WildBerry
21-10-2009, 21:52
Thanks :)

Well the conclusion of these summer holidays is that I had way less time for painting than I thought I would have.. So I got me way less done than I hoped for. But I still managed to paint up another command model of the Wardancers and got started on my Lord on elven steed. So now you will also get a group shot of all my 'special' models that are not content of a mailorder-10-model-box..

AND I finally listened and decided to make the pictures smaller for now. Same cam but finally a different size, hope that will make the looking at them a bit nicer anyways ;)

Enjoy! And be sure to hear from my guys again soon, I won't forget about them :)


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild021_600_450.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild042_600_450.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild043_600_450.jpg

Breazer
26-10-2009, 21:02
those guys there really look like a dynamic bunch like this...
i wanna see more

WildBerry
28-10-2009, 10:14
Well thank you :-) I'm also proud of them.

Next thing I did so far was glueing my LOTR-Treeman together, trying to get it halfway into a dynamic pose. Loved using GW super glue for that.. ^^

Also I decided after some gaming that having a Spellsinger on foot is a problem in my army constellation, because she either has to be within the Glade Guard where she can't reach enough with her magic or alone where she is an easy target. So I tried how it was to play with a mage on horse and it turned out to be better to have her riding along with my Glade Riders (aka Wild Riders so far).

As GW doesn't sell a Spellsinger on steed I started to build one myself by taking a Glade Rider and modelling on it a bit. Took me quite some patience but here you go:


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild033_450_600.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild036_450_600.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild075_600_450.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild077_600_450.jpg


http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc142/baberlababs/Bild077_600_450.jpg

Elazar The Glorified
28-10-2009, 10:17
I really like the LoTR treeman. The pose looks good too. Your GS skills look to be quite impressive there, it's a really nice conversion for a mounted Spellsinger :)

Anardakil
28-10-2009, 10:21
I really like that spellsinger conversion :)

WildBerry
28-10-2009, 13:54
I forgot to say that if anyone has Tips how to get GS smoother I would be happy to hear them.. :)

noeste
28-10-2009, 15:45
Clay shapers (http://www.sculpt.com/catalog_98/CLAYTOOLS/clayshapers.htm) usually does the job, when it comes to GSing and getting it smooth.
I got mine at a local hobby store, but if not there's lots of places on the net that can send you some.

Your conversions are looking great by the way, so keep it up!

Breazer
30-10-2009, 09:10
i think they look awesome...
the treeman is much better than the Warhammer one if you ask me...and the sculpting on the spellsinger looks great....cant wait to see that one painted up....so everything blends in nicely

Breazer
03-05-2010, 21:11
when can we expect an update?

Indreth
03-05-2010, 23:05
Wow. The spellsinger on steed looks great so far!

Coalesce
13-03-2011, 12:56
these are some great wood elves! i wish i could paint like that
hope you will update soon again!