View Full Version : The Darker Side of Athel Loren...

20-10-2009, 10:06
Hey there... so here's my story...

I've got about 2000 points of wood elves painted up (haven't taken many pics of them yet though, will do that soon) and am pushing to 2500 points...

I've got a unit of wild riders, a unit of glade riders and a unit of wardancers to finally take it up to 2500 points and I'm lookin for encouragement just to get there :)

To start off, some pics I did take of my highborn, forest dragon and unit of glade guard:




Comments all welcome :)

20-10-2009, 13:32
wow...just, wow. The dragon is amazing, where is it from? I really like the skinetone you have chosen for your elves, it makes them much more otherworldly and gives them a dark edge.
Will all your elves have red hair?

more pictures! looking forward to the wild riders!

20-10-2009, 13:36
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude amazing!

20-10-2009, 14:24
That dragon is...wow. Any chance of getting some better pics of that beastie?

20-10-2009, 14:33
Yeah, i'm joining in with the "loving that dragon" party. :D
What's it made out of? can't be metal, that little rod wouldn't hold it. Would it?

20-10-2009, 15:48
Thanks guys for all the support!

It's actually a MacFarlane (same guy who makes the SPAWN toys) toy that can be found here: Basilisk Lake Demon (http://www.spawn.com/toys/product.aspx?product=3489)
I painted over it to match my army colors. Hope I didn't make it worse than the original! :D

If you guys are lookin for alternative dragons, do scour the site, he's got tons of dragons on his site and the price is quite nice too! The great thing is that it's pre-painted, so you don't have to paint it if you don't want to. I kinda did, but that's just a personal thing ;)

@Nuada: You're right, not metal :) It's the rubbery kind of material you get with these kind of toys, kinda like the pre-painted stuff from Rackham, I believe. The thing is, this baby is so huge, it's retains its form pretty well.

And here's a close up!

Another angle:

One more:

Will post up more pics of other units soon!

EDIT: @Dullmohawk: Yep, pretty much red and orange hair and that bluish purply skin...

20-10-2009, 18:42
Quite a nice repaint - subtle, but still suitably different. Nice work.

Looking forward to the rest of your stuff.

20-10-2009, 19:41
I am gonna hop on the band wagon and give you mad props on that dragon. Sweet repaint also! Love your wood elves color scheme. Looks very forest friendly and seasonal with the fall colors (i.e. red/orange hair!) Which is my favorite time of year! Looking forward to more! Thanks for sharing.

20-10-2009, 23:09
That is one fantastic dragon! Keep up the good work!

21-10-2009, 05:40
love them elves.
Still trying to figure how dragon keeps flight ;)

Magos Explorator
21-10-2009, 10:04
Nice work here, and the dragon fits in well. I like the skin and hair tones, helps make them look less 'human'!

Elazar The Glorified
21-10-2009, 11:54
These Welves look great so far. Really like the colour choices you've made. I love darker Wood Elf armies, there is something sinister about the army's character and it's great to see minis that portray that. The Dragon is brilliant too, top idea, and you've painted it well to match the army.

21-10-2009, 13:41
Thanks for the encouragement, guys!

The dragon flight hm... I was thinking it flies without wings, much like a Chinese dragon. I guess I just like the idea that it's a lake creature, and the fins suggest that much movement.

Well, on with the show then! Managed to find some time tonight to take a few pictures:


A close-up of a waywatcher:
http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/Waywatcher1.jpg http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/Waywatcher2.jpg

Test model for wild rider:

Yea, I know, why's the horse green eh? ;) Well, I wanted to keep the fey theme going there, what with elves with purple skin, so there you go.

21-10-2009, 13:46
Looking great Mate! Love the colors in your army! Everything is looking top notch thus far!:D

21-10-2009, 13:46
Sorry for the double post, 4 pic limit right?


Close up of one (Haargh! ;)):

21-10-2009, 14:06
good, it really works with the skin. Any chance of a tutorial on that?
Lovin' the fey theme, and a green horse is a nice change from the usual grey or white steeds most WE armies sport...

21-10-2009, 15:00
The green horse works well - and those Wardancers are some of the best I've seen. Very nice stuff.

21-10-2009, 19:23
They're looking absolutely great! I really like the violet skin tone, and the contrasting bright red hair! The Dragon certainly is one of a kind, and the Glade Guard champion's sword is just superb!
Consider me subscribed!

Monsterzonk :skull:

Elazar The Glorified
22-10-2009, 06:30
Cool, I hadn't even noticed the Glade Guard champion's sword until Monsterzonk posted there. It does indeed look superb!
I like the waywatchers, one of my favourite units in Warhammer, such cool minis and a brilliant theme. You've done a good job on them and the Wardancers look brilliant too.
The green horse works with your theme really well on the Wild Rider, fact is I looked at it and didn't even bat an eyelid over it being green. Means I'm either very odd in the head (a small chance but I refuse to believe the possibility myself ;)) or more likely that it matches your theme so well that it just seemed right! :D

22-10-2009, 11:12
thanks for all the comments guys. :) I'm glad that the green horse works...

Also, that the glade guard with the "ice crystal"-looking sword is actually the musician. His horn is being blocked by his mate standing next to him. You can just see the tip of his horn behind the bow of the guy next to him. I painted that sword that way to try out something new at that time. it's quite funny coz he now holds the most magical looking sword in the army but he's just a puny glade guard musician! That means he gets pounded on a regular basis in games despite that magical look to his sword (maybe it's a wood elf diversionary tactic :D)

@Dullmohawk: sure thing! I'll post a tutorial with pics for the next mini I paint the skin color on. Very briefly, it's actually a Vallejo model color called 'Blue Violet' and just add white for the highlights.

Finally, some of you may have noticed I used a different nickname for the later pics. my bad... that was an older account I had forgotten the password to (I'm usually a lurker and don't sign in when I come to this site) and couldn't even figure out which email account I used for that, so I didn't know how to retrieve it at the time that I wanted to post some pictures. by some stroke of weird luck, I managed to remember it just a few days after I signed up for this one and now, sometimes, I get confused. I'll try not to do that and stick to this one account from now on.

So apologies to the mods and to everyone else who got confused!

23-10-2009, 14:29
more pics:

A noble:
http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/nobleFron.jpg http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/nobleBack.jpg

The Forest Spirits! (2 treemen, 32 dryads, 3 branch wraiths)

First Treeman:

23-10-2009, 14:35
Second treeman:

So I used the ents from the LOTR range mainly coz I'm not sure I like the current wood elf one. I did try scratch-building one but that ended in one big flop. Isn't easy! So I guess although I don't like the treeman from the whfb range, I can't do better, so I won't say anything bad about it ;)

One of the dryads:

EDIT: So instead of the usual brown-ish color scheme, I thought I'd go for something a little more grey, hopefully a little more sinister... again in the spirit of the dark, fey theme. hope that came across. :)

And finally, driven to distraction, something not so much in the wood elf part of the universe, a converted plague marine!:

23-10-2009, 16:08
Which model is your noble? I.e. company, model name - I can see quite clearly which one in your army is labeled "Noble" :p

It looks very familiar but I can't place it in my head.

24-10-2009, 09:22
Dude! You seriously need to sculpt some new elves!

24-10-2009, 14:08
@loveless: I think it's a reaper model. I tried to find it on their website, but it'd been so long ago, I can't remember, sorry about that.

@malika: Oh why's that?

24-10-2009, 14:30
Because...well, I just realised how cool your Elf looks with the Wood Elves. You should expand on that range, create some more warriors and such!

25-10-2009, 11:12
Because...well, I just realised how cool your Elf looks with the Wood Elves. You should expand on that range, create some more warriors and such!

Ah thanks! :)

It's a tempting idea, though got my hands full with lots of projects now and painting this and that army... I'd probably return to it some time in the future, but at the moment, the range is quite well-served I think, with lotsa pretty cool models. I was thinkin of sculpting stuff that are not so well-served :)

29-10-2009, 11:34
Thanks for the comment :) This army is beautiful! You've really managed to pull off the purple skin thing very well. They sure look sinister. Great painting :)

The dragon is really cool too :)

29-10-2009, 17:51
Nice work!

03-11-2009, 05:26
@Andarkil and Shortbus: thanks muchly :)

Not a very big update, but I got another horseman completed. This time, the horse, thought still green, has taken a much paler hue. I figured I'll paint 2 different colors of horses for the unit to break up the monotony.

Here it is:

And here's something else I'm working on:

Sorry I forgot to post up a tutorial on how to paint the skin. Got all excited and painted this model, promptly forgot all about it. I'll do that next, that's a promise!

14-12-2009, 00:57
Things have been slow on the hobby side of things, but I managed to paint four wild riders up to this point...

Here are the pics:



And four more to go!

12-03-2010, 03:41
The wild riders are finally done! Here're the pics:




Darn... I just inspected the pics again and I think I missed the mouthpiece on the front guy on the extreme right... :rolleyes:

Gork or Possibly Mork
12-03-2010, 05:17
Nice Army. Love the theme and good painting. Those Wild Riders look fantastic. Cavalry is such a pain atleast for me it is.

About the Mcfarlane dragon. Have you considered green stuffing the stick to look more like a broken tree. It looks a bit odd with just a tiny stick holding him up. Or you could use a cut off tree from the GW woods kit.

12-03-2010, 11:55

Just wanted to say that my love for wood elves has just grown even more!! This is where my love for painting began, with gorgeous wood elves, when I was criticised that they were too bright!! I agree with everyone else comments, they look amazing! I love the contrast between the hair and the skin. Really nice paint job :D

12-03-2010, 13:22
looks awesome man,
i especially like your noble, he's pretty cool man,
great painting, awesome choice of colors,
have you thought about doing warhawks?

12-03-2010, 23:51
thanks for the encouragement guys!

@Gork or Possibly Mork: That's a good idea for the dragon... i've been mulling over it. thing is, i think i've got to angle the tree to not look like its poking the dragon in its behind. :D probably some branches splaying out from where it connects with the dragon will do the trick. the other thing is i've got to learn how to to sculpt bark texture... ;) shouldn't take too long once i get down to it. thanks again.

@Eternity: thanks! i'm glad it inspires you. and don't worry about crit. it's your hobby ;) in fact, i've had some derisive comments that they look too warcraft-y, to which i just go, well, if it makes me happy...

@martijn: thanks much. :) Yes, i've considered warhawks, but i'm leaning towards a great eagle. Thing about those models is that they are are held up by a thin stick... makes me leery of my abilities to make much of such models work. i probably have to think of a way to get them done up nice and secure on a base for tabletop gaming. got a coupla screamers still hanging around in the perfect sheen of silver that smacks of *i just got out of blister packaging* after all these many years :(

El Aartos
13-03-2010, 17:26
Your idea of painting wood elves is stunning! It's very original and looks really great on them. I think it should suit them very well even without the idea of them being from another world or so. I'm going to follow this thread! :)

15-03-2010, 07:39
thanks, El Aartos :) I'm painting a wood elf spellsinger next, a little reward for all that effort put into cavalry. they took a lot longer to do than i thought they would. anyone else ever felt that way?

El Aartos
17-03-2010, 19:15
I used to paint 6 hours on one chaos knight, but now I know new techniques to get the same effect in half the time cavalry isn't a problem any more for me.

Layne in Spayne
17-03-2010, 23:16
Damn, boy, you make me want to paint the Wild Riders I've had sitting on my shelf for like three years now... why would you do that? Spiteful!

I dig your fae Wild Riders. In hindsight it seems the obvious thing to do, it does say as much on the tin after all.

17-03-2010, 23:20
Beautiful stuff. What a great version of the wood elf army.

21-03-2010, 15:01
@El Aartos: any hints to share? ;)

@Layne in Spayne: Paint them, paint them! They're calling out to you... Join the Wild Hunt! :D

@odmiller: Thanks mate!

I'm almost done with the spellsinger... hope to finish it soon...

24-03-2010, 23:12
And the spellsinger is done...


This model is a PP one, I believe. I bought this years ago. It came with 2 figs, the other one was this huge wasp-waisted guy.

So the idea behind this was the text in the bret army book that suggested that the lady of the lake might have been some fey elf. so, well, i figured, there must've been some of these poor bret peasants who were frightened witless by some wood elf sorceress walking across/beside some lake and went round telling their stories. hopefully, that idea is captured here...