Dark Elves! Gotta love em. Gotta love em so much I have decided to paint an army of them during this year.
It is intended as a Dragon Rampant force with an eye to use in Warhammer related games. Dragon Rampant units tend to be 12 models strong. I have 20 of these guys which I would need for Warhammer, so I went with painting all of them at once, otherwise I would probably never come back to them.
I got some old plastic Dark Elf warriors from a buddy recently and couldn’t resist using them for the core of this force. They are actually Aly Morrison sculpts. They are chunky nuggets of fun. I expect that this miniature is a Talisman prototype that somehow made it into production as the regiment in the box set above.
I ditched the stock shields immediately in favor of the classic Marauder miniatures shield – probably sculpted by Aly to increase the Alyness of this product to 11. The rounded shape balances out the outrageously pointy shoulder pads.
The colours are very restricted for me. Just Black, silver, gold, red, with a few other colours for hair here and there. This will keep the army looking tight, as I intend to mix in a fair mix of Dark Elf models, or other Elf models that I can shoehorn in there convincingly.
They get a movement tray, which is handy for storage and generally keeping them together both on my shelf defending against my many cats and during massed combat games.
The hex bases I love for these types of projects as they allow you to lock the bases in formation and still look good when standing alone in skirmish games.
The little leaves are from birch tree seeds. They are lovely things to work with. I have enhanced the colours simply by using red, green and brown washes on top of them.