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post #1 of 90 (permalink) Old 11-11-08, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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About 3 or 4 years ago I fancied picking up some Dark Elves - lord knows what prompted me as I'd not looked at a GW model for about 3 years at the time. I purchased the army book and fancied creating a force from around the Viper Mountains; fluff wise I'd use Cold Ones a fair bit, snakes/dragon iconography, cold colours, lots of crossbows, corsairs and shades and steer away from Khainite elements. I'd also planned to stick my Lord on a Carnosaur. The idea was to create a purely fluff army, no real intention to play (never even rolled a dice in WHFB).

Dug them up the other week, inspired by the new releases, so here's what I've got so far:





1st Unit of warriors. All my army would feature the snake/dragon logo, with slight variation in runes on the shields etc to denote units.



Shows a little bit of progression in the model. Have gone for a laquered armour plate as opposed to metallics (which need darkening now, too silver). Pale blue skin due to the chill of the mountain. Needs a shade lighter possibly.





An almost complete warrior. Had no idea how to base back then. He'll be on a rock/snow/grass base; very little green. Need to paint a rune on the shield eventually.



Shades.





Tried to individualise a little more due to the limited poses.



Bolt thrower and crew.

Hoping to add a unit of corsairs, a unit of cold ones, plenty of cross bows, a sorceress/or on cold one, a dread lord on cold one and maybe that Carnosaur riding Lord. Not sure what else.

Oh, 1 more thing. The missus really liked the witch models. I bought a unit for her, a sorceress and a sorceress on a cold one. These are the only models she's ever painted - I was impressed anyway!











These'll be kept seperate from my force, but thought they'd be interesting to share none the less!

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Wow that is some nice looking stuff there Syph, some excellent use of colour choices. One suggestion: take your pics in front of a white piece of paper as it will show off the model more and reduce the way the models darken.

one thing I want is the ability to split my fire everywhere, it makes no sense that a squad of 10 guard or marines or whatever all have to fire at 1 target with everything, is the guy with the lascannon not smart enough to realize maybe he would be better off firing at the massive tank looming overhead instead of the little man no bigger than a squat running at him, or is that far too complex for the 10yr olds?

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Wow that is some nice looking stuff there Syph, some excellent use of colour choices. One suggestion: take your pics in front of a white piece of paper as it will show off the model more and reduce the way the models darken.
Cheers Wraith. These were just quick snaps. I've got a decent camera and tripod I'd use to take shots of completed or more detailed WIPs. As I progress I'll make sure I take better pics.

(BTW: Did you get my PM about shifting my Ork thread to Ongoing from Modelling?)

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those look awesome man. keep up the good work.
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looks like you been busy, syph ! :D nice work dude will be watching this progress.
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Looks like a really interesting army you have there Syph. I like the scheme, the blue skin jarred a little at first but it fits with your fluff and the one that was nearly finished seems to pull it off really well.

I particularly like the models your wife(?) did with the lipstick, my GF is just as bad with her Wood Elves
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Looks like a really interesting army you have there Syph. I like the scheme, the blue skin jarred a little at first but it fits with your fluff and the one that was nearly finished seems to pull it off really well.

I particularly like the models your wife(?) did with the lipstick, my GF is just as bad with her Wood Elves
It'll be wife come August next year, let's not wish my freedom away too soon eh?!

Thanks for the comments about the skin. I think I perhaps start from too dark a base colour (UM blue), but I'm going for, eventually, an off-white with a hint of blue. Just to make them look a bit more cold and heartless than the regular Elves. When I chose the scheme I wanted the total antithesis of my High Elves (yes I have a load more incomplete models) - they wear bright chainmail, red laquered plating (fluff = Caledor-based warriors), bit of green, and have a light pinky healthy Elven tan. I hope I achieved that.

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Small update.

Painted another, lighter layer of blue on the skin. Still have one lighter, whiter layer to paint on the skin. Also need to highlight the armour, weaponry and do the shields and bases but that won't take to long hopefully.





'Scuse the quality. Taken very quickly tonight with my phone.

Also, here's the High Elf I mentioned was the complete antithesis to these lot:





Not sure where his shield is. Painted this chap about 6 years back now! Shame it'd cost me a fair bit to collect the themed army I'd like to for High Elves, otherwise I would.

EDIT - these pics really don't do the models much justice! Over exposed, can't really see the detail. Will take better pictures at the next stage.

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I've always been a fan of sort of dark-blue/black flesh on the Dark Elves-- they're Warhammer's drow... they should look the part. Kudos!

As a side note, red and gold looks excellent on High Elves-- the thousand points or so I've got are NMM gold and red.

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I've always been a fan of sort of dark-blue/black flesh on the Dark Elves-- they're Warhammer's drow... they should look the part. Kudos!

As a side note, red and gold looks excellent on High Elves-- the thousand points or so I've got are NMM gold and red.
Cheers dude. You got any photos of the High Elves? Would love to see them.

Another small update. Did the "final" highlight on the skin, think there'll be a very, very light glaze on faces and stuff but this is the closest to the skin colour I wanted. Again, pics aren't the best - will make sure I use any light we get this weekend to get some more natural pics.





Really pleased with the freehand on the banners. Only need to whiten up the runes and colour the serpent, but I think I've manage to lay down a decent base.



The serpent looks quite bitty on there but it's smooth in reality.

Skin tones are a bit more obvious there.



Blurry, but again, shows the skin tones.



Slightly better shot of the skin tone.

To do:

Highlight robes, armour, weapons and leather. Paint shields and glue. Finish banner. Base.

Oh; I put quite a bit of effort into the 'Help me create...' thread in my sig. Any help at all would be really appreciate. Sword of Repping +3 ready to swing!

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