Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Magic girls


After a long silence I finally have something new to share. I had a little spare time (Christmas holidays) and got a chance to speed-paint 2 minis between wrapping presents, buying a christmas tree and doing all the (cool) celebrating.

Another quantum leap towards the goal of seeing my (dauntingly big) wood elf army finished one day.

Here are two wood elf spellweavers!
I hope you like them!

As requested here are the colours I used.
I use mainly Vallejo paints so I added the approximative GW equivalents in brackets for those of you who use GW paints. When there is no direct equivalent to the Vallejo Paint I suggested a mix of GW paints.

BeBr = Bestial Brown
BlBo = Bleached Bone
SnLe = Snakebite Leather
SuYe = Sunburst Yellow
GrEa = Graveyard Earth
ElFl = Elf Flesh
DaFl = Dark Flesh
FiOr = Fiery Orange

The Brown parts

1. Vallejo Tierra Mate (BeBr)
2. Highlight with mixes of Vallejo Tierra Mate (BeBr) with increasing amounts of Vallejo Arena Oscura (BlBo).

The Yellow Parts

1. Vallejo Uniforme Inglés (SnLe)
2. Highlight with mixes of Uniforme Inglés (SnLe) with increasing amounts of Vallejo Amarillo Arena (BlBo+SuYe).

The Skin

1. GrEa
2. Highlight with a mix 1:1 GrEa+ElFl
3. Wash with GW Devlan Mud and let dry (!)
4. Highlight again with mix from step 2, i.e. 1:1 GrEa+ElFl
5. Highlight some more with 1:2 GrEa+ElFl
6. (optional) Highlight with pure ElFl

The diamonds

1. mix 1:2 FiOr+DaFl
2. Make half-circular highlights with mixes of DaFl with increasing amounts of FiOr until you reach pure FiOr.
3. (optional) Place a pure DaFl arc oposite the pure FiOr to give some more depth.
4. Place a little dot of white on the darkest (top) part of the diamond to simulate the reflection.

I hope that helps!
Don't hesitate to ask me here or on the forum if you have any more questions.


Matt said...

Awesomeness! can't wait to face them :)

cianty said...

Yay! They're Wood Elves... so, yeah.. ;) but they do look splendid! Good to see another update on your blog, Tom!

Oh, and a happy new year to you! :)

Anonymous said...

Good grief. Do you mind sharing with the ignorant masses what colors you used?

Thomas said...

Done! :) I added a little painting guide to the post (after the second picture).
Hope that helps.

Tom Goudsblom said...

sweet work mate, good job as usual.. :) ( getting boring to say it!) :D


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...


ça valait le coup de patienter en attendant un nouveau post.

(worth waiting)

Sire Godefroy said...

Most excellent! The choice of colours is stylistically very appropriate and the blending perfectly executed.


Lanyssa Ryssyll said...

Cool stuff ! I like it a lot... Will you test a wood elves warband for the next boring event? ;)

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those are mystical.

Secundus said...

Amazing work, really nice!

Loremaster said...

Did you say speed painting? Impossible!

Thomas said...

Hey Loremaster! :) If you look closely, you will see that I left out the eyes (no pupils). What you cannot see, is that I somewhat botched the details on their backs: namely I dod not paint all the ivy on their cloaks = that saves time. I also used a lot of washing techniques which speeds up the process quite a lot, and I used only very "shallow" shading for the browns. Both miniatures were done in 3,5 - 4h. I consider this speed paintnig... some people might say this is more time than they would ever be willing to spend on a mini ^^ it is a matter of definition I guess.
Cheers, Tom

Axel said...

J'adore le thème de couleur que tu as choisi. Cela change de l'éternel vert des elfes sylvain. Tu comptes les utiliser pour une bande à mordheim?

Thomas said...

Merci Axel!

Non, ces deux jeunes dames sont pour mon armee d'elfes sylvains pour WHFB.

Il existe un nombre de bandes inofficielles et experimentales (et j'ai joue une partie avec une fois) mais en somme je ne suis pas un enorme fan des elfes sylvains dans Mordheim. Autant que je les adore dans WHFB! :)

PS: j'ai poste ton paquet hier.

PPS: pardon pour le manque d'accents, je suis sur un clavier anglais pourri.

Axel said...

Je pensais utiliser quelques figurines d'Elfe Sylvain pour faire une bande de fantômes (Les fils de Magarnthe). Je pense que si je me lance je m'inspirerai de tes figurines ;-)

Ps: j'ai mis quelques photos sur le forum sous le nom d'Oberon