Hobby Update – Wood elves

I’ve had a set of the very first plastic wood elves since they were released. They were terribly painted by a younger me before I understood the concept of undercoating. You can get away with that on metal but plastic is far more unforgiving. So as part of my Oct monthly painting pledge I stated I would repaint them.

These 9 models were the only things I managed to paint during Oct which is a bit poor even by my standards, though there were some mitigating circumstances. 

1) Total War Warhammer 2 is still a new shiny thing and ate into my evening painting time.

2) I spent a week in the Luxembourg.

3) The sculpts are horrible. I won’t lie, these are hands down my least favourite GW WE sculpts ever. If I had to describe them in one word it would be ‘clunky’. That combined with the fact it was a repaint really demotivated me. (So I cheered myself up by building my final 10 Wildwood Rangers).

This is the closest I have to a ‘before’ shot

Being a lazy sod (on the painting front), I repeated the mistakes of the past and decided the previous paint job would do as a base coat. (Running out of white primer and not being able to pick any up helped the decision too).

As such I went with the previous colour scheme (shockingly forgoing the normal warlock purple) but this time adding highlights, washes and the flock to the base.

The one thing I wasn’t happy with was the flesh wash. I used a really liquidy, 15 year old (ish) pot of reikland flesh wash. It’s not really worked.

I also haven’t touched the original hair. I’m going to have a think what I want to do with that.

So bar the above item, I’m happy to remove these from the painting table.

 

 Next up on the table are 15 second generation plastic WE archers (I know I’m a glutton for punishment). I’m going to try and blitz these with the minimum effort necessary. I will intersperse these by trying to finally finish the Glade Lord on Stag that has been loitering for 3 months.

However I may also be distracted by the other item I bought in Oct and finished building yesterday. Something a bit different for me as it’s 40k related. More on that later.

4 thoughts on “Hobby Update – Wood elves

  1. I know the pain. A while ago I painted up a bunch of the old HeroQuest Models for use in a D&D campaign, and dear lord those are horrible sculpts/casts.

    You’ve done a good job of kicking them up a couple of notches despite the limitations of the original Models.

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  2. Good effort considering the material.

    I remember considering those monopose archers (and the attendant Orc, Skaven et al) as fantastic pieces of convenient sculpting. Looking back at them shows how far things have moved on.

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