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Slowly but steadily - High Elves and other Shenanigans!

posted Sep 16, 2012 20:54:07 by MauerLaufer
Hey Guys!

I have enjoyed listening to the show massively, and it was a much appreciated motivation-booster during the process of painting. Well then, time to show some results! Though I'm in the process of painting an army of High Elves, I really needed a break from those White Lions (some more jewels, anyone? :P ).

My brother plays the Skaven, and he still needs an Assassin - the perfect excuse for a detour. I decided to paint up Snikch as a birthday present.

The pic is going to be part of the present somehow: Here you see Caradryan, making a foray into the underdark, lit by torches and glowing chrystals. Little does he know, what lurks in the shadows...



Some colours in this picture are slightly warped, for example on Caradryans helmet - a sacrifice for a dramatic scene :P

Let me know what you think, and keep on happy painting =)
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Greg2thePerson said Sep 16, 2012 23:46:33
Hello!

Glad to hear that the show has helped keep you motivated. This diorama is stellar! Nice choice of color on Snikch's blades, they really stand out. I gotta hand it to you, you are a top notch painter. The NMM, blending, and light sourcing is spot on.

Hope to see more pics of your work! :-)
The slightly less beautiful host.
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cb_rex said Sep 25, 2012 17:24:14
I agree Snikch looks awesome, the turqoise cloak and the red weeping blades are wicked.
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JonathanVanase said Sep 26, 2012 12:24:16
Phenomenal work!
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MichaelJordal said Sep 30, 2012 23:02:27
That is a very cool diorama.
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MauerLaufer said Oct 09, 2012 14:03:36
Well, I'm really glad you like it, and thanks a lot for your kind words. i thanks a bunch for your compliments - having seen pictures of the gorgeous work you guys put up in this forum, i feel all the more humbled.


So when I took the pictures of that sneaky little skaven, i did so using scenery which i built in a project earlier in the year. Back then, I didn't yet know about your podcast - which is a shame, for I could have really used some of the great terrain-making advice provided by Mike, especially when it comes to water effects.
Anyways, time for more pictures - I know for sure, that's what we all want to see in the forums. So, I'd now like to present the results of my 'Project: Troll's Cave' :D

One of the very first posts I made here there a gang of Gnoblars, which I painted just for fun. Them and a trio of River Trolls - these are just such fantastic models that I strayed from my High-Elf Origins. Here is a (slightly too bright) picture of the slimy fellas:

Also, Toby got an important piece of advice for you:


Well then, the plan was to create a piece of scenery representing a place in the Anulii Mountains, where a mountain stream finds its way downwards:






As you can see in the pictures, on the top tier there are two modular sections of rock, which can be replaced. In the future, I want to do a other pieces to insert there, maybe a High-Elf Obelisk, but I didn't yet manage too, so until now, trees are the only option:



The different levels of the mountain are accessible via the cave. There is an entrance on the ground, one entrance at the first level and stairs lead to the top level. The Skaven have found about this, too - you can see them dispatching a scouting party out to from the underdark!

By the way, in the water you can see the delicious green Helmetfish. Any guesses, where the bits are from? =)

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MauerLaufer said Oct 09, 2012 14:19:01
All good and well - but what does this have to do with the picture on the top? Is this not just another rock?!
Well, not just any Rock! The Mountain's side is modular, under it you can see the mischievous Gnoblars' hideout!



Did you ever play a High Elve and your magic got siphoned away by an Anulian Chrystal? So here is, where they come from :D


In the lowest part of the cave lies a still lake, mirroring some of the chrystals. The infamous Gnoblars collected a whole pile of treasures during their long criminal careers, hoarding it in their hideout:

Lately, the little buggers specialized in chickenthieving, but in their time they made travels throughout all the warhammer world, collecting trophies from the strangest places:



I painted the light from the torches and the candles using object source lighting. First i was unsure, whether the bright Chrystals would disturb the effect, but I'm happy with the outcome. The Chrystals are illuminated with LEDs. On the back side there are controls with which the intensity of the LEDs are regulated. On the pictures above, the intensity is reduced - here is a picture with 'full power':



In this picture, you can see two of my finished High Elves - I am a really slow painter, but nevertheless some models are already done. Slowly and steadily, I'll get there.
That's it for now ... to be continued!
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ScottMorgan said Oct 10, 2012 01:36:26
Great looking diorama - really impressive work! I'm curious, what are you using to build the rock faces / texture? It paints up very nicely and gives a fantastic stone look - what base material is that?

Bravo!

Scott
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Peyton said Oct 10, 2012 16:27:26
Hot damn, you've got the object source lighting down pat! That's something I've been trying to work on with my Empire, with mixed results, I don't suppose you'd be interested in doing a tutorial? :p Really good stuff!

Cheers

Peyton
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