This model is one I started painting several years ago. A High Elf Mage from that Warhammer Fantasy range’s refresh back in 1997, I needed a High Elf Wizard model to represent Immeril, the Eladrin Wizard character in the Ravenloft D&D boardgame that we’d started playing the first time around way back then. Eladrin, it turns out means “Elf” and “Elf-kin”. So a High Elf mini was roped into play. This particular model is one I liked, as it’s a little more subdued for a Warhammer model (ie: no gigantic hat)
As I noted some time ago, I don’t want my High Elves to look like everyone else’s High Elves. Silver armour with blue trim. It’s a good looking scheme, no doubt, but everyone’s models look like that! Instead, I took inspiration from World of Warcraft (which I was still playing at the time) and their High Elf offshoot, the Blood Elves. I’m not going to go into their convoluted background here, suffice it is to say that they look aesthetically pleasing and also different enough to the standard.
So I did that.
The main drawback was the fact that when we stopped playing these board games, all those years ago, I also stopped working on the related models, and so this guy sat in a tub, with a bit of red on him for years. When we started playing again, painting/completing this character wasn’t a big priority until it started getting used, when we were into the second campaign and did a character shuffle. At that point, this model was being used on the table and then it wasn’t until after my Sigmarite Warrior Priest (as a D&D Cleric) got completed that I plucked this one out of the active game to finish off. Bjorn the Stormborn also announced a Painting Challenge for High Elves and Skaven around this time, and I hoped to also get this guy done as part of that as well. Unfortunately, as well as all of those stars aligned, personal circumstances also intervened, and I wasn’t able to complete this model until Early September, and I’m obviously only getting to posting it up now, at the start of October.
So the main point of this post is to let our little community know that the Jewel of July painting challenge has been extended through to the end of August this year. Why? Well, I’ve been pretty preoccupied with some real life business in the last almost-three weeks that have kept me from working on the more finely-detailed models in my collection (remember, there’s usually a lag – sometimes a decent sized one between when things get finished and when they get posted up.) Anyway, this has meant that my main focus has been on simpler models that don’t have the amount of fine detail or require the same amount of care – so D&D boardgame models, terrain pieces (which dovetail nicely with Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge!) and even simple-paintjob simple models like these.
There are only three models left on “The Tray”, but two of them require fine tattoos, and one requires some cardboard cut, patterning and gluing and painting and… well, they’ll all three have to wait a litlte bit longer. I’ve also got a pair of models picked out as my “Tray Finished: Reward” models, but I haven’t been able to do much on those either. Hopefully the extension to August will let me get something more apt completed for The Jewel of July. I mean, the Assassins and several other models can count, but I’d also like to do something specifically for it as well.
Anyway, we have here six more identical Reiksgard models. I found a bunch of them, with many needing to be stripped in a baggie, and these ones were first in line. They were destined for Tray #2 regardless, so I’m good with having painted them already. They took less than 25 hours for the paint once I got going (after stripping, basing, adding sand – all of which were done awhile back in June). I do still have even more Reiksgard to paint, though at least the others are different poses…