Saturday, June 22, 2013

New High Elves - Sisters of Avelorn

With a great new client on board who wanted to add to his existing High Elf army this commission provided us a great opportunity to see and paint all the cool new high elf models recently released.

First up is the Sister of Avelorn - x20 (2 boxes).

High elves have always had a good looking aesthetic with lots of flowing robes, ornate armour and gems out the wazoo and these latest models are of course no exception.

Before seeing the components, I had envisioned a magnetising trick for this expensive duel unit box set: my master-plan was to magnetise the sister and shadow warrior torsos to the same legs, which would have been awesome allowing the buyer to duel purpose the models from the box. Alas my plan was thwarted as unfortunately the models share the same components with regards to the cloak and the attached rear half of their torsos. -.-

A definite word of warning, since these models were not originally intended to rank up initially, they are a tricky puzzle to get them all in line. I suggest attaching them to their bases only when the models are fully constructed to ensure you can position them on their bases in conjuction with and without any interference from the neighbouring models.

Anyway on with the painting. The client wanted the traditional scheme for the Sisters and also went for the standard painting option we offer and so we stuck with the dark greens and browns with a golden colour (Foundry Ochre iirc) for the hair as our base colours.

The Foundry Forest Green shade on the inside of the cloaks, I think, helps frame and contrast the body of the model. I also got Emma to do some of her crazy detail work on their eyeballs, so they don't look so manly. We probably should've also added a bit of lipstick too to help with that lol! (When will GW learn that female figures are more than just hair and shaped boobs? The face is what counts! And unfortunately these have very angular faces, which granted is the look of High Elves, but come off as being too extreme and ultimately male imho.)

All in all, a nice set of models - the quality of the plastic is good and theres a lot of detail you can pick out plus with them being plastic they are relatively easy to put together however problems do arise when it comes to ranking. Lastly they are expensive for what you get. If GW had any sense, they would sell extra leg bits so people can use up all the leftover components to get the most out of this product...

For the movement trays we used the Mag-Flex range from Back2Base. This range gives you everything you need for a magnetised base - the magnets for the bases, the self-adhesive magnetic plastic strip, and the mdf pieces that make up the bulk of the movement tray. They are very easy to put together, a reasonable price and come out looking great.

In our next post Emma will be featuring the character models she did as part of this commission.

Sisters of Avelorn - set 1
Sisters of Avelorn - set 2

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