I tried a couple of quick ways of painting Necrons recently. Continue reading
Well, strictly speaking its not a “Blood Bowl” elf per se, but the figure is painted for use in my Blood Bowl games.
The miniature is from Shadowforge and a very nice figure it is too. Some of the Shadowforge sculpts are a bit overly sexualised for my tastes, with high heels, chainmail bikinis, S&M accoutrements and ensembles etc, but these figures dont suffer too badly from that.
Obviously long flowing hair isnt very practical in a contact sport and the “belly top” (are they still even called that?) seems more of a fashion statement than a sporting decision, but in the context of the vaguely WWE panto that is Blood Bowl, I am ok with this look.
The sculpting, detail and general design of the figure combine to give a simple and somehow vintage look. There are few extraneous bits and pieces hanging off the figure but it still has lots of character. I like this approach to miniature design. The figure looks more iconic than the overburdened designs often seen from GW and the like. Extra detail does not automatically make a figure better.
The model was very nicely sculpted and cast too. It was genuinely a pleasure to paint, largely because of the clearly defined sculpting.
I considered painting the gems blue rather than the amethyst that they ended up, but I wanted to use some of my new purple paints.
I also couldnt decide on a suitable area to paint the player number on, which is a bit of a failing for a miniature designed for use in a football game. I may resort to simply painting the number on the base, but that somehow feels like cheating.
The yellow and orange were painted in ways that I hope will be fast and simple to replicate (I do have about twenty more BB elves to paint after all), whenever I get the Blood Bowl urge next. The pale flesh (of which there is a fair amount) was a bit time consuming to paint, but painting any significant area of flesh to any sort of decent standard always takes a while really.
As a test piece for my long awaited (since the 1980s) Blood Bowl elf team I am reasonably pleased with it.