Posted by MortiS-the-Lost –
For a while now I've wanted a 'set' of Elementals to use in games, Citadel do a nice set from back in the olden (golden?) days of WFB 3rd when the game used to have Elementalist Wizards and they are still available from their 'Collectors' range, but as with most things GW sell at the moment they are rather expensive. Anyway I'm not here to moan about GW's prices again. After looking at the Elemental miniatures produced by many different companies, in the end I decided to purchase these rather striking Elementals (sold as 'Elemental Demons') from Ral Partha Europe for 2 main reasons 1 they were a lot cheaper and 2 their skeletal features make them look a lot more evil than most Elemental miniatures you see. I've always seen Elementals as being some what a-kin to Daemons because they are also beings of magical energy (Daemons and Elementals have very similar rules in WFRP 1 and the early editions of Warhammer) so having them look vaguely demonic fits in well with this idea.
The Elementals came on integral bases detailed like their elements, which I mounted on 40mm round bases and then used Greenstuff (and some gravel and textured Plastic in the case of the Earth Elemental) to expand this detail to cover the entire base, then once the Greenstuff had hardened the next day it was strait onto painting them!
Water Elemental: at first I played with the idea of painting the water elemental silver and using layers of ink to build up a reflective cyan/blue, but quickly abandoned the idea and repainted it Regal Blue and highlighted it up through several lighter shades of blue to Ice Blue with a final extreme highlight of Skull White I then gave it several layers of different blue Inks and Washes followed by 2 coats of Gloss Varnish to give it a liquid look
Earth Elemental: the Earth Elemental was probably the most fun to paint as unlike the other Elementals it wasn't all one colour. I started out by dry brushing the whole model Dark Flesh, then Bestial Brown, Snake Bite Leather and a final highlight of Bubonic Brown. I then used a mixture of Bubonic Brown and Bleached Bone as a further highlight to pick out the roots and vines. The rocks then got a base coat of Adeptus Battlegrey, highlighted Codex Grey and then Fortress Grey. I also used a little Badab Black wash to add some extra shading to the recesses of the stones. The mossy looking bits I painted Dark Angels Green, highlighted Snot green followed by Goblin Green and then used Green Glaze over the top. I then used Green Glaze and Ork Flesh Wash to add 'damp patches' to the stones and vines to break up the colour a little.
Fire Elemental: the Fire Elemental was another quick one to paint. I started with Scab Red and kept on highlighting up through Gore Red, Blood Red, Blood Angels Red, Firey Orange until I reached pure Sunburst Yellow. I've seen a lot of debate online about this being 'the wrong way' to paint fire but this tends to come from the NMM, Heavy Highlighting and White Undercoats brigade who call themselves 'pro-painters' and disapprove of my 'old school' techniques.
Air Elemental: wanting to avoid blue as I'd already used it on the water elemental, I settled on 'grey sky' like colours for my Air Elemental, deciding it should look some what like a tornado. I started with Shadow Grey and highlighted up through Space Wolves Grey, Elf Grey until I reached a 50/50 mix of Elf Grey and Skull White for an extreme highlight. After doing this I noticed that the model had little details like leaves and things swirling around in the wind (which continued the tornado concept) so I picked them out in greens and browns blending the colours back into the main body of the elemental in the direction of the swirling winds to suggest movement. Finally I painted the eyes Elf Grey highlighted with a mix of Elf Grey and Skull White.
As a bonus here's a picture of my old File Elemental from the Dragon Strike Game painted in pretty much the same way as the Fire Elemental above. My group nick named him 'Calcifer' after the character from Howl's Moving Castle which it resembles closely
^ Feeling Brave Tonight?
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