The title says it all so first let me share some pictures with you and then I’ll share some thoughts on this project on the whole afterwards.
I should start off by saying that I’m using a new background for these photos and I’m curious what you all think about it. I used photo paper that is a bit glossier than what I was using and I think I actually like how it looks for this project anyway. The extra shine in the background fits this mini to me anyway. It strangely reminds me of the photo backgrounds we used for school photos but I figure this mini is worthy of a “glamour shot” or two! I also hope you like the basing on this Blood Elf. I tried to capture some of the look from the fantastical landscape that Blood Elves live in. I know some of you liked the base bare but I think an extra bit of color works here.
And with that, a project that started in May has ended at the beginning of October (just a few days before my birthday, in fact!). I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started on this project but I’m very proud that I saw it through with only one small break. That is the epitome of patience and dedication. The model was generally fun to paint and that helped (even if assembly was a frequently a pain). What I’m most proud of is how I executed my vision completely and there’s not really too much that I can say could be better on this which is not something I often say! I’m proud to have this tribute to both High Elves and Blood Elves to place in my display cabinet someday soon. Hopefully, I’ve convinced a couple of elf-haters who frequent this blog that they can be just as awesome as any other Warhammer mini too. But that is enough of a victory lap, I want to talk about something that has helped me get to this point for anybody out there who enjoys painting but wants to improve. I’ll give you a free tip!
I didn’t wake up one day able to paint this mini. I did it by practicing and learning as many new things as I could. Let me give you some examples. A year or two ago, I painted this Eldar Farseer.
On this project, I painted gemstones for the time (as a serious painter anyway). While I think these could be improved now compared to the ones I just painted, it gave me the confidence to paint a ton of them on the Blood Elf.
Let me show you two more projects. In both of these 40k display projects, I played around with painting green and red respectively. While I didn’t use the exact same scheme in the Blood Elf, they helped pave the way for me to be able to paint the distinct red and green colors you see on my most recent project. Experimenting with colors has been key for pushing my painting and the more you can do that, the more you’ll be able to grow as an artist. Everything in this hobby builds upon each other in a way and the only way you can improve is if you keep developing new skills and refining the ones you have.
So what I’m driving at is practicing things you aren’t good at or haven’t done before makes you better. The more you can build up your skills, the better you will paint. Keep trying new things and new techniques and you will get better. I would have never gotten to this point if I didn’t keep experimenting and I encourage you to do the same thing. If I went from painting Mansions of Madness minis poorly around five years ago to what I am doing now, then you can get better too if you want to. Just keep practicing and looking for ways to improve.
With that said, I want to say thank you to everybody who has followed this project. I know you’ve had to look at this sculpt an awful lot and I appreciate all of the encouragement you’ve given me along the way. In some ways, a project like this isn’t just the work of an individual. A group of people often help encourage and lift that person up so they can achieve something special and I think all of you did that here.
I’m already ramping up on my next few projects so expect to see some totally different things from me in the near future. Don’t be surprised if I stick with some gaming projects for the near future as a way to change up the pace and do something where the stakes are a little lower for a bit either!