The Blood Elf Project – Done!

45 thoughts on “The Blood Elf Project – Done!”

  1. Great model, and it’s been fun watching it come together into the finished piece. Also as a painter I love it when what I learn from one project carries over into the next, and certain techniques go from ‘I’ll try this and see how I go’ to just being a standard thing you do to a model.

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  2. Pure brilliance mate. Absolutely breathtaking. Definitely Golden Demon Award material.

    The basing does the model justice, so good call there.

    I like the background. Much better than pure white in my opinion.

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    1. Thank you very much, mate! I am starting to look forward to entering something in the Golden Demon, maybe next year if all goes well. I’m glad the basing and background worked out too. I liked both but always happy to hear what others thing too.

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  3. Grumpygnome said everything I wanted to! 🙂 Even more impressive now! I thought the base was fine before but it looks that much better now. Background’s fine as well. I’ve enjoyed following this all the way through. Have a good birthday! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, mate! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it and that you’re painting a few more elves now too. Mission accomplished (as an infamous former US President once declared too early)! 😀

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  4. “That is the epitome of patience and dedication”. – Couldn’t agree more my friend. Very, VERY well done indeed. Your skills blow my mind. Just found you on insta too via our fly on the wall podcast page. Great stuff you should be super proud.

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  5. I can only echo what others have said above! Once again, you have us doubters wrong, your base additions worked very well. I think I recognize some of the tufts, but what is the yellow flowers and the bush at the base of the statue?

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    1. Thanks, Bret! Everything that I used on this base comes from Martin Welberg studio via Scenery Express. The tufts seem sturdy and easy to use for wargaming but the bush in the middle is really fragile and sheds pieces any time I touch it so I can only recommend their bigger plants for dioramas which is a bit of a shame. I think the quality of them is above Mininatur which was my go-to previously as you know 😉

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    1. I’m so glad to hear you think it looks like WoW! That is what I was going for but slightly more realistic looking if possible. Thanks for the kind words and support along the way!

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  6. Excellent work throughout Jeff, you’ve really put a sense of life into this project, and the additional work on the base has elevated the model not detracted from it.
    Agree totally about your comments about adding new skills and learning from previous endeavours, and the same thoughts work on scenery making and sculpting as well.

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    1. I’m really glad to hear you think so, Dave and thanks for your support along the way too! I will have to remember that when it comes to scenery and if I ever try my hand at sculpting. You just have to keep practicing with it until you get where you want to be!

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  7. It’s an amazing miniature. Probably the best I’ve seen on your blog and I don’t know how you’ll ever be able to top it. Just bc I was curious, I went and found the model on the GW site and your version is hands down more superior than the example they have up there. Even a better choice of colors.
    I would find a miniature that expensive and that crazy detailed too intimidating to even try to paint.
    Happy birthday as well. Did you get yourself another crazy miniature? 😀

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    1. Those are very kind words indeed! I’m sure the GW painters are under a tighter schedule than I was to get this done in their defense 🙂 In hindsight, I might have been wise to save painting this for the Golden Demon but I can always take up some other kind of project if it looks like they’re going to hold it next spring.

      While the mini was $50, I can’t complain about the price considering how long it took to paint. I would be more upset if I try to use it in games and broke a piece off to be honest!

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! I did ask for some new minis but nothing like this one. Just some plain old gaming pieces 🙂

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  8. As much as I love your earlier figures this one is really quite special. We’ll done on completing such a fantastic piece and for taking your time and not rushing it!
    All your effort was worth it and you should be rightly proud. 🙂

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    1. If there is one thing I tried to remember (and that you often wisely remind me of) it is not to rush it so thank you for that, mate! 🙂 Its a relief to have this project done and to be able to do some “lower stakes” painting now.

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  9. Wow, that looks just perfect! I feel slightly less inadequate seeing that you worked on this over five months but it is truly awe-inspiring to see such a gorgeous mini fully painted. I’ve loved seeing your work-in-progress posts too.

    I really agree that practice makes perfect; we can all get better by doing more of anything and even professionals can continue to develop. I really like that you took the time to share your older (but still lovely) projects so that we can see the progress that you’re making with your skill levels.

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    1. Thanks, mate! There is definitely a time to results ratio. Sometimes it looks like people crank out display pieces quickly but they either paint full-time or it takes a long time to finish a project like what happened here.

      I always want to dispel any myths that someone is innately better at something than others. That is why I always try to explain or point out how I’ve gotten better. I hope it helps inspires others to push themselves and do their best! Practice really does make perfect in this case 🙂

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  10. Wow… What a piece! What impresses the most is how by applying that skillful NMM, you turned that… thing… on top of the helmet, from something I would consider chopping off, to a dynamic eyecatching point of interest! But the choice and balance of colors is up there!

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    1. Thanks, mate! The helmet is pretty crazy and I’m glad the way I painted it, saved that part of the mini for you. That is a big compliment as far as I am concerned!

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  11. What a stunning finished model! I really like the base too, the tufts and foliage really add to this mini and its colour theme. So job extremely well done!

    A gorgeous collection of fully painted mini’s you have right there and this new one is my favourite so far, so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Gero! I have appreciated your support on this project and I look forward to getting my minis displayed one of these days if I ever get done buying furniture and whatnot for the condo!

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  12. An absolute triumph Jeff, and you have every right to feel as proud as punch!
    The basing is perfect, it just looks so natural and fits the scene to a tee.

    I can’t agree more, practice and experimentation is the best way to improve, it has certainly helped me along the way; I can only hope that at some point in the furniture, I too will find my Elk!

    I have to say, though, personally, I’m not keen on the glossy background and prefer the one you took the other models in front of. I think the reflection distracts the eye away from your wonderful work.🤔

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    1. Thanks, Justin! 🙂 I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support. You will certainly take on an epic project that really shows off your skills. I’d say get something from GW and leave your painting schedule open and you’ll create something great!

      I have been a bit lazy about getting a non-glossy background and this is a good reminder to try and do something about that. I’ll work on that and see what I can come up with, hopefully for the weekend’s post!

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      1. I do keep thinking about it. Joan of Arc has got some nice minis that I want to get done, but it always comes down to time. At the moment I want to get everything done for the games we play, and unfortunately, there’s quite a lot!
        At some point, I will take the plunge, as you say, it’s the best way to improve, pushing yourself.

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