I hope you enjoyed last week's guest post by Geriatricus Maximus. I didn't. What a grouch.
For the final installment of my tour through the RTO4 range of original Space Elves, I thought I'd start by taking a look at some of the other fabulous painters who have tackled the range before. Honestly, I found it intimidating to try to paint these miniatures precisely because there are so many talented people who have turned their hand to them and produced stellar results:
|Illustration of Yriel from|
The Book of the Astronomicon (1987)
- The first stop on our tour must be Dave Perry's Eldar. Steve Casey at Eldritch Epistles did a huge service to the hobby by presenting Dave's work in a series of stunning posts. Dave was a member of Games Workshop's Design Studio and 'Eavy Metal team. His Eldar (to quote Steve Casey) are "an absolute riot of yellow". I could stare at them all day. They are the Van Gogh sunflowers of the Warhammer world.
- As a lovely contrast, take a look at the "Starry Night" Eldar painted by Frank J. and posted to DakkaDakka.
- Another treasure captured by Steve at Eldritch Epistles is a handful of Eldar from Bryan Ansell's personal collection. They demonstrate the incredible variety of colour schemes that the Eldar attracted even from their earliest days.
- I'm quite partial to Subedai's Eldar at The Lost and the Damned. He used a cool palette that catches the eye, and his work on the helmet markings is exquisite.
- I also enjoyed the Eldar painted by Dutch Law at Berman Blog. Orange and teal is a striking combination of colours. And the strange effect is enhanced by the alien pallour he gives to those without helmets.
First up is "Eoan Fireheart". He differs from all the other miniatures in the range (save for the heavy gunners) insofar that his armour is bulkier, curvier and more bulbous. I like the way he has removed his helmet but the lower breather mask has stayed attached to this face.
Wonderful work on all four Matthew, your work on these classic sculpts has been a great trip down memory laneReplyDelete
These sculpts do have a special smell of the '80's, don't they?Delete
Oh, amazing work sir!ReplyDelete
Excellent, excellent painting, Matthew, and as Dave says your Eldar posts are a wonderful trip down memory lane. Thanks for putting in the effort!ReplyDelete
I'm happy that I can gratify the nostalgia of another person named Matthew.Delete
Yes! More Space Elves! Capt. Lightfoot is amazing. I really wish this would still be the vision for the range. At least we have oldhammer.ReplyDelete
Great paintjobs as always. Yellow and blue may be classic, but as you show there's a reason for it.
She is a great model, isn't she? (The more I look at the sculpture, the more I think it is probably meant to be a female).Delete
Fantastic! For us too, Captain Lightfoot is our favorite miniature: what kind of weapon does she carry?ReplyDelete
From the illustration of The Book of the Astronomicon we see various flags: the miniatures do not, however, include a standard bearer, do they?
P.S. Thanks for your comment on gnolls and Jamon Serrano, which blogger refused to be featured on our blog!
I think Lightfoot is carrying a meltagun. That's also what the Blue Catalogue says:Delete
There is a standard bearer... just wait for my next post or two, Rodor, and you'll see.
Fantastic - and yes the blue/yellow combo with tiger stripes is about as classic as it gets for eldar - an unimpeachable choice.ReplyDelete
I appreciate the nod of approval! Thanks!Delete
All of them look tremendously gorgeous. I love seeing these ranges revisited again, fantastic workReplyDelete
Have you ever done any of these old Eldar, Suber? I was looking through your site but couldn't find any.Delete