So this week we start the countdown of the remaining 99 figures with Elquin, High Elf Adventurer, from the Heroes Set. Just one figure left from the Heroes set now.
As I looked at this figure and considered how to paint him, there was something about his outfit that struck me as very Napoleonic in appearance. So, I got the idea to paint him in the style of a French soldier from that era.
I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying. I then glued the figure to a 1" black-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s White Glue.
I began painting by giving the figure a wash with thinned black ink with a tiny pin-point drop of dishsoap added to help it flow into the crevices and help show the sculpting details.
When the ink wash was dry, I painted his pants White, and his jacket with DecoArt “Navy Blue”. Next, I painted his cloak and the hanging at his front with DecoArt “Storm Cloud grey”.
After these colors had had time to dry, I gave them a wash with GW “Badab Black” wash using a wet brush. When this wash was dry, I then painted his face with DecoArt “Flesh”, and his hair with Folk Art “Dark Brown”. His staff I painted with DecoArt “Cinnamon Brown”, and his gloves with Americana “Buttermilk”. The front of his shirt I painted with GW “Blood Red”, and his cross belt I painted White. The pack on his back I painted with Accent “Real Umber”, and the 3 (what I assumed were) scrolls carried in it I painted with the “Buttermilk”, DecoArt "Light Antique White" and Americana “Khaki”.
Then, when these colors had had time to dry, I gave them all a wash with GW “Agrax Earthshade” using a wet brush, avoiding those areas I had already given a wash with the “Badab Black”.
When the “Agrax Earthshade” wash had dried, I painted his boots, and the assorted pouches and scroll cases he carried with “Black”. The two bottles carried in his cross belt I painted Americana “Forest Green”, and DecoArt “Dark Turquoise”. I then painted corks in the bottles with the “Khaki”. The (what I assumed were) scrolls in the front cases I painted with the “Buttermilk” and the “Light Antique White”. The handle (sword grip?) carried at his waist I painted with the “Real Umber”. I let the scrolls and handle dry, and I then gave them a quick wash with some of the “Agrax Earthshade” using a wet brush.
I’m really pleased how this figure turned out. I think the Napoleonic French infantry color scheme looks very good on him. He would make a good steampunk wizard in the right setting.