Ulthuan Lives!

Until now I’ve never painted a high elf. It’s not something I’m famous for per se, people don’t point me out in the street, nudging their friends and saying “there goes the man who’s never painted a high elf” but it is something I spoken about in the past, usually in connection with my typically dirty, grimy painting style. War is a famously filthy business, with lots of tramping through mud and dust interspersed with occasionally being splattered with blood and other fluids and I tend to reflect that in my miniatures. I enjoy seeing armies that are beautifully painted in parade-ground uniforms but for me it’s not done until it’s dirty. Thus the high elves, which are famed for being clean and bright have often been used as an example of something I don’t or wouldn’t paint.

On the other hand I don’t tend to see not having done something as a mark of pride. You meet people, for example, who will boast about the films or TV shows they haven’t seen, books they haven’t read, and so on, and I must admit I find that rather odd. Trying something and not enjoying it is fair enough, or not getting around to seeing or doing something because there’s only so much time in the day. It’s not doing something and treating this as a great achievement and a mark of specialness that I find odd. I haven’t found it to be a constant daily battle to restrain my unhealthy compulsion to paint high elves and as a result I don’t feel I deserve to be congratulated for it.

Anyway, enough waffle, the point I’m driving at (rather laboriously!) is that I’ve painted one now – here’s a Swordmaster of Hoeth for your enjoyment.

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I’m quite pleased with the blue-tinge on the sword (just a straightforward coat of Grey Knights Steel with a highlight) but it really doesn’t show up well in the picture from the front. You can see it a bit better in the shot from behind though.

This isn’t the start of a new project, I just realised it was something I’d often said that I’d never done and decided that now was as good a time as any other to change that. That said I do have a few more, which I got as part of the Island Of Blood boxset that accompanied the release of WHFB 8th Edition (which I bought for all the lovely Skaven of course) so who knows, if people start nudging each other in the street and saying “there goes the man who’s only ever painted one High Elf” I might just be forced to break out some more…

17 responses to “Ulthuan Lives!

  • mcmattila

    He looks great! I like your choice of colors and the style: rather clean but not straight out of a parade. I think I’d go for a similar style if I were to ever paint high elves.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I wanted him to look natural, like he was a real elf who went out and lived and fought. He’d still keep his gear pristine as much as he could (he’s not some filthy chaos worshipper or orc!) but I wanted a few little imperfections in there too to bring him to life.

  • maenoferren22

    Looking good. I do like the colours. What colour did you use for the armour?

  • Mikko

    Lovely clean look, reminds me somehow of the visuals in the Warcraft franchise. Not over-the-top clean, but still definitely clean.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I can see that, there was always a strong link between warcraft and warhammer, with the latter being grubbier than the former – so I can see how a clean warhammer miniature would fall close to warcraft aesthetically. It’s funny, I reckon I’m one of the few people on earth who hasn’t played WoW (put in half an hour or so on a mate’s game but it wasn’t really for me). Loved the old strategy games way back when though.

  • Ann

    Wow, I honestly didn’t know you had it in you. I figured that any miniature you simply handled would be corrupted but this high elf is looking very nice indeed. I like the hair. It seems somewhat like the recipe for Guilliman hair, but a bit lighter.

    • Wudugast

      Haha – I didn’t know I had it in me either! Might do a corrupted elf at some point just for fun. The hair was interesting, I’ve not painted many blonds before. It was an undercoat of zandri dust, a wash of agrax (because I don’t know how to paint without using that stuff somewhere!) and a drybrush of wraithbone.

  • Alex

    Mate, your versatility is sickening – he looks bloody lovely!!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    You might find it hard to believe but only yesterday I nudged SWMBO and said “you know dearest I have never seen Wudugast paint a high elf” and low and behold the very next day up one pops. Spooky or what? I’m with you all the way on the weathering but high elves are above that sort of thing which I guess is why they are high elves and and not low ones. More to the point another splendid paint job. I wouldn’t be upset to see you paint more.

    • Wudugast

      Well I had no idea I was a household name round your place! Glad you (and presumably also SWMBO) liked him – and you never know, I’ve got plenty more of them lurking in boxes and although I’ve never been particularly enamoured of painting them (in my view they just came free with a box of Skaven) I did enjoy him, so there may well be a few more in the future.

  • Azazel

    Now that’s a nice High Elf. Or Lumineth, if you prefer. I guess that’s it then – a minimum of one High Elf per month now, and in three more years you’ll have an epic force to smash the Skaven!
    And thanks for reminding me about Grey Knights Steel. I actually picked that and a bunch of other paints up at the same time as I got the Contrasts, but kinda forgot about them as I have the Contrasts out, and then I burned out and came back just as the world started burning…

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! To me the Lumineth, taken as a whole, are clearly very different to the old High ELves – but individually every one of them would have fitted into the old range. I don’t have a lot of High Elves, just the ones from the Island of Blood box, but I am tempted to put together a little Warcry warband of them using the Lumineth rules that appeared in the latest White Dwarf. As for smashing the Skaven that’s a job for short, bearded, grudge-bearing folk – not poncey fools with pointy ears!

      I must admit I’m quite neophilic when it comes to paints. I saw GW announce that there’s more new paints coming alongside the new Necrons to get that aged brass look they have – I’m looking forward to getting my mitts on those 🙂

      • Azazel

        Yeah, I’m the same with paints (I bought all the new paints alongside the contrasts in one big hit – then got distracted with the contrasts – mostly due to space to put them all!) A WarCry Warband of them would be very cool to see. Right then, your task is set! 🙂

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