Alarith Stoneguard

Say this for the Lumineth Realm-lords, they take croquet really, really seriously! Whilst the other miniatures I’ve tackled recently have been waiting for attention for a while this chap is a newcomer to the painting desk, going from purchased to assembled to completed in a few short steps. The Lumineth Realm-lords range seems to have met with mixed reviews, like marmite some people seem to love them, others to hate them. Unlike marmite I can abide them in my presence – in fact I must admit that although I won’t be rushing out to start another army I actually rather like them. These particular models – the Alarith Stoneguard – have come in for a particular panning from some quarters but I think they’re great, although I’m less than enamoured by the price of them. Anyway, I managed to get my hands on one to test out a colour scheme and I’m happy with the results. I based it on the variant colour scheme for the Great Nation of Ymetrica, showcased in a tutorial on the Warhammer TV Youtube channel, but made a few variations because – despite the fact that I own about a million pots of GW blue paints in various colours  – I still don’t have most of the ones used in the tutorial.

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I’ve had a scrounge around online and managed to acquire a few Lumineth, without paying full whack for entire sets of them, so a little warband is probably in my future at some stage. 

27 responses to “Alarith Stoneguard

  • theimperfectmodeller

    I can see why you like this little chap more than I can why others wouldn’t. Nice variation on all the blues, the colour scheme works very well. As for marmite I love the stuff! 😋

    • Wudugast

      Marmite?! Good grief, and to think I thought we were friends! 😉 

      I think the reason some people don’t like these elves is that they’re similar to the old High Elves range from GW, but not quite the same. Any one of them would have fitted into that range but taken as a whole they’re different enough that it’s noticeable. The old range was very popular in its day but the models weren’t that great by modern standards and people had been wanting to see them refreshed for a long time, especially as most of the old kits have been discontinued. Instead they got models which are nice but not really what they were getting their hopes up for. I can see why they’d feel a bit sore, but I was never too keen on the old High Elves and I like these a lot more, so I’m happy but I probably wasn’t the target audience either…

      • theimperfectmodeller

        That I can understand. There are certain authors whose books I like to collect. I know it’s an OCD thing but suddenly they will go from one size book to another or completely change dust cover designs and then as a set of books it ceases to work. Pisses me off. Off to have to have marmite on toast for breakfast and my first back coffee of the day! 😉

  • Warbringer

    Lovey blues used in this makes the model really stand out. I’d love to see the big cow models painted the same way!

    I’m in the middle with marmite myself. Will eat it but don’t love or hate it.

  • lordcommandereloth

    Nice work I like the blue armour.

  • Faust

    I’ve never had marmite, that I know of. But I do love that miniature! Bit brighter than most of your work, lovely hues of blue in there. Really like the armor, I’m guessing a glaze over some silver? But I don’t recognize the color, maybe Sotek Green or Ahriman Blue?

    • Wudugast

      You’ve never had marmite? Well done, an achievement to be proud of – I highly recommend you keep it up! 

      Glad you like the elf, I must admit I really enjoyed doing something bright and shiny for a change. The armour is really, really simple, but the end result looks like it must have been complicated. Base coat with leadbelcher, then a layer of akhelian green contrast paint, then highlight with silver and you’re done. 

      • Faust

        Haha, guess it’s something best to avoid. Being in the States, won’t be too hard.

        Well, you had me stumped on the armor! Looks great and a really nice use of the Contrast paint. I’ve used it a few times over other colors. I wonder if the Aethermatic Blue would also work nicely using that approach? It’s a nice color, but super weak in pigment. Maybe over silver instead.

      • Wudugast

        I really recommend Contrast paints over metals, you can get some amazing results. I’ve toyed with Aethermatic a bit, as you say it’s a bit weak in pigment but it can give a subtle effect, depends how much impact you’re after. I’ve tried using Tallasar blue for things like power swords, it’s at the opposite end of the scale, very rich in colour.

  • Kuribo

    Marmite is something from your island that we’ve largely avoided in the States. I’m sure you can get it here if you look for it hard enough but it isn’t carried in any grocery stores I’ve visited.

    The color scheme really came out nicely on this Croquet player (incidentally, I played that a fair bit of that growing up so it is more popular here than Marmite, I’d say)! I believe GW’s sterile boneish/creamish color for the elves really did them a disservice. If they used a scheme like this, I bet more people would be into this lot of pointy ears 🙂 Great job and their lack of popularity will hopefully land you some bargains to build your warband with!

    • Wudugast

      No marmite in the states? What sensible people you are! Keep up the good work! 😀 As for croquet I think I played it once when I was small. It’s not a game we really play in Scotland, the land is too bumpy and arming us with hammers is a risky business. I always picture it as something the English do but I suspect they haven’t played it regularly since the time of the Victorians. 

      Returning to miniatures I completely agree with you, that pale scheme they’ve gone for is technically good but doesn’t do anything for me. I much prefer this style (but then I would say that wouldn’t I!)

      • Kuribo

        Sensible is a generous word for Americans, most days 🙂 I completely agree on croquet not being popular. It is kind of like golf in your backyard on a small scale! I wouldn’t hesitate to pat yourself on the back/take a victory lap on this paint job and scheme 🙂

  • Alex

    Beautifully painted mate, and really a very nice mini… right up until the helmet!! I would head-swap them if I were to get involved 😉

    • Wudugast

      But, but, but why though? Seriously, I know it comes down to personal taste but for me the helmets are one of the coolest things about them. Glad you like him anyway mate 😎

      • Alex

        Ah, I don’t know mate, I can’t really explain it! I just have an aesthetic blind spot when it comes to big hats 🙂

      • Wudugast

        I know what you mean mate, it’s all personal taste isn’t it? As for the big hats I think they look damn cool on these guys and when you look at GW’s undead almost the same hat looks great on Neferata, but really silly on Arkhan the Black or Nagash. Mind you a friend of mine makes top hats and she looks really good in them, whereas when I wear one I look like a complete tit…

      • Alex

        yeah, some people wear the hat… in other cases the hat wears them!! 🙂

  • mellis1644

    That looks a great elf or whatever they call them now. I really like the look. I have been tempted for them I’m the past but got so many other things I want to do as well.

    • Wudugast

      They’ll always be elves to me, regardless of how many random letters GW sticks on. 😉 Glad you like him, and I know that feeling all too well, always so many projects I’d like to tackle, always so few hours in the day. It’s another reason I’m drawn to things like Warcry, lets me scratch that itch without getting drawn into an entire army.

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