I seem to have something of a reputation as having something against elves but that’s really not true at all. As every Chaos fan knows, properly cooked an elf can be amongst the finest of all fantasy creatures! Back in the days of WHFB I toyed with the idea of starting either a Dark Elf army, a Wood Elf army or perhaps even kitbashing a combination of the two. Alas neither project ever got off the ground. In the case of the Wood Elves the miniatures generally left a lot to be desired and, despite a few stellar models that appeared in the later years, the range overall never really looked as good in the cold light of day as it did in my mind’s eye.

One set of models I did always like though were the dryads. I’ve had a set of them knocking around for absolutely ages but never quite got around to doing anything with them. However in the course of the headlong charge through my unpainted backlog that I’ve been undertaking lately I found myself thinking about these tree-women and, as they are fine candidates for Fembruary, I decided to assemble a couple of them and see how I got on.

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Just as my unrealised Dark Elf army is now finding a new lease of life via my Daughters of Khaine Warcry warband these woodland folk may end up following a similar path, I reckon I have enough kicking around to make a little warband. Who knows, I may even manage to paint some of the other treefolk ladies by the end of the month.

30 responses to “Dryads

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Those are really nice! 🙂 They even get my wife’s seal of approval (and none of my stuff ever does)!

  • imperialrebelork

    Excellent mate. Really well done. I like dryads would you believe and made some a couple of years ago

  • Alex

    Man, you are on a roll – very cool!!

    I actually really rate this kit – very simple to paint & easy to roll out an absolutely massive army if that’s your thing, but equally amenable to conversions & very detailed work… I really enjoyed making my literal wood-elf BB team with this kit 😊

    • Wudugast

      It’s a great kit isn’t it – I’d not really done anything with it until now but I’m very impressed. 100% agree with everything you’ve said about it, even with the learning curve of working with new models these painted up really quickly – I don’t have any plans to start a massive Sylvaneth army but I think if someone was inclined to do that they could get a lot of these painted very fast.

  • DaggerAndbrush

    Very nice indeed. While I do not understand why the sculptor decided to give them boobs, I do like their savage look and gnarly texture. The paint job is also very nice indeed. I would suggest to add some autumnal foliage to draw attention to the facial area.

  • Mark A. Morin

    You are a Fembruary machine! Though I’m more partial to Ents! Nice job!

  • Marvin

    Lovely job! The faces are terrific, subtle but powerful.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! The sculpted faces are great, full of expression whilst still looking almost like they’re carved or grown from the wood. I tried to play that up without over-emphasising them, keep the balance of drawing the eye to the face without taking away from them looking like trees.

  • Faust

    Look great and I think you did wonders with your tree texture there. Nice and woody looking.

    There is some sort of Dryad Star Player in Blood bowl too. I’m not sure if she is more tree or human looking, might have to look around on that one. Either way, seems like this would be an ideal model for her. I’m off for some more Ebay shopping!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I must confess I leaned heavily on the washes and let the natural texture of the model do a lot of the work for me – came out nicely though I thought.

      Are we thinking of Willow Rosebark? Definitely more of a tree I would say. I like her model well enough but I’m not sure I like it £19 plus postage enough – I reckon you could have a lot of fun converting your own from Sylvaneth/Wood elf bits. 🙂

  • theimperfectmodeller

    These look excellent and I can’t say I’ve seen these figures before. Just goes to show that women are tricky creatures which come in all shapes and sizes. Now I’ll have to be careful when I go for a walk in the woods. 😀

  • Kuribo

    I wouldn’t have thought that these models would suit your painting style but man, they sure do. These look great and the fact that they’re dirty and evil-looking just makes them look even fiercer and desperate to defend the forest!

    I would have to strongly agree with about the Wood Elves old sculpts. Very few are great which is a shame. I wanted to love that faction as it could channel elements of LOTR really well but the sculpts just weren’t that inspiring. Hopefully, The Old World rectifies this one day 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I wasn’t sure how I’d paint them either at first but I realised that simplifying the process and having fun rather than overcomplicating things really made a difference, and they turned out to be a real joy to paint.

      Yeah, if there’s one faction I’d really like to see redone in the Old World it’s probably the Wood Elves. There were just never enough decent models to get me to start a proper army of them. I’d be interested to see an AoS reinvention too of course, the Wood Elf from Cursed City looks very cool so more of that kind of thing would get a thumbs up from me.

  • Pete S/ SP

    They are great- the bark effect is spot on on those. Can just imagine them creaking as they move.



  • Jonathan E

    You too, huh? I didn’t realise there was a Blog Thing for painting wimmins (because I live under a rock and hobby on my own schedule), but it’s nice to know I’ve (accidentally) been in with the cool kids for once.

    Anyway, fine figures, good work, and I echo all the comments up the line about them being easy to do. They’re fabulous “downtime” figures for resting the eyes and resetting the mojo in between stages on something more fussy – just layer, wash, drybrush, layer, nothing too precise. I didn’t bother with the growths out of their backs though, they’re quite tall and flimsy enough already and there’s storage and transport to consider. Yours look good though and I’m almost regretting my decision to stay boring…

    • Wudugast

      Thanks! I’ve been keeping half an eye on your treefolk and their looking great, although I confess I’ve been falling behind with reading and commenting on other bloggers as I concentrate on my Fembruary painting marathon. I’ll have a proper catch up soon. Tag them into Alex’s challenge anyway, they look great and they fit the bill, I’m sure he’d include them. You can find out all about it here; https://leadballoony.com/2021/01/13/mythic-battles-pantheon-introducing-the-amazons/

      I’m thinking about building a few more dryads shortly. Work is scheduled to get a bit crazy soon so it’ll be nice to have something I can paint and actually finish without too much pressure. I think I’ll mix up how much I add the back branches to create a bit of variety in the unit. I certainly wouldn’t call leaving them off boring – after all some trees have more branches than others. Perhaps they’ve been coppiced? 🙂

      • Jonathan E

        I like to think of mine as small, hardy mountain perennials, un-nourished by the deep loams of the forest, etcetera. At least, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

        I’ll check out the challenge later! As for my goings on, I’m gradually setting up pages for things like collections and narratives and editions, so there will be an easy at-glance guide to Deadwood on the site before long.

        Good luck with the rest of yer wimmins!

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