Nos Posted July 19, 2020 Share Posted July 19, 2020 (edited) For about a decade now I've been trying to create an elf project which reflects my personal vision of what elves should be-unknowable, sinister, somewhat malevolent, as much inspired by folklore and Teutonic paganism as anything by Games Workshop. This darkness needed to be offset by a degree of grace and dignity though. In my minds eye these beings were dreadful, not evil. Their motivations beyond the ken of outsiders, but not despicable or excessive. For the majority of that period the project was based around Various iterations of the dark elf aesthetic but I wasnt in the place personally to pursue it. It was a vision out of reach, the principal obstacle being that I didnt feel as though I had the skill to realise my vision. Inspiration would give way for frankly ruthless self doubt. The army sat in my spare room but would cause me intense irritation for not being quite what I wanted it to be, and gradually found itself sold off in chunks to fund my AOS habit. Eventually forgotten. Then the Arch Revenant and Kurnothi were released in quick succession and I was immediately won over by the aesthetic, the revenant as Valkyrie and the Centaur of the Kurnothi. Their release also made me properly consider Tree Revenants who I never really looked at before only to realise that they are absolutely outstanding models in their aesthetic. This triumvirate of models fired my creative cylinders and provided the aesthetic to work to, and without me really thinking it through money had been spent feverishly and a more feral iteration of my sinister elves was back on the table. After months of mobilising the core units I have finally finished painting my first unit below and am delighted with how my paint concept sells the idea: Removing the horns on the Unit champion in particular made him much more of a fearful looking individual and he is sort of the epitome of the project: Currently the army is comprised of: Drycha (Converted into a tree demon) Durthu (Conveted into a sort of fen beast monster) Arch Revenant Branch Wych (Converted into something more sinister) 15 further Tree Revenants 3 Kurnothi wolves conversions (KH proxy) 3 Centaur conversions (KH proxy) All of these are assembled and I will post as I make sufficient progress on them. The reason for posting all this is solely out of respect for the hundreds of articles, blogs and army projects which have inspired me to maintain or pursue the hobby over the years. Especially when I have not had the self belief to actually do any hobbying myself. Honestly I'm not really satiated much by feedback or praise in the hobby. After spending much of my life living in crippling anxiety I have thankfully with support come out the other side to know that the greatest value in any hobby is that the person practises it values and enjoys it for themselves. In that sense the greatest reward for me in all this occurs at the painting table while I contentedly work away and watch an idea morph into reality. It's nice if people like my stuff but I dont do it for anyone but myself and in that sense posting on here feels somewhat redundant. But army projects are my absolute favourite aspect of the hobby and I have benefitted immeasurably from the time and hard work of others in chronicling their work. While I dont have anything like the time or skill I would like to properly do this justice and make the blog itself an event as say is showcased in the exemplary work of @KnaveOfScribes if someone is inspired, engaged or otherwise enthused by even one aspect of what is here then engaging here is time well spent. I hope you enjoy my contribution to the wonderful canon of army building projects that bless the hobby. Edited July 19, 2020 by Nos 16 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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