Friday, June 17, 2016

Dungeons and Dragons: Wood Elf Scouts

Though they seem but a fading shadow of their ancient might, the fragile realms of the Elder folk still endure, a tower of resistance against the growing powers of Chaos and Evil.  The Elven realms that remain number fourteen, spread throughout the dark forests, hills and isles of the lands which lie to the north of the realms of the Kings of men.  The fourteen realms are guided in their foreign policy by a Sorceress of great power, who was appointed at the founding of the alliance, and who has held the leadership of the fourteen lands in trust ever since.

There can be little doubt that the Elven realms are in decline.  The people of the fourteen lands grow ever more indolent, inward looking and morose.  Yet somehow each year the Elven realms still produce numbers of gallant adventurers who raid and plunder the dungeons of the fell folk with astonishing skill and daring, while their armies remain powerful enough to send contingents to help men and Dwarves when they have need, and to keep a deadly watch upon their borders.
Shown here are a small band of some of the Elven Lady's scouts, Fierce, stealthy and resourceful, they spearhead the advance of Elven War hosts in unfriendly country and keep undesirables from raiding or straying inside her borders.
I really had fun painting these boys...until I got the eyes.  I just don't know how some people can manage painting eyes on 25mms.  I guess I'm so old now that I just can't see what the hell it is I'm painting.  What looks ok on the figure under the naked eye looks like big sloppy globs of white and blue when I bring the picture of said figure up on the computer.  I am going to have to get some kind of a magnifier or give up painting eyes on my 25s altogether.
I've been slowly assembling a force of old Tom Meier Elves for the last few years.  Tom set the standard for Elves for me, sort of like Kev Adams set the standard for Orcs and Goblins, and I don't like anyone else's compared to his.  Meier's Elves had an alien beauty and poise which nailed Elves for me, and which you can't find anywhere else. He lavished attention on his Elves' weapons and gear, and the engrossing detail of their mail, plumes, robes, helms and magic weapons and shields were perfect extensions of the unearthly beauty of their features. Now, I'm not going to go crazy, just a warband of about 50 fighters or  so, covering most of the Elves Mr. Meier did in the 70s and early to mid eighties, with a few characters and a chariot or two.  Some I can't include because they are a bit too big to fit in with the rest.  Scale was a little erratic back then, even within a single line of figures.
Better order that magnifying glass...

Probing ahead of their advancing war host, the Elf scouts flush out a band of Half Orc champions.  A bitter and savage struggle is about to begin...


  1. Good to see Tom Meier getting the love he deserves.

    1. He certainly deserves a lot. I need to get more serious about painting the Meier spur of my lead mountain. Unfortunately I have about seven hundred other projects going and I only have one head and one set of hands so its slow progress.