Dark Elf Male Warrior: Bones 4 Darkreach Figure

Chris Palmer

     This past week I painted the “Dark Elf Male Warrior” from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion in my continuing effort to concentrate on working my way through this Expansion.
     I prepped the figure in the usual way, soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.  I then glued the figure to a brown-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

     I began by painting all the armor with Ceramcoat “Black”.  When dry, I drybrushed the armor with Folk Art Color Shift “Black Flash”.  I then painted the face and hands with Reaper MSP “Dark Elf Skin”.

     I realized I wasn’t totally happy with the armor, so I went over it again with a light drybrush of Reaper MSP “Aged Pewter”.  I felt that made it look better.  Next, I painted his pants with Crafter’s Acrylic “Bright Blue”, and his tunic with Americana “Cranberry Wine”.  After that, I painted his cape with  Americana “Zinc”, and then his hair with Americana “Grey Sky”.
     I then painted his belt and scabbard with the “Black”, and his pouch with Americana “Charcoal Grey”.   I followed that with panting his crossbow with Americana “Asphaltum”, and his sword with Americana “Charcoal”.  I let the figure dry for a while, and then gave the whole thing a coat of Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash.
     When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes, then highlighted the face and hands with the base “Dark Elf Skin”, and some Reaper MSP “Dark Elf Highlight”.  I then highlighted his pants with a mix of the base “Bright Blue”, and some Crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”.   After that I highlighted his tunic with te base “Cranberry Wine” mixed with some Crafter’s Acrylic “Tutti Frutti”. 

     Next, I highlighted the cape with a mix of the base “Zinc” and some of the “Grey Sky”.  I then added a decorative stripe along the bottom edge of the cape using the “Cranberry Wine” highlighted with mixing in some of the “Tutti Frutti”.  After that, I highlighted his hair with Americana “Snow White”.  I then did highlights on the belt and scabbard with some of the “Zinc”, and highlighted the pouch with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”.  I also used the Territorial Beige to highlight the crossbow.  I then painted the binding on the crossbow with Americana “Khaki Tan”.
     After that I painted the sword, belt buckle, and the metal parts of the dagger and crossbow with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”. I followed with giving them light highlights with some Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.  Lastly, I painted the entire base with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish. I then used some white glue to glue some fine sand to the base.  When the sand was dry, I painted it with a coat of the “Charcoal Grey”. When this was dry, I drybrushed the sand with the “Mississippi Mud”, and then with some Apple Barrel “Rock Grey”; lastly I drybrushed it with a little Americana “Dove Grey”.
      Another overnight dry, and I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote".

     I’m really happy with how this figure turned out.  This was my first time using Reaper’s Dark Elf Skin Triad and I’m very happy with the outcome.

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2 thoughts on “Dark Elf Male Warrior: Bones 4 Darkreach Figure

  1. Buck Surdu says:

    I didn’t realize Dark Elves looked different from other Elves. I thought “dark” referred to their alignment or character, not their skin color.

    The figure looks really good. With the white hair he reminds me of Malfoy’s dad in Harry Potter.

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  2. Chris Palmer says:

    Interesting. I’ve always thought of them as dark skinned. I thought I must have originally gotten the idea from the old original Monster Manual, but though it does refer to the Drow as “Black Elves”, and says “…they are as dark as fairies are bright…”, I was surprised to see it never directly refers to their skin color. I have an old Heritage mini from my high school days that I had painted with pure black skin. That’s how I always thought of them, and I think how they were interpreted early on, as I don’t know if I thought of that myself. I do know GW’s Dark Elves led to them being better known as having dark grey/purple toned skin.

    I just looked at the Wikipedia entry for them, and apparently there’s some old 13th century Norse literature that describes Dark Elvs being “blacker than pitch”.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drow

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