Miniature Monday – Aeris, Female Elf Ranger
This week’s ranger was obviously busy in the woods (maybe collecting some herbs for cough remedy?) but finally she arrived!
(posting by Antonia)
Aeris is a relatively small but still finely detailed mini. I found it a bit hard to see all the details at first, but after a wash I must say that I really liked painting it.
My inspiration was, kind of, one of my own outfits:
At first I didn’t know how to paint just another elf, but when I decided that I would use the color scheme of one of my LARP characters the paintjob was done relatively quickly: Green and brown clothes and a spotted, kind of camouflage looking leather armour. I could definitely do more detailwork, but it was kind of funny to paint an outfit I made myself and wore so many years in real life (Disclaimer: I’m no way as slim als Aeris. Fortunately my character ist only a half-elf 😉 )
The base flocking is made from kitchen herbs again, which work nice for this kind of forest floor; I might add some drops of wash or thinned paint for color variation in the future.
Dirk chose to paint an icy variation:
Dirks mini underwent several stages of “looks cool – not so much – aw yes better” and so on because he experimented a bit with layering and hues. In the end he is happy with the result (although the blue lips look rather prominent on the picture, much more than in “in person”), and I really love the contrast between the front and back view: The front has many warm colors while the cloak gives the back a very cool (as in cold) appearance, still both are tied by small areas of the respective colors. Overall the ice elf idea fits perfectly with the fur rimmed cloak. Thinking of sensible clothing I’m glad everybody painted the legs as clothed; as a underbrush crawler myself I can say that Aeris would not only be cold but also veery annoyed by all the bramblebushes 😀
Michael’s ranger comes with backup:
When Michael looked for inspiration online he found a lot of pictures of the mini paired with a big cat, which is how she was sold back in the day as metal version. For Bones they split the pair up, but Michael decided to bring them back together. For the cat he used an Amur leopard as a reference, and I think the fur pattern came out very nicely with the two-colored spots! For the elf he chose mostly greens and a grey coat, which looks a bit blue-ish and works perfectly together with the leopards color! Good job!
Another thing he tried with this mini was painting the base instead of flocking it, starting with brown and blotches of different greens. Finally he added some yellow spots for flowers. Nice idea and thanks for sharing it!
Jim’s Aeris has a rather uncommon color scheme for a ranger (and still caught a Yeti…!):
Jim wrote he chose colors aside the traditional greens, which works quite well and gives the mini a rather “High Elf” or even Lord of the Rings vibe, I think (to be honest, the first thing that popped into my head was “Arwen”, in how I would have liked to see her in the movies. Jim isn’t too happy with the photo but I really love the amused and maybe a bit arrogant look on her face as if she dares us to try something stupid. Jim did a lot of detail work on the eyes (although not quite visible in the pic) and painted whites, irises and pupils – I normally manage to paint only two of those…
And what the Yeti, you ask? Well, Jim just found out about the fourth one when he saw the blog so he quick-painted it to complete the set. And now that Aeris herded it to Caffeineforge I updated the last article.
This week’s gallery:
02/05/2018 Bones II Infernal attack: Fly demon and/or Blood Demon (B2 Core)
02/19/2018 Bones III Giant Cobra (B3 Core)
03/05/2018 Bones III Lendil Blackroot, Wizard (B3 Core)
03/19/2018 Bones II Harsk, Dwarf Ranger (B2 Core)
04/02/2018 Bones III Pathfinder Troll (B3 Core)
04/16/2018 Bones III Eastern Encounter I: Tengu, Crow people (B3 Core)
04/30/18 Bones II Aaron the Conjurer (B2 Core)
05/14/18 Bones III Werebear (B3 Core)
05/28/18 Bones III Nazeera Bloodraven, female fighter (B3 Core)
06/11/18 Bones II Bugbear Warband! Hunter, Warrior, Leader (B2 Core)
I love these. Antonia, it looks like we were working on similar wavelengths with green and brown, but with a few different twists. I really like the color you chose to make the bow.
Dirk’s ice elf is a really neat concept. I love that blue color on the back of the cloak.
That sassy look on Jim’s! Awesome. I also went right to LotR when I saw it; she could definitely be one of the Noldor.
Antonia: Very wood elf-y amd an interesting camo pattern. Those herbs work great, don’t they!
Dirk: That’s a really cool idea (get it?) Seriously, the colors work well together, particularly the cloak.
Michael: I love the blue-gray color scheme. Great job on the armor, too. The base looks very woodsy, which seems to work perfectly. My “cat” is painted as a cougar and, yes, I forgot to get it out for the pic!
When I first looked at this mini, I actually was thinking of Laurana from the Dragonlance modules. As it turns out, Aeris is a very strong willed individual and informed me that she was a Tolkien-esque High Elf (Noldorin, thank you very much) and would prefer a bit of lavender or purple in her outfit. Well spotted Antonia and Michael! I’m really pleased you understood where I was coming from. She started with much darker hair (like Liv Tyler) but it was too similar to the fur trim, so I ended up lightening it. I should have taken a pic of the back of the cloak, as it is a sort of sage green like you might expect on a ranger. I really loved painting this mini as she definitely fits my image of what an elf should look like as well as my overall medieval fantasy aesthetic.