28mm Reaper Wood Elf – Arthrand Nightblade, Wood Elf Sergeant – (The April Challenge – Project No: 2)

This was my original idea for the April challenge and fell under Azazel’s example “be inspired by another hobbyists work and create your own version of something you have seen online”.

Many of the figures produced by those who I follow and by those who follow me generally fall into the Si-Fi/Fantasy genre. Nothing wrong with that at all, in fact the figures created and painted are simply superb and appeal to me.  My problem, as someone who likes to do vignettes and dioramas rather than gaming, has been how to create the right setting for any figures I might undertake to do. As a consequence it has been something which has continued to sit on the back burner … until now!

The turning point came following a post by “Caseyrog, Wyrd Stones and Tackle Zones” entitled “Tinkering with Elves” (an arrestable offence surely!).  A great article featuring some excellently painted miniatures.  This inspired me to do a little bit of Google Image and Pinterest searching which resulted in the discovery of this lovely little figure by Reaper Miniatures It’s difficult to explain precisely why I fell in love with this figure but fall in love I did. You may not agree but to me the figures pose is very cool.

I deduced that Wood Elves live and operate in woods (there’s not much that escapes me!) and therefore a woodland setting would be a highly appropriate setting for a vignette or diorama. An idea which had been sitting on the back burner had now become a reality.

I’m not sure what future models I will do within this genre but I have no doubt that I will do others. In fact a couple of figures are on order already!

Photos of the completed model below.



15 thoughts on “28mm Reaper Wood Elf – Arthrand Nightblade, Wood Elf Sergeant – (The April Challenge – Project No: 2)

  1. Wow TIM, that’s great! Really like the diorama and the mini’s colors. The cloak seems simple enough, but it looks amazing in pic #3. I also like how the armor just hints out from underneath the robe. Awesome! I also CaseyRog’s work too. He’s got a nice painting style.

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  2. Thank you, I just loved painting this one. It’s a great little figure by Reaper and I’ve started to look at some more of their figures. If you get the chance check out Google images or Pinterest for others who have painted this figure. I expect they have been done by professionals but one or two are fantastic.


  3. Excellent work here! I somehow missed it until now (I’ll use my recent leg issues as an excuse!) I’ve just added it in to the Assembly April round-up post. I’m looking forward to the next one. Just remember that most fantasy (and even sci-fi) models and settings are essentially just historical ones with a few tweaks.

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  4. Thank you. I loved this figure and may even do it again. I will certainly be doing more fantasy and I like your point about settings. As for adding to the round up I think that’s down to me not adding the link in your comments, I’ll get the hang of this next time!

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    1. More genres give you more options which in turn can help to keep you interested. Variety is the spice of life, after all – that’s why there were five Spice Girls!


  5. Haha very good. But you’re right variety keeps any chance of boredom away. That’s the beauty of this community and the fact that it introduces you to so many things that you might not other wise havd considered.


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