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Wealdgeist, Spring Cleaning The Forest

Wealdgeist, Spring Cleaning The Forest

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About the Project

Getting back to my Wealdgeist miniatures from Conquest Games for the 2024 Spring Clean Challenge after over 8 months of the project sitting dormant.

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Picking Up The Pieces

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Picking Up The Pieces

Last May I picked up every miniature in the Wealdgeist range from Conquest Games. I love how alien these forest creatures looked and would be a perfect fit for a very wild looking elves faction in my games of Five Leagues From The Borderlands. The whole range was in metal which was a bonus as it’s my preferred material.

I cleaned up all the models and did the little assembly required as most of the minis were single piece (again a preference of mine). Mostly the treenmen (and woman) required the most assembly work. I then used greenstuff for the gap filling.

For the bases I used two whole packs of resin mushrooms from Bad Squiddo, a pile of small stones for rocks and a few bits and pieces, namely a few metal animal skulls from Ana Polanšćak’s miscellaneous monsters range. I also used masking tape to cover the slot holes in the bases.

Picking Up The Pieces

So with the start of the spring clean challenge I thought it would be a great kick in the wassname to get back the these and actually get paint on them. Just digging them out and writing this has got me excited to start.

Below are closeup pictures of each of the groups of miniatures and what they are.

Tree PeopleTree People
Elves on BoarsElves on Boars
ElvesElves
DryadsDryads
SpritesSprites
Wood Nymph and Green ManWood Nymph and Green Man
Woodland Spirits Woodland Spirits
Dryad Sorceress and Hunting Totems.Dryad Sorceress and Hunting Totems.

Final Preparations

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I always prefer to get most of the base textured before painting so it all ties together with the miniature. For the lowest layer of ground and to make a good start I used Thick Mud from Vallejo. This tub happed to be Russian Mud but really the colour wouldn’t matter as it would be painted over.

Final Preparations
Final Preparations
Final Preparations

I recently picked up a tub from North Star of Krautcover basing material, specifically a tub of Tales From a Forest Moon. A mix of small stones, wood chips and a few bits of green. I thought this would be great to put on after the mini is painted as a final texture for a forest floor. Unfortunately I found a lot of the pieces are a little too large. I can either try to cut the pieces smaller or using tweezers individually select and place suitable pieces down. Someone in the Discord suggested using a blender to give the material a wiz but I’d have to remove any stones first as it may spell the blender’s doom.

 

Final Preparations

Anyway, once the mud was dry (ie overnight) it was time to get Halford’s finest out and give all the models a spray.

I then touched up any areas the spray missed (and bits I might have touched) using brush on primer. I mixed up light grey and black to match the tone of the spray primer.

Final Preparations
Final Preparations

Overall I quite like the rough effect of the mud texture now that it has paint on. Some parts have shrunk but any holes showing through can be hidden later by the above mentioned basing material.
Next will be to give a some of the models a light drybrush, particularly the treemen to bring that great texture out.

Lots of Drybrushing and A Little Bit of Blending

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As most of these miniatures were treelike (more bark than bite?) I thought I’d paint them similar to how I did a load of Mantic trees a while ago. That is to drybrush them in a light colour, followed by applying Wyldwood Contrast paint. A basic slap chop style but rather than stopping there that would only be the start. I wanted plenty of greens, and maybe autumn colours.

Lots of Drybrushing and A Little Bit of Blending

Taking a big old worn brush I drybrushed everything quite heavily in Dark Sand then I drybrushed everything in white, but more lightly and mainly in a downward pattern.
Generally I use the Dark Sand drybrush to bring out the detail and the white to mimic the lighting.

Lots of Drybrushing and A Little Bit of Blending

I was feeling brave and it was a long rainy day so I was stuck inside on my day off. I thought I’d get the blender out and give that basing material a cut down to make the pieces smaller so it would look more like a forest floor on the bases (see earlier posts).

Lots of Drybrushing and A Little Bit of Blending

It all went rather well and the blender and blades survived the process. It did seem to me that mostly the smaller pieces got smaller while the larger pieces only got a little smaller. Still, it’s now more useful.

After the blend.After the blend.
Before the blend.Before the blend.

Next I’ll be getting the Wyldwood contrast paint out and painting everything (maybe,…, ok, not the mushrooms and maybe not any leaves).

Painting Some Wood

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With all of the prep work complete it was time to start getting some colour on the minis.
First I painted Wyldwood contrast on all of the treemen and elves, basically everything that was living wood.

Next I wanted to concentrate on just the treemen rather than paint the whole set in parallel. I could use the treemen to work out the colours for the other models and the basing.Next I wanted to concentrate on just the treemen rather than paint the whole set in parallel. I could use the treemen to work out the colours for the other models and the basing.
After the wyldwood I used dark sand to drybrush lighter spots on the treemen, but used it much more heavily on the treewoman as I was going to attempt to paint her as a birch tree.  I used a thinned down Garaghak's Sewer and Mantis Warriors Green to add interest on the two male treemen, varying the tone a bit.After the wyldwood I used dark sand to drybrush lighter spots on the treemen, but used it much more heavily on the treewoman as I was going to attempt to paint her as a birch tree. I used a thinned down Garaghak's Sewer and Mantis Warriors Green to add interest on the two male treemen, varying the tone a bit.
For the treewoman I first gave her a Nuln Oil wash then painted on firstly Stonewall Grey in thin horizontal lines for the bark, then as a highlight pure white. I was pretty happy how this looked.For the treewoman I first gave her a Nuln Oil wash then painted on firstly Stonewall Grey in thin horizontal lines for the bark, then as a highlight pure white. I was pretty happy how this looked.
Two of the treemen had leaves on them so I started with a coat of extra dark green, followed by dark green then deep green as a heavy highlight.Two of the treemen had leaves on them so I started with a coat of extra dark green, followed by dark green then deep green as a heavy highlight.
To make the leaves lighter I used first greenskin, then brightgreen, then finally linegreen for the highlights, only using the linegreen where the sun would reach the leaves.To make the leaves lighter I used first greenskin, then brightgreen, then finally linegreen for the highlights, only using the linegreen where the sun would reach the leaves.
For the treeman I gave the leaves a glaze of Mantis Green Contrast and for the treewoman Imprerial Fist contrast for her leaves.For the treeman I gave the leaves a glaze of Mantis Green Contrast and for the treewoman Imprerial Fist contrast for her leaves.
The bases were first painted with black brown then drybrushed with khaki grey. The two treemen were also given a drybrush with khaki grey to help bring out some of the texture.The bases were first painted with black brown then drybrushed with khaki grey. The two treemen were also given a drybrush with khaki grey to help bring out some of the texture.
Finally for the two treemen I used Garaghak's Sewer to line the deep recesses of the faces and gave them a very light drybrush of buff to finish off the texture.Finally for the two treemen I used Garaghak's Sewer to line the deep recesses of the faces and gave them a very light drybrush of buff to finish off the texture.

I’m now calling the three treemen done. Next up I’ll finish their bases off, the mushrooms, skulls rocks and that small animal (a freebie from Bad Squiddo Games I think).

Painting Some Wood

Painting the Bases and the first Finished Models

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With the treemen painted it was time to paint the various features on the bases.

For the rocks I first picked them out in either mahogany brown or chestnut gold (a Reaper paint) then drybrushed them with read leather or plague brown respectively. These all got a lighter drybrush of khaki grey and then dark sand to tie the two different colours together and fit them into the rest of the base.

All the mushrooms got a base coat of khaki grey (one of my favourite colour paints, so very useful) and the small fury creature was painted leather brown. All the mushrooms, the skulls and the creature was washed in a 1:1 mix of agrax earthshade and paint medium of your choice (water, dilute matt medium, lamia medium, whatever) to reduce the strength of the wash a little.

Then once the wash was dry all of the mushrooms and the skulls were drybrushed first in dark sand then pale sand.

I then used painted the mushrooms in three different ways, either a lighter contrast (blood angels, skeleton horde, Magos purple) then a darker contrast focusing on the centre top of the mushroom (flesh tearers red, guilliman flesh, diluted shyish purple (as it’s very strong) to give a graduated effect.

I then used pale sand to add tiny dots to all the red mushrooms or to give a very slight drybrush to the other mushrooms, just to add a slight texture.

The rocks were then given a glaze of green ink to help blend them into the scene even more.

I then blacked the rims of the base using black brush on primer as it gives a very smooth layer. The miniatures were then varnished, first with gloss then with matt. I’ve used this combo of varnish for a long time now and it provides really good protection, especially on metal miniatures.

Once everything was dry it was time to add the final touches to the basing. Below you can see the materials I used. I first added the tufts of moss. Then I sued the woodland texture and finally I added a few leaves. All this texture was allowed to dry before I sealed it all with a thinned down mix of pva glue mixed with a little flow improver (two tiny drops of washing up liquid) to help break the surface tension wick the pva into the material.

Painting the Bases and the first Finished Models

I’m very happy with how the bases turned out. I’ve been working through several iterations of my fantasy forest bases for a while and so far this is my best yet.

With these three miniatures completed this process will be used as a template for the other wealdgeist models.

Painting The Wood Elves (or Elves made of wood)

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I thought I’d paint all of the alien looking wood elves all together as the process would be very similar for each one.
Firstly I painted the miniature in the exact same way as I painted the treemen, even using this project as a guide.

I wanted a little more green to show so I used Ork Flesh Contrast very sparingly here and there.I wanted a little more green to show so I used Ork Flesh Contrast very sparingly here and there.
For the weapon hafts, all made of wood, I imagined they would be raw wood with the bark removed. I started with a base coat of plague brown, then a heavy overbrush of buff. This was then followed by a wash of light tone. Once that was dry I gave a drybrush of dark sand then a lighter drybrush of pale sand. To be honest I think I over cooked this recipe and I could probability drop a few steps.For the weapon hafts, all made of wood, I imagined they would be raw wood with the bark removed. I started with a base coat of plague brown, then a heavy overbrush of buff. This was then followed by a wash of light tone. Once that was dry I gave a drybrush of dark sand then a lighter drybrush of pale sand. To be honest I think I over cooked this recipe and I could probability drop a few steps.
For the weapon heads I wanted a stone effect, as there’s no way these creatures of the forest would be using metal. I started with a very very very dark grey (not black but black grey), followed by progressively lighter drybrushings of cold grey, stonewall grey and dead white.For the weapon heads I wanted a stone effect, as there’s no way these creatures of the forest would be using metal. I started with a very very very dark grey (not black but black grey), followed by progressively lighter drybrushings of cold grey, stonewall grey and dead white.
Some of the weapons had twine wrappings holding the stone heads in place. I Just used Snakebite leather contrast with a highlight of the same mixed with dark sand.Some of the weapons had twine wrappings holding the stone heads in place. I Just used Snakebite leather contrast with a highlight of the same mixed with dark sand.
I still wasn’t happy about the green on the models so I pushed it with a very light drybrush of lime green in places followed by a glaze of green tone which worked a treat.I still wasn’t happy about the green on the models so I pushed it with a very light drybrush of lime green in places followed by a glaze of green tone which worked a treat.

The mushrooms were painted in the same way as the treemen but I added two new colours.

For the orange mushrooms I started with contrast imperial fist, then magmadroth flame, then a touch of blood angels red in the centre.For the orange mushrooms I started with contrast imperial fist, then magmadroth flame, then a touch of blood angels red in the centre.
With the blue mushrooms I first used aethermatic blue, them asurmen blue which I thinned out towards the edges then added a touch of leviadon blue to the asurmen to darken it and used that for the middle of each mushroom.With the blue mushrooms I first used aethermatic blue, them asurmen blue which I thinned out towards the edges then added a touch of leviadon blue to the asurmen to darken it and used that for the middle of each mushroom.

The rest of the bases and varnishing were done exactly like with the treemen.

Elves Made of Wood

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Everything Painted So FarEverything Painted So Far

Here are the finished results from the last entry. They were a pretty easy and straightforward paint but look very nice all together.
Next up I have some dryad ladies to paint.

Elves Made of Wood
Elves Made of Wood
Elves Made of Wood
Elves Made of Wood
Elves Made of Wood
Elves Made of Wood

Dryad Time

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Now it was time to paint the dryads, green ladies of the forest. There were six of these plus a sorceress and all were painted together.

Firstly I gave the entire miniature a base coat of Creed Camo Contrast, as I wanted the minis to be more of a colder grey green.Firstly I gave the entire miniature a base coat of Creed Camo Contrast, as I wanted the minis to be more of a colder grey green.
I gave the minis a drybrush of Pale Sand which really helped to bring the detail out.I gave the minis a drybrush of Pale Sand which really helped to bring the detail out.
I wanted their hair to been a deep green so I give them all two coats of Ork Flesh Contrast.I wanted their hair to been a deep green so I give them all two coats of Ork Flesh Contrast.
The weapons and bases were painted in the same way as the earlier models so I won’t mention that again here. I did go back to the pale sand to go over the fine leaf and vine patterns on the miniatures.The weapons and bases were painted in the same way as the earlier models so I won’t mention that again here. I did go back to the pale sand to go over the fine leaf and vine patterns on the miniatures.
I then painted all the tiny leaves and vines with Snakebite Leather Contrast.I then painted all the tiny leaves and vines with Snakebite Leather Contrast.
The leaves and vines were then skimmed using the edge of my brush with Pale Sand (again).The leaves and vines were then skimmed using the edge of my brush with Pale Sand (again).
Lastly the leaves and vines were painted with Mantis Warrior Green.Lastly the leaves and vines were painted with Mantis Warrior Green.
I dotted the eyes with light green blue. I glazed the sorceress's staff with a thinned down Asurmen Blue Contrast (after painting it the usual grey colours as with my previous weapons). I then finally glazed the dryads skin with a thinned down Creed Camo Contast just to take the edge of the paleness of the highlights.I dotted the eyes with light green blue. I glazed the sorceress's staff with a thinned down Asurmen Blue Contrast (after painting it the usual grey colours as with my previous weapons). I then finally glazed the dryads skin with a thinned down Creed Camo Contast just to take the edge of the paleness of the highlights.
Here are the finished results. I’m pretty happy with them. For a while I was going to paint in all the highlights using layering for a smoother style but I changed my mind after seeing how well the drybrushing looked.Here are the finished results. I’m pretty happy with them. For a while I was going to paint in all the highlights using layering for a smoother style but I changed my mind after seeing how well the drybrushing looked.

Next up I’ll be painting the forest sprites.

Nymph & Sprites

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Now we have Melia, the wood nymph and her sprites. As you’ll see below it took a little playing around with various colours of green before I settled on more of an autumn theme.

First an all over coat of Contrast Ork Flesh.First an all over coat of Contrast Ork Flesh.
Then a drybrush of Bright Green.Then a drybrush of Bright Green.
I then painted their patches of hair(?) with Mahogany Brown.I then painted their patches of hair(?) with Mahogany Brown.
I then drybrushed the whole miniature with Plague Brown.I then drybrushed the whole miniature with Plague Brown.
One of the sprites had a sling, which I gave a coat of Snakebite Leather (an excellent colour and reminds me of that paint from back in the 90s).One of the sprites had a sling, which I gave a coat of Snakebite Leather (an excellent colour and reminds me of that paint from back in the 90s).
The wooden weapons and bases were painted just like all the other models in this project. See the earlier entries for details. The miniatures were given a wash of thinned down Agrax Earthshade (by around 50%).The wooden weapons and bases were painted just like all the other models in this project. See the earlier entries for details. The miniatures were given a wash of thinned down Agrax Earthshade (by around 50%).
The miniatures were then drybrushed with Pale Sans.The miniatures were then drybrushed with Pale Sans.
Then the skin was glazed with thinned down Ork Flesh, while the hair was glazed with thinned down Snakebite Leather.Then the skin was glazed with thinned down Ork Flesh, while the hair was glazed with thinned down Snakebite Leather.
Finally the models were drybrushed first with Plague Brown then a mix of Plague Brown and Pale Sand.Finally the models were drybrushed first with Plague Brown then a mix of Plague Brown and Pale Sand.

Not long now until all of the miniatures are painted. I just have the Green Man and three woodland spirits to paint and that will be everything.

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The Green Man & the Spirits of the Forest Bring A Golden Button

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Now for the final four miniatures, The Green Man, and three spirits of the forest. Again I played around on the miniatures with the colours, experimenting with how not to paint green things just green.

I started with a base coat of Camo Creed for all but one, since he was a somewhat thorny guy I used Wyldwood. These were lightly drybrushed with Pale Sand.I started with a base coat of Camo Creed for all but one, since he was a somewhat thorny guy I used Wyldwood. These were lightly drybrushed with Pale Sand.
I used Ork Flesh for the Green Man’s “hair”, the wings, patches of “fur” and all of the bald guy. The spiky guy also had some Ork Flesh on his spikes. Garaghak's sewer was used for the horns of one of the spirits.I used Ork Flesh for the Green Man’s “hair”, the wings, patches of “fur” and all of the bald guy. The spiky guy also had some Ork Flesh on his spikes. Garaghak's sewer was used for the horns of one of the spirits.
To add interest and colour(other than green) I used Mahogany Brown and Plague Brown to patches of leaves on the Green Man, and the fury spirit. Olive Green was used to highlight the Ork Flesh and a very thin coat was given to the green areas on the Green Man.To add interest and colour(other than green) I used Mahogany Brown and Plague Brown to patches of leaves on the Green Man, and the fury spirit. Olive Green was used to highlight the Ork Flesh and a very thin coat was given to the green areas on the Green Man.
To deepen the shading and blend the other colours in I gave all of the miniatures a wash of Green Tone.To deepen the shading and blend the other colours in I gave all of the miniatures a wash of Green Tone.
For the small flower, Ork Flesh was used on the leaves, Pure White was used to highlight the petals and Imperial First for the centre part.For the small flower, Ork Flesh was used on the leaves, Pure White was used to highlight the petals and Imperial First for the centre part.
The Green Man & the Spirits of the Forest Bring A Golden Button

I’m pretty happy with the final result. They are probably the greenest and lightest of all the Wealdgeist minis.
Next time I hope to take some photos of the whole collection.

One More Thing

The Green Man & the Spirits of the Forest Bring A Golden Button

I was happy enough to be one of the projects featured in last week’s XLBS and received a golden button for this project. A very big thank you for this, and it never gets old seeing your work talked about on the telly.

A Few Photos

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The Whole Project CompletedThe Whole Project Completed
A Few Photos

I updated this projects cover picture. I thought it would be fun to replace the picture from the Conquest Games site with a photo of my own painted minis in similar poses.

From the Conquest Games website.From the Conquest Games website.
My own miniatures (but with a different colour background).My own miniatures (but with a different colour background).

So with this, I’m calling this project complete, well maybe until they release and I buy more Wealdgeist miniatures in the future that is.

Here’s a few photos I took while playing around with scenery.

A Few Photos
A Few Photos

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