Anirion Wood Elf Wizard, a sculpt by Bobby Jackson, is a beautifully sculpted miniature with just the right amount of detail to make it fast to paint, but also look good on the table. While his flowing cloak disguises his sex, the facial features suggest that we have a male in front of us, so does the name of the miniature. His face is full of character and really gives him a mysterious appearance. His cloak is mostly unadorned, but the gifted painter could add free hands on the borders of the cloak. The soft folds look realistic and offer the opportunity to practise blending. His staff is a bit lacklustre and slightly too thick, but the set gem is a nice touch.
His pose is convincing and does look natural. He rests on his staff, slightly looking down, but one gets the impression that he is ready to cast a spell anytime. He is merely studying his opponent, waiting to unleash his powers. These subtleties make the model quite outstanding and I am really impressed that Jackson accomplished this.
Curiosity can be a curse
Anirion, a relatively young elf from the Silverforest, made it his life’s goal to not only become as powerful as his mentor Alduriel, but to surpass him. After he read all the elven texts he could lay his hands on, he soon realised that simple study will not make him an equal to the most powerful wizards in the realm. One of the few wood elves to ever leave the Silverforest he ventured out to seek secrets of old and to only come back after he unravelled them all.
It was late on this autumn day when he found his destination: The ruins of Jor-Adin, said to have housed an extensive library with copies of the works of the five arch wizards of the long crumbled empire of man. Calm lay the overgrown ruins before him, but no bird was signing, no deer passing through. He spoke a short prayer to Corellon and ventured deeper in the ruins, his senses sharpened, his goal clear…
Painting Anirion was pretty straight forward. His cloak offers plenty of surface to practise blending. Given he is mostly cloak, it doesn’t take long to finish him. One slight problem is that the miniature comes pre-assembled which makes it very hard to get to his robe at the front as it is covered by his hands and staff.
I used a mix of Reaper Master Series paints, Vallejo Model Colour and GW washes.
Cloak: Basecoat of RMS Grass Green and successive amounts of Vallejo Deep Yellow for the highlights.
Robe and cloak borders: Basecoat of Vallejo deep Yellow, followed by a wash with GW Reikland Flesh and successive amounts of RMS Pure White for the highlights.
Face and skin
Hair: RMS Muddy Brown with a bit of RMS Blood Red as base colour, highlights with successive amount of RMS Tanned Leather and RMS Fair Skin.
Face: 50:50 of Vallejo Medium Fleshtone and Vallejo Basic Skintone for the basecoat followed by a wash with GW Reikland Flesh. Successive highlights with Vallejo Basic Skintone and RMS Pure White.
Staff: RMS Muddy Brown with a bit of RMS Blood Red as base colour. Vallejo Deep Yellow mixed in for the highlights.
Crystal on staff: Basecoat of RMS Sapphire Blue, wash with GW Agrax Earthshade and successive highlights with RMS Pure White.
Metal fittings on staff: Brown Base Coat (RMS Muddy Brown) followed by Vallejo Bronze and a wash with GW Reikland Flesh. I then mixed some Vallejo Bright Bronze in it for the first and the second highlight finishing of with some Vallejo Silver.
Base: The base I sculpted myself using Sculpey. You can find a step-by-step tutorial here. The grass is MiniNatur Autumn Grass Tufts and the leaves are birch seeds coloured using different thinned down reds and yellows.