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"Fire Elementals Are Quick, Cruel Creatures Of Living Flame."

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

"They enjoy frightening beings weaker than themselves, and terrorizing any creature they can set on fire."

This 15mm scale miniature of a Giant Fire Elemental is produced by “Alternative Armies” and can be bought either separately as blister HOT84 or as part of the company's pre-made twenty-four point strong HOTT1017 Elemental Army pack. Despite its scale "one piece metal monster" is actually 43mm tall and counts as a Behemoth for "Hordes Of The Things", with the fiery figure sitting somewhat centrally upon a 40mm x 40mm base.

Having super-glued the model to its plastic stand, it was primed with two coats of "Vallejo" Sun Yellow and shaded using a little "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. The neutral creature was then dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Sun Yellow, some Heavy Orange, a little Heavy Red and finally a tiny amount of Dark Vermillion.

"Modiphius Entertainment" WIPs - Three more Federation Officers have been based, primed and dry-brushed

Disappointingly, I was not impressed with the final result, as the soft detail on the rounded edges of the elemental's flames didn't seem to take terribly well to this technique. As a result, the monster simply looked predominantly red in colour, so I hastily repeated the dry-brushing process; only this time I sporadically applied my brush-tip to different areas of the miniature rather than simply cover the entire thing with it.

With the latest addition to my Elemental Army completed I have continued to assemble some of the models found inside the Star Trek Adventures: The Next Generation Away Team boxed set by "Modiphius Entertainment". Initially, I had hoped to used most of the contents to make the characters found in The Roleplaying Game Starter Set box. Yet to my utter frustration, my Federation Officers didn't come with separate heads (as I had assumed from the packaging), only incredibly difficult to position wafer-thin limbs.

"Mongoose Publishing" WIPs - The three undead Judges have been dusted down ready for layering

I have however managed to make some suitable proxies for Lieutenant Commander Lian Zhang (Conn Officer) and Cuellas Zharath, the U.S.S. Magellan's Andorian Chief of Security. But fear the Galaxy-class starship's First Officer, Commander Lenaris Los, will have to become a Vulcan on the tabletop, as the only human male figure seems far more suited to represent Trill, Hanor Del, courtesy of all the equipment the sculpt is carrying.

Lastly, I hope to spend the rest of the year focusing on finishing off some of the past projects I've worked on. With Zomtober very much in view, I thought I'd start by painting some partially-pigmented zombie Judges I've had gathering dust for a couple of years. These "Judge Dredd" miniatures are made up of parts taken from both "Mongoose Publishing" and "Mantic Games" figures, which I then pinned/super-glued together to form a trio of the walking dead...

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Sep 29, 2020

Thanks Undercoat. I think spending the next few months revisiting projects will be a lot of fun, especially as I'm currently revisiting old blog posts in order to 'transport' them over to this new website, and remembering lots of partially-painted minis as a result. Adeptus Titanicus is top of my list, as I have more scenery and titans to expand my forces.


Sep 29, 2020

I think your painted fire elemental looks pretty good. I find fire so hard to paint so I think you have done really well there. Fire is also tricky to sculpt so soft detail doesn't help, but it is such an insubstantial ever changing thing I have no idea how sculptors even get close to it! Nice WIPs as well. Yes you do have lots of unfinished projects, cough adeptus titanicus cough, don't you, so good call to have a round up!!!!

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