|Foliage on the dryads|
|Glade Guard||Better view of the Glade Guard|
|Wardancers, with horribly fat greenstuff tails||More of the wardancers|
|One of the Wind Riders|
|A diving Wind Rider||Better angle of the diving Wind Rider|
|Another of the Wind Riders||The third Wind Rider|
When I was bored with sculpting, I worked on the Eternal Guard deathstar that was to be the heart of the army. For fun, I painted the banner with the same design that was on the movie trailer - the eye of one of the Nav'i.
|The Eternal Guard, with the Nav'i eye as a banner|
|6-man Wild Riders unit||The other unit of Wild Riders|
|Side view of the Wild Riders, showing off the six legs||Closer shot of a line of all 12 Wild Riders|
|Closer shot of the Dryads, this time with the LEDs in the board on||Wind Riders backlit from the board|
|Lord with the Bow of Loren||Spellsinger and Branchwraith|
|The ultraforge Treewoman, pre-ruining|
|Dramatically posed treewoman, with the board in the background|
Finally, I ripped apart a High Elf dragon and poured time into making it a Great Leonopteryx. Ironically, in every tournament but one, I fielded this as a Giant Eagle.
|Great Leonopteryx||Head of the Leonopteryx|
|Lord with a Rhymer's Harp, with nothing to do with the movie||BSB. The banner design is from the 5th Ed Wood Elf army book, and is meant to be Hometree.|
|Better shot of the Branchwraith||A deepwood sniper|
Painting the army got very monotonous very quickly, and I really feel like I rushed the paint job on a lot of models, knowing that I could rely on the conversion to do well in appearance points. I also felt very constrained by the need to tie everything in with the movie, when a lot of the pieces were stretches.
To try to reinvigorate my spirit, I custom-sculpted a unit of "treekin" using the animals of Pandora. I'd never completely scratch-built models before, so I was very proud of them when they were done. Now, the only one I'm proud of is the Hammerhead; the others have my now-typical problem with proportion.
|Treekin - a Thanator, hammerhead, and four nightgaunts||The Thanator trying to leap onto the Hammerhead|
Desperate to meet some vision in my head, I then ruined the best model in the army by attaching a fiber-optic contraption to the back of the Treewoman. The white fibers never carried light the way they were supposed to, and the hangy-down "stringy things" distracted the eye away from the rest of the army. I felt it was a really gimmicky stretch, and as a result this is probably my least favorite of my armies - though ironically it's probably the most iconic.
|The fiber-optics actually do light up, you just can't see them.|
|The army, this time with fiber-optic treeman|
The army was featured on Bell of Lost Souls, and was the first time I'd finished in the top 10 at any GT, confirming my theory that if I painted well and was fun to play, I could do great despite being a mediocre general. Looking back now, I wish I hadn't "jumped the shark" with the treewoman - the paint on her was by far the best thing I had ever painted to that point, and I ruined it with a shiny distraction that didn't quite work. The fiber-optics were greenstuffed to her back to look like a stump, and I fear removing them will take all the paint off her back. Perhaps some night I'll rip it off and see just how bad the damage is, then paint up Oacyning to be her tree-husband. The Erainn always need trees...