Wild Rider Conversion #6

Sylvaneth Wood Elf Wild Riders of Kurnous Conversion & Sculpting

First, some fluff.

As the personal guard of Orion, Wild Riders of Kurnous are aggressive and impulsive cavalry and much tougher than Glade Riders. They have transcended the status of elf and, through Orion have become akin to the forest spirits. They, like all forest spirits, become dormant during the winter but experience a violent rebirth in the spring, raiding lands from allied Bretonnia to the far north. Killing everyone from Bretonnians, Orcs, Beastmen, and even Wood Elves who accidentally cross paths with the wild hunt.

Total, out of control badassery! As a Wood Elf player, you have got to field them, if only for the fluff. You know, of course, that may be a little bit of an overreaction.

The Games Workshop Wild Riders of Kurnous are pretty awesome, but I am really trying to push myself hobbywise. My greenstuff skills are starting to pick up with help from any number of useful tutorials. Ron from FTW and posts on the Wood Elf forums asrai.org have been particularly helpful.

Average photos were taken with a phone cam!

I’m really enjoying working with greenstuff. It’s forgiving and good for organic type shapes.

In a fit of over-enthusiasm, I ever made my own modeling tool from a bamboo skewer! Along with my trusty scalpel and an adequate supply of water, I produced the above.

I’m really happy with the result, particularly the vines and leaves wrapped around one of the horses. The braids and leaves were made following various tutorials on asrai.org.

These are definitely getting close to completion.

For those keeping score, my Wild Riders are built from kit bashes. Primarily, Wood Elf Glade Riders, a heap of Greenstuff and the bodies and arms come from Beastmen to give them more of a buff (and hairy) appearance.

There is some pretty heavy gap filling as the Beastmen heads are all mounted between the shoulders rather than on a neck.

I am really happy with the third one in the series. The braids came off really well and the integration of the Beastman body with the Wood Elf legs has come together as well.

Everything that I have done on these models is a culmination of things that I have learnt in the last few months of practice.

I’m learning more about working with Greenstuff and if I were more patient, I would cut off some of the braiding on the earlier versions. However, application of more braids helps to cover up early experiments. I’m surprised how easy it is becoming to do small things with greenstuff.

The photography was done with the camera in my phone in full sunlight with a modified version of the DIY lightbox. The shadows should be evidence of that!

The other interesting thing about photographing your miniatures is that it exposes the minor belmishes and inadequacies as well. And if you’re a bit of a perfectionist, it shows them up to you about a million times more obviously than if you were just taking a cursory glance!

So, it’s back to the workbench to tidy up a few braids and leaves!

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Thor

That’s an awesome job on the sculpting. You’ve definitely improved a lot and I love how these are coming out.

WestRider

Very impressive greenstuff work! They’re looking awesome there.

Adam Jones

Thanks, guys! I used pretty simple techniques, surprisingly. The twists for the hair were a particularly great result.

Thor

FYI, when you don’t reply directly to the commenter then they have no idea you replied unless they decided to come back and read this again ;)

Rory (Stepping Between Games)

Really looking forward to seeing some paint on these, nicely done.