The army of Elfland

Click to embiggen, as usual! This army is chiefly composed of figures I cast with Prince August molds, plus a few Ral Partha elves and a couple of Grenadier figures. One stand of Citadel plastic elves can also be seen in the rear left above.

Here’s a better shot of the archers. The mold I used was # 679, Elves. The swordsman pose was converted to a spearman and a third archer pose. The other two archer poses were left alone, but I used bent florist wire in place of all of their bows, since the separately cast bows never came out well and wire is much stronger anyway. I also added arrows to the unarmored archers’ hands (the light troops in front of the bigger mass, holding their bows sideways). The stand in front of all the archers is two Ral Partha elves and a Ral Partha Elric-type warrior who looks elvish. He may have even been one of the figures Tom Meier did for Citadel and which was released in the US as “Ral Partha Imports,” I’ll have to look that up.

Here are three stands, “double-based” or in two ranks and twice the normal depth of WRG style bases, which I started doing just because it looks nice. I may break them back up into single ranks some day, since that doubles the number of stands! The leftmost stand is all Ral Parth elves; the rightmost has a Grenadier elf knight leading it; and the central stand has Prince August elves with spears and shields added, and a very old Grenadier elf king leading them. This or the swordsman stand above would be the general. I built this army for DBA, using a set of lists suggested by David Kuijt. Thus the Psiloi or scout/skirmisher elves. This army could could cover thier the Mirkwood or Lorien elves there, altohugh I need some mounted elves. In HOTT, this is all Shooters and Spears, with possibly some of the scouts fielded as Lurkers and the swordsmen a Hero or Blade. Of course in HOTT you’d want a Wizard or two in an elf army too.

If yuo are interested in casting your own minis, Dunken in the US still sells the Prince August fantasy molds (as well as chess molds, which I used one Christmas past to make half a dozen sets!) Below is the Prince August catalog image of the the elves from mold 679. The swordsman became an archer or spearman in my army.

And do check out the Poul Anderson collection of stories , The Armies of Elfland — some great stuff.  Nothing really relevant to the armies above but a great read.

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