Sunday, 12 April 2020

Elven Dragonbane Rider


I had intended to just start work on the Elven Earthbound but wanted to get a bit of practice in painting large resin models so settled on an Elven Dragonbane rider to get things going.

Elven Dragonbane

I was gifted some Leviathan gubbins a while back and amongst them were a pair of Dragonbane riders, the swift moving cavalry of the Elves. 

Catalogue Pic

The models themselves were, I always felt some of the worst from the Leviathan range, with the stange pot bellied lizards with their odd pose and the puny lances their riders came with but on closer inspection, I found them to be an absolute pleasure to work on.

The pair I have were missing their lances so I bodged one from plastic rod and an old Dark Elf speartip that I had lying around and the longer lance looks far better than the stubby ones that originally came with the pack.

Painting wise, I went for a dark red for the Dragonbane who are the mutated offspring of true dragons so I wanted to go for something a bit menacing. The rider ended up being gold and black which wasn't my original plan but it just looked right when I looked at it so I'll stick with it as it gives him a sense of sinister richness which works for the thrice cursed Elves of Aeroth!

The miniatures themselves are absolutely chock full of character with the Dragonbane having lovely scales and texture on it's skin and the rider looking suitably debauched and alien and there's some lovely little details such as grinning faces hidden about his armour that was loads of fun to paint!

I suspect the second rider will get a banner or possibly a powerlance to see how they work in the game. One of the most annoying things about Leviathan is that for the most part, the cavalry models all single poses and sometimes I wish the sculptors had given them separate heads so that they at least have a little bit of variation.

I plan on converting the second rider a wee bit to see if I can't give him a bit of variety so we shall see how he goes.

All in all, I really enjoyed working on the first of my Elves and really need to see if I can track down some suitable infantry for them.

I may have to try and track down some of the Tim Prow Heartbreaker Elves as they are really similar style wise and suitably chunky figures but are really hard to find these days as I don't think they were too popular back in the day.

Ideally I'd use some of the old Citadel Dark Elves but they are rather pricey to pick up second hand so I will need to have a bit of a ponder as to what I can do.

In the meantime, All the best!


  1. I must get round to getting hold some of these mounted mins from Scotia Grendel - that Elf is great as is your paint job! Have a look at Ral Partha for Elves - the Fantasy Armies ones are very reasonably priced and aren't your typical goody two shoes Elves. Dare I say have a look at Black Tree Design too - their Shadow Elves look like they could be quite good.

    1. Thanks!

      I painted up some of the Ral Partha Elves years ago and love the sculpts!

      Black Tree Design's stuff is good but I've heard too many bad reports of their delivery over the last few years which is a shame as I bought from them before and never had any problems!

  2. They look really good, you have done a top notch job on them, they have turned out so much better than the raw resin, good job!!

    1. Thanks for the comments!

      The Leviathan range has some real gems amongst the sculpts! The unpainted pics really don't do them justice!

  3. Very cool! I just ordered the Leviathan rulebook thanks to this post. Keep up the good work!