I decided pretty much from the first time I saw them in the flesh that my elf army would have to have Drakon Riders in them. I decided on a theme that my elves would have small dragons in preference to horses for their cavalry.
Even though many people regard the Drakon Rider sculpts as one of the worse things that Mantic has produced, I love 'em. I guess it's the idea of little dragons that I like the most about them. I don't have any problems at all with their lack of arms or front legs. And I've come to like the lock-jaw of their grimaces. So it had to be the proper Mantic Drakon Riders for me.
Unfortunately that then produced a problem. Aparently Mantic managed to break the mould sometime in 2014 (some say on purpose) and there have been no Drakon Riders available on the webstore or for that matter anywhere else I could find. I managed a pick up a couple second hand from a friend, but needed more. So I put a request out on a few Facebook groups and within a fortnight I had 4 more to make the numbers up to 6. Along with a Elf Lord on Drakon, which is available on Ebay and a few shops I had enough for my army.
I have been painting the first three of these this week and my first quandary was colour. I did consider contrasting colours to make them stand out against my elves, but my elves are already quite bright and so I decided to go the other way and have them more subdued. So I've ended up with a a darker green highlighted with sea grey.
I'm really pleased with how they've come out and the three have taken a lot less time than I thought they would!