Next in my elf army for Kings of War is the first regiment of bowmen.
I've followed the same colour scheme as the bolt throwers and scouts, but this time I had to do some shields.
There are a lot of shields on the Mantic Elves and they are a distinctive part of the miniature. There is little to no pattern on the sculpt so I had two choices really. Find a quick and effective design to hand paint on or find a transfer.
After the massive success of transfers with my Normans I decided that this was the way to go. However I couldn't find any available to suit my needs.
I decided that this was time to try making my own waterslide transfers. There are two options when it comes to those: white backed or transparent. I decided on the latter as it would allow my image to blend into the painting behind. The disadvantage being that I would have to go with a dark image.
Since my army is themed around dragons (I will paint some of those later) I found a simple dragon motif and after some editing on the computer printed a few lines of them onto some A4 transfer paper I bought from eBay. After a quick spray of Army Painter Anti-Shine, I cut one out and put it into water.
To my pleasure the transfer worked perfectly as advertised and slid onto the shields without problem. With a bit a matt varnish over the top they blend in and look hand-painted.
I'm very pleased with the how this unit has come out, which is great as I have quite a few more like it to paint!
Here are all the units so far together in one photo...