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Shadow Dragon (Sayah Ejhada)
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Shadow Dragon (Sayah Ejhada)

Shadow Dragon (Sayah Ejhada)

So here he is at last, Sayah Ejahda, (Shadow Dragon). An Iron Winds Metals High Elf General. I painted this as a trade deal with “darthfoley” for a spare Heroclix Batman.

When we arranged the deal I looked at the figure on Iron Winds website and was puzzling over how to paint him up. It wasn’t until I’d actually got the face done that the whole concept of the figure’s colour scheme began to take shape. As the face is very haughty and stern (almost cruel), when I was painting it I began to realise that I needed to emphasis the aloof manner hence the way it eventually came out.
As for the colour scheme I opted to make the light fall from above the right shoulder and therefore across the clothing and Armour in that manner. Of course I had to go NMM. I wanted to keep to a dark toned but fairly regal colour choice for the chain mail edging and inner cloth, so I used Vallejo Dark Sea Blue, mixed with GW’s Hawk Turquoise for the highlights. Once that was done I sent a WIP to darthfoley asking for suggestions for the outer cloak.
He came back with the idea of Purple. (Which I thought was going to look Yuck! Plus, I know what a swine purple can be to paint). However when I was thinking about it, I dug my colour wheel out and was studying it to try to see if there was an alternative. I was greatly surprised to see that the Blue-green the Gold and Purple actually form a triangle on the wheel and therefore would work.
So the Purple it was. Starting with a mix of GW’s Liche Purple and Chaos Black I made the base coat and them added more Liche Purple to the mix, gradually adding more and more Liche then transferring to Royale Purple (Vallejo) and then Citadel Worm Purple for the final touches.
Once this was done, I knew that cloak was crying out for some Freehand. So, as it happens, a few years ago I worked for a company owned by Iranians, and we were discussing Farsi Script one day, one of my then colleagues was kind enough to transcribe some words from English into their Farsi equivalent and to put the Phonetic English down as well. So the words on the cloak read (right to left) Sayah Ejahda, which is Shadow Dragon. So the character now has a name, I just hope that Dwight likes him as much as I do. (The Gold Script on the base is the same name just done in Arabic (Saudi) script.)

As always comments are most welcome.

UPDATE: This mini was featured in the showcase of Harbinger Issue 13.

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Viewer comments:
#442825 Rating: 9 8 Oct 2015
Great story behind the freehand and I really like the colour scheme you settled on.
#417056 Rating: 10 22 Apr 2014
10++
#290745 Rating: 9 18 Apr 2009
great mini, great paintjob!!
#169606 Rating: 10 2 Mar 2006
Oh, how I like this mini ! I try to paint it as a Highelf in this time, but I don`t realy know, is this the right way to make this mini. It`s to fear, You and my older son (Darkelfplayer) are right, this should be a darkelf. The dark colourcheme simply fits better to this mini Sorry for my poor english
#168869 Rating: 10 24 Feb 2006
strong ten great work
#158755 Rating: 10 7 Dec 2005
Another wow from me. Never seen Elf faces looks so stern and the metals are fantastic.
#142679 Rating: 8 31 Jul 2005
So much to love about this paint job: the blue eyes, the turquoise tassel, the red-brown leathers and the skin tones are all brilliantly executed. I almost feel obligated to spell out what I don't like (which isn't much) to justify not giving this figure a 10 like so many other posters. The turquoise and purple work great together, I use that combination for my dark-elves and it looks very pleasing here. However, in both cases, you've went with a very dark shading scheme (Iknow ... "Shadow Dragon") but I don't think this is completely consistent with him being a high elf. I LOVE the script by the way. It's well done and a very nice touch. At first blush, I sort of agree with Minigrrrl, the "cream sash" (as she calls it) does look a little out of place. However, I have and have painted this figure as well. I made a similar choice with my sash, opting for a color nearly opposite my figure's color scheme. I did this (like you did) to get a nice contrast and to make sure you can see the sash. The end result (in both cases) might be a touch to colorful, but I don't know of a better alternative. No comment on the NMM, we'll agree to disagree. In summary, this is a 9 or better on execution, but I don't like these colors that much on this figure, so I have have to pull you on knotch back down to Earth. Sorry.
#122195 Rating: 9 12 Feb 2005
Again. An awesome miniature with nice rich colours. Great work.
#109385 Rating: 10 7 Nov 2004
Veruy nice mini, the nm is awesome but in my oopinion the best of this mini the face, this serenity is spctacular. luis
#106882 Rating: 9 20 Oct 2004
The red leather is fantastic! I also like the overall dark look and the face very much, but the eyes seem a little diffuse, maybe that's just the photo. Great job though!


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