I have been collecting a lot of great models recently, but a set I came across that I absolutely fell in love with was the 3 Witches by Lucas Pina. Unfortunately these were a limited run, absolutely impossible to find. Although I missed those, I made sure I didn't miss the latest Spira Mirabilis release, the Elf Rider.

I had recently attended Meg Maples class on atmosphere, so I considered the model a lot before I painted it. He is from a tribe of wild elves that live in the mountains, up around the cold snowy peaks. I wanted the colours of the model to reflect that, and although elves don't feel the cold, I also wanted a lot of warmth in the skin.

Making any changes to the beautiful lines and shapes of this piece was almost sacrilegious. However about halfway through painting it I was struck with inspiration and I added a few subtle pieces, the feathers and a jawbone. I am happy that they add to the concept. The only other addition was on his necklace: I was recently in Sri Lanka on my honeymoon ( :) ) and I picked up some actual gemstones to try on some models. I used one here!

I am not often happy with my own work, as I always feel like I could have done things better or improved areas, and this one is no exception. Always so much to learn and improve!

Appreciate your comments and feedback as always.

I'll have a step by step writeup on my blog soon:


  • Paolo-Di-Poce

    great work on great miniature. Gold :)

  • Ken "Macca Chung" Lim

    Mate you keep going from strength to strength. Love those subtle colour shifts in the rider’s torso. The markings on the horses face are also very effective. Was a real pleasure seeing this one come together.

  • Jose_A_Alfonso

    good work!

  • Theren "Canny" Williams

    Lovely job!

  • Archontis Kitsios

    Excellent tones, both in elf’s and the horse’s skin. Your additions really complement the subject. Well done, Gold.

    • Trent "BigDeno" Denison

      Cheers mate. I was nervous adding something to such a fantastic sculpt but happy I did!

  • Paul Bullock

    I adore this piece