Painting Descent Elementals

You will have to free hand the lava running down the bottom of the hands. If your not sure where to paint try this trick. Take a little (very) watered down white and let it drip from the inside of the fingers while you hold the miniature at a tilt to cause the white to leave a faint trail underneath the hand to the arms. That will guide you where to put you lava streams.
Darkening the bases of the finger tips will make it seem as if the claws get hotter towards the tips


I used the same lava technique but with a green base to represent the Boss Monster
I dry brushed the tail with a little pure white over the blue.
I used a light stone gray and dry brushed the earth part of the body. Then I added a little white to the mix and dry brushed the same area one more time.


These Elementals are one of my favorite miniatures in Descent 2nd E. But I prefer to take some artists liberties when painting them. The original picture shows them with fire on the outside and stone on the inside. I find that creates a too bright miniature that comes across a bit chaotic. Instead I made the outer part of the creature stone with deep rivers of lava peeking out from the cracks. This creates a great look and is easy for even a beginner painter to achieve.

  1. Start by painting yellow in all the cracks of the miniature.
  2. Add a bright orange starting the the edges of the yellow and slightly going up the walls of the cracks.
  3. Add a bright red to the very tip of the orange you just painted.
  4. Add a small line of white in the middle of the yellow.
  5. Let the miniature dry completely.
  6. paint the rocks a stone gray being careful not to cover up the work you just did in the cracks
  7. Add a little dark wash like Citidel’s nuln oil to just the gray painted parts. I like holding the miniature upside down so that the wash won’t run down into the lava and darken it.
  8. Then dry brush with your stone gray color.
  9. Add some white to the gray and dry brush one more time.
  10. To make the mystic green lava simply repeat the process using yellow, bright light green, and a slightly darker green paint instead of the yellow, orange, and red combo. You still do a little white in the middle of the lava.

Ill include a link to a video that does a good job of showing a visual step by step of this process. If the link isn’t working simply YouTube search: Cool Mini or Not tutorials how to paint lava.

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