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Das Schwarze Auge 15500f Female Elf Ranger

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So while I was shopping at Ral Partha Europe (not the same as Ral Partha), I spotted some figures from Das Schwarze Auge which looked kind of nice in an Old School sort of way.


Das Schwarze Auge was apparently Germany's answer to D&D in the 1980s. It was (might still be) quite popular there.


I don't know the history of the figures.


This is Das Schwarze Auge 15500F, "Female Elf Ranger". I have been thinking of her as "Plains Elf".


I started this figure a while back, keeping it at the back of my painting table and adding bits as I painted other things.


All paints used are Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. Color mixes are (usually) noted, but not exact ratios.


Questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them. Critiques are appreciated.


This is the way I usually start miniature figures: Lightly primed with Titanium White, then when that is dry, washing it over with Burnt Umber. Burnt Umber is a dark, transparent pigment that settles into crannies when thinned down and shows the details very well. It also gives a nice warm undertone to later paint layers.


I already painted her face before I took a picture.



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The DSA minis are quite variable in quality.  Some of them are rather cool, others...less so.

Here is some background cribbed from the Lost Minis Wiki:




FanPro produced thie The Dark Eye range for the RPG of the same name. The Dark Eye (Das Schwarze Auge, DSA) is a role-playing game set on a fantasy world called "Ethra". Two of the main regions of the planet are the continents Aventuria and Myranor. Around 1994 (earliest date on some of the bases so far), FanPro started to produce this range figures. At the time Schmidt Spiel and FanPro were partners but in 1997 Schmidt Spiel left and FanPro carried on. In 1998 they produced the DSA tabletop game "Armalion". All of these figures were later licensed to Ral Partha/FASA (in the year 2000 for a very brief time) & to Ral Partha Europe (where they are still available). In 2007 FanPro gave up its DSA license to Ulisses Spiele.


Despite the "FanPro" labelling, these miniatures seem to have been partly produced and designed by Hobby Products who produced the earlier The Dark Eye (19xx) series. Both 'HP' and 'FP' for FanPro are found as copyright base markings on figures.


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Das Schwarze Auge is still pretty popular; Ulisses Spiele had it translated to English a year or so back so as to lure in the unfortunates who don't speak German. It's an interesting system, and a really deep world. If you hunt around for The Dark Eye, you'll find the books.


… I had no idea there were minis made, though. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this one, she looks pretty cool already.

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I washed her hair with a layer of pure Burnt Umber, thinned down.

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I painted some highlights with a grey mixed from Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White. They're kind of crude right now, but I will refine them as I go.




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DSA figures are awesome!

I have painted the Devourer ( small T-Rex) from them ( see my Lost World, he was one of the first ones).

A Crocodile Warrior is waiting.


That range also has Lobster People..

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I washed some Burnt Umber over her hair and mixed a dull green from Phthalo Green and Burnt Umber, lightened where necessary with Titanium White, and painted her cloak.







I mixed a dove grey from Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Titanium White, and painted its lining.







And I mixed a light deerskin color from Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, and Titanium White and laid it in on her dress and boots.






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I painted some reds on her, mostly based on Red Oxide, and made her hair smoother. Also glazed on a bunch of transparent shadows from mixed Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue.







Scrabbled some greens on her base, mostly mixes of Phthalo Green, Burn Sienna, and Hansa Yellow Opaque. Also painted her cloak clasp gem like a big hunk of turquoise, mixed from Phthalo Blue and Titanium White.




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Really I should have done the gold on her cloak's brooch before I painted the gem, but I didn't.


So here she is with what's going to be gold painted with pure Red Oxide (and I used some also to brighten her baldrick, arrow fletchings, and hair fasteners) and what's going to be silver painted with pure Carbon Black.





And here she is with the metallics added:






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I thought the shadows I put on her dress made it look kind of grimy, so I mixed translucent light buffs from Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, and Titanium White and laid them over her dress and boots. I also shaded the browns on her bow and arrow.










I don't know what's up with my camera there. It was all the same exposure and settings.

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