Posted by: Turkadactyl | July 23, 2016

Sylvaneth- Dryad WIP

I’m fully immersed in the Season of War campaign. It is a great motivator to painting some models. For those of you that are new to the Roost I recently bought an Age of Sigmar Sylvaneth box set. It came with three Treemen, thirty-two Dryads and a Branchwraith. My goal is to paint as many as possible by August 14.


This is my first army for the GW Fantasy/Sigmar line. I wasn’t a big fan of the previous Fantasy editions. I bought the Sylvaneth models because I wanted to paint the models. I played some games and Sigmar is a lot of fun.  If you haven’t tried it give it a go.  It’s a fairly easy ruleset to learn.  If you have tried it and didn’t like it, well at least you gave it a go.

When I was thinking about colours I wanted to go with a cherry blossom theme.  I prepared four test models and sought the opinions of my wife and some gamers at the local.  I prepared two Dryads with brown bark and two with grey.  Then for each colour I painted  Dryad using drybrushing and the other with a wet palette.  It was unanimous to go with the drybrush.  That paint style suited the model making the bark look like, well bark.

The Dryads have what I call hula skirts.  To break up the monotony of the bark I am painting the skirts pink cherry blossom as well.  All the organic matter on the models will be wet painted.  It was a draw for preference of bark colour.  In the end I have decided to go with both.  The colour of the bark will be an easy way to differentiate the units from one another.

I’m pleased with the progress of the two test models.  I’d love to show them but I don’t have them with me.  Instead I present the other thirty that I have with.  The picture above are the grey version.  So far I’ve applied Mechanicus Standard Grey with Nuln Oil applied over.  I’ll get to these later.

Right now I am progressing with the brown bark unit.  I used Scorched Brown with Nuln Oil applied over.  Then I drybrushed Scorched Brown, followed by Dark Flesh, Sylvaneth Bark and concluded with Terminatus Stone.  Next comes the pink for the flowers.

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Hat tip to my wife for taking these photos.  We used a tea towel for the white back drop.  The models were placed on the tea towel and I held up the back end.  The lighting wasn’t the best but she made do with what she had available.

Thanks for reading.


  1. The brown bark unit look amazing. The new Start Collecting Sylvaneth looks terribly tempting, but so does the Nighthaunt box too.


  2. Give in to the dark side….

    I’ll be picking up a Start Collecting Sylvaneth for sure. Best way to add Dryads. The pink is a great contrast with the brown and grey. There’s some rainy days approaching so I will have a wee bit of time to paint.

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