I took to calling this one the Pretty Boy Peacock Elf while I was painting him, the shield design is so different to most that you see it was a bit intimidating to start with, but once I began it was really easy to paint the peacock and deceptively easy to just keep adding more and more highlights.
I wanted to echo the peacock colours of vibrant blue green and gold in the rest of the model but the green was too much and made it look a bit undefined, I like to keep my colour schemes fairly simple as I think they have more impact that way. I free hand painted the wood grain on the inside of the shield which worked out better than expected and the gems on the sword came out nicely too but the face didn't translate too well into the Bones material and some of the detail was lost, not enough to affect the usefulness of the miniature though.
Actually, this is another character for the 5th Edition D&D game i'm going to run so the player will have to be happy with it too I suppose. With his large shield and longsword and heavy armour he's clearly a Defensive Fighter, so will add some much needed control to the battles i'm going to throw them into. I have to dmit i'm really looking forward to having the whole group of seven heroes painted and together for a group shot.