Here’s a Rackham daikinee elf I painted a few years ago and a bonsai treeman dating back ages, that I both re-based with 100% natural material from the woods of the Maritime Alps. Stone is stone, bark is bark, earth is earth, and moss is moss – the grass and small plants are also made of different kinds of moss. The result is suitably messy, which I take to be realistic, but still isn’t entirely convincing from an aesthetic point of view. I’ll work on it.
The treeman’s paint job clearly goes in the “nostalgia” category – it looks way better in the picture. Having been totally outgrown and outclassed by the new flashy treemen models, I’ll have to use it as a mere 9th age treefolk elder. The elf paint job was meant to be minimal, and it shows. I might give him another go once I settle on a colour scheme for the few wood elves models I have in my collection.