Thursday 8 August 2019

Starfire Elemental

It’s a well-known fact that artists often have a hard-time sticking to the brief. Such was the case for Bobby Jackson when he came to sculpt the starfire elemental for Maze of Malcor

Basically, a starfire elemental is just a big ball of floating fire. Instead of that, Bobby sculpted a floating metal sphere, burning with internal fire, and smoke pouring out of it. I love it. It doesn’t match the description at all, but it’s just such a cool figure.

In the end, it was decided to use this figure and sculpt the more accurate version and include them in the same pack. I think it was the correct decision.

The starfire elemental is technically a creature, but in truth, it acts more like a spell effect. Soon after it was released, Games Workshop saw the model and stole the idea for their entire range of ‘EndlessSpells’. (Okay, that’s almost certainly not true, but I figure a little GW controversy might help sales!).

It was a fun, quick paint (except for trying to paint in the small, flaming cracks in the sphere), and it looks fantastic on the tabletop!


  1. I agree, it's a great mini, and you've done a cracking job on it!

  2. That is great! This is the first one of these I've seen painted. I'm glad you guys let me have fun with this one. I was imagining a Starfire Elemental that had been captured by some long dead wizard and was now loose following the thaw. (that seemed more fun to sculpt than a blob of fire) :P

  3. What a great model!
    I agree that this is a far more interesting model than just a ball of fire.

  4. Nice paint job, you've inspired me to paint mine!

  5. Excellent work on it Joe! Maybe this in the next iteration...Steampunk Felstad!

  6. Oooh! That's a very nice paint job. The sphere looks like something from an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral.