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I have recently decided that I am going to paint my brand new high elf army, but i have no idea how to go about it. I was thinking about something shiny with large amounts of gold and silver, with a bit of red or blue. Could give me advice about how to paint the models fast and still get a figure that looks good?
Last edited by Malacoda; June 17th, 2008 at 01:45.
First of all I'ld advise you away from gold as it can look terrible really easily, it's best in small amounts most of the time.
Next up I'ld say to go with red as it is easier to get to look good than blue (people aren't going to agree with me on this though).
Luckily those new washes have just come out, which should help to get an army looking good quickly and easily.
I'ld say to identify a few main areas of each figure, armour, skin and cloth etc; base coat them and give them a wash, that'll be quick and easy.
Foundations and washes are supposed to work togeather well so go with them when you choose your colours.
I think chainmail is the shiniest metallic.
That's all I can think of right now but the more you ask the more we can offer!
Up, up and away!
Ok, so limited gold. I was thinking about that after I posted it, Im just going to use gold for trim and possibly runes on the shields. Personally I like blue better so I might test red and blue on a spare brettonian i have laying around. Now for the washes you mentioned, I have no idea what you mean by that so if you could give me a bit of detail on that. When I said "new painter" i meant it.
I ordered the models from the GW website and the closest GW shop is a state and a half over, so thats most likely out of the question. Im probably just going to hire it done, since I have shaky hands anyway.
Ah okay, the new washes are a range of very thin paints designed to add shading to surfaces quickly and easily. I call them new because they came out not long ago.
Up, up and away!
Why do you want to paint up an army, if you don't mind me asking?
I ask because your participation in this hobby suggests you might already have people around you who can help whether they be players or other hobby shops. Who do you intend on playing against? These people have probably painted up an army or two and can give you advice on technique (learning painting techniques can be really hard if nobody demonstrates how it's done).
Also you say the closest GW is a state and a half away. You needn't go to GW. Independent hobby shops are just as good at helping you with assembly and painting.
If all else fails I suggest Brushthralls.com and Doctor Faust's Painting Clinic.
With some searching youtube also yields some video tutorials.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
Why shouldnt I want to paint it, if you dont mind me asking?
And as for going to any kind of shop, it would still be about a 5 hour drive, and that is out of the question with gas being over 4 dollars a gallon here.
If you end out painting them yourself and not getting someone to do them for you then I reckon you should (when painting) ; undercoat, apply base colour, wash with new citadel washes and voila.
Red; blood red--> wash; Baal red
Flesh; Elf flesh--> wash; ogryn flesh
This is just one way you can do it
CHK CHK BOOM!