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I picked up the eldar codex today because my friends have started to play 40k. I like the biel-tan and decided to buy a box of guardians to paint and see if I like it.
I'm not very artsy and have not painted much before. I'm not sure what color paints I need to buy to paint these units (also what washes or inks or w/e you call them). Keep in mind I have no paints right now, and I'm just a beginner so I probably wont need like 4 different shades of green to highlight everything with... I want it to look good but I want to keep it simple. A list would be very helpful, as I'd hate to only be able to half complete a model. I know I need skull white, dark angel green, snot green, black, red, gold, maybe grey...
From what I have read, I will need to prime the model with white primer. Then, since most of the armor is white do I just paint over it with skull white? Or some sort of gray, then paint with white? I'm confused as to whether it would look good by just painting over the primer with pure white. In the book it looks like it has a hint of color to it, but this could be just because it is surrounded by the details in the armor filled in with a light bluish gray.
Also, I have been reading about highlighting with a lighter shade of green, like on the eldar helmet. Is this done only in the "cracks" or on large areas? I'm not sure I could do this without it coming out as just a strip of lighter color. Or are they talking about drybrushing the raised details in this case?
The biggest thing I'm worried about is doing the wash to bring out the details in the white armor. If I can't do this effectively then the model might look really incomplete.
Thanks for the help!
In regards to the Guardians here's how I would do it:
First off pick a white or black primer. I use black primarilly on most of my models and build up because it provides shading, but for the guardians probably just stick with white.
For the body armour give it a wash with a blue/gray wash - water down the pain a lot - get a small container of water (lid of a pump water bottle or something works well) and add a small amount of paint and then keep adding water until it is really thin and looks like milk-water.
Then wash the white armour with this. You will notice that the wash tends to flow into the cracks and recesses - providing shading and depth to the model.
Then, once the wash is dry, I would simply overbrush/drybrush the armour with straight skull white. This leaves the raised areas white and keeps the shading in the recess.
Moving onto the helmet I would give it a coat of black paint - I find Dark Angels green works a lot better off the black than it does off white - then coat it with Dark Angels Green (leaving the black in the deepest cracks). Then I coat it with snot green. Give it a light drybrush of snot green/goblin green if you want some extra highlighting and that.
For the eyes I also work off a black undercoat and work my way through the reds (scab, gore, blood) leaving a thin line of black around the eyes to break them up and define them.
As I said you can use a white primer if you like, but I prefer to start with black and then basecoat the white areas with the Astronomican Grey (or whatever the light grey Foundation paint is called) and work my way up through the layers.
Dovie'andi se tovya sagain (It's time to roll the dice)- Mattrim Cauthon
I just tried this out on a test mini and it works out pretty nicely. First, you'll need to go down to the local game store and pick up the following:
#4 Flat brush
#1 flat brush
000 detail brush
Set of Citadel washes ($20 for 8 colors)
1 pot Skull White
1 pot Snot Green
1 pot Chaos Black
1 pot Blood Red
1 pot Codex Grey
1 can of white primer
I think that would work for basic colors
- Spray prime your figure
- When dry, mix a little bit of the Thrakka Green wash, Badab Black wash, and some water in the following ratios: 2:1:2
- Wash the entire figure with this using the #4 brush. This will give all of the recesses a medium green-black color
- When dry, pick out all of the armor plates in Skull White, the helmet in Snot Green, and the weapon in Chaos Black ... all of this using the #1 brush
- Use the 000 brush to carefully paint the eye lenses in Blood Red
- Using the Badab Black wash to give the helmet (green), weapon (black), and eye lenses (red) a single coat
- Highlight the weapon with a little Codex Grey, highlight the helmet with the Snot Green
Thanks for the replies, very helpful advise.