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This is my first time painting Eldar, and according to most painters, applying thin coats during the basecoating phase is essential to achieving a smooth clean look. The models displayed below is the result of three layers of heavily watered down Hull Red (from Tamiya) applied on a black primer coating. Could you please let me know if the coats I have been applying appear thin enough?
It should be like skim milk
That's too thin for a basecoat. What you have is probably the consistency you want for glazing to get nice color transitions after your basecoat is established.
Even if you thicken up the color, you are trying to cover black with red, a notoriously difficult thing to do. Reds typically have very poor coverage over black even without being thinned. I'd recommend that you basecoat your black with a color that has good coverage but leads well into red, like a brown. Then from there build up your reds.
Last edited by kosmon; October 26th, 2008 at 09:16.
I agree with Kosmon, although I personally find a grey (codex grey is perfect here) works great. Doesn't even need to be watered down. Good Luck
Black Templar (W/D/L): 4/6/2
Dark Eldar (W/D/L): 4/1/0
Warriors of Chaos (W/D/L): 3/0/1
Thanks for the tips,
I have tried using a thicker mixture today.
The following two pictures is the result from using one part Hull Red to two parts water:
And the following two pictures is the result from using one part Hull Red to three parts water:
I admit that following some of the painting tips on the GW website can be a tall order. My final goal is to create the bleach bone scheme scene on Howling Banshees, washed with greens, browns and khakis to create a camouflage effect.
PS: Darchipmunk I should have checked this forum this morning before basecoating the models I have displayed above!
I say you need it a tiny bit thicker but I dont know what hul red looks like
on another note you haven't trimmed the mold lines very well (if at all) and they are realy ovious. could you plz post a pic of any finished ones you have cuz im debating on a new colour scheem for my eldar
Edit: Those are dire avengers and they are meant to be painted blue but do what you want
Prime whatever colour, then do a light coat of a light colour, then work up the reds from that.
One part red and two parts water still seems a bit thin to me. Sounds almost like a wash!
Do you use a pallette? I'd recommend that, because you can have a few consistancies at once, and then you can choose which you like best.
Cervantes: In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
I decided to stop with the red and go with Dark Sea Grey (similar to Codex Grey). After all, when my final goal is to reach a bleach bone equivalent (and I do not have any dark browns in my painting box), I might as well use a lighter color that covers black better.
Jon, I do have a palette which I have been experimenting with paint consistencies. I thought that 1:1 paint to water was a little thick for my licking, but again, it seems as if basecoating can afford this level of viscosity. I create these mixes by using the reverse end of my brush (tip of the handle) to pull out one drop of paint and then use the same method to draw water from a separate pot. Is there a better way to create these 1:1 and 1:2 mixes?
Interior Guard (Dire Avengers)
Jungle Patrols, Work in Progress
I could not make up my mind which camouflage scheme to use...
A close up of one the jungle patrol eldar. I was attempting to recreate the Alaitoc army featured in the 5th Edition Rulebook, with the exception I was stippling using various shades of green.
Another WIP Eldar Jungle Patrol Member
My first attempt to wash yellow green on top of a bone white surface created an unexpected outcome. Now these particular elves look more at home in the Desert or with the Iyanden blokes.