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Hey, I'm painting my army in Biel-Tan Colors and I've been looking for some advice with how to go about it. I know the colors I'm going to use but I'm not sure when to wash it or what mixture to use. For example should I wash/ink after the undercoat of paint and then work around it? If anyone knows a good step by step guide to it that would be great. Thanks.
Could you elaborate on this scheme? Some of us don't play Eldar, so this would be helpful.
Washes are commonly used for shading, while inks are essentially the concentrated version of the wash, which can be used more similarly to paint.
As a result, you want to ink before doing the actual painting, so that it seeps into the recesses, and not on the model. Washes, as they are used in shading, could be used after painting the model.
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Well the paint scheme is White armor with a green helmet, the gun is black with a green stripe running along the "Barrel" (if shuriken catapults have one). Here's a link of what I ideally want the end product to look like and I'll give the recommended paint list below. I really want to achieve the look of how the armor is broken up by the shadows created by the ink or wash but, i'm not sure how they did it. So how would I get it to look like that image I provided. Thanks.
This is the paint list that accompanied that image
Undercoat: Skull White. Basecoats: Space Wolves Grey, Dark Angels + Snot Green, Red Gore, Chaos + Codex. Highlights: Skull White, Snot Green + Camo Green, Blood Red, Blazing Orange, Codex Grey, Camo Green, Fiery Orange.
Also If you read this thread my question is specifically regarding the order of steps in terms of washes and inks. I do not know how to achieve that shadowing effect without turning the whole model gray.
Hmm, it's a shame that none of the new Citadel Washes is a grey, because they are supposed to be excellent. I've bought a box, but haven't tried them yet.
I've painted a few Biel-Tan guardians myself, but I ended up doing them in an unusual way. Originally I had painted them several years ago in a brief foray into the hobby before being made to stop by my parents when they realised how expensive the hobby can be. I only had a rubbish brush and no grey paints, and I didn't bother trying to get the shading between armour plates at all. The body was basically solid white.
When I started up on the hobby again, for a break from painting High Elves I decided to see how much I could improve the paintjob on those old guardians. In the end they look pretty good, and i didn't use any washes at all. I simply lined Shadow Grey in the crevices with a fine brush, and then touched up the edges of the armour plates with white again where I had got grey on them.
If I were doing them now, I think a white basecoat would be a good place to start. I'd probably experiment to try to find the best way of doing it. I reckon I'd try giving the armour plates a coat of skull white, make up some form of grey wash and use that for the crevices, then go over the plates in white again. I don't know whether that would work though, since I'm not very experienced with painting white or with using washes.
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Warhammer Fantasy armies do NOT have Codices. They have Army Books.
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