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Ok I'm not entirely sure of where this should be posted but here seemed possibly the best place.
I am just starting a Biel-Tan army and want to do a good job on the painting, my current armies have a paint job that was done to be playable in the shortest possible time. This time I want a Striking army with good shading but do not know the correct way to layer colours. GW have quite good instructions on how to paint aspect warriors so I think I'm covered in that respect but I don't know the best way to set about guardians, vehicles and others in the traditional colours.
Any advice would be welcome, what paints are needed aren't a problem I was planning on getting new supplies in anyway.
Thanks in advance
I painted some of my bro's Eldar before
For Guardians what i did was go over them in white entirely, Dip them in 1/2 Black ink 1/2 water then go over the main plates armor then go over the helmet with snot and goblin green.
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The green tones should not much of an issue. The standard 3-5 layers of highlights should suffice, and then you can cover flat surfaces with vines if you feel so inclined.
The white is the tricky part.
You could, as Chaplain_TyphonII suggested, prime white, wash with ink (although I would dilute it more - maybe to a 20:80 ratio of ink:water), and then carefully highlight back up to white in three layers.
If time or patience are not issues for you, then I would start out with black primer, work up through several <i>thin</i> layers of gray, getting progressively lighter and work up to pure white.
If I was to use citadel paints and highlight up from black would it just be progressively lighter mixes of codex gray and white or would you recommend that I use other tones as well?
I would actually start with gray primer and work up to white from there.
The question on color is really a matter of personal preference. In GW paint terms, you can use just flat gray if you want or you can add a blueish tinge by using shadow and spacewolf instead. If you want just regular gray-white I would use codex in the darkest shadow areas (sparingly) and go up to a mix of 2:1 white to fortress. For the very top highlights you use straight white, as most white things are pure white only at their lightest areas.
Realy glad u posted this I'm about to start a biel tan army. Personly I'm gonna start with white followed by a gre/black wash. grey to white will take about an hour per model I think, I'd do it if it would look beter but I don't think it will. Practiced green and it went good So I'm getting there, hope u r too, I recomend some practice mini's.