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So after a 10 year hiatus I recently (well 8 months ago) got back into 40k with a vengeance!
I quit shortly after 3rd edition came out, before the Wave Serpent and many of the other newer great Eldar miniatures were released.
So I've decided to paint them as Biel Tan (they were previously a desert scheme). I've always loved the Dark Angel green scheme and am enjoying working with the depth of that color.
Specifically any advice on a fast method to quality painting would be great as well.
I'm doing a black base then two light drybrushes of Dark Angel Green, then 2 more layers adding Goblin Green.
I'm also painting all of my Aspect Warriors green with white helmets and the Exarchs in a reverse, white with green helmets.
So I will gradually be posting my models in this thread and always appreciate constructive criticism.
I trend to stay away from extreme 'lining' highlights. I find it challenging to paint a full army in a timely manner as I want to spend waaay to much time on each little detail (after all I can see it all up close when I'm painting).
I will replace these with better photos as I have time.
But here’s a start:
And my first of 5 Wave Serpents. The turret and weapons are all magnetized. In addition I have hull magnets for Spirit Stones, Vectored Engines, and Star Engines.
I still have to paint the gems (any advice on a color? No red, but I was thinking pinkish or blue) and add some other small details. However I don’t think I will add the thorny vines of Biel Tan, but time will tell.
On a side note. I will be using SecretWeaponMiniatures resin bases for the entire army.
They look good so far. I am always happy to see Aspects painted in a non traditional scheme. The Avengers look pretty sharp. As for the gem color, my vote would be for a lighter blue shade. Maybe Hawks Turquoise would work.
Keep it up, looking forward to more pics.
What a start!
Personally I am an Eldar purist - Aspects should use variations of their primary colours. But that's me.
Your green looks very deep and rich and the white looks great as well. As for the gems, if not red/orange then purple or blue would be a cool choice.
Lovely work. The wave serpent is outstanding. Rep for posting it for us all to enjoy.
Jager bombs. Very efficient at wiping out friend or foe.
The Dire Avengers were my first attempt at the green scheme. I did the first 3 in different ways to try and find the best and fastest.
1. Painted Dark Angel Green and dipped in dark brown wood stain. I got this idea from several 'dipping' tutorials and while the brown did add some interesting shading, it also was a little shiny and took overnight to dry.
2. Painted Dark Angel Green, then Black wash, then wetbrush DA Green and drybrush highlights. Too many steps.
3. Spray Primed black and drybrushed DA Green then a DA Green/Goblin Green mix (same as Wave Serpents). This is most likely the technique I'll use for the rest of the army.
I will probably try several different Gem colors on different models, Turquoise and/or light blue sound great. I'll try those first!
I love your wave serpents the green is highlights well and the white contrast works really well.
I have to ask how did you get the white so straight? I can never get lines on my tanks that straight!
"Should take you a while though because of your sloth like pace"
Click here and watch Gedderz try and cross the road
I'll take 'in progress' photos on the next one to show the masking, etc.
For the pilot I painted him black and then light green 'glow' from the 'control panel screen'. Obviously getting lighter, almost white the closer to the screen. I painted the inside of the clear canopy with several coats of Tamiya Smoke to give it a nice tinted look. If you do this, be sure to allow at least an hour or more for it to dry between coats to prevent streaks and brush marks as it's very thick and gummy.
I didn't want the pilot to stand out and be the focal point. Up close you can still see a hint of interior detail.
I'm so very glad you like it!
Last edited by JMichael; July 2nd, 2010 at 18:42.
Mmm... nice, I was planning on doing my Dire Avengers in the same way. I'm going all red for gems/lenses/hair/eyes also as I think it fits quite well with the rest of my colours. I'll also be deviating on some of the other aspects as well, and while my regular Guardians are white with green heads, by Stormies will have black undersuits with white armour and green heads to stand out a little more. And I've gone with green/black weapons for the most part, except perhaps my tanks. My Harlequins will be a mix or orange, green, black and white, and my Warp Spiders will be blue. I'm still undecided on my fire dragons, I want them redish and was thinking of going for a gold undersuit like the Autarch on the front of the codex, but I'm afraid they'll look too much like Iron Man. Oh, I'll also mostly be using black undersuits as I think it makes a nice contrast to the rest of the colours on the models, my yellow/black Banshees look great.
Lovely paint jobs. Way better than myself.
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