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This is my first Eldar dude.
The theme of the army is going to be camoflauge / industrial, using low-tech (for Eldar). Because of this, I wanted to avoid using the gaudy bright colours that are usually associated with Eldar.
I tried using the black on black technique with highlighting that's shown here (http://us.games-workshop.com/games/4...au_army_2a.htm), but I think my mixture of plague, black, and white was bad, because the result was very dark.
So I decided to use orange on the rest of the model.
Basically the model is:
Base coat armor pieces with mix of 4 parts black, 4 parts plague brown, 1 part white
Highlight with above + 1 part white
Highlight with above + 0.5 part white
Orange paint gems and cloth detail, hands
Black ink wash on hands and mandiblasters
I tried throwing red and yellow in, but it makes the model's colour scheme disunified, and greens and blues look very strange (tried blue on the eyes, if you guys notice).
I would appreciate any suggestions that's within my painting skill (hands arn't stable enough to paint gemstones, for example).
Last edited by red120; October 4th, 2005 at 10:02.
Looks pretty cool, for the gemstones you could use a pin or toothpick instead of a paint brush.
BTW: Your link doesn't work
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Slipped the bracket on the wrong side of the square brackets.. it works now
If I did play eldar, part of the fun for me would be to make the coolest colours ever. Greens look good on eldar, but I would prime black, wash with chaos black again, and then use liche purple, regal blue, and enhanted blue to get almost a surreal look. It would take a lot of washes, and then a good double varnishing. They'd end up looking like night warriors.
In fact, I'll see if I can borrow an eldar mini from my brother to try to paint.
The main problem with the figure is the picture is too dark. it is difficult for me to assess much of anything because it all looks grey with orange spots.
That being said, one way to steady your hand is to rest both arms against the edge of your paint table and place both elbows on your knees. lean forward against the table and let the table help you keep your hand steady. its a little awkward, but it can help you learn how to steady your hand.
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I concur with some of the comments already posted. The model looks really dark. I can't tell if it is because the color is off on the pictures or if the table reflection is too distracting. You might want to re-take some pictures using a white or neutral background.
I wish I could give a better critique but the pictures just aren't clear enough. I can see some evidence that you are highlighting the grey but it doesn't come through as very strong. I also see what looks like overspill on the gems where the orange is leaking into the grey areas. The gems themselves look rather flat. I would recommend starting with a red base and then paint 50% dark orange, followed by 25% of that in a lighter orange, with maybe half that much in a yellow. This will do more to create an illusion of gems. Hit a couple dots of white for light reflections and add a gloss coat.
As for shaky hands - another technique that I use is to take a deep breath and hold it while painting areas of detail. You could also combine this technique with the one already discussed.
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I can't really tell too much about the mini from those photos, as they're a bit dim, but it looks as though you have a nice, clean paint job, which is very good. I highly reccomend a base job, as it can make a mini a ton better.
Yeah i think he looks flat.You really need to lifen up those gems aswell as pointed out.And is the orange around the eyes meant to represent a glowing look?If so it looks cool i really like it.But i think you need to add another colour in there.Grey and orange is ok but another colour in there would make it look better.
If youre trying to achieve the camo look like on those tau in your link then I think you should add a dark grey/green colour to you model.
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I finished the squad, worked on the paint job a bit to change the colours and try to get things to stand out a bit more while keeping the camoflauge scheme.
Debating whether to use a snow flock base or to use cityscape (sand flock + black + grey + white drybrush).. probably snow, since the model is so dark already.