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well, for my own pleasure, i purchased in the last month :
1 Old Battleforce (practice and all)
1 New Battleforce
1 Karandras The Shadow Hunter
my wife got me :
1 Eldar Seer Council (5 miniatures)
1 Eldar Dire Avengers (10 models)
I'm still far from done buying, but for now, it will do. On my "to buy" list, there's still : Eldar Rangers (5 figures), Eldar Wraithlord (1 model), Eldar War Walker Squadron (3 models), and Eldar Swooping Hawks (6 Figures). Basically, each of the units i like the most from Eldar. Probably some harlequin too eventually, but for now, that's the list...
They are aimed to be painted mostly for fun, no show, just a good looking army that i could play, if i ever feel like understanding all the rules and codex.
I been looking at CMON for the past week or so, trying to figure out which color would look best, and i can't seem to decide. I dont necessary want "official" color, just anything i like... as long as there is very little black. I already have a Necron army to paint, and black is getting on my nerve atm.
so here's the few choice i came up so far that i like the most :
Purple, yellow and black. This could work.
White, yellow and purple. i know this one was Greenstuffed, but i think the color theme could be really good on a whole standard army. Plus it doesnt look to be too much blending (which i'm not too familiar with), and look fairly easy to reproduce. Army's armor would look just like that, with purple bits here and there... May add a 3rd color for HQ.
White, red and green. Now, these look awesome, and i'm not quite sure how it would work on the rest of the army, but i think it would be impressive. rest of the army's armor would be green, with some red, and very little white (except when there's cloth involved)
Blue, purple and white. Another favourite. But i think there's too many blue armored Eldar already, would be kind of too conventional for my enjoyment, i think.
Purple, black and white. i dig the armor. it really gives a powefull look to it. But there's black...
Blue, light blue and white. I think this could look awesome, especially with frosty base. But maybe a whole army would look a bit too ghosty...
Blue, pink and white. Maybe too girly?
Red, white and blue. Ok, with such a perfect painting skill, its hard not to like this one. But i think red and white would be really good, with some blue on gem and weapons...
dark blue and purple. For a 2 color scheme, i think it look awesome. With some white cloth on some minis, it could really give a good look to the army i think..
So as you see, i have many idea still going in my head, and i'm not 100% decided yet on which to use. There's another thing i think could count in my choice, is the bases. I was thinking about getting some "already made/ready for paint" base, most likely the frozen one, and build my army on those. Or maybe try to get my very own which would have a jungle feel to it.
You have many choices there so let me try to help you narrow them down. Everything more or less seems to be somewhere in the following. You seem to be going for reds used with another colour of some kind, blues and the pale bone look plus the dark look.
You need to decide what kind of feel you want for your army and if it's just for fun, what is the most fun. The reds will be warm and pleasing. Used with green or blue it will work well. Red has the advantage of working well with many colours.
Blue is very cold and if you want a cool or mystical look blue will be great. The cooling effect of blue can also be complemented well with only a small quantity of another colour.
The bone look such as the bone and purple is a more desolate and also a pure look. It has the advantage of revealing all the detail unlike darker colours. It will need blending. You said you weren't great at blending. Most of the examples i saw use blending to a certain extent, some of them a great deal.
To blend you need to use a small, detail brush. The paint will need to be thin and there must be very little of it on the brush. Use small soft strokes and take your time.
The final type is dark, like those dark blue, black, purple ones. Dark colours have the advantage of hiding our mistakes and being quick and easy. Unfortunately they don't look very good unless more is done to the paint work. Then it does look good but it also becomes much harder and time consuming.
Dark effects with strong highlights being blended up can work well or a strong contrasting colour to go with it. Hope this helps.
thanks, that was actually really helpful...
blue seems to be the main color i wanna use...
from the craftworld, it would be one of those, or more likely, a modified version of those 3 :
Going a little lighter than the official colors, i think it could look good on the average army, but not sure on the elite and vehicle
color used :
ultramarine blue for the armor/bits/gem
skull white for the "raised part" of the armor
fortress gray for the "deeper part" of the armor
It would be something like this.
color used :
ultramarine blue for the armor
regal blue for the deep part of the armor
blood red for the other bits of armor/helmet
skull white for the visor of the helmet
goblin green for the gem
bleech bone for the cloth
This one is simple, basically all "blood red" with white helmet, black visor and green gems.
i think the best one would be Yme-Loc, with a lighter blue, kinda like a space marine blue, with some highlight.
Last edited by Enkiel; December 30th, 2006 at 08:58.
I haven't actually read through the whole thread as I am in a bit of a rush, but I collect eldar and have a 2000pt Biel-Tan army (so lots of aspect warriors, in fact all of them!! and no guardians at all!!), and I was wondering if you are just looking for a way to paint your eldar or what units to use, because if it is is the latter then I may be able to give you a hand, but if you don't already have it then the new codex will definately be a great help, loads of tips in both collecting and painting you eldar miniatures.
If someone helps you with your query then you really should rep them, especially if that person is me, :D because that is obviously going to be really useful. :o
I have eldar aswell but mine are wierd colours. Blood red armor with white helmets and extr like boots, but black in the gaps, and most of the weopons (especially the shurukien catapults) are a mix of blood red and boltgun metal!
well, red and blue is now out of the question, after my wife told me it looked like spiderman...
now i'm waiting to this weekend to get a codex and have a clue how to build those guardian before starting the assembling/painting.
i'll most likely end up with the first choice, the white and blue one, with gem in another color (probably green)
I've always wanted to avoid the main Craftworld colours. They just remind me too much of marine chapter colours. I'd suggest using very faint pastels or unusual shades of colours to emphasise the 'alienness' of the Eldar. The mostly white scheme looked pretty good- maybe very lightly shade with a cold blue?
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
i finally started painting my first Eldar ever.
after much deliberation, i decided to go with a red/white look.
Most of the red is painted with Scab Red, and highlight will be painted with Red Gore.
The white is just that, Skull White, and will most likely not see much highlight or shading for now. I may add some Ice Blue as highlight on bigger piece, or even the Guarding maybe eventually, but for now, its solid color.
The gem and eyes will be painted with Goblin Green, and some other with Enchanted Blue.
So here's the idea :
And here's the first test :
The head just got started, and the white still has some work to be done. I Primered them white, then painted the red, but didnt know it would be so hard to cover up with the white, so i wasnt too careful. Lesson learned.
Just a quick note, Red Gore won't make a huge ammount of impact as a highlight when applied straight over Scab Red, as it isn't a hugely different colour tonally, just a lot more saturated (so it looks much 'redder').
I think you will be much better off mixing about 40/60 blood red/red gore, if you are only doing one highlight for these guys.
Also, your white looks very flat, and a quick (very very very) thin wash of a pale blue (space wolf grey works really well for this, especially mixed with a bit of white) will make it look much deeper.
Have you thought about what colours you are painting the eyes/gems/sashes? I'd say a green or blue would probably work quite nicely, providing impact and some colour interest =)
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