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Hey guys, just registered here and I was wondering how I should paint these Eldar Rangers that I just bought. I'm leaning towards Ulthwe, but my main question is about the cloaks that they're wearing. I've been having some trouble trying to come up with a camo pattern that would look good for Eldar, and I just cant decide on one because the patterns on the box look pretty lame. These will be my first minis, so something simple would be nice, but any advice you guys can give me will be appreciated. When I'm finished I'll see if I can show you guys how they turn out.
First of all, what are you going to use for your basing materials? If your going to use grass, then green cloaks, sand, brown cloaks etc.
Once youve sussed out your colour, (say green) Paint the darkest green you can over the whole cloak. Then build up through lighter greens using whatever patterns take your fancy.
Do a google search for camouflage and youll get lots of interesting designs for inspiration
Well, my base is most likely going to be gray sand and rocks with kind of an urban feel, so I guess a gray cloak would make sense. I might even go for a couple different bases, like forest, desert, and arctic themes so I can try doing some different colors.
Thanks for the advice, I'll try to put some pictures up as soon as I can.
other than that, look to real life camo patterns, and think to yourself... how would an Eldar with his/her fancy shmancy high tech do camo.."
Armies thus far....
One thing that I found that seemed to work fairly well on Ranger's cloaks is "Dappling" (at least I think that's what it's called. :shifty It's similar to drybrushing in that you wipe off most of the paint leaving only a small amount, then basically poke the cloak with the tip of the brush. Do that with around 3 different shades of grey and it may turn out. At least they turned out fairly well on my old Eldar Rangers.
Alternatively if you're looking for a smooth transition sort of thing start with a much darker colour (such as black or codex grey in an urban setting), then the next layer make it 1:1 black:grey or 1:1 codex and fortress. From here add in more and more of the lighter colours, eventually mixing in Space Wolves grey for example. Try the techniques sugguested on some spare models if you have them to a) get an idea how to do them and b) see how they actually look. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.