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Yepp, they got to me... Actually, there's not as many dark eldar threads here as I was expecting.
Anyway, I'm not the most patient person on this earth and frankly, painting chaos marines finally got me bored. I'll keep them and get back to them, but I need a diversion. So I bought a box of warriors to try out some of the schemes I had in mind. I ended up painting three testers (none of them completely finished) and I'd like your opinions on them.
I'll start with a honorable mention to the one I've already decided not to use:
Although I could probably mangle out quite a few of these in almost no time at all, it simply looks too boring. It's based on the scheme of one of the incubi in the codex.
Next up is my take on the cult of Red Grief. I really love this scheme as it's pictured in the book. I just think the red is too bright, but that's nothing two coats of Badab Black can't change, so here's my darker version of the Red Grief scheme:
I quite like it but I haven't figured out colors for the loincloth and gun yet. Any suggestions on those are most welcome.
Lastly, mostly because I have a problem with conformity, I have come up with this scheme:
I wanted a scheme that wasn't black with bright <insert favourite color here> edge highlight. And this is quite the opposite. Also, since my chaos marines are dark green I wanted something brighter. Just plain bone would look a little dull though so I thought up the red freehand symbols on the armor. I just realized though that the biggest is of course hidden behind the weapon. Silly me. Also, I'm not entirely sure about the OSL around the eyes (which actually looks slightly better in real life) but it was fun to try it out.
Once again, opinions on gun color most welcome.
So, there we have it. What do you guys think?
Agreed that the first one looks a bit boring. Now, on to the other two: the second one is pretty nice but one thing I'd like to point out is that the turquoise "panache" is too bright in comparison to the armour. I'd try to make it a bit duller or change it altogether. Perhaps you could go with a bone-white, and black for the loincloth with some bone-white runes/symbols? No idea on the gun though. The last one really is different, and personally I like the idea of bone armour. The red on the face looks too messy though, alas it looks more like a blot than OSL to me. Again, not sure on the gun. You could paint it a bit like the knife, to have a consistent palette throughout the weaponry.
Hope it helps, and let us know!
Thanks for the input!
Then I gave it another try, this time with significantly more diluted paint and some edge highlight closest to the eye. I think it looks alot better. Unfortunately I'm unable to capture it in images. I've tried though with different lights and backgrounds. (Good daylight is hard to come by this far north in the winter...)
The red OSL looks much more translucent in real life than the pictures convey though. I think it might have to do with the rather harsch but dull gray light outside today.
Does it look any better though?
Sorry for being so harsh, but yes it does look a helluvalot better! At this stage I'd even say we've got a winner!
Last edited by Mechatius; December 30th, 2010 at 15:58. Reason: Rephrasing.
So no real harm done, in the end Anyways, have you found a suitable scheme for the gun yet?
No, I haven't decided yet but I think I'll try red casing around the barrel, brass on the bulbous part, black handle and metal for the barrel.
I meant to say when I first stumbled across this post a few days back that I quite like that white colour scheme. Very different for the dark eldar, seeing as they're not so dark at all! But it looks good, and suits their arrogance, I think; they want the enemy to see them coming, or something like that!
From what little I know red is quite a hard colour to get a good looking glow with. I tried it and got stuck, so if you find a method that works I'd love to hear it!
As the kabal was rising in prominence they naturally gained enemies as such things work in the dark city. Eventually one of those enemies managed a plot which forced them into exile. Settling on a planet they set upon the local fauna to feed their withering souls. With no means of producing new armour, the old ones started to wear. That's when a haemonculi invented a way to melt and then harden the bones of slain enemies and forge it into new pieces of armour. At first they would paint their armours but after a warrior failed to do so prior to a battle and emerging with bloodstained armour his brethren liked that the blood was clearly visible and the unpainted armour became fashion.
Last edited by Mechatius; January 1st, 2011 at 13:17.