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How do you guys paint your Dire Avengers?
I asked this question a long time ago, and I while I can't remember what I was told, I was directed to to Games Workshop website to follow that guide. I followed it to the word.
Much to my disappointment, they came out horribly.
That "water down white over the Ice Blue" on the helmet made their helmets look like crap. Sooo, after much lamenting, I am stripping them and repainting them.
So, I guess I am asking, how did you guys paint yours? Did you coat them in enchanted blue and then ink them with Asurmen Blue, or just drybrushed them? I am just looking for the easiest way to do this, is all.
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Mine are painted slightly different than the GW ones as my highlights stick out more, but that's only because I use pure Ice Blue rather than a 50/50 Ice Blue/Enchanted Blue mix.
Armor: Enchanted Blue with Ice Blue highlights over black or grey primer
Helemt: Astronomicon Grey undercoat with multiple layers of skull white (the trick is to apply it, then spread it over as great an area as you can to eliminate streaking. It takes roughly 8 coats to get an even, effective coverage, but it looks great.
Shuriken Catapult: Chaos Black with your choice of highlights (I use shadow grey for the highlights and scab red for the accelerator strip)
Washes are probably a good idea for the armor, but seeing as I have barely used the washes, and I painted my Avengers before I had any washes, I didn't use any.
Hope that helps
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I don't use GW paint in most cases, but what I do is prime them black, then use a dark blue for the armor all over. I then do a real fine highlight with a light blue on the armor panel edges. Finally, I give them a drybrush of light blue to smooth out the highlighting.
For the helmet, I do mine yellow to fit my army scheme, but it's a basecoat of Iyanden Darksun and then a few coats of Sunburst Yellow.
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I was going to do my whole Army Dire Avenger colour, i like it
1. Paint the faceplate & eyes first since its the deeper parts of the helm
2. Paint the outer helm all in watered down white - I've found getting some white on the brush the dabbing it into CLEAN water really quick is enough. You want a consistency that won't leave brush strokes or chunks and will take 3-4 thinned layers to cover. Do not get impatient and try to chunk it on, let it dry and reapply. This is key to making white look smooth
3. Enchanted blue is too bright. You want a toned down, almost light pastel like blue or a grey. Light blue will work better here since grey shadows work better with black armor. Paint the vents and egg shaped knobs on the helmet with a 3:1 white:enchanted blue (if thats what you're using now) watered down. Make sure to get the recesses or the base on the helmet. Let dry
4. Touch up with white on the vents, leaving the blue mix only in the recesses.
5. Remember the 3-4 layers of watered down white needed to cover up? Paint 1 layer on the entire egg, leaving a thin line of the blue mix at the very base where the egg & helmet meet.
6. Paint another layer of white on the egg, but higher up from the base of the egg. Repeat for the next 1-2 layer, so the most layers & coverage is at the top.
I've found drybrushing white is not effective, especially on large areas since it turns out thick or chalky. The GW white seems to be a heavier paint which is suitable for priming since it is dry and "absorbs" other liquids, which is why it needs to absorb water before using otherwise it doesnt turn out well. I dont know how else to describe it
Im going to pain my Wraithlord today, its going to be Dire Avenger colours (but Alaitoc craftworld so yellow helmets) How do i do the highlighting/drybrushing whatever else i need to do after base coat of Regal Blue