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I've decided that, since I painted up my current force some 3 years ago, they're looking rather dated, so I've taken the decision to strip them and give them a shiny new paintjob. I want them to really look different and stand out from the typical Eldar herd, while still looking distinctly... Eldar. Here are a couple of concepts I came up with; I'd love to paint a few test models to give you an idea of what I'm talking about, but sadly all my minis are at my parents house still (just moved out) and I probably won't have access to most of them till next month. So words will have to suffice for now:
IDEA 1: "Metallic" Eldar, with the primary colours being either gold and red or silver and blue/black. I'm not sure about this one though, since its so unfluffy (and I am something of a fluff whore). What do you guys think about metallic colours on Eldar?
IDEA 2: "Stormtrooper" Eldar. A scheme done almost entirely in white (think Star Wars Imperial stormtroopers), with black undersuits, weapons etc. and red detailing
IDEA 3: "Protoss" Eldar. I considered basing an Eldar scheme on the colours of the Protoss from Starcraft (since they basically are Eldar anyway).The problem is I'm not sure how to go about it... what colour is the Protoss armour, anyway? It's something like a brassy bone colour or like a matt brass. Hard to think how to mix it up with Citadel paints, I can't even approximate it on DoW Army Painter. The details would be in bright blue, that much at least I know.
IDEA 4: Indigo Eldar. Basically, the armour would be basepainted a very dark blue (think Regal blue mixed with chaos black) and then highlighted a sort of indigo colour (liche purple/some other shade of blue?) and secondary colour as white, with details done in bright blue and green.
So what do you think? Any of them sound decent/achievable? and any ideas how I'd actually go about painting those schemes (colours, techniques etc)? Any input would be great. And if you think they all suck, please don't hesitate to say
From what i can remember Protoss armour is gold/yellow so they'd end up looking just like a metallic Iyanden. I like the sound of the indigo eldar, I did something similar years ago the first time i was into 40k though my painting skills were pretty rubbish and the models didn't end up looking very good...
I personally am doing a protoss colour scheme. Its going to be a full nmm gold on most of the model with purple on special parts. I have paint tested it out on the sanguinor and the colour scheme seems to look pretty awsome.
That sounds very cool eltonsu, do you have pics? I'm wondering if it's possible to achieve that same Protoss effect without using metallic colours... because the Protoss armour doesn't look exactly metallic to me. And I',m unsure about metallics on Eldar
Sorry, I havent actually started it yet. I was testing the colour and my skills in nmm with the sanguinor but once I do start, I might upload some onto a thread.
So I was surfing coolminiornot looking for inspiration when I came across these two stunning miniatures that more or less typify what I want to do... obviously I can't come close to this level of painting skill, but at least its given me an idea of where to start. Don't know whether to go for the purple or the blue, though... or do you guys think it might be possible to combine the two?
NOTE: These are NOT my models. I wish I could remember the usernames of the artists so I could give them due credit.
EDIT: too big to upload, so links instead:
CoolMiniOrNot - Eldar Autarch by Aryllon
AMAZING blue wave serpent:
CoolMiniOrNot - Eldar Tank "Ice dragons" by Ringil
I'm especially taken by the colours in the 2nd pic, but I'm not so sure if they could translate to a whole army without becoming... bland. Opinions?
This is the exact colour scheme im doing. The darkblue with extreme highlights.
It looks very good, I might make some pictures sometime. (I've just started eldar so don't have alot of models yet) No idea what colour I'll do the gems though, I was thinking of Purple or green. The aspects I'll paint the original colours, but the helmet and shoulderplating dark-blue. This way it's still fluffy, but you can tell it's still Alaitoc. ;P
About the Serpent. I like what he did with the blue wave, how it blends from dark-blue to almost white.
Also, about the scheme, It doesn't mather how you paint it, Highlight very rough, Highlight, Layering, Blending, it al looks very good. ofcorse blending and layering looks the best, but your normal troopers will stand out just as much with highlighting. Its because you start with dark-blue, and end with ice blue. so it stands out alot, and it still looks good =)
Btw: check this out. Micro Art Studio Forums • View topic - Eldar army by Hortwerth Do you mean this with white? Like, layered/blended white, or WHITE. there are 2 ways of painting white. The Biel-tan white from the codex, or the white from the link. well it's more grey actually, but you know what i mean. The first one looks way better, and that's the way how you should paint white. You just start with a darker colour like grey (the darkest grey, i forgot the name) and layer to almost white, and then you put like 2-3 very thin coates of white over it. EDIT: I forgot you wanted stormtroopers. LOL you mean white white. k i get it sorry overread it ;P
About the metalics, they can look good on the details from eldar, well, they do. But about the regulair armor, painted gold, I dont know. I've never seen it before. But if you do it good, i bet it'll look amazing. you know, bright colours/shining colours always look good on eldar, and metallic is just one of them aswell.
The only downside off metalic-paints is, you cant thin it out to much with water. So, you can't blend properly, i mean not at all. Also, You only have silver and gold, and midtones. So it'll be very monotone (think of necrons lol). Eldar are an army which has colours and crisp, bright colours, their not necrons. What you could do though, is mix silver with blue, or with any other colour, to get that metallic shine on your models, without being necrons! ;P
So yeah, I hope I helped you out a bit with stuff.
Last edited by iNk; October 26th, 2010 at 22:36.
Thanks iNK, that was some really valuable feedback. The white I had in mind is more of "pure" white, think GW Biel-Tan guardians. The thing making me hold back from the blue scheme is - well, there are two things: Firstly, it's a little too Alaitoc; and second, I can't blend to save my life. With the Protoss scheme, I don't exactly want it to be metallic; I want to achieve a "matt gold" effect, if that makes sense. Think of Protoss artwork; they don't actually use gold paint to paint pictures of Protoss (that would just look weird), but what colours ARE used? I can't work it out. Something between Iyanden colours and the Tau GW colours, lol
BTW PM if you put pics of your army up anywhere, I'd like to see them
You said you dont want it really metallic, well then paint it nmm, or just gold tones and washes. (The brown wash works well for me, dont remember the name though..)
I never painted nmm before, it's just to much work i think. A whole army nmm, and your hand WILL fall of. I suggest just drybrushing a few test models with gold tones, and washes after that. If you like it, then go for it!
The link above, Is painted the way i described, but maybe a blue wash mixed with badab black, to get cold looking armor, while gold is more of a warm colour. If your going to paint them protoss, I'd do all the gems and such blue.
Iyanden Eldar | minipainter.co.uk
Notice the Blue armor of the fire dragon exarch. That's how I would paint my Aspects, the original colours but with blue shoulders and helmet.
The thing is, I've painted only 3 models so far. Soon I'll paint my Avenger squad, and I'll post some pics on this thread when i finish them. I'll PM u aswell.
Oh and BTW: I'm not a great painter, but I know some awesome tricks just to make your army look awesome.
Errrm... I'm embarassed to ask this but what is nmm?
Last edited by Dubstep Ninja; October 27th, 2010 at 17:43.