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Hey everybody i'm a newbie to warhammer 40k in general and i've started building a Dark Eldar army, the trouble is i'm not sure how i should paint them? This probably sounds stupid to most of you but does anyone know where i could get some ideas for how i could paint them colour schemes etc? Thanks to anyone who can help me. ^_^
Well this is my method for painting Dark Eldar Warriors.
Prime them black, a unit at a time.
Base coat the armour/cloth Red Gore
Base Coat Helmet/Weapons Boltgun metal
Highlight armour/cloth with Red Gore/Blood Red mix and further increase the blood red for lighter highlights.
Dry brush mithril lightly over weapons.
Give a small watered down wash of chestnut ink over weapons. Voila. All done.
I like to keep the colours dark yet contrasting with the Eldar. Red + Silver, Deep Purple & Gold works well, But i love the Incubi Retinue colours of Black & white, nice matt black armour, glossy white helmet facing and gold/bronze weapons.
check out the codex for some paint scheme ideas, most are fairly simple and look good if you take care.
spray paint black.
get a fine detail brush hi-light the armour (trimming) a desired colour (reds, dark blues, dark greens) never use light colours for dark eldar because they will look kinkey
or instead of hi-lighting paint the plates on the dark eldar with the desired colour.
try not to make you dark eldar figure like a rainbow, stick with the same colour, like shades or tones of blues,or tones and shades of red and etc.
I'm part of the gray primer crowd myself. Covering black with Red Gore or anything light takes too many coats. With Gray I get one coat with darks and lights alike. You couldn't give me a can of white primer.
I use midnight blue on the armor and then highlighting the edges with regal blue.
My dark eldar use the basic colour scheme from WD's Vect army - jade green armour with red plumes. Something I think about Dark Eldar is that when painting, less is more. The happiest I have been with a colour scheme of mine (I am not a great painter) is when I didn't paint any of the armour except the highlight spots. In the eldar collector's guide, there are several examples of good painting (the one I pinched can be seen on the scourges).
What I would say is that it would be an incredible feat to come up with an original colour scheme - there are far more wholesome or natural colours in the citadel range than there are 'evil' colours. Don't worry if you end up with a variation on purple, dark blue, green or red - that's just how it is!
I would recommend before priming that you glue some sand to the base. That way, the primer coat acts a bit like a seal to keep the sand from falling off the base.
As for painting Dark Eldar warriors, I'd agree with Onizuka. Less is more.
My Warriors are sprayed black, then drybrushed with skull white, when I then hit with a watered down dark angels green. The green barely registers on the black, but the white really picks it up and gives them a very striking look. then I paint the plooms and eyes red gore over white, and the blades and such are all drybrushed mithril silver. I painted 60 Warriors in one night like this, and they came out great!