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I'm sorry, but I don't know how to make it a thumbnail, and I was very excited that I am finally nearing completion of my first Iyanden unit. I'm new to 40k (aside from Macragge.. :/ ), and I'm even newer to the Eldar. I know that I'm no pro, so please provide me any tips if you can tell anything from this blurry shot. I'm learning to highlight, and the tabard isn't complete... I planned on making it dark blue in center, and work it's way out into a white outside with the center being sort of a vertical oval shape.
Thanks again and hello all!
The use of orange ink in the cracks of the body armour help differentiate the under and top armour. Good job. I am hoping to grace these forums with some of my stuff once I can borrow a camera.
this should be in the painting forum, it will be moved at some point.
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Firstly, that's looking pretty good for an early attempt - nice neat blocks of colour are the basis of all good painting.
As for the armour, some sort of ink wash can be good to bring out the detail - orange ink is fine, but I personally think it looks far too bright... a mixture of yellow and chestnut ink might produce better results. With all ink washes, the important thing to remember is to water them down *loads*, always wait for them to dry before doing anything else, and not to put too much on the model (if it's making big pools, there's too much).
After the inkwash is dry and looking good, going back and doing the highlights as you mentioned (yellow, followed by yellow/white mix in neat layers etc.) should be fine.
I like the look of the gem - are you doing the snazzy shiny gem style (detailed here: GW Online : Eldar Gems), or just doing them in a flat colour?
The blue is fine just in flat colours, although the paint coverage on the tabard looks a bit patchy, you might need another coat on there.
Anyway, it's looking alright, good luck with the rest of the army!
Oh, and don't forget to do a nice base with drybrushed sand and bits of static grass. Nicely finished bases make all the difference to an armies look when it's out on the tabletop.
I like that a lot. It's miles better than my first attempt. The colors are clearly defined, from what I can see anyway.
What I don't like so much is the little lack of shading.Likewise.I am hoping to grace these forums with some of my stuff once I can borrow a camera.
Welcomme to the forum!
Looks like you got a good start on him. The blue on the helmet looks very solid and flat, which is good. The yellow also looks nice and covers the undercoat nicely. It would be good if you repeated the blue on the tabard.
As for shading the yellow (to make it look more natural), a simple wash (watery layer of paint or ink so it runs down the cracks of the armour) of chestnut ink would be excellent to give it more definition.
Thank you all for the advice and the friendly comments. Sorry for posting it in the wrong area
As for the responses though, I'm having trouble with the idea of inkwashing, where would i get the materials for a true ink wash? or is that just a nice way of saying watered down paints? I would LOVE for the detail to be brought out in these models I'm just sort of confused with it.
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here's a link to the new one i painted, he's the one on the left. I started with a fiery orange basecoat over the primer and then did a light layer of thinned out sunburst yellow, then another thicker coat of sunburst yellow again. I like how it looks,b ut it seems as if it just made the model a darker yellow, and it seems like i wasted more time?
Any more advice would be greatly appreciated. And I promise to go to the right forum next time! lol
A true ink must be bought. It has smaller pigments (I believe). You can make them with standard paint, it won't quite be as good but it will do. To make some mix your paint with Acrylic thinner rather then just water. It holds the paint better together allowing a better mix.(and results). You use GW paints. Well GW sells Inks as well. They should be on the same rack as the paints. On the really really old ones they had a blue top instead of white (flip tops), the old ones are white (hex top) instead of black. I'm not sure of the new ones, but it will say ink right on the bottle. Get a GW red gopher to fetch you some. The newer model is indeed a bit darker as the orange shows through a bit, If you want to lighten it up while creating more detail, use some badmoon yellow and mix it with sunbust yellow. Then go along the ridges of the armour that light will pickup on. Or if you don't have bad moon yellow then use some white and mix a small bit with the paint you got. Thin down the paint a little as GW paints are typically to goopy out of the bottle.