Just a quick update to say…

Looks like i’m going to be diving into Warmachine / Hordes too!

With the 10th anniversary sale a friend and I decided that it was a great time to jump on board to what seems to be another great table top gaming platform (that the the models look great!).

http://privateerpress.com/privateer-press-10th-anniversary-sale

So it’s Legion for me and Circle for the friend, will have pic’s / painting bits posted when the models arrive.

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Dark Eldar – Test Model Complete

Well it’s done! (mostly)

Completed the first test model at the weekend, a splinter cannon heavy weapons guy. It’s turned out pretty well, there were a few comments on the fact his backpack looks like a fish head but heyho.

The cannon turned out nicely considering I didn’t have much of a plan to start with.

And that’s the lovely fish eye backpack, which despite the comments i’ve had is still one of my favourite parts.

So, just the basing and the rest of the unit to go. Lessons learnt this time round.

First up, painting on the sprue / glued in place makes painting arms a lot easier, I found that unlike the heads that had a nice place to blue tac for easy painting the arms made life some what difficult with my ham fists. I think for the rest of the batch i’m going to go with painting on the sprue for a better anchor to hold.

Next up is the pose, it was tricky with a heavy weapons guy but for the rest of the unit I think they need a more dynamic poses as it seems to make quite a difference to the finished piece.

Finally edge highlighting with grey on black works really well, a thin line is all you need to being a little definition to an edge I found that the technique of running the edge of the brush along the angled corners worked a lot better than highlighting with the tip as it gave a more consistent line and was less patchy.

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Dark Eldar Painting – Heads and Bits

Ok it’s been a few days so here’s the update and some thoughts on the work so far. But first some pictures! (apologies in advance for the blurry pictures was in a bit of a rush this morning but hopefully i’ll get some better ones up at the weekend)

Ok so first up the head was obviously started and mostly finished from the last post! including getting an eye done which I had been a little nervous about but the more I paint the steadier the hands getting also started on the grey highlights for the black edges, a little rough but it’ll be neaten’d up.

The elf flesh I had was a little too pinky so I mixed in some fortress grey to tone it down (Will post the mix / layers I posted on Dakka at the end)

Ok well those are the blurry photos from this morning, some work on the back was done. A lot of the metal studs and pegs were painted bolt gun and highlight with chainmail. Painted wearing on the copper sections with chainmail too, although it needs a little neatening up. Fixed up the outline on the eye and finally painted the gem on the front of the suit.

All in all its going fairly well, going to work on the back and weapons next and hopefully have a completed model this weekend!

As for lessons learn’t well the eye was easier than I thought it would be, bracing my hand against a table to hold the model worked nicely and after all the work outlining my detail work is a lot steadier.

The gem worked really well, looked around for guides and most had blending in them which looks great on bigger gems but the yellow one on this suit was a little small for it. In the end I painted a half moon shape round the bottom of the gem in a dark yellow, a smaller half moon inside that one with a lighter yellow and a spot of white to finish.

As for the flesh (this is pinched from a forum post i made on http://www.dakkadakka.com)

Starting from the base

Elf flesh (I also wash the recesses around the nose and eye sockets here with a fair bit of devlan mud)
Elf flesh + Fortress Gray (about a 1:1 or 1.5:1 mix from memory the grays there to tone down the elf flesh)
Bleached Bone + Fortress Gray (Again about 1:1, first layer of highlights)
Skull White + Bleached Bone (2:1 or 3:1 you only add the bone to off-colour the white)

You can simplify the mix a lot if you buy dheneb stone (as it can replace the Elf flesh + Fortress Gray stage but im cheap)

There are also some good examples out their of people who go dheneb stone -> wash -> white/dheneb stone highlight, which looks easier, but I didn’t want to go quite as gray as that.

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Dark Eldar Painting – The Beginning

Ok, the second post and this should be the main theme of this blog (seeing as it has painting in the name), the models and making decisions.

The box of Kabalites was bought a few weeks ago but it’s only in the last week that I started painting with a little dedication. So far they seem to be going fairly well but as with most plans surviving first contact, or first brush stroke in this case, is tricky.

The first pick was to go with some already setup fluff so decided on Obsidian Rose as the Kabalite unit of choice so its black and red for the looks. I decided to go with straight black for the armour (rather than a black/red gore mix that seems fairly common) as I preferred the contrast between the black and the highlights.

So first stage was black undercoat, the loin cloths and the initial edging to find out just how rusty my painting was.

This turned out fairly well, my first edge highlight layer was a little shaky and a little to narrow but not too bad. Next up I layered the highlights on leading too…

Which turned out pretty well for my first few painting sessions, now onto the lessons learned and the decisions to be made! First up I need to be more confidant with the thickness of the first layers of highlight, most of this banding was about 2-3mm or so wide on the first layer, which when your building up 4 layers of highlight is not wide enough, so for the rest I’m aiming for a more consistent 3-5mm depending on the model and area.

As for the decisions I’m trying to decide whether to go with the red/orange/orange + white mix for the highlights or to change to a red/orange/yellow mix. But this will be a trial for another blog.

 

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You’ve got to start somewhere

So here it is.

In what is probably a rash decision I’ve decided to start blogging about my Warhammer 40K experience. I’ve recently taken up the hobby again because of the constant harassment by a friend of mine hooking me back into the hobby, I last played about a decade ago and I’m feeling more than a little rusty.

Why the blog though? Well it’ll be a way to motivate my *hopefully* improving painting along with getting to know the WH40K internet community and getting involved in what it has to offer.

So hopefully this’ll be the start of a great new thing. (Being old enough and employed so I can afford the models helps ^^ )

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