Here are the first completed models for my Iybraesil Eldar warhost: a couple of Rangers. I want to try to paint my new Eldar army in a completely different style from my Imperial Guard, not just in different colours, so in the spirit of painting outside the lines I really went to town on these guys with techniques, tools and wild colour theories I’ve never used before. I even used flock/static grass for the first time.
First I undercoated them with grey primer, then washed them thickly all over with dark blue-black. Then I held a can of white spray-paint above them and blasted straight down. I wanted it to look like the Eldar are in moonlight on a spooky Crone World, not just highlight the raised areas like I usually do.
Next I blocked in the main colours with really thin washes so that the spray highlight showed through naturally and the effect was more like water-colour than solid paint. Iybraesil’s colours are blue and white so that’s what I went with: blue armour and bone helmets and weapons. I then picked out the details like straps, buttons and talismans with solid colours. I deliberately avoided using any pure white or black at all on the models, hoping for a soft light effect. Finally I washed the models again all over with blue-black mixed with a bit of windex, which left an unplanned grainy effect that I really like.
Overall I think they were a success, though as with any experimental process things will go wrong. I tried out some crackle medium on one elf’s rifle strap trophy, hoping for a dried blood effect, but it didn’t do anything. I think maybe the area was too small. Also, the subtle shades and highlights look a bit too subtle, especially in photos. And last but not least, they have white pointy heads . . . and I seem to have stumbled upon the precise paint recipe for Smurf Skin Blue. So that’s kind of funny.
I’m stoked with how these dudes turned out, and I’m really looking forward to painting my jetbikes now. They just arrived as part of the final Maelstrom order I made before the announcement of Evil GW’s™ shipping embargo.