I'll be the first to admit that I've been slacking on my painting schedule for the escalation league, but it's hard to focus the week before your first child is born. I was able to get out of the rut last weekend and get some work done. Just to preface the pictures, here's a list of some of my goals with this army:
1. Increase my paint score potential above my Grey Knight army with many more conversions. Grotesques, beasts, and haemonculi will all be converted.
2. Test the theory that more colorful armies draw more attention and possibly higher scores. My Grey Knights are black and white, so the Dark Eldar will use bright colors. The scheme was actually used when I played an army dubbed "Twilight's Edge" and is supposed to reflect the colors of a sunset fading into darkness.
3. Save money on the build cost by converting plastic kits to avoid finecast when possible. Finecast beasts run about $1 per point, so anything less than that will be good also. Haemonculi and an Archon will also be converted.
4. Cut down painting time by using new and more efficient techniques. My Grey Knights were entirely hand-blended. The Dark Eldar will be airbrushed, washed, and dry brushed.
With all that in mind, here are some progress pics from this week.
This is a batch of infantry that includes 10 warriors, 6 trueborn, 1 archon, and 2 haemi's. To illustrate how fast air brushing is, I base coated these 19 models orange, red, purple, black, and shades of blue in 3 hours flat. Finishing colors, washes, and dry brushing on my test model took 2 more hours, bringing the time investment to about 2.5 hours per model. Compare that to 6+ hours per Grey Knight!
So I was able to do all the painting pictured above in two sessions on one day. I'm pretty happy with the results and it gives me hope that I can finish the army in the 2 months I have left until the painting tournament.