Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dark Eldar WIP's

Still chugging along painting 500pts of Dark Eldar for a winter painting league at one of the local shops.  I took a 3 week break from painting after the GT and I really started missing it.  It's becoming very zen to me; painting these little guys is great relaxation after a long day at work and working on the nursery for my son who will arrive in 8 weeks.

I'm still airbrushing a lot and enjoying it immensely.  I wish I would have experimented with it earlier as it would have saved me dozens of hours on my GK army.  This week will serve as a tutorial of sorts of how I've progressed on a venom.

I started with Krylon White Primer which I'm using now as a cheap alternative to GW primers.  After that, I airbrushed a coat of Autumn Leaves (Folk Art) down the center.  I'm using a color scheme from a Dawn of War army I played online many years ago that I named "Twilight's Edge".  The colors reflect a late sunset with oranges, reds, purples, and the black of approaching night.

Next I did a coat of Barn Red blended against the orange.

Then a coat of Violet Purple blended into the red.

I finished up the top of the hull with black on the wing tips.

For the undercarriage, I painted the whole piece black then hit the front of the pilot with an Apple Green.  I want to create an OSL glow coming from his instrument panel onto his front side.

Then I used Medium Grey to bring up the black a bit on the grate, engines, and anti-grav ribbing.

After that, I assembled the two halves and started black lining the panels by hand.  It's still a WIP, but I will be finishing the highlights and detailing by hand.  The benefits of airbrushing are immediately apparent.  Great blending effects and this whole process took only 90 minutes.

I also did a little work on my test grotesque, adding some tattoos.  I wanted to break up the fleshy areas a bit.

That's my progress for this week.  Two weeks left to finish the first 500pts so stay tuned for more progress pics.  More batreps from the GT will be on the way also.


  1. Pretty nifty - I like the dedication to OSL and seeing where it has to be planned for in the process is useful. Thanks for posting!

  2. I have to say you are amazing with the paints that you use bud! I have typically used the cheaper paints only in terrain pieces but your end results look just as good to me as the more expensive options.

    Well done!

  3. Those are awesome! I know you put the paint colors but what Brand is that?

  4. Love the tattoo work, it really adds to the model.

  5. Great work man! Airbrushes are really a great tool. They are great for doing large vehicles and many cool shading and blending schemes. Keep up the nice work. But aren't you going to need a DE in your banner now?

  6. Thanks guys.

    Jon - I use Folk Art paints watered down heavily. Most craft stores sell them around $1 per bottle.

    POK - I think I'll leave the banner for a year or so and see where my 40k adventure takes me. I love Goatboy's artwork but I would need a second job to pay for a new banner if I ordered one every time I start a new army hehe.

  7. I really like the Grotesque, and the fact that you are starting Dark Eldar! I will closely follow your progress a I'm in the middle of assembling and painting a DE army myself :) Keep up the good work!

  8. It looks like we are using the same colors for our DE.

    All you have to do is reverse the amount of purple and red and you have an idea of what mine look like.

  9. Nice Allan. We will have to play a mirror match next time we end up at the same tourney.