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Kamizanate
12-06-2007, 09:35
So, I've been playing Fantasy as Chaos for almost 2 years now. The state of my army is pathetic... barely have 2 units painting, with almost 4000 points worth of models. Never was really inspired to paint the fantasy minis, though I thoroughly enjoyed playing. So, I decided I wanted to start painting 40k, and move back to fantasy after I successfully painted a smaller scaled army.

Thus, I have started Eldar, and have very much fallen in love with their models. I'm buying and painting the army one unit at a time, my first unit being some Guardians with a weapons platform. I figured this would give me some practice on the basic shape of Eldar armor and vehicle hulls.

On to the Guardians, of which I have 3 (Semi) done. I'll start with pictures of my first to my latest, of which I can see a major improvement. But I'm looking for help on my painting, so please, if you have any thoughts, do share!


http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k016.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k014.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k013.jpg

So, I was trying to figure out a basic color scheme with which to paint the rest of my guardians. I decided on white and yellow, but I just couldn't decide on the gun. I also attempted to make the armor look shiny with gloss varnish, but it ended up just looking slimy. No more gloss varnish on the other ones.

Kamizanate
12-06-2007, 09:37
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k012.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k010.jpg

My second attempt, this one has more black lining and is a tad cleaner and smoother. Still, I had not yet gotten in the swing of thinning paints or blending white. I also hadn't yet decided on a gun color.

Kamizanate
12-06-2007, 09:37
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k009.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k007.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k006.jpg

My third guardian, with attempts at shading in areas that I could. I built up several layers to the final white, which is far smoother than the previous two, but still not as smooth as I think I can get it. Also, I decided on the blue for the guns, with white underneath. I am also going to paint the vehicles in the army in this blue style, perhaps not with the white though.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k023.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k022.jpg

These are just two photos of my start of the model, trying to blend the shadows on the legs. I could use some guidance as to whether I'm doing this right.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k005.jpg

All three together. Even with slight differences in color, definitely table worthy in my eyes. I will be fixing the guns to be uniform over the next few days.

Any thoughts on ways I can improve over the course of my next 5 guardians?

Kamizanate
12-06-2007, 09:40
I have assembled my weapons platform in a manner that I think may be helpful to Eldar players. Lots of players want to swap out weapons for heavy weapons platforms, and I've seen magnets used extensively. That is kind of expensive, so I used a drill and some pins to make the guns interchangeable.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k003.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k002.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb238/Kamizanate/40k001.jpg

Just some shots on how it is constructed, in case anyone wants to do the same without magnets.

Ross
12-06-2007, 09:55
Did you use undercoat for these (the pressure pack variety)? I'd advise using Skull White (spray) then hit your shaded areas. Then a fresh clean watered down Skull white to tidy things up. Put your yellow colours on then hit with gloss varnish. Without having heaps of layers of white, the gloss should look better. (anyway that's how I did my stormtroopers and they came out nice)
Hope that helps.

Good idea on the pinning, much cheaper and easier than magnets.

jasevx
12-06-2007, 09:56
not a bad start, tho the mould lines do stand out, just take care on the pre painting prep

bram kuijpers
12-06-2007, 11:21
water your paint down its realy thick

anyway keep it up and get rid of those mould lines

AventineCrusader
12-06-2007, 11:55
First off, congratulations, as there really is a large improvement from the 1st one to the last, which shows promise. Also, I can't help but think with your choice of colours that starting with a white undercoat (preferably spray) would be much better than starting with the black it appears you are using.

Well, good luck, its always great to see more Eldar logs...

Crusader

Kamizanate
12-06-2007, 23:32
Yeah, I am planning on picking up a white spray. Going from black to white seems kind of stupid after realizing how annoying it is to get a smooth white.

And I stupidly and completely forgot to smooth out the mold lines for these first three guardians... That is something I need to remember.

Mojaco
12-06-2007, 23:40
It migtht be better to paint most of the model with very light shades of grey, so you still have white left as a highlight colour. Otherwise it looks a bit flat.

Kamizanate
13-06-2007, 00:53
Thats what I attempted to do with my last model... But I think I ended up putting on too many coats of white at the end. It looked a lot smoother when it was just lighter greys. My next model will be light light grey, with skull white only as highlights.