Hey Warseer, the following will be my painting log for all things Dark Eldar. I've picked up a box of Kabalite Warriors and the new DE codex, and wanted to start a log of my progress as I test out some painting techniques for the new DE minis.
Cracking open the Kabalite Warriors box, I was amazed at the quality of the new sprues. GW's plastic sets are only getting better, and the detail and molding on this set is amazing. I only had to clean a few flash lines on the helmets and a few of the bare heads, as well as a few splinter rifles. Other than that, everything went from frame to mini without any clean up.
A few notes about the building process:
-The legs are 2 pieces, the legs and front groin are one piece, and the warrior's kit and backside are another. There are a few combination that will not work when you try and match up the 2 pieces. Not a biggie, but something they might have reconsidered.
-There are 2 torso backplates that have an oval crevice. These are for your Dark Lance/Splintercannon warrior's power pack and the Sybarite's upgrade stuff. Be aware that you need to set these torsos aside when assembling your squad as they are different from the others.
- There are 8 Splinter Rifle sets with matching arms, just enough to get you a min-maxed squad of 1 special weapon and 1 heavy weapon per 10 guys (per box in other words). There are also enough arms for pretty much any Sybarite config you might want (I didn't look too deeply into this, there may be some stuff that's not able to be WYSIWYG, but nothing some kit-bashing with Wytches can't fix. You did buy some Wytches, right? ).
- Arms may be tough to try and magnetize/pin, but with what I imagine will be a surge of bits sites breaking down these boxed sets, I would end up pinning these models at the waist to allow for extra versatility from your models. All you'd need are a few extra torsos since you can't use every weapon on the sprue in a legal squad anyway, so you'd just glue a head/arm set onto the torso and pin it to some legs, and voila, swappable weapons without the need to buy a full miniature.
Now, on to the juicy stuff. Chances are I will never actually own a DE army, but I wanted to help the community with some techniques I think may help as people start to assemble their new DE stuff. Keep an eye on a certain online auction site for the end results of these tests.
So, without further ado, here we go:
The full squad, 1 warrior armed with a Blaster and 1 armed with a Dark Lance:
Test Scheme 1:
This was a relatively no-brainer scheme, as I already had all the paints for the armor from my IG Tank turret viewports. The method was as follows:
Armor: Edged in Mechrite Red, 1st highlight with Blood Red, final highlight of Solar Mecahrius Orange.
Flesh Sash: Basecoat Elf Flesh, wash with Ogryn Flesh, wash again with Gryphonne Sepia, highlight raised areas with Elf Flesh again, final wash of Ogryn Flesh.
Eyes and Lightsource effect: Basecoat Goblin Green, highlight with 1:1 mix Goblin Green and Sunburst Yellow.
Splinter Rifle: Basecoat Codex Grey, wash with Badab Black. Chainmail with Mitrhil Silver highlights for silver parts. Shining Gold washed twice with Gryphonne Sepia and highlighted with Shining Gold again for gold parts.
Kit: Sword detail edged in Mithril Silver, handle painted Bleached Bone highlighted with Skull White. Metal bits drybrushed Chainmail then washed with Badab Black for metal parts. Pouch basecoated in Bleached Bone and washed twice with Devlan Mud.
Leg Sash: Basecoat Goblin Green, wash with Badab Black, highlight with Goblin Green again.
Bone: Basecoat Bleached Bone, highlight with Skull White.
The next scheme I want to try is gonna be something along the lines of an Orkhide > Snot Green > Goblin Green, and I may try out something with Hawk Turquoise as well.