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    How to paint eldar gems.

    Soooo, I've been lookn' at some eldar models and I was wondering how to pain the gems. What I mean by that is some people can paint them very nice so they look real. Like in some areas its darker and some its a sparkly white color.

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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    check uk website in the eldar section good advice there or in the codex it also tells you how to paint gems hope this helps

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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.



    That help?

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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    Thats great for me Fearfrost, much clearer than on the GW site. *steals*
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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    this might jsut come in handy... thanks
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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    Having just Started Eldar, that is a fantastic and easy to use tutorial. Thanks Fearfrost!!

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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    What colors do you suggest for the red gem, FF (or anyone)? Could I get away with Red Gore, Blazing Orage, Skull White? Or need that blood red base?

    Thanks for reposting the pic though, just what I was looking for too!

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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    Threadomancy.

    this is relevant again if not pinned!

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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    Quote Originally Posted by FearFrost View Post


    That help?
    Awesome! Now get me another one on painting search lights and other light sources.

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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    Did this a while ago on a paint program, dont know whether its useful?

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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    great one. saved to desktop. thanks

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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    Using red as a sample:
    Start with a black basecoat, paint about half (a curvy half) with a dark red (I still use scab red), then a cresent with mephiston red then final with smaller cresent with wild rider red. Put two small white dots at the opposite end of where your brightest point is.
    So if your light source is top left, your brightest spot will be bottom right and your white dots will be top left.
    I hope that made sense.

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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    Quote Originally Posted by FearFrost View Post


    That help?
    That'll work. One criticism- generally, you'll want the lightest part of the gem to be on the opposite side from the lightsource/shine.

    Also, on small areas like that with high contrast, I often like to start off by painting the extreme ends, then blending them together with a watered down color (so paint the dark color on, paint the crescent in white/off white, then blend the two together).

    So that you know, quite a few people like to put a layer of gloss over the gems when they're finished with the army to increase that shiny effect. It isn't a big deal either way (and does not show up in photographs at all) but that's something you can think about.
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    Re: How to paint eldar gems.

    This page is in the advanced techniques sticky and I found it quite useful: http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/1205

    Using the principles on here I painted the blade of my Farseer's Singing Spear like a gemstone or crystal. As Odinsgrandson said, imagine the light enters the gemstone from the small light dot and then scatters inside the gemstone to produce a larger highlight opposite the area the light enters. I'm currently trying to paint the gemstones on a Forge World Avatar, so I've had plenty of recent practice.
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