So, with the recent release of the Eldar codex I have enjoyed working with that army again. We have a saying locally "I don't paint like that no more.", and to some extent that is true. I am not trying to say there was anything specifically wrong with how I used to paint in particular how I painted my Eldar, I have just learned skills and techniques that will make painting new models much easier and reach a better result.
The miniatures above are from my old army. In my heyday it was good enough to win me a best painted at a Rouge Trader tournament, and the army itself won me a overall win in a different Rouge Trader. Keep in mind this was some time ago, and the style like the miniatures has not aged well. I decided I needed a new style for the army. I plan on using similar colors, but I will paint them using some different techniques and hopefully come out with a quicker more pleasing looking scheme.
This is not the first makeover I have attempted on this army either. My first instinct was to tone down the grey, and the red to some extent, to a more muted tone. In addition I added red to the shuriken catapult. With these models I prefer a bit of color on the gun as opposed to a simple metallic gun. I like this look and for a while it was what I was going to go with.
Now, as I was saying new techniques. I simply do not have the time needed to complete an entire army using the methods I did on the above models. I have an airbrush and I wanted to incorporate it into the plan. The unfortunate part is to do so required a change of scheme once again. So, the gray I settled on is in between the first and second attempts. It is sprayed on with my airbrush in 3 lighter stages to provide some shading below with minimal time spent. The main change is the amount of red. I just could not see a reason to spend the time to spray all that gray if I was simply going to cover it up. Therefore most of the armor pieces that used to be red (mainly the torso, but some others), is now gray.
Here is a group WIP. I intend on focusing on unpainted units before I re-paint any units. Having said that I needed to know how the guardians were going to look before I could work on a set up for the aspects.
I did a similar thing with my old Striking Scorpions by replacing the red plates with the traditional Scorpion Green. They may be a bit small but you can see them in the bottom right corner.
For the Dire Avengers, I plan on keeping the gray under armor and replacing the red plates with blue. Fire Dragons will be done in a similar fashion but the plates will be orange.
Well I have drug this on for entirely too long. If you have made it this far thanks for reading and stay tuned for more updates.