Ready for a makeover that is. It was awhile back, but I *think* I started my repaint with my two Guardian squads — this being one of them. Only fitting I kick off my first actual post showcasing minis with them. As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, my original paint scheme consisted of really dark blues (the old Regal Blue and Midnight Blue), with very little edge highlighting over black primer.
The end result kinda captured the dark and mysterious vibe that make the Eldar, Eldar for me… at least as far as was within my abilities, but let’s be honest — they looked boring. Fairly clean, but boring. Even the bases were really subdued. I was thinking of something like a “night world” to keep the theme dark with Chaos Black to with Codex Grey, then washed with a Blue Ink. Once dry, drybrushed with Codex Grey and a light drybrush of Rotting Flesh. It actually might not be a bad idea for the upcoming Idoneth Deepkin, but the bases needed something more for me. I don’t have any WIP pictures of the Guardians, but after the switch to Iybraesil, this was more or less the final result (of the other squad):
Still a few gems I want to repaint as either an icy blue or warm purple, but trust me. I’ve repainted so many gems over the course of this project, I need a break. A nice, long break. Sorry Guardians. Anyway, my approach to the bulk of the armor is much like everyone else’s:
- Base of Sotek Green
- Shade of Drakenhoff Nightshade
- Layer Sotek Green, leaving the shaded recesses alone.
- 1:1 mix of Sotek Green and Temple Guard Blue for edge highlights
- Pure Temple Guard Blue for finer highlights.
- Add a small amount of White Scar to the Temple Guard Blue for only the extreme edges.
If you’re starting with new models, a nice grey primer works best. Something with a similar color to Mechanicus Standard Grey. It’ll also give you a bit of a head start on the bases, which after priming, I drybrushed with Dawnstone. From there, I added small amounts of White Scar and gave a really light drybrushing to any big rocks. Finally, I used Gryphonne Sepia (currently Seraphim Sepia) mostly to give a bit of variation in color underneath rocks, around Guardians’ feet, and some of the rocks that ended up a little too white.
Another thing I did differently with these Guardians was painting the undersuit Mechanicus Standard Grey, before washing it with Drakenhoff Nightshade. I’m not a fan of the Citadel approach to Eldar units where their suits are made up entirely of a single color — Iyanden Guardians and bright green Striking Scorpions come to mind. As for the Guardians, I was really happy with how they turned out.
Also, I didn’t wanna get ahead of myself before I properly introduced them to this blog, but the new Dark Eld– sorry, Drukhari codex was announced today and is coming very soon… Oh no.