Craftworlds · Warhammer 40000

[Repaints] “Guardian Squad, ready…”

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.

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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):

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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.

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