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I've only managed to finish one unit of 10 Boyz in the last 3 years so I took up the army painting challenge to help motivate me to complete some squads and hopefully a full army.

This Project Log will follow my attempts with Saim Hann Eldar for the challenge.

First unit was Banshees which was probably a bit ambitious.

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After pics to follow later.

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Took me the whole month to complete and went right down to the wire, posting shortly before midnight.

Sadly, no in-progress pics this time, but will post these for next unit now I have figured out camera settings.

Completed pics:

Was testing distances for camera so have 3 pics of each facing - Front-Left-Back-Right:

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I hope to improve not only my painting, but also pic taking as this log progresses. (Background, yes I know!)

First time attempting highlights which was a bit hit and miss to be honest. Spent as much time making good mistakes afterwards.

There is an excellent level of detail on these models which my painting skills cannot yet do justice to. Overall, I am happy with the end result as they will look good on the tabletop, although suffer somewhat under closer scrutiny.

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Final touches for the Banshees:

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Coat of Purity Seal followed by adding tufts of grass to the base. Wanted to post the finished pictures before spraying with Purity Seal as I have heard horror stories from others using this.

First time adding static grass as well, pretty pleased with the result.

Next up will be a squad of Guardians for the April entry.

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That's some sexy looking Howling Banshee's.
The armor color has a nice smooth finish to it. I always get nervous doing a color that close to white.

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I've started mixing my paints with windowlene (windex) rather than water, and am getting much smoother results that way.

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April entry will be a Guardian squad. These were primed some time ago with Army Painter red:

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This was a bit too close to the intended final colour so I needed to darken them up a bit. Unfortunately Baal Red isn't very good at shading so I used a heavy wash of Badab Black instead:

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Not sure that was a great idea!

Plan is to drybrush with Blood Red then attempt some highlights with a red/orange mix. Probably then wash with Baal Red to try and bring it together.

Will be a short month for me as I will be away for a week, so want to make this unit fairly quick if possible. As they are a basic troops unit, I'm not too concerned about a great level of detail this month.

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Very cool looking...very excited to see the next batch!

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One coat of Blood Red dry brush later:

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Still too dark, might have to try another coat of dry brushed Blood Red. That's enough for tonight though.

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I think the darker look is pretty fitting actually. I'm not a huge fan of bright and gaudy colors. Why not highlight/finish one Guardian off as is and see how you like it.

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