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howdy heretics!

given my chronic inability to focus on one thing for any meaningful length of time, i've predictably started another project log...huzzah etc.

this time, it's the IoB High Elves that will be receiving the attention of my brush. and i want to do something a bit different, in terms of technique and aesthetic, to the Skaven i have been working on.

with this in mind, i started looking for inspiration...and the images below describe pretty well what i'm going for, namely, that etheral / "glowing" / other-worldly way the Elves are presented here -







with that in mind, there's going to be lots of white, minimal colours to accent said white [going for a regal / royal purple and gold combo], and washes. lots of washes. so stay tuned...

oh, and props to Sparros to linking me to the Warseer thread that gave me the idea to paint this army predominantly with GW washes!

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dark angels seventh company
skaven horde
the warriors of ulthuan

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so first models. insanely easy and quick to paint, i give you my first 5 SwordMasters of Hoeth. just over an hour to do these guys, and with that in mind, i'm pretty happy with how they turned out. enjoy -




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skaven horde
the warriors of ulthuan

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You put my skill to shame!

Quick question, how did you do the gold? Mine always comes off really dull, same for your metal. Have some rep anyway!
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They look really good for just an hours fiddling with washes, how many coats did you have to use to get reasonable colour and shading?
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...how many coats did you have to use to get reasonable colour and shading?
the trick to getting good shading and definition comes before applying the colour washes...you first apply a badab black wash to a white undercoat, then drybrush the model with white once the wash has dried.

after that, the colour goes on pretty quickly. i did two coats of everything just to be sure, although i did stretch to three to get a decent shade of purple...

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Y]Quick question, how did you do the gold? Mine always comes off really dull, same for your metal. Have some rep anyway!
the metal goes like so, sir - apply a "wash" of thinned down mithril silver to everything that is going to be metal. then for gold, i washed with 2 coats of gryphonne sepia. for iron / mail, wash with badab black. if you wanted bronze or tin, i'd suggest using devlan mud. or you could experiment by mixing shades of washes.

now i'm off to see if i can finish the rest of the unit before dinner!!

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skaven horde
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They look excellent!

Very good use of wash + drybrush. I'm always impressed when someone hits that perfect mix of soft tones and contrast. =) Well done sir!

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Very tidy speed painting.

The swords look a little dull/dirty; I always see Elvis as shiny.
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Not after they hacked apart some nasties
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The swords look a little dull/dirty; I always see Elvis as shiny.
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Not after they hacked apart some nasties
You are forgetting that high elves have the Always Showers First rule so are obsessively clean
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... I always see Elvis as shiny.
I agree Elvis was pretty shiny. Especially later in life with the gold chains and sequined suits!

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