Gary starts a new Eldar army

Like many of us dedicated hobbyists, when looking for the inspiration to start a new collection I trawl the internet looking at models other people have done. One night I came across a colour scheme for an Eldar army that I absolutely fell in love with and I knew I needed my own Eldar collection just like it.

I started off by raiding my cupboard of figure cases for some models to try out the colours on. I emerged with a squad of Fire Dragons that were handily already undercoated and set off to get my painting area ready.

To get the smooth blends of colours I decided to use my airbrush. Queue several hours of experimentation while I worked to get the models to match the pictures I?d seen. In the end I found that the following method seemed to work to get the effect I needed:

  1. Undercoat the model with Chaos Black
  2. Airbrush the whole model with Caliban Green   
  3. Turn the model upside down and airbrush the front of the helmet with Kabalite Green
  4. Airbrush the top of the helmet and all of the upper parts of the model with Kabalite Green
  5. Airbrush the top of the helmet and the upper half of the model with Sybarite Green (don?t worry about any overspray on the bottom part though)
  6. Turn the model upside down and airbrush the front of the helmet with Kalabite Green
  7. Airbrush Abaddon Black into the shadows and recesses of the armour plates
  8. Airbrush Gauss Blaster Green onto the tips of the weapons

At this point all the airbrushing was done and I went and added line highlights and shading to the model to finish it off.

I?m quite happy with the end results of my test. I?ve collected Eldar (and other pointy eared models) since I could first hold a brush and it felt great to be painting my favourite models again. 

Next up, some Crimson Hunters and Howling Banshees!

Author: Gary

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