When I painted the Caelanar, I was trying to get across that this force were a people in mourning. To achieve that I tried to keep to as limited a colour palette as possible and to use fairly sombre tones throughout. To help give some depth to the colours I sprayed the models with Chaos Black spray, followed by a layer of Corax White spray. The white was applied only to the top of the miniatures and was sprayed directly down from above. I find sometimes that a two tone undercoat can help you when deciding where to put areas of light and shade on a model and gives a different finish to just pure black or white.
Glorindael The Mourning Blade
The main areas on the aelves are their scale mail and clothing so these were the areas I needed to pay special attention to.
For the mail I started out by painting on a thin layer of Runefang Steel. Next I painted the main colour for the cloth areas using Sotek Green, at this stage I actually washed the shadowed areas of the mail with this colour too. I did this just to give a different feel to the armour and to link it to the other parts of the model.
After this layer had dried I gave the metal parts a careful wash of nuln oil, to define the shadows and ridges in the metal. When it came to highlighting the mail I actually highlighted different parts with different colours. The lower parts of the mail, and those scales in shadow I either left as they were or highlighted with a layer of Leadbelcher. Those parts most in the light I highlighted with Runefang Steel and in between I highlighted with Ironbreaker
Here you can see the finished armour effect
The cloth areas add to the cold look of the army
For the cloth I highlighted the Sotek Green areas with Temple Guard Blue then a final highlight of Blue Horror on the most prominent areas. It was at this point that I carefully washed Incubi Darkness into the shadows to finish the cloth.
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