The Call of Sigmar, part two.

A few days ago I introduced the story behind my aelves. After much badgering from Jamie, I have returned from wandering the Mortal Realms to talk about how I approached painting my collection.

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

Glorindael The Mourning Blade

Darion?s Starclaws

Darion?s Starclaws

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

Here you can see the finished armour effect

The cloth areas add to the cold look of the army

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.

Author: Gary

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