Archive for March, 2015

Dark Eldar Venom

A Hobby Detour

As is so often the case, my hobby plans have shifted slightly. Originally I was planning on allying my Harlequins with a Craftworld Eldar force. However, the brand-new Harlequins really showed up how dated the Eldar range is. Instead ideas started growing in my mind of collecting a Dark Eldar army instead. As luck would have it, the opportunity to purchase a sizeable Dark Eldar army at a significantly discounted price came up via a friend of a friend.

At the moment I am uncertain what colours to use to paint my Harlequin jetbikes; I want them to look like the deep purple jetbikes seen on the cover of White Dwarf but I’m unsure what paints to use to achieve this. As a result, I decided to put the Harlequins on hold and get started with the Dark Eldar instead, using the venom I assembled earlier as a test model.

Dark Eldar Venom

The model is painted in the colours of the Kabal of the Black Heart. It was primed black before being given a basecoat using Incubi Darkness spray paint. Highlights of Kabalite Green were airbrushed on. The panel lines were shaded with Nuln Oil and a subtle edge highlight of Kabailte Green was applied (although they are hard to see in the photo). The next step will be to add further highlights using Sybarite Green before painting the details.

-Andy.

Harlequin Vehicles

Over the last couple of weeks I have been slowly assembling the vehicles to go with my Harlequin troupe. Not only do the kits look fantastic but they are really well designed too and many of the components fit together so well that when dry-fitting them they remained in place even without glue.

Skyweaver Jetbikes

The Skyweaver Jetbikes are the models that first attracted me to the Harlequin range and so it has been great fun putting them together. My one criticism of the models is that they do not attach to the flying stands very well and will need gluing in place. However, this is a minor niggle. For these models I have tried to match the masks of the riders to the ‘mask’ on the jetbike, so here both riders have skull-like masks to match the canopy of the bike.

Model Trees

Just a quick update to show some of the terrain I have been working on recently. These trees are made using Woodland Scenics 5-7 inch tree armatures. These are pliable plastic frames which can be carefully bent into shape and produce pretty realistic trees with very little effort.

Once I had cleaned off any mold lines and bent the trees into the desired shapes I glued them to a base cut from MDF and applied a covering of sand to the base. When the glue had dried, a coat of spray varnish was used to hold the sand in place. This is different to my usual method of painting on a layer of thinned PVA over sand but I was worried that the PVA water mix would be absorbed by the MDF and warp the base. The varnish worked really well and the sand remained in place even after some pretty rough drybrushing.

Model Trees wip

The base was painted Steel Legion Drab and heavily drybrushed using Ushabti Bone. Patches of he ground were then washed with thinned Loren Forest to break up any uniformity. The trees themselves were painted Khemri Brown and washed with Agrax Earthshade. They were then drybrushed Codex Grey followed by Fortress Grey and then Pallid Wych Flesh. Once again thinned Loren Forest was applied to the trees in random patches to give the impression of moss or lichen growing on the trunks and branches.

Model Trees

Once everything had dried various flocks, tufts and clump foliage were added to the base to give the impression of a forest floor. The trick here is to use a variety of colours and textures to build up a natural, realistic finish. While doing this I was careful to think about model placement (these are, after all, intended for gaming) and so I wanted to leave some flat areas for models to stand on.

Model Trees

The final stage was to add some foliage to the trees. For this I used Woodland Scenics clump foliage for the two shorter trees and some of their ‘Fine Leaf Foliage’ (a sample of which was included in the kit) for the other, taller tree. I am really impressed with the Fine Leaf Foliage as it gives a fantastically realistic finish. Unfortunately, the kit only included enough for one tree but I will definitely be buying more in future. As with the ground cover, I used different colours of foliage for each of the trees to prevent them from looking too uniform.

A shot with a model for scale:

Model Trees

The trees in situ on one of my gaming boards:

Model Trees

 

WIP Harlequins 2015

I have started work on two more Harlequins to join my troupe. So fat they have had the main colours blocked in. Just washes and highlights to go. More details on how they were painted can be found in my previous post.