March 2nd is Old Stuff Day!

Old Stuff DayRob over at Warhammer39,999 had a great idea to have a single day dedicated to presenting old blog material that may not have gotten the attention it deserved.  So today I am presenting two older posts that I did when I was working on my Eldar army.  The first is a tutorial of how I did the camouflage on the grav tanks, and the second is a quick look at the effect that sharp highlighting has on the appearance of a model.  Here we go!

WIP: Falcon Camouflage Step-by-Step

Originally posted: 25 May 2009

I’ve been working on the Falcon all day, and figured I’d give a kind of step by step through my painting process for the camouflage and the details.

Here we start with the plain tank without any detailing and the small (1″x1″x2″) chunk of kitchen sponge.


I add some dark blue to my palette and water it down just a hair.  I don’t want it too thin or it will run or get absorbed into the sponge.  I dip the sponge in the paint and then give a few dabs onto a piece of paper so it’s not to thick.  Then I start lightly dabbing it onto the tank.


Here’s a picture after the entire tank has been done with the sponge.  As you can see, some of the areas weren’t very well covered.  It’s tough to get into the tight areas with the sponge, so I use a brush for those parts.


I take an old brush, dip it in the blue and then give it a few dabs on paper to get any excess paint out.  Then I lightly dab paint onto the tank in the areas the didn’t get very good coverage with the sponge.


As you can see the camo is much more uniform.  Then it’s just a matter of filling in the details, like the gems, the lining, etc.  Here is a picture of the tank so far.  It need the light blue highlights, some bright yellow on the antenna arrays, and some decals/icons.



Painting: Serpent Lines

Originally Posted: 24 March 2009

First a short history…

The first Wave Serpent I painted turned out pretty well, but then when I started painting my second one, I decided to try something a little bit different and really highlight the recessed lines running across the body.  I did this with a very light blue, and it turned out great.  The only problem was that now my first Serpent didn’t look nearly as good in comparison.  So tonight I decided to work on fixing that and painted all the lines.  It took me a little longer than anticipated, but I was also slightly distracted by watching Heroes and Castle.  Here are the before and after pictures.

As you can see, it just seems to be lacking something.  It’s just a little to monochrome.


With the highlighting the lines are much more defined and it really makes the effect pop.  Sure it now takes a bit longer to finish a tank, but the effect is definitely worth it.

Now I just need to go back and do the same for my War Walkers.

3 Responses to “March 2nd is Old Stuff Day!”

  1. 1 Warhammer39999 March 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    That’s a great effect. I wondered how people produced the Iyanden tank patterns before–but as a Biel-Tan player, I just figured they free-handed it all. Sponges make so much more sense though…

    I wonder how this would work out for Khornate paint jobs? Black base with stippled white over the top and tons of red glaze. Hrmmm….

  2. 2 Flekkzo March 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I’ve hear rumours of your Alaitoc force having been expanded 🙂

    That and this makes me want to try out painting some Eldar of my own:)

    • 3 Rkik March 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      Hehe, it has.

      I’ve built the Fire Prism, but I haven’t painted it yet. I actually got a new airbrush about a month ago, so I’m practicing with that before I really start on any tanks. I need to post picks of the assembled model at least. 😀

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