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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
9:34 AM
Whew - what a busy couple of weeks.  But fear not, I've got plenty of pretty pictures to make up for it.

First up, GW's recently re-invented and re-released the Dark Eldar.  It's an interesting army in many ways.  Game-wise, they're a glass cannon - designed to be a very potent and fast killing force, but with very low resilience.  Model-wise, they've been recognized as some of the best designed miniatures GW's put out to-date.  That said, I couldn't resist trying my hand at a few of them (who will perhaps grow into a playable force in time...)

Behold, warriors of the Kabal of the Obsidian Rose:


The A-Team, they are not.

This was the first time I've tried my hand at object source-lighting - i.e. their glowing eyes.  I'm pretty happy with it - it's a basic effect that adds to the malice of the figures. 



I like to imagine them stalking a pristine world at night on their hunt for slaves and sacrifices... oh the world of 40k is such a happy place.

Next up is the extreme polar opposite of the Dark Eldar.  The brightest Space Marines this side of neon:  The Imperial Fists.  The Imperial Fists are a chapter I've become more interested in lately after reading a short story centered on them.  In the hobby world, they're somewhat infamous, since when it comes to paint, few colors are loathed more than yellow.


The Imperial Fists believe in clarity through pain; so does yellow.

Here's the really interesting thing about painting yellow:  Every person has their own personal recipe.  Some like to start of with black, go to a mustard yellow, and build up from there.  Others start of white and tint it with many coats of yellow glaze.


I stole borrowed the idea for the partially gray backpack from a google image result I can no longer find.

I choose a somewhat less commonly used approach.  I base coated in bright pink, then went straight to bright yellow, and used only a bit of sepia wash to tone the recesses.  I had read the idea on a few obtuse forum posts - it was never the actual painter posting, but always a third person: "I've heard pink works great as a base coat..." Certainly not a tone to inspire confidence in a process.  But here I say: it works.



Though I didn't even think to capture in process shots, as I didn't really think it would work so well... but don't worry - I foresee more yellow in my future...

Ooops: Almost forgot,  credit is definitely due to Catherine who put together a wonderful light box - which I really think you can see the difference between these photos and my earlier ones.