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Monday, November 29th, 2010
2:23 PM
When I first saw leaked photos of the new Dark Eldar models - the reaver jetbike was the one I was most excited about.

One problem I faced though, after constructing this wonderful new plastic mini, was how to paint it?  Unlike many other armies, the Dark Eldar are made up of many different cults / kabals / covens / street gangs - so to me it made sense that each unit type would come from a different group with their own colors.

As I posted before, I've picked "Obsidian Rose" for my warriors - basically a red and black scheme.  For my reavers, I selected GW's own "Corespur Elite."  This color scheme is basically a deep purple with bright blue markings and would really set them apart from everything else in the army (as reavers are basically biker gangs) - and it would give me a chance to paint with more colors you don't normally see in 40k (if you play mostly Imperial forces, anyways).

After about 3 days of painting, this was my finished result:


I don't think he wants to be your friend.

Here's a basic step-by-step break-down of how I got there:

Step 1) Base (after priming black)



Body: 50/50 Lich Purple / Chaos Black
Frame: Chaos Black
Brass: 50/50 Dwarf Bronze / Tin Bitz
Metal: Adeptus Battlegrey
Seat: 50/50 Scab Red / Chaos Black
Base: Scorched Brown

Step 2) Mid Coat / 1st Highlights



Body: Lich Purple (broadly around edges)
Frame: 50/50 Shadow Grey / Chaos Black
Brass: Dwarf Bronze
Metal: Boltgun Metal (dry brushed)
Seat: Scab Red
(broadly around edges)
Base: Graveyard Earth
Glowing Bits: Dark Angels Green

Step 3) 2nd Highlights



Body: 50/50 Lich Purple / Warlock Purple (closer to edges edges)
Frame: Shadow Grey
Brass: 50/50 Devlan Mud / Scorched Brown wash
Metal: Badab Black wash
Seat: Khador Red

Base: 50/50 Graveyard Earth / Dwarf Flesh
Glowing Bits: Sickly Green (vallejo)

Step 4) 3rd Highlights



Body: 33/33/33 Lich Purple / Warlock Purple / Skull White (just barely on edges)
Frame: 50/50 Shadow Grey / Regal Blue
Brass: 33/33/33 Dwarf Bronze / Tin Bitz / Mithril Silver
Metal: Chainmail (drybrush)

Glowing Bits: Scorpion Green (thin wash also applied to nearby edges)

Step 5) Final Highlights



Body: 25/25/50 Lich Purple / Warlock Purple / Skull White (only on corners)
Frame: 33/33/33 Shadow Grey / Regal Blue / Skull White
Brass: Mithril Silver
Metal: Mithril Silver (drybrush)

Glowing Bits: 50/50 Scorpion Green / Golden Yellow

Step 6) Finishing Up





Glowing Bits: 33/33/33 Scorpion Green / Golden Yellow / Skull White
Blue Markings were added using Hawk Turquoise -> Ice Blue -> Ice Blue / Skull White

I added the pilot (who was completed using the same color scheme) and the static grass after a coat of satin finish sealer.

Here's two more shots of the finished bike:









This really turned out to be a lot of fun - but it was rather time consuming, probably taking about 36 to 40 hours to complete.  Over all, I think it was rather worth it.