Dire Avenger Step By Step!
Okay, new Step by Step Article. I love Eldar armies. They have some of the best looking models in the entire range from GW. Nice, elegant models, really nice sculpts, plus the best variety in actual infantry units. The part I hate is painting them. I have in my stockpile, probably about 6 x 10 man squads of Dire Avengers. So I am putting together a simple guide to follow to get Dire Avengers painted quickly and nicely. Total paint time on the sample model for the tutorial is about 15 minutes. While painting a whole squad, the paint time will be cut in half, because block painting will be used.
Paint Manufacturers Guide:
- GW - Games Workshop
- VGC - Vallejo Game Color
- P3 - Privateer Paint
Step 1 - Prime Black
- I know, every one wants to paint Eldar with white primer. With the current ranges of "one coat" paints, like Foundations by GW and almost every color by P3, there is no reason to prime white unless you really need to, like lots of flesh colors, or painting yellows or something like that.
Step 2 - Armor Base Coat, Wash
- I picked Mordian Blue (gw) for the base coat. It covers black primer really nicely and really compliments the next step in painting
- Wash all blue areas with Azurman Blue (GW) wash
Step 4 - Helmet Crest
- Paint the helmet crest in whatever color you want, I am going with Iyanden Dark Sun
- Wash with Gryphon Sepia (GW)
Step 5 - Clean Up/Weapon details
- Reblack with Chaos Black (GW, VGC, or P3) out the hands, feet, tabards, and avenger catapult
- Pick out a few areas to pick out with Mithril Silver (GW)
- Wash those areas with Badab Black (GW)
Step 6 - Main Helmet Color
- Base the helmet main areas in Astronomican Grey (GW).
- with a really clean brush and water - layer on thin layers of white (GW, VGC, or p3), leaving the racks and crevasses the lighter Astronomican Grey (GW)
Step 6 - Basing
- Paint over the basing material with Beastial Brown (GW)
- Wash the base with Devlan Mud (GW) Apply liberally
- Repaint outside of base with Chaos Black (GW, VGC, or P3)
- Using small dots of superglue, apply static grass in a few spot on the base
- Matte Varnish and play the game!