Nightwing Squadron

The primary aircraft employed by the enigmatic xenos known as Craftworld Aeldari, Nightwing fighters possesses a level of speed and manoeuvrability that appears preternatural. In battle, squadrons of Nightwings weave around enemy aircraft, tearing their foe apart with bursts of fire from shuriken cannons and bright lances. The Asuryani air fleet is full of intensely fast, hard-hitting yet fragile aircraft. Nightwings are all of these, with the speed and maneuverability to stay out of the line of fire and set up an ideal tailing position before unleashing devastating firepower. At close range, their shuriken cannon makes quick work of most targets, while additional weapons tailor them to a variety of roles. Twin bright lances extend their effective range, twin scatter lasers add even more short-range shredding punch, twin missile launchers allow them to punish ground assets, and twin starcannons are ideal for picking off targets of opportunity or finishing off damaged aircraft. With six of these sleek fighters in the box, you can prepare for any opponent.

There are three of these in the Wrath of Angels boxed set. These are the painted versions on the GW website.

There are three models on the single sprue you get in the Wrath of Angels boxed set.

These were simple models to construct, though the swing wings were a little fiddly.

They do move, but I kind of expect them get “stuck” once undercoated and painting.

I gave them a white undercoat.

My Ork flyers are red and yellow, so decided I wanted something different to that. My Imperial Navy flyers are dark blue, and again I wanted to avoid duplication. So what was left on the colour wheel was potentially green.

I did quite like this Eldar colour scheme from the GW displays at Warhammer World and Games Day.

Falcon Grav Tank
Falcon Grav Tank

So that was that really, I was going green.

It did what I wanted on the model in the sense of adding shadow to the panel lines. This wasn’t as effective has I hoped with some pooling in places on the flat wings.

I think with a heavy dry brush I can retain the shadows and remove some of the effects of the pooling.

I did quite a thick coat, though reading round the use of contrast paints, two or more thinner coats would have been better. Something to do in the future with future models and contrast paints. I am even tempted to repaint my Adeptus Astartes flyers.

The next stage will be that heavy dry brush and then a lighter dry brush to draw out the highlights.

I had given the models a base coat of Ork Flesh contrast paint. After touching up bits of the model that I had missed, I then gave the models a drybrush of a green dry paint to bring out the highlights.

After that it will be detailing the engines and weapons.