Painting High Elves

In addition to the Army Book for the High Elves for the iPad, Games Workshop have also produced a painting guide to the new High Elves.

Painting High Elves

The High Elves march to war as a glittering host, bedecked in the full and vibrant panoply of war. This How to Paint book contains eight detailed guides including High Elf Spearmen, Dragon Princes, the Lothern Skycutter, and the noble Sisters of Avelorn – using the Citadel paint range. These techniques can be used to help you paint any models in the High Elf range, and get your army ready for the battlefield.

These guides are a really useful aid, if you like an effect or colour scheme on the models in the Army Book and want to replicate them on your own models.

Get How to Paint Citadel Miniatures: High Elves from the iBookstore. sadly no longer available

Paint problems…

So there I was going to spray some models using some spray cans when disaster struck…

Well not quite disaster, but certainly did not work as smoothly as it should have done.

First up I was going to undercoat some models with white paint. I had a new can from Hobbycraft and the nozzle had broken. I didn’t realise so as a result paint didn’t go through the nozzle but squirted and dripped over the can… In the end I found an older can of Citadel white spray and used that, which worked fine.

Next up was some Flames of War British armour. I had purchased the Warpaint can of British Armour Green and this worked just fine, and as it should be.

Then onto some Late War Germans. However this can of Warpaint German Armour was missing it’s nozzle entirely… Well did I send it back to the supplier, in this case Maelstrom Games? Hmmm, in the end I took a nozzle off an older can of empty spray and used that. Didn’t work perfectly and took a few attempts to get a decent spray going, but the German models did in the end get done.

So what should have been a quick and easy undercoating and basecoating session turned into a bit of a nightmare.

It’s a messy affair…

I do like to spray my models to undercoat them, as I find that the paint sticks better to the bare resin, plastic, metal as opposed to using a brush.

I do not like to spray my models, as no matter how I use the spray can, I seem to get in a real mess with paint dripping from the can, over my hands, on the floor, all over the place!

I now put a plastic (sandwich) bag over my hand when using spray cans, as it can be such a messay affair.

Am I alone or do you have problems with spray paint?

It's a messy affair…

I do like to spray my models to undercoat them, as I find that the paint sticks better to the bare resin, plastic, metal as opposed to using a brush.
I do not like to spray my models, as no matter how I use the spray can, I seem to get in a real mess with paint dripping from the can, over my hands, on the floor, all over the place!
I now put a plastic (sandwich) bag over my hand when using spray cans, as it can be such a messay affair.
Am I alone or do you have problems with spray paint?

Painting Tanks, well an Ork Gunwagon

In my recent Painting Tanks blog entry I said:

I am now thinking that maybe I should give my tanks a black undercoat and then use something like Tausept Ochre from the Foundation Paints range for the base coat. I would follow this with a wash (as above) and then highight with a lighter brown, before weathering the tanks.

After thinking about this for some time, I remembered that I had my Ork Gunwagon, and it was undercoated black. So it was out with the paints and here is the initial result.

Ork Gunwagon

I was really pleased with this, that I will be using this method on my Daemonhunters’ tanks. Before though I will finish the Gunwagon off first.

There was an article on the Games Workshop website which got me re-thinking about how I was going to paint my tanks.

Painting Tanks

I have been giving quite a bit of thought on how best to paint the Grey Knights’ tanks I have for my Daemonhunters army.

The obvious option is to paint them as Grey Knights style vehicles as I have done with my Land Speeder.

Grey Knights Landspeeder

However two things came to mind, first my Repressor transport is for my Stormtroopers and therefore is not a “true” Grey Knights vehicle and I really wanted to have some consistency across the army. I didn’t want my Razorback to be too different to the Repressor. Secondly though I like the look of Grey Knights I wanted to do something slightly different.

My first idea was to do a white undercoat, do a basecoat of something like Kommando Khaki (a light brown) and then wash with a Chestnut Ink and paint wash. The metal parts I would paint black and then drybush with Boltgun Metal.

So it seemed quite simple and then… I read the following article on the Games Workshop website on painting tanks.

Painting vehicles, especially those with brightly coloured paint schemes, has always been something of a challenge. Large, flat plates like those on vehicles usually required many layers to achieve the opacity needed, even over a white undercoat. When you factor in the size of some vehicles (e.g., Land Raiders), you could burn through a ton of paint on just one tank.

All of that has changed with the arrival of the new Citadel Foundation Paints. Now, regardless of the colour of the undercoat, your basecoat goes on in one layer, not five.

So now I am in a bit of quandary.

I am now thinking that maybe I should give my tanks a black undercoat and then use something like Tausept Ochre from the Foundation Paints range for the base coat. I would follow this with a wash (as above) and then highight with a lighter brown, before weathering the tanks.

Still thinking about which will be the better option.