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Roaring Reaver Rider






Love the Wych cults, by far my favourite of the three DE sub-groups. This project was initially intended to be a wych cult (it will one day, I bought 4 boxes of wyches) but for now it's going to be a little bit of everything.

I love the concept of black and yellow DE, It'll definitely look beautiful and demand attention on the table. In my mind I think a unique and contrasting colour in this case would be blue. Not a lot of it but just enough to be a great contrasting spot colour. What I picture is a Wych with the black bodysuit, yellow armour plating and then bright blue for her drug pump and feed lines. Blue agonizer for the Hekatrix instead of the usual green as well. Then smatter as needed with the coppers and silvers for things like knives and guns.

I find it's very helpful to look at other armies too to figure out colour placement, I had a lot of trouble with this with my Raider (still am cause I don't know what to do with the sail). I found this army that I like for it's high-contrast theme, it might be good inspiration for where to start thinking about your colour placement. Here's the link: http://natfka.blogspot.ca/2011/05/phil-kelly-talks-dark-eldar.html

Sadly caution striping looks a bit out of place on DE models but you can still get some really cool patterns on the raiders and venoms with harsh tribal style markings. Kind of like a cross between a Japanese Kanji and tribal tattoos. Those look really good on the vehicles and may be worth investigating.

I hope some of this helps to get the creative juices flowing and I'd love to see what you do once you get started.

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Pious Palatine






Making good progress on the riders!

EDC
   
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Anxious Angel Keeper






Gonna be an awesome army! The pink works really well.

   
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Upstate, New York

 Inevitable_Faith wrote:
Slow and steady progress here on the hellions. I feel I can get them done by the end of this weekend so I'll strive for that and then get to work on my succubus right away.

Man I really gotta find better lighting for these pics, their skin is absolutely glowing in these progress shots, really bleeds away any other colours I've done lol.


DE are looking good, glare and all.

Do you have a setup for photos? While it might not help that much for quick workbench snaps, if you want to show off finished work, or get a detail WIP shot for feedback they are very nice.

You can make your own with a couple of desk lamps, some parchment paper, and a cardboard box, or buy a nice folding one with a few whistles and bells for about $50 USD.

Nice write up on the color wheel, very useful. I’ve also heard that sometimes you work with colors that are more triangularly spread, not directly across, but forget the reasoning behind that.

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Republic of Ireland

Hey there I_F. Some really tidy stuff on display here. DE are coming along very nicely. Love the idea of the flowers and petal drifting Along the flanks of the transports. Sublime touch. Likeeeee!!!

   
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Roaring Reaver Rider






@EDC Thanks! I'm liking how they're coming together and am super stoked to see what they look like on their boards.

@Sgt Oddball Thanks man, I'm glad you like the scheme!

@Nevelon Thanks dude! I don't currently have a setup for photos but I really want to get one. I keep telling myself one day I'll build one (I've looked at lots of guides on how to make them) but then at the end of the day I'd rather spend time painting. I'm thinking I'll just break down and buy a proper photo booth here soon. And you're totally right, looking at the colour wheel I do tend to work just to the left or right of the opposite colour. I should have stressed that you don't have to use the exact opposite colour on the wheel, often the flanks of it will produce nice results.

@Januine Thanks for stopping by Jan! Really appreciate it. I'm glad you like the flower petals, I'm still working at getting better at painting them neatly but I have enough vehicles that I'm sure I'll get in tons of practice. Your thread and the tips you've given me have been a great source of inspiration.

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Ok big update here. The hellions are done!

Hmmm... On second thought maybe that wasn't so big.

Oh I suppose some news too. Today I ordered what will be the (terrain) centerpiece of my Armies on Parade display board. Shipping was stupid but c'est la vie. I've also ordered a small photo booth with lights, that should help me take some photos that will hopefully be able to show off my models properly. Or allow you guys to dissect them with better clarity to spot my multitudes of mistakes... honestly worried about that part.

Anyways here's the Hellions, hope you guys like them.

EDIT: Ughhh my apologies guys these photos seem to be even worse than my usual drivel. I'll see if maybe I can set something up to get some passable photos tomorrow.
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Niiiiiiiceeeee!!!!

   
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Pious Palatine






Yeah, looking good!

EDC
   
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Roaring Reaver Rider






@Januine I'm worthy of 7 i's?1 Wow thanks dude

@EDC Thanks dude, I'm fairly happy with them. Lots of room for improvement but to be honest when isn't there?

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Got a bit of work done on the succubus last night. Not really much to show as I'm currently just blocking out base colours (got the first layer down on the skin though). I ain't gunna lie this model has me nervous as hell, I don't wanna feth it up.
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Have faith, you will do fine.

Looking at that mini and the axe/halberd things she’s holding, I feel she needs giant 80’s hair.

Although that might just be the Jain Zars I’ve painted talking...

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Thx for the vote of confidence Nev

She does have a pretty big pony tail flying behind her that you can't really see in the photo. Personally not a fan of GW's era of 80's hair metal band models so I'm thankful for the more toned down hair recent models have lol. Jain Zar was one of the biggest offenders of this depending on which side of the fence you're on

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 Inevitable_Faith wrote:
Thx for the vote of confidence Nev

She does have a pretty big pony tail flying behind her that you can't really see in the photo. Personally not a fan of GW's era of 80's hair metal band models so I'm thankful for the more toned down hair recent models have lol. Jain Zar was one of the biggest offenders of this depending on which side of the fence you're on


Even if you liked the 80’s hair, there was no arguing about who the queen was. Painted a lot of massive dos back then. While I enjoyed that era, I will agree that we are better off these days.

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The Webway

Really great armies man, always been a fan of the Eldar and yours have got me itching to finally get some paint on mine. I look forward to more.

Cheers.

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Republic of Ireland

That succubus is a great fig though. really nice sculpt. Need to get one some day. The haemonculus is another one of the DE that they really did well. If you havent got him already - you should!

   
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@Nev: Absolutely, Abaddon only wishes his hair was as lustrous as Jain Zars.

@Eldanari: Thanks man I appreciate you taking the time to look at my work. Glad I can help to motivate you to get some paint on your Eldar, the more the merrier.

@Januine: Totally agree about the Succubus sculpt, that's why I'm so intimidated by it, I want to make sure my paintjob does the sculpt justice. I know I struggle with skin so this will be a real test for me. And yeah I already bought myself a Haemy, love the new sculpt there too and just had to have one. That's another one I'm both excited and terrified to start working on.

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I painted him a wee while back. Fun to paint but I'd make sure to paint him in parts. Especially I think it was one part of his coat and the arms .... I think. Otherwise they really obscure and get in the way of stuff.


   
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Pious Palatine






Nice start on the Succubus, I'm sure you'll deliver the goods.

EDC
   
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Roaring Reaver Rider






@EDC: Thanks for the confidence dude, I sure will do my best to deliver.

@Januine: Not sure if I mentioned it in your thread when you were working on that Haemy but after seeing it finished I decided I needed one too, bought mine that week. I knew I needed to challenge myself and see what I could do for a Haemy model after seeing yours.

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Ok after a small break to spend time with my GF I finally sat down again to chip away at the Succubus. Man I wish I was better at skin, I just can't get blending down right and can never get the smooth transitions to make it look natural. I need a lot more practice

She's still a long way from complete but I'm starting to see the fruits of my labour. I took a page from Januine's book and since they sculpted this awesome leather texture under her fur cloak I figured I'd bloody it up a bit and make it look like a fresh (figuratively speaking) new coat. I have a photo of it but it's really hard to see it properly as it's in such an awkward spot to take a photo of. Also I'd like your guys opinion on the cloak itself, I'm not sure if I like how the fur turned out yet...

Lastly I spent some time resting my eyes to get some basing done on some second-hand Kabalite warriors that I'll be giving a loving home. They'll be getting primed tomorrow and then put on the back-burner. The last model on the side is a test model I built up to test out a possible build and paint scheme. Also as usual sorry for the poor quality photos, they make it hard to see the details properly

Anyways let me know what you guys think, your comments and critiques are always appreciated.
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Cloak looks pretty good from here. Some shade, some highlights. I’d not mess with it too much more. If anything, just a little more wash in the deeps, or highlight the raised bits.

Skin looks fine, don’t beat yourself up too much over it.

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Thanks Nev. I'm going to give the cloak some time to settle for me, see if my opinion of it changes over time. For now there's still lots of the rest of her to paint

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Awesome work. I personally think the skin tones are looking good. You shouldn't beat yourself up over blending, especially when you're painting to a high standard already!

EDC
   
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Roaring Reaver Rider






Thank you EDC for your kind words. I'll get it eventually, probably won't be on this model but one day I'll feel comfortable painting skin.

The way I see painting is (or any art for that matter) is to always strive for what you feel is just outside your reach. If you reach too far you'll be disappointed, if you don't push yourself though you'll never get better. It's exciting when I can paint something that I'm both excited and nervous for, something that I know I'll be pushing my skills and knowledge to try and grasp that next tier of skill. I feel like I'm close to "getting" skin tones but I'm still missing a couple key points.

That's the nature of this hobby though, there's always more to learn and improve. I'm very happy with the improvements I've made over the past two years and am looking forward to see what I can do next.

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Not a progress update on my Succubus but I'm super stoked as I just had some mail show up. I think it may be time to learn how to take decent photos...

On a related note: for the time being I still don't have a camera so I'm still taking photos with my IPhone, anyone got any good apps they suggest for making the most of my IPhone camera?
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Few more WIP pics for you fine folks. Tonight I worked on the pink armour, skull on her trophy rack as well as some bronze details and general tidying up. She's coming together slowly but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I also did a very small amount of work on her skin and I am happier with it now than I was before. The changes are so subtle I'm not sure if they'll show up in the photos, in person it just transitions a little bit smoother.
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Looking good, the pink armour really pops and the skin is looking great.

RE: Painting and improving etc, I totally agree that you should always push yourself and embrace trying new techniques etc, but I think, especially in a hobby like 40k, where you have so many models, there's a point where you need to set a minimum standard or you'll never get an army on the table.

Also that fact that when the models are 2 foot away on the table a 'table top' and 'golden daemon' are practically indistinguishable.

I tend to do my characters and more durable units as my hobby show case projects and all my grunts get a decent table top standard.

EDC

   
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Upstate, New York

Wow, she’s coming along nicely.

On the topic of photos and apps, Your camera, even on your phone, should do a decent job on it’s own. The most important thing is to brace it good, to avoid moving it while you shoot. The photo booth setup I got (which looks a lot like the one you have there) came with a little holder and tripod for phones. Setting the timer can also help with that, not sure if that is part of the basic camera program on your phone.

The only real post production mods I do are white balance and cropping. And frankly, since I switched to a booth setup, I don’t bother to white balance much; the lights give me a true picture by default. I use a (free) program called PhotoScape on my laptop to make collages and any major mods I need to do to pictures.

I put this piece together a bit ago to compare things:
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Now, neither my “real” camera or my phone are anything close to state of the art. But with the proper basic techniques and a good setup, you can get good pictures even with a potato.

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That Succubus is looking really good.

   
 
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