Thank you all, I'm really flattered!
: Your words make me blush! Thank you kindly.
: Some washes, rust and metal chipping work wonders!
: Thanks! That's a good idea. I thought about it but did not dare to try. I have played around with blood effects previously (both red paint and the "new" technical paint), and all I managed to produce was a really sloppy result.
I might give it a go on the next deffrolla. If it turns out good, I'll be sure to apply a similar effect to this one!
: Thank you sir! And that's a really good advice!
I have seen some results (yours and others) when using a sponge to do the weathering. They all look really nice.
I used to use a stippling brush to do the weathering on my krieg vehicles, and it produced a lot nicer effect than a large dry brush. Couple of examples here
I don't currently have a set of them, so for big vehicles like these, I have been a bit lazy and just used a dry brush.
So even though I've seen the results and heard that one could use a sponge, it just did not somehow occur to me to actually use one
I've been doing this same chipping technique for a while now. Partly because I look how it looks (other than the uniformity of course) and how easy it's to do, and partly because, well I've got used to it.
It's easy to get "stuck" to old habits. Especially when trying to produce a lot of similarly colored models in a row.
I think that for the next one I'll do a combination of both. I like the well defined metallic edges along with the bright edge highlights, but I also want some character on the flat surfaces. That's where the sponge will come along next time!
A lengthy one coming up:
During the last couple of days I've been doing something a bit different for a change.
One reason is that I want a bit of variety for this thread. Lately it's just been red vehicles one after another. I will shortly get back to finishing my speed freaks, but for a couple of updates, it's space elf time!
The other reason is the fact that I've been doing the same thing for a while.
At some point repeating the same techniques over and over might start feeling like a chore. I'm not there yet (except regarding the base coating and highlighting all those darn bolts). I intend to keep it that way.
I also realised that this thread is a bit messy. Not that it's a bad thing at all, I like variety. It's just that it might be hard to find all the finished models from each army.
So a while ago I created a showcase thread for my Orks: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/785520.page.
I intend to do one for each one of my armies in the future.
Oh, and I went back to the first pages and started reuploading some of the lost images.
There are still a bunch to go, but it's a start.
Now, to the actual content.
Over the last year or two I've been thinking about restarting my Drukha.. Dark Eldar army.
I've actually talked about some of the plans here as well. I have yet to decide the actual theme of the army, but I've finally taken the first steps in bringing it back to life!
Couple of days ago I decided to do an inventory check and see which models I still have around the house.
Most of them were luckily stored in foam trays, but still pretty badly damaged. This army has seen the tabletop last time somewhere during 6th or maybe early 7th edition.
It took an hour or two to gather all of them and assemble all the bits and flying bases.
For my own surprise, I have actually magnetized most of the vehicles. Even though the younger and more impatient version of myself built them.
Here's the whole bunch:
I have one Razorwing Jetfighter as well but alas, I realized it after taking the pictures and putting these guys back in storage. So it did not make the picture.
The whole bunch in numbers:
What a trip down the memory lane!
Some of these models were the ones that started this thread back in 2012. They can be seen on the first page.
A couple of shots:
Baron Sathonyx conversion
Wyches. Same models are on the first page of this thread.
Kabalites. Edit: lol
, it seems that some foam from the tray is still stuck on her
This is one of those armies, that I never actually finished. Heck, most of the models are half finished.
The Talos is maybe the only one that I can call finished.
It's always been hard for me to choose a color scheme. I picked the desert yellow for these because I got the urge to do a "desert raider" style army.
In the end, it never actually grew on me. And one of the reasons these guys have been in storage for so long is the fact that I could not decide whether I like the scheme or not.
It got to the point of me almost considering to sell these guys. Luckily I did not, as I would have regretted it later.
Restarting this army will be a long project, but I'll do it in small steps. Unit by unit, model by model.
I have also decided to change the scheme. I want it to look cool on the table, but simple to paint. If I'm trying to do a too complicated scheme, I will never get these on the table
I've been thinking about purple. I know I know, my Eldar are already purple. And so are my Harlequins. But I like the color.
I did a few really really quick tests with couple of different shades:
These are really bad phone images and as the edges are the only things that are painted, I had to use a flash (blah) to get it showing.
So far I like the middle one the best.
Then I did a test run of different configurations on my wyches. The red one is based on the Succubus conversion I did last year.
I really liked the theme on her, but not sure if I want to do a whole army of red guys and gals. Red is not something I want for my vehicles.
Last trial was to use metal colors on the armor pieces. I actually quite like this one, but not sure yet.
If I were to use metal, it will not be used on the Kabalites.
Regarding the skin color: I've been thinking of painting it a bit bluish / greyish. Inspired by a different array of night / dark elves from various games and art. Not sure abot that either.
These are just a random experiments and it's very possible that I go with something completely different.
But at least I've taken the first step.
I have managed to do some actual progress as well.
While going through the various bits and I got the sudden inspiration of doing a quick Warlock Skyrunner conversion.
I have half a dozen of unbuilt Eldar bikers which I don't currently have any other use, so I decided to use one of them instead of buying a new model.
I tried to use one of the visored Dark Eldar heads, but that lacked something. When I glued on a head piece from the Dire Avenger kit, it looked just weird.
So I decided to go with a wych head in the end. I also thought about adding a banner or something on the back, but from previous experience I tend to break or lose them during transportation
This is purely a game piece inspired by the current meta.
Phew. That was a lot of text.
Thanks for looking and catch you next time!