It sometimes feels like I’m the only person in the world with LESS time to hobby as a result of coronavirus (working from home, kids at home, lucky enough not to lose my job; I’m busier than ever…) but I still managed to finish off a few more eldar including a dreadnought I actually started painting quite some time ago, and a few guardians.
The dreadnought was quite difficult to paint. My usual method of garish highlights toned down with glazes didn’t really work at larger scale so I repainted the blue a couple of times, eventually settling for distraction rather than actually doing a good job by using minimal highlights but using other elements like lots of gems (originally I left all the blisters just as blue) and symbols festooned all over to draw attention away from the average paintjob. It worked quite well in the end I think, and it is also period appropriate to have effectively a weird lanky hipster boi covered in emo tattoos.
Controversially, I also left it in gloss varnish, which I personally really like, but I am open to being convinced to add a matte coat. Let me know in the comments.
Less to say about the guardians. I followed my standard method and they turned out well, I think. I’m going for getting them finished as the prime objective rather than every highlight done perfectly but I think the standard achieved is completely acceptable and should look great as a whole army.
The mowhawk chap is of course one of the proto dire avengers from the Rogue Trader era. I didn’t paint a dire avenger rune on his loincloth so that he could be used in either the dire avenger squad or in a guardian squad as needs require.
Paint scheme is the same as for all the others, based around GW Enchanted Blue shaded with contrast paints and highlighted by adding white, and GW Flash Gitz Yellow shaded with contrast paints and highlighted with white.