Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dark Eldar Raider pics for Colbalt

Since this was a used model, it came without the crew models. Or if it did come with the crew models, I can't find them in my huge stash of models. So I've set up some Kabalites to man the raider. Still some work to do on the model, including highlighting the black parts and painting on more markings. There's also the base to do. Still unsure about blood splatters, but I looked at a tutorial from From the warp.blogspot.com, but it wasn't entirely helpful. 


Greg Hess said...

I like the subtle weathering and chips on the model. Helps break up the white and provides interest!

John Stiening said...

I love the weathering as well. This looks so much better than the standard glowing green or purple outlined raiders. I want to see one of these things flying over blue water with white caps, or full on lawarence of arabia desert bases.

I saw a great forum post where a guy had taken a used brush and dipped it in silicone. The bristles sort of splayed out producing the 'bones' for the silicon to grasp. A few quick cuts with a hobby knife, and a reasonable semblance of silicone hand attached to a brush was created. Smear with blood, and instant blood streaking.

Cobalt Cannon said...

OK. So I gave this a lot of thought. Seriously I did. I think the best way to do this, is to stipple the blood splatters with a brownish deep red and a small stippling brush in a similar fashion to how you create your rusted areas. Then make a glaze like you do when you make rain streaks, such as those streaming from your rust spots. However The streaks should move from the front of the skimmer towards the aft. This will show that the blood hit the skimmer while it was moving and streamed along the hull.

These streaks should be varying lengths depending on when the blood hit the hull and when the skimmer stopped and moved again. At the end of the horizontal streaks, leave a deep redish/brown dot to show where the blood drop had dried, and on some streaks make the streak take a 90 degree sudden turn and pull the streak down the hull towards the bottom of the skimmer, to show that the blood drops ran down the side after the skimmer stopped. End the streaks with appropriately sized blood drops. These drops should look matte and dried.

I suggest focusing these splats, streaks, and drops on the leading edges of the craft's blades and anywhere that blood would have dripped off of the crew's melee weapons and onto the hull. Do Google searches as I did to see just what the dried blood splatters and streaks look like.

You could try this on paper first. Also give flicking paint a try with a fan brush or other soft brush by dragging your finger across the paint coated bristles and let the bristles snap back flinging the paint onto the paper to see if that technique will work.

Tim said...

Hi Colbalt,

Thanks for the comment. It really helps. I might try it, but I'm still hesitant. I think I'll add it to the Wyches I am working on first, then see if it makes sense for the vehicles. I guess I have never really liked blood effects on models that I have seen. They always seem sort of over the top and well, silly, like the model has been rolling around in blood.

Cobalt Cannon said...

Hey Tim,

Yea, the blood effects would have to be something that you use sparingly, just like you did with your rust and water streaking. The blood stains would be dry rather than wet, so it won't look so campy. It should help add to the overall character of what you are painting rather than be a subject of attention all its own.

I totally understand your hesitance. These skimmers look fantastic already. If I was to play with it, I think I would practice a lot on paper and then a test mini first. It can always be cleaned up, removed and painted over. Good luck with it.