Monday, July 1, 2013

Eldar - Guardian Defenders painted

Spent enough time painting tanks and other big things recently, so it was time to spend some time on the infantry! I have to admit, I'm getting tired of painting blue and yellow so it's about time to move on to something new but before that happens the unit of Guardian Defenders got a lashing of paint!

Pretty straightforward - I went with the same blue recipe used on the vehicles, but rather than sponging the various blues, I went with a mix of drybrushing and stippling with an old brush. The blue wash then tied it all together and muted it a bit. I knew I didn't want to go crazy with the yellow, so just the helmets and a couple bits of cloth got the hot orange/golden yellow treatment.

Once that was done, the weapons got the bone color, and then I went in and painted the umpteen zillion little tiny gems. Probably could have gotten away without that step, but since there's just going to be the one unit of guardians they deserved a little extra work. Overall, a right serviceable unit who will likely hang back and sit on an objective (and get carved into ribbons by whatever looks at them funny).

Next up? Who knows? I would like to try a different color scheme, so maybe some Warp Spiders, or maybe something from an entirely different army. Always good to have other things to work on if one's enthusiasm begins to wane...


  1. Your guardians look great! I really like how you do the blue armor. It looks great on both your vehicles and infantry. I think just coloring the helmets and strips of cloth yellow was the right choice. Keep up the great work!

    I would be interested in seeing some Warp Spiders. You could play around with some really interesting color schemes.

  2. Great looking, colors work excellent on these as well.

  3. What the hell, man?! That was so fast. They look great too.

  4. @Harlon Nayl: Thanks mate! A while back I'd started working on some Warp Spiders in a "brown recluse" sort of scheme but I didn't dig it. They ended up going into a bucket of stripper and I'll be starting fresh with 'em!

    @Manus: I appreciate it!

    @Zab: Hah! Yeah, I was surprised at how quickly they painted up. Once the blue was done, there wasn't really all that much left to do - maybe took three hours from start to finish!

    Cheers, guys!

  5. Yup, them's is elveses alright. Hope they get carved up good n proper. ;)

    Swift work mate, looks great from here too.

  6. @Dai: Hah! Chances are good they'll die in a flurry of chainswords and bolter fire when I face off against my buddy's Blood Angels!

  7. Ive always had a soft spot for guardians and these are really cool.

    Three hours!!!!???!!! (Single tear rolls down face)

    As far as expanding the (amazing) army whilst avoiding more blue goes...
    How about a detachment of corsair pirates for some painting/modelling variation? You could run them as a squad of Storm guardians.

  8. @17yearoldhobbyist: I appreciate it!

    @Phil Morris: Thanks man! I was also rather surprised, the blue went really quickly, and that accounts for most of the paint job. Haha, way ahead of ya on the corsairs:

    Cheers, all!

  9. Heh! I would say great minds think alike, but you wouldnt want to be compared to the inside of my head. And they are some lovely conversions too.

  10. I'm really digging the way you paint your Alaitoc. Making me jealous ;)

  11. @Phil Morris: You know what they say - great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ. :)

    @MasterDarksol: Thanks mate!