Since I've been injured and not able to do anything physical, I took the opportunity to get my Dark Elves finished up. All I have had left to do for about two months was two Reaper Bolt Throwers so it wasn't a huge deal, but it was one of those never-ending projects that I wanted to push out so I could move on to other stuff.
Even though I am a rubbish painter, I thought I'd do a step by step pictorial so you can see how my table top army is done. This whole job took about 2 hours, so what I lose in skill and technical ability, I make up for with speed. Here we go...
This is the primed Reaper and crew. I always prime black, since it's good for speed which I value above anything else. Plus, I usually paint dark colors and black basecoat suits that the best.
I do a quicky boltgun metal dry brush on the Reapers. These aren't going to get a lot of detail, and this is a quick way to get that simple, dirty mechanical look.
Here I block out all the boltgun metal areas on the crew. I also dry brush the boltgun metal on the chainmail sections.
Finishing the Reapers, I paint the bolts brown with red feathers. Simple, no high lights. I could put another 15 minutes into high lighting these to make them really look good, but I'd rather not.
Back to the crew, I block out all the purple sections, and unseen, all the flesh, bone, and paper.
In this step, I do a badab black wash on all the armor and weapons. I also do a thick wash of Leviathan Purple on the purple parts of the crew. I add a Sepia Greyphone wash to the bone and parchment areas. Let sit for about 2 hours and...
...add Shining Gold details to the models. This completes the painting. If these were more important models and not wound counters for a warmachine, I'd do highlights, but these don't merit that. So last step next.
Basing the models. I use the basic Games Workshop Snow and some white glue. The only thing left to do is give them a quick spray with some sealant and they are ready to play.