Saturday, August 17, 2013
I finally finished one of Games Workshop's newer Eldar models, a Spiritseer, released back in June with the new Codex: Eldar. I really like the pose and the eyeless helmet; such psychic characters obviously rely on senses greater than that required to view the visual spectrum.
It's a Finecast resin figure that required some filling of various surface pits. I also swapped the staff head for one modified from a Grey Knight Terminator force staff. After cleaning up the figure, I pinned it to a 25mm resin base from Dragon Forge Design's Lost Empires line.
The figure was primed black, and zenithal highlighting was airbrushed in with flat white. The helmet, robes and extremities received multiple layers of Citadel washes. The rune armour, gemstones and other details were undercoated in various acrylics and layered in thin glazes of acrylic washes or artists' oil paints.
The staff, jewellery and pistol butt were glazed with Gryphonne Sepia and NMM applied. The base also received Citadel washes. To finish, I added some felt to the bottom of the base.
This figure is a bit of an experiment for me, trying to emulate the very high-contrast style of figure painters like Mathieu Fontaine. For example, the helmet received 30 or 40 thin glazes of Thrakka Green to shade, with the highlights punched up with Vallejo brush-on white primer. Very fine highlight points were done using Titanium White oil paint mixed with Liquin medium. I also don't often paint using non-metallic metallic techniques, which I applied here using various brown, ochre and white artists' oils.
I finished this figure just in time for the upcoming 2013-14 Winnipeg Warhammer 40K Beer League. This year I am part of the Craftworld Eldar faction, one of four factions vying for supremacy in a series of games over the next nine months.