Monday, August 11, 2014

Dark Eldar Commission for Scott - Maasai Red Scheme

Sorry for the truancy of this post; while I have been painting (I even attended a masterclass a while back), I simply haven't been updating, as I have been busy with work.

My friend, Scott, has an impressive amount of armies, most of which are painted and some that aren't. He enlisted me to paint his Dark Eldar in the Maasai tribal red, and we went over the palette together, allowing him to pick the colors that he thought most accurately reflected the reds.

(Above) The line-up!

Additionally, I thought that I'd use the Vallejo Airbrush Thinner instead of my normal, home-brewed thinning medium, just to see how it worked.

(Above) The thinner.

Following that was the most tedious part: The priming. This took a while to make sure I got all the angles, and I wanted to make sure that it had at least 24 hours to dry, being that it's a polyurethane primer.

(Above) All primed and ready.

Next, it was time to get some of the basic reds down; to show an example, you can see that the fighter has some highlights, but those were only created layering red on top of the black.

The following part entailed simply added another highlight of red, and then skin tone to the edges, and applying thing glazes of the brightest, richest red to really make things pronounced (below):

Below is the final product!

Thanks for your patience, and for reading.


  1. Hi. I've just recently found your blog. I must say I really like your models. They look great!

    I've been thinking about digging up the airbrush and try to actually use it. I've noticed that you mostly use VMA colors. Can you use them straight out of the bottle, as advertised, or do you need to thin them?

    I've been looking at Tamyia colors, but it would be nice to not have to mess about with thinning.

  2. I am glad that you liked it.

    I ALWAYS thin my paints. They're translucent and you can always add more. Usually, about 60/40 thinner to paint. For thinner I use the Vallejo thinner (in this case above), but usually use the mix of 50% distilled water, 40% drying retarder and 10% flow aid.

    I'd advise against Tamiya, and I love all Vallejo products. Also, they're releasing a Vallejo Game Air range, which their gaming colors for airbrushes. I'd check Schnauzerfacemini'' youtube channel about the review.

    I am not sponsored by Vallejo, so they're not paying me for my opinion.

  3. Why do you advice against Tamiya? I haven't tried them myself, but I've heard good things about them.

    I normally use Vallejo for brush painting and I really like the dropper bottles. I don't know if any of the local hobby stores stocks the Air range though, I'll have look and see if I can find them.

  4. They're more difficult to clean out of the airbrush, after, and most other ranges don't have a comparable color (that is, many game ranges, including the new VGA have to compete, so they maintain a consistent palette with the other manufacturers).

    But, the most important is to use what works best for you! If you like Testors, by all means, please use them!

  5. I've found VMA at a local store. So I'll probably give them a go as soon as I can get my airbrush set up (no dedicated painting location yet).