Tabletop Gallery “Arctic Eldar”


“Even the Space Wolves won’t see them coming”

Enjoy. If you have an awesome wargames shot you think would make a great BoLS pic of the day, email us. We love spectacle and characterful shots so lets see what you budding photographers can do! Warhammer 40,000, Fantasy, Warmachine/Hordes, DUST, Bolt Action, Dropzone, Gates of Antares & Flames of War miniatures photos are welcome.

  • Defenestratus

    Someone figured out how to preshade with his airbrush 😛

    • Parthis

      Haha, yeah, my thoughts exactly. It’s becoming the new Drybrushing; that easy, over-used and amateur look.

      • Orangecoke

        Now now, that’s a little rude.

        • Parthis

          You’re right actually, re-reading it is a tad, and it was unintentional, I simply meant that it’s everywhere, and is becoming the normal for painting armies quickly. It’s not that the painter’s army is bad, just that it’s hard to standout when everyone is over-airbrushing.

          There’s an “airbrushed” look.

  • Philip Harlos

    My feelings! Ugh… ;). This was my first complete army learning to use my airbrush, from 2015 LvO. Feel free to make fun, but people really enjoyed looking at it and swapping tricks.

    • Parthis

      Oh, apologies, i’m not making fun, it’s done well, there’s just so much airbrushed stuff out there now it stops being “good” and just becomes the speed-painting norm.

      I genuinely meant no offence.

      • orionburn

        I think all the paint shops out there have kind of ruined it to a degree with how they are overdoing the shading.

        • Philip Harlos

          Glad you enjoy them! No offense taken, it’s true that the style is washing out anything made in a North American studio (it seems). Though to be fair up close is the real distinction, a lot of speed painted armies in this style will not have details picked out or even the undersides painted. Just a few hard lines to draw definition to the panel joints.

          I chose the pearl look because it added a very organic feel to the Eldar tanks, but it scratches and blemishes very easily. It also helped to oil wash after varnishing some areas Matt and some Semi Gloss to let the black and purple oil paints seep into the shadow spots. And making sure to pick out all of the gems, the infantry (Apsect warriors and wraith guard/wraith Knights) really show off more than the tanks do.

          Cheers 🙂

    • Dave Bowen – BHG

      I think they’re beautiful. Well done. How do you do the dark panel lines with the white?

      • flyingtam

        See the discussion above. It’s called “pre-shading”, where you airbrush the dark areas first, then use an airbrush and carefully paint around the dark areas. If you notice, the area looks “fuzzy” from the airbrush. Finally, you use a brush and wash or paint the lines back in.

      • flyingtam

        Here is a pretty good video about it:

        • Philip Harlos

          It’s also blurred because of the pearl top layers, which you can’t touch after they are sealed or the smooth effect is lost.

    • orionburn

      Love the color scheme. Always had a fondness for Eldar and their vehicles.

  • Shinnentai

    I’ve always loved those Forgeworld Eldar skimmer designs, and the airbrushing looks good to me! (Though I do think clear cockpit canopies would have looked better)

    I haven’t painted a large vehicle in years – a drybrushed falcon XD. I really need to get on this airbrushing malarkey but seems like a big leap in terms of learning the techniques involved.

    • orionburn

      ^That. The FW models alone make me want to start a small Eldar force. Those Hornets are just awesome looking.