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PostSubject: Kabal of the Sinister Void   Thu Jan 18 2018, 03:12

Greetings Denizens,

This post is long overdue (5 years, by my estimation!) and a big step for me personally as I look to put my Kabal on display for all of you adorable deplorables.  I've been a long time lurker of the site and am anxious and excited to post content (finally).  Having always been attracted to the astetics of the DE range, I was quickly smitten by their sinister and surreal fluff.  What started as a modeling hobby quickly grew into a passion for all things Dark Eldar.  All that being said, most of the painted models seen below were my initial attempts at establishing a scheme, working through some techniques and developing my "skill" as a painter.  They were completed nearly 5 years ago.  Due to a recent relocation for work, I have connected with people that I have been told qualify as "friends"(?) and I have been really enjoying learning the actual game in recent weeks.  Anyways, with recent newfound motivation to expand the army I have decided to throw my projects (read: ramblings) up for the Dark City to critique and comment on.  So enough with me and onto the models...

The Kabal color scheme is metallic black with teal edging. The base Kabalite armor and vehicle plating is achieved with an Abaddon Black/ Warplock Bronze mix. Below is an example against a primed witch model.  Its a subtle metallic undertone but in the right light,
its very striking (hard to photograph, unfortunately).


 The edging is a Sotek Green/ White Scar mix with a lighter highlight on each pass.  The accents are done in Runelord Brass and Genestealer Purple.  There is also an average attempt at some freehand painting of the kabal's insignia visible on the Raider.

 The tone of the Kabal is (without getting into too much fluff of the army - perhaps i'll post that elsewhere should there be interest for it) regal and/or noble...remnants of the houses and bloodlines long since forgotten from the fall.  The scheme is intended to look tarnished or tainted, as those who reside in Commorragh are themselves, tarnished and tainted from their once noble and innocent origins.  That nobility, long faded, is hopefully reflected in the meticulous maintenance and ornate designs of the Kabal's colors (I mean, we are kinda the OG's of vanity after-all, right?).

*Disclaimer* These following models are painted a bit "heavy" - they were the first models I painted over 4 years ago.  I have since seen discovered how using a wet pallet can vastly improved my edging subtlety and overall paint thickness.  I hope evidence of this "improvement" will be obvious on future models!






The following models consist of some light conversion work - as I am trying to add a little uniqueness to my army.  The first couple of photo's are of some Trueborn conversions.  Some modified shard carbines will act as "Blasters". Once painted appropriately I am hopeful that there will be a noticeable difference in these from the standard splinter rifle.  One may also notice the absence of helmets...I figured the elite of Commorragh also possess overwhelming vanity and hubris and what better way to show that than shedding potential protection.  Also, more Brass accents will be added to highlight their nobility and elevated social status amongst the inhabitants of The Dark City.


Finally, are two Archon models.  Without getting too fluffy - I've always loved the idea of the elite or noble getting roped up in the "gangs" of Commorragh, so I thought "why couldn't an Archon rise to power from the social status of Scourge?"  With that said, two brothers (to be named in a later fluff piece) have indeed risen from the ranks of hired guns to become prominent figures in the high spires of Commorragh.  The helms and weapons obviously stand out at current, but later, the addition of the signature scourge wings will be added.  The Archons have also been re-based on 32mm stands to better separate them from other units.



So that's it for now...Please feel free to comment and critique as much as you would like - as all feedback is welcomed and appreciated.  We have some truly gifted painters/conversion artists in this community and I am honored to share the same venue of expression! (sorry if that last bit was a little "Emperor-y"...I'm new.)

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PostSubject: Re: Kabal of the Sinister Void   Thu Jan 25 2018, 22:39

Hello and welcome Smile

I like the dark look of the armour you are trialling, it definitely works. With a few highlights on it I think it will look great.

It is always good to look back and see how you have progressed as a painter. I came on leaps and bounds when I discovered a wet palette. Get yourself a decent paintbrush (Windsor and newton series 7 are excellent) and brush soap, and you won’t ever look back.

Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff here Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Kabal of the Sinister Void   Wed Feb 07 2018, 18:50

Thanks SC! It's great to get feedback and advice from experienced painters out there.  I do have a question for you regarding the most efficient ways to achieve highlighting with my desired color pallet.  

@spellcheck2001 wrote:


I like the dark look of the armour you are trialling, it definitely works. With a few highlights on it I think it will look great.

SC  

When you say "highlights" are you speaking to the edging contrast on the armor (blue/teal) or shading of the actual Warplock bronze/black armor bitz?  I've been apprehensive to try washes on the armor as it will likely dull the metallic finish but I do think there needs to be a bit of depth aside from the edging in teal.  Would a lighter highlighting of warplock and black on the raised edges do the trick in your opinion?  

Thanks again!

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PostSubject: Re: Kabal of the Sinister Void   Thu Feb 08 2018, 02:01

I like your colour scheme! Very cool

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PostSubject: Re: Kabal of the Sinister Void   Fri Feb 09 2018, 18:31

Thanks, Regicide!

A little bit of progress has transpired with my Kabal since my recent foray into terrain making...Since I have roughly 12 sets of Scourge wings to paint, I figured I would sort out my color scheme for the feathered wings.  Since the motif of the army is dark metallic tones with teal edge highlights and purple and green accents - I figured a cohesive look amongst the Scourges would be in order.  The first two pictures are of the front side of a wing with minimal contrast highlighting/dry brushing.  The middle section of feathers is the same color as the outer section and has only received slightly less highlighting than the outer.
 


The next two photos are of the backside of the same wing.  It was prepared with the same base colors but has received much more contrast via washes and shading.  There is a much more gradient working of black to light purple from the inner feathers to the outer feathers.




I am leaning towards the second technique, but would love any C & C on the matter!

For bonus points, what is everyone's take on unified wing design/color or individualism expressed through different colors and shading patterns on each unique model? I'm torn, because while an army is a unified fighting force - each True Kin is a unique snowflake!!

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PostSubject: Re: Kabal of the Sinister Void   Fri Feb 09 2018, 21:48

I'd cast my vote for the second paint job with the higher contrast. Once on the table, anything too subtle tends to blend into itself anyway. Look great though, the purple works really nicely.

Unified wing colours? I think I will be doing when I get round to painting my Scourges. Each set of wings will get the same colour palette but a different pattern/design to give them some difference.
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PostSubject: Re: Kabal of the Sinister Void   Tue Feb 13 2018, 06:43

Thanks for the feedback, Yella.  I have indeed decided to go with a higher contrast to help bring out a bit more detail on the table top.  I am fairly pleased with the results thus far.  Attached are a few WIP shots of the wings before some finishing touches.

Also, despite wanting a little variety in the color scheme/pattern I opted to go for a more uniformed look.  After some thought, I figured a uniformed look would add to the cohesiveness and, quite honestly, I just really loved the current color pattern and didn't want to deviate Very Happy Anyways, thanks for the continuing advice and support, all.  More to come soon.


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