Working back in 6mm scale and in particular on restoring older miniatures has brought back a lot of nostalgia for me, so I’m going to stick with it for a while and play around with a few other units for the Eldar. Two miniatures that went into the ‘dip’ shortly after the Phantom were a pair of Space Marine era Warp Hunters. These go to show just how long ago a lot of the vehicles many think of as new for 40K or from Forgeworld were actually devised decades ago for Epic in the 80’s and 90’s. They may not represent the current 40K aesthetic but that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from an up to date paint scheme and add a bit of originality to the army.
Sticking with the Swordwind theme I worked backwards with the palette and did the bore-sighted main gun first using the same bone mix I used on the Phantom. I took this all the way up to shading and highlighting stage including painting the spirit stones so that I could then apply gloss varnish (Klear) to all of the painted sections. This was so that I could then cover them with a layer of masking fluid to protect them. This allowed me the freedom to switch to an airbrush for the green hull without having to worry about overspray. I could have done all of the green first and then overpainted the gun by hand, but this way I was also use able to use the airbrush on the barrel and muzzle to get a smooth finish and a little graduation.
I also should have mentioned at the start I bored out the barrel as well using a variety of diameter bits to create the flared flash suppressor.
Once the green was added it was just a simple process of adding the brush highlights and shading using a glaze of green and purple. The engines and details were then completed prior to final varnishing. I’m still undecided how to base these so for the moment I’ve left them un-based and will come back to them once I’ve settled on a base style that suits the whole army including infantry and the current style of vehicles. I did make a start on an Eldar force some years back, but didn’t get so far into it that I need to stick with it. I’m very much considering this as a completely *new* Swordwind force.