Saturday, February 23, 2013

The 2013 Necron project. The White Elephants Tutorial.

It's the Beef again with another one of my "New Projects" and I've decided to embark on a 40K project this time around! Yes it's gonna be Necrons! And I have named them the White Elephants!

Why Elephants? Well ever since the Necrons first proper (full range with Codex) army appeared almost  10+ years ago I've always been captured by the then Hulking Monolith Model. It was definitely one of the largest back then. Although these days almost every army has a large model or three.... Nonetheless, it always felt like an elephant to me. Large, hulking, slow, you get the idea..... Also I remembered having a blast painting the Monlith model for the store display when I was working in GW back in my younger days, ah those beautiful memories.....

So here I am desperately trying to get back into 6th Edition 40k gaming and with it I needed a new army! (An excuse I know, who else isn't guilty of this?) What made it even sweeter was that just a few days after I decided to buy a Necron army the local retailer for GW products decides to hold a Warehouse clearance sale. Well and the rest like they said, is history.

I decided to approach this army really quick. I have to a good extent gained enough control of my Airbrush to enable me to lay down huge amounts of Basecoating + Shading + Highlighting to good effect. And I wanted to fully exploit this approach.

Not wanting to do a typical Silver/Boltgun Metal Army I went for the Ceramite look. Therefore White would be my main color.

I also wanted to add a more complete effect as White is not exactly a color to highlight so I went with the Tank and WW2 painting method of weathering armor. This was a quick method to add character and detail all at once to the models without being overtly time consuming.

This was the first 2 steps. Over an undercoat of Black, I applied Vallejo Model Air White using the Zenithal method (spraying from the top all around 45degree angle). This left all the recesses and underneath of the model black. Effectively creating a shade all at once.

Next I carefully painted the socket and joints with Army Painter Dark Tone (this is essentially black wash, and exactly similar to the previous Citadel Black Wash). Shoulders, Elbows, and Knees, nothing else. Like I said the other dark lines in the model had already been created after the first step of Airbrushing.

Yes these models you see here had nothing else done to them except one layer of white Airbrushing and a Black Wash! Amazing how quick it can be!

Next I used the tried and tested way of using a sponge to apply the weathered effects. I used Vallejo Model Color German Grey as this was very close to black yet has a dirty metallic look to it. Complemented the with perfectly without creating too stark a contrast!

The next step was to apply Vallejo Game Color Scorpion Green through the Airbrush onto the Eyes, Chest and Gun area to create the infamous "Glow" we see all too often with Necrons.

The glow really helps with adding another layer of detail to the army, with such a limited palette the green almost becomes the secondary color, yet it is not!

I stuck to the green rods and decided not to airbrush them as the objective was to get the army done up quick. Most of the newer Necron models don't come with the green rods so thats another set of time consuming element that I cannot avoid, therefore those that I can, I shall.

Here the stand 90% completed. But definitely Tabletop Standard and Game friendly.
What's left are the final highlights to the green Glow effects, but I'll come back to them at a later date!

I completed these 10 warriors in 2 seatings, amounting to about 4 hours. Minus the assembling and black undercoat of course. But I'm happy with the final results and the speed the army is able to be painted up.

I'm targeting a completely painted 2000pts Necron army by the end of March. That's about a month. And I honestly think I can do it, assuming I don't get distracted (which I reckon I probaly will).



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