Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My Dark Elves Army Pledge

I have been building my collection of Dark Elves the past couple of months and have managed to accrue...

A Sorceress on Pegasus
An Assassin
48 Warriors
15 Witch Elves with full command
6 Harpies

Still plenty of miniatures to purchase.  I am definitely going to include a dragon in the army for a centre piece.

So onto The Pledge.  This army is a painting and basing project to see how far I can push my army painting skills.  I want to paint this army to the highest quality I possibly can.  So I have come up with the following rules, which I have promised myself I will not break.

Study painting and basing tutorials on the net.
Understand and study the colour wheel.
No time constraints or dead lines.
No visible mold lines or joins.
Wash all miniatures prior to priming.
Check for mold lines after priming. 
Prime with Skull White.
Water down the paint.
Never paint straight out of the pot.
Use alternatives paints, Vallejo or Cote d'Arms and Windsor and Newton for inks.
Only include miniatures in the army I would like to paint.
If I spot something to tidy up, change or still to do write it down so don't forget.

I have my Warriors and Ogres for gaming and tournaments and will not be expanding these in the near future.  I want to concentrate on this Dark Elve painting project.  Not even a new Ogre Kingdoms book and miniatures will take me away from this project.  I would like to field this Dark Elve army at a tournament near the end of the year (may be as a small force), but I will not break one of the rules and rush the project for a tournament.  So this blog could turn into a Dark Elves painting project blog for the remainder of this year and possibly into next year.

I am going to start with the Sorceress on Pegasus which is the Morathi on Dark Pegasus miniature.  Then probably move onto the Assassin, Harpies and Witch Elves.


John said...

Why the decision to prime with Skull White only?

Mark Evans said...

Hi John

I used to prime with skull white, but changed to black. Plus I want the army to be brighter in appearance and priming with white helps with that.

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