Hey guys, Stahly here, today I present you my recently finished War Walker for my Eldar warhost of Iybraesil. More pictures after the jump.
This is the second vehicle I painted for my small but growing Iybraesil force. I learnt a lot from the first model, which was a Hornet, so the painting went much more smoothly this time and I’m happier with the result, too.
The model was basecoated turquoise with my airbrush, then subtle highlights were sprayed on (in real life the gradients are more visible than under artificial studio light). The magenta gradient on the canopy was airbrushed, too. All the rest is good old brush work.
The war walker rune on the right leg and the Guardian’s helmet are custom made decals. The runic stripe pattern on the front is a decal as well. I designed these decals by myself (I’m a professional graphic designer), printed them on laser printer suitable decal paper and used Micro Sol decal softener solution for the painted on look. I remember the stripe pattern for the war walker was especially difficult to suit to the curved cockpit front and it took like 10 or 15 test prints. I guess you could have just freehanded those patterns, but then I just love working with decals 😉
I went for a Starcannon/Scatterlaser combination to tackle all sorts of infantry and light vehicles. The weapons are magnetised and can be exchanged. Inspired by the sleeker look of Forgeworld’s Wasp walker I used Wave Serpent style weapon mounts. I also used a regular style Guardian helmet and added some rubble pieces from a High Elf kit.
According to the background, craftworld Iybraesil quests to unlock the secrets of the Crone Worlds, so I thought striding over some old, deserted Eldar components would make a great theme for my models.
How do you like the War Walker? Eventually there will be a squad of three, but I can’t bring myself to paint all three of them in a row. Let’s see what’s next for my Eldar – more Guardians, a Farseer or a Wave Serpent are good contenders.
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Very nice model. I like the contrast between the blue and the red 🙂
Those weapon mounts indeed are subtle and give a more sleeker silhouette to the model. I am a big fan of what you have done there.
Very well done. Near flawless execution here, its really like you and Stahly should be working for GW's 'eavy metal team. So technical, so professional.
Seeing Eldar painted this cleanly always makes me want to pick up a couple of models and give them a go.
Stunning colors and the gradients are perfect. Well done sir 🙂
Looking great as always!
Thanks for the kind words, guys! The next vehicle will indeed be a Wave Serpent (Type II with FW conversion parts), but after painting a Hornet and a War Walker in a row, there will be some Eldar infantry first.
Absolutely stunning work stahly, your skill as a graphic artist really shines through! The gradients are smooth the contrast is just right and the pose and overall look are spot on!
Always a pleasure to see some more of the Eldar force! a True inspiration
Bummer, my post didn't go through, didn't notice the google captura.
Such a huge difference between airbrush and normal brush. This makes my hornet look like somebody has sprinkled sand all over it 🙂
Looking forward to starting airbrushing. One day I'd love a simple tutorial on how "simple" they are to set up. Fingers crossed.
Can you share your decal sheet with us?
I'm sorry, but I don't feel the designs are "polished" enough to be shared, also there are a couple of probably trademarked designs on it and I don't want to make myself or this blog assailable.
No problem. Masking tape it is. It's funny I was going to paint an Iybraesil army using the Mymeara designs as well. FW still makes a sheet of them but all of the corsair and Mymeara Craftworld runes are unwanted. I was able to make an Iybraesil rune sheet for my own personal use that came out fairly nice. Anyway Fantastic army, hope mine turns out half as well as yours.
Cool, make sure to post a link of your finished models in the comments or post it on our Facebook page. Cheers 🙂
Hey, i understand this is basically a dead post now, but are the paints used on this and the other vehicles the same as on the iybraesil guardian you did in the tutorial? Bought my first airbrush with some eldar to paint, and i'm not sure which paints to use for this scheme on vehicles.
- Max Brandt
Excellent work, I rather like the more streamlined look of your war walkers by simply using the weapon shields from the Wave Serpent, great idea! I need to find two more to complete my squad.
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I didn't realise you used different weapon mounts. It's subtle and looks really nice. I like your transfers as well. They're not intrusive and look good as well. The canopy steals the show though. It's so striking and compliments the blue perfectly.
I'd like to see a Wave Serpent next from you.