Painting the Saim Hann Titan
After the singing was done (Part1, Part2 and Part3) I let the Titan dry for about 2 days. This was due to the quite big chunks of putty I used to fill some gaps between the pieces. After the drying was over, I started the painting (which took me about 120 hours to finish). This article is about the painting and the next article will feature the finished Saim Hann Phantom Titan.
First of all I have to say: If you dont have an airbrush at your disposal, dont get yourself an Eldar Titan. Of course you could paint it with a brush, but the sheer size of it makes this a really insane endeavour. Plus: when using a brush one would need to layer the colour so that no brush strokes would be visible… that would take ages. So I took the airbrush to prime the whole Titan with Vallejo Black Primer and let it dry long enough. After that I applied a second white coat to those parts supposed to become red. After the priming was done, it looked like this:
Then, step by step I applied more and more layers of red. Red is by the way a real b**** to paint: If you apply too much, the colour will develop noses on the model (wich loks awful) and then you’d need to sand the colour away.
I took these pictures at night, so because of the artificial light the orange edge seems a lot brighter than it is in reality.
Some of the parts needed some additional highlighting after the base colour of Vallejo Italian Red has been applied. So I applied some white, followed by Vallejo Fire Red.
After the red base colour was applied, the Titan looked like this. Again I let it dry over night, because I was planning on doing some masking work, and unless you want to remove the base colour with your masking tape, a very dry and solid base colour is required.
The next step was to paint the black stripes, that are so typical for the Saim Hann painting scheme.
After carefully removing the masking tape, the pads looked like this. I really like the strong contrast of the Saim Hann painting scheme. after completion of these stripes, I had to face the most time consuming part of the whole painting process: The gems.
Seriously: There is loads of gems. Loads of loads of gems and at some point it feels like as soon as you think you completed all of them, there will new gems pop up in hidden places… I dont know how many gems I painted. Maybe 200?
But seeing the nice gems on the Titan really add the right Eldar flavour.
Even though I ordered the forgeworld decal sheet for Eldar vehicles, there is no decal big enough to fit on the shoulder plates of a Phantom Titan. Thus I had to improvise. I just took some tape, and doodled the Saim Hann snake on it. Then I cut it away and applied it to the shoulder plate. During this I was actually quite excited, because one single mistake or one second of clumsyness would have destroyed hours of work. So I carefully applied about 10 very very thin layers of white until I removed the stencil. In the end I was lucky…