Today I can present you my finished squad of Dire Avengers. Actually, they're only half a squad, but for the time being, they'll stay a quintette. Check out more pictures after the jump.
Painting the squad was quite fun. I had some hard times because the fit isn't as great as in more modern plastic kits, as well as the sharpness of the details, and then my primer went on a bit thick in places, too. Most noticable on the shimmershield of the Exarch, where the etched in runes are pretty much smothered in primer. What a bummer, but it's not too noticable unless you look very closely.
Aspect Warriors are quite cool, because you don't have to follow the paint scheme of the rest of your army and can go really creative. This squad uses a dark but vibrant blue as the main colour, with yellow and turquoise striped crests (turquoise is the main colour of my craftworld Iybraesil) and some magenta red details. The weapons are painted like bone like on all of my Iybraesil models.
The blue armour was basecoated with VGC Imperial Blue, then I washed Drakenhof Nightshade in the recesses. I applied two stages of highlights, first Caledor Sky and then Lothern Blue. Finally I glazed the armour with Guilliman Blue.
At first, I wasn't so sure about the paint scheme and thought the models would become too dark with the dark blue and black faceplates, but in the end I'm very happy with the lot. They are colourful and stand out, while at the same time blend into the army nicely.
I'm not sure what to do next. I could paint a Wave Serpent for my Dire Avengers, or start my Forge World Avatar, or paint some more Aspect Warriors. I really enjoy the splashes of colour they add to my collection. Maybe some Fire Dragons?
What do you think and how do you like my Dire Avengers?