Posted by: Turkadactyl | August 3, 2016

Sylvaneth- Dryads WIP Pt III

Vacation time is over now.  I am sitting in the Vancouver airport waiting for a connecting flight to Edmonton.  My wife and I took a red eye flight from Hawaii and I attempted to sleep in positions my body was not designed for.  We had a good trip.  There is no place lime home though .  It will be good to be back.  I took a photo of my plane ticket.  See if you notice anything special.

SHNITZEL - WIN_20160803_084753

I started to tackle my grey bark Dryads next.  The Nuln Oil gave the Mechanicus Grey a very dark look.  While that will work for the recesses I do not want the grey to look dark and have a charred appearance.  I drybrushed the following colours in sequence: Mechanicus Grey, Dawnstone, Administratum Grey then Longbeard Grey.



I am on the fence right now with this result.  I think I was a wee bit heavy with the drybrushing.  I will try a layer of Nuln Oil over one of these models and drybrush again and compare the results.  I also painted the flowers and hula skirt on one of the grey Dryads.  I added white to the flowers but not the skirt.  I also mixed white with Emperor’s Children pink and added that to the skirt and flowers.  I think it was a good choice.


I also experimented with the brown Dryads.  I would like to hear your opinion. Here is one of my previous models.


Next I painted more Emperors Children on the hula skirts to lighten them up a bit.  I followed that up with final highlight of white and Emperor’s Children mix.  Adding more Emperor’s Children is a good move for the hula skirt.


The next model I added a small streak of white to the flowers.  Personally this is my favourite of the four options.  The white in the flowers distinguishes the flowers from the skirt.  It is also small and doesn’t overpower the model.  Also, having the white and Emperors Children mix helps soften the white highlight.


The final model is including a white highlight on the hula skirt.  This highlight does not dominate as much as the first model for two reasons: 1) Emperors Children is covering more area; and 2) the white/Emperors Children mix softens the white.


There you go.  I look forward to hearing your feedback.  Thanks for reading.


  1. I love it! Such a great scheme. Really like the grey bark, brings out the pink really well.
    You could try mixing the Nuln oil with water to tone the grey down a small amount of you think it is too bright, although I think it looks fine 🙂


    • Thanks for the input. I’ll give some watered down Nuln Oil a try. I might as well at this point since I am trying to figure out my paint scheme for this army. If I don’t try it out I’ll always have the “what if” question looming over me.


  2. Nice. I really like what you are doing with your Dryads. The grey look good but maybe experiment a bit with Nuln Oil like Naf Naf suggested.

    Out of the brown ones I too prefer the second one (your favourite).


  3. I like the revised version of the dryads. The grey bark ones are my ultimate fav though. I just love their look!


  4. The grey is a nice change from brown and green isn’t it. It goes well with the pink as well. Initially I wanted to do all grey but having grey and brown will help differentiate the units.


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