I went ahead and attached the fuel rods as I decided I would be going with a blue glow rather than green with these guys. I was going with a bone color and decided to try a white primer.
I then promptly sprayed each model more or less entirely in a dark brown. I probably should have gone with a black primer instead.
Next up was a bone highlight sprayed at about a 45 degree angle all around the model. The contrast was a little sharp, and I probably should have done a brown midcoat. Oh well, lesson learned for the next batch.
To tone down the whiteness a little, I sprayed the models with Reikland Fleshshade wash.
This was followed by a direct overhead highlight of the bonewhite again.
A bit of a closeup look at the lord:
The next stage was going in with my fine point airbrush and painting the tubing white. My plan was to use extremely watered down blues to create a glow/OSL look to these parts.
It took a bit of testing, and in the end I decided to avoid the OSL for the most part except around the eyes and on the Lord with resurrection orb since it would look sloppy unless I took a lot more time on each mini. The blue was simply a strongly watered Lothern blue painted over the white.
I then watered down the mix even more to do some OSL on the lord, and followed that with a watered sky-blue to highlight the model.
I also "based" each model with Agrellan Earth. I'd heard you needed to apply it thickly to get the crackle effect, and thought I did, but apparently not thick enough. Most of the bases ended up with only a few crackles, so I will have to go back and add more.
I also need to paint the edges of the bases to give them a more finished look. I also added some purple and red markings on the warriors, and the lords' cloaks. The cloaks will get a wash and a highlight, but at this point they're just about table ready at least, and 90% done.
Overall, I'm happy with what I got done in about 6 hours on a Saturday. Another batch like this of some heavier hitters should get me close to a full 1,000 point army.