Im gonna do Cathayan Wood Elves, and here are the miniatures im gonna use, wanna hear your opinions. im having dryads and other tree people spryed over with stone spray, to make it look like they are enchanted statues.
Lord-to its respective mount, Ill use a model for it. (example:wood elf lord on warhawk, ill use the model im gonna use for the warhawk rider.)
Wardancer Lord-Nice looking model of what Ill use for my Wardancer
WayWatcher Lord-same as wardancer lord, except with a waywatcher.
glade guard(not using bows)-Empire State Troops
glade guard(bows)-peaseant bowmen
glade riders-glade riders with state troops heads
dryad-empire militia(sprayed with stone spray to make it look like stone)
Eternal Guard-High Elf Archers(use greenstuff to cover mouths)
Wardancer-Dark Elf Shades(use greenstuff to cover mouths)
Warhawk Rider-Same, but cover the hawk with greenstuff shaped like fire, to make it look like a pheonix)
Tree Kin-Ushabti(sprayed to look like stone)
Wild Riders-Empire Pistoliers(gun shaved down on the bottom, to look like a sword.)
Treeman-Giant(sprayed with stone spray)
Great Eagle-normal(use greenstuff over it to look like fire, like a pheonix)
what do you think?
So, you're basically thinking of making an entire army of animated garden statues? Very unique, and should be quite cool looking.
But, I recommend against using stone spray. While the look would be quite cool, it is a pretty thick paint and would render most models nothing more than speckled blobs. Most all of the detail would be lost.
Have you thought about using more traditional painting methods? Drybrushing is actually a very quick and easy, not to mention perfect, method for this kind of project.
Also Inking and blotting can make for some really cool marble effects for your characters.
What would that include? I dont know much of painting tatics.
If you were to prime the entire model black, then give it a dark grey drybrush, followed by a lighter drybrush of a medium grey with a tint of green, then followed by an even lighter drybrush of a lighter grey. That would work well for standard grey stone, and it could be adjusted to fit brown stone or even other naturally occuring colors.
For marble, I just use a light grey basecoat and draw several lines in a crisscrossing pattern, though keeping the lines at an angle and seemingly 'natural'. Then I layer on a coat of ink straight from the bottle (or slightly diluted for darker colors). When dry, I layer on another coat of ink until I like the 'depth' of the color.
I should be able to get an example of my green marble tomorrow.