I was going to paint the horse white, but thought that grey looked less Elven:
Horses can be tricky to paint, as they’re not really like any other models – having large areas which are smooth and curved; with a fairly unique type of skin. Heavy shading can make them look gaunt, rather than sleek; so it’s helpful not to use overly dark colours in the recessed parts.
With that in mind, the grey skin was basecoated with USA Olive Brown; then highlighted by applying successive layers of the brown + increased amounts of Dark Sea Grey:
The horse’s hair was painted similarly – but using rakarth flesh, instead of dark sea grey; and adding final highlights of white in select places to create a faint sheen.
To paint the nose/mouth area, create a basecoat of black + earth; then highlight by adding Cadian fleshtone to the mix. Finish by adding Kislev flesh to this mixture:
Finish by glazing the horse all over with several thin layers of USA olive brown.
I intend to paint the horse’s armour as turquoise marble; but I have a feeling it won’t look right, and may require a different design – we will see, however.