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    Painting scales

    Weel it's been a while since i posted here, and i thought now would be the best time after running into a spot of trouble with painting marines.

    Basicaly I'm wanting to add a bit more detail to my existing Space Marine models, and after seeing a picture of the Dragon Warriors colour scheme in the new Chaos: Codex Space Marines, i thought that adding a scale pattern to my existing marines would be the ideal way to get the much needed extra detail.

    Well basicaly i'm just wondering if anyone has any tips on how to go about painting a scale pattern onto Space Marine armour.

    As it stands my colour scheme for them is Chaos Black for the armour drybrushed with Fortress Grey and with Blood Red on the helmet and trimming. I'm mainly wanting to add the scale effect to the Main of the armour, on like the legs and the shoulder pads.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

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    Ok, quick(ish) and simple(ish) guide to painting (black) scales:
    ~ Paint the whole area dark grey (ie: 5/1 Black/Codex Grey mix)
    ~ Paint a grid of overlapping diamond shapes over the whole area (See below for example)
    ~ Paint the bottom 2 edges of each diamond pure codex grey (inside the diamond, and avoid going over the border where possible)
    ~ Paint one of the bottom edges fortress grey (again, inside the diamond, try not to go over the edges, and be consistent about which edge you do).

    Example of scale pattern:
    Code:
    VVVVVVVVVVVV
     VVVVVVVVVVVV
    VVVVVVVVVVVV
     VVVVVVVVVVVV
    Ta da! Scales!

    Simple huh? Well, obviously not that simple, but it's not too hard really. Practice on a flat surface if you're having problems, but it shouldn't be too hard once you've got the hang of it...

    Good luck!
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    Thats pretty much how i would do it as well. Listen to minus t, he's a wise man. The trick with making flat scales is the "pop" effect. Make it so the scales all are highlighted in the same direction, and i would actually try to make it fairly extreme, so the scales look like their actually coming out. Another trick ive encountered, is paint from the bottom up, even though this might not matter if your an amazing painter, i have found that this is a good techinque for someone trying to paint something like this. The theory behind this is, that the scales will look as if they are realisticly overlapping each other. This is very evident in painting, where you see a background sort of "take over" a relatively nice portrait of someone, deminishing the effect.
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