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I finally got started painting my two Dire Avenger squad, but since this is the first time I ever painted miniatures, I'm kinda at a loss. I'm following the guide on the GW website, but it doesn't give any detailed specifics. So, just a quick question: Do I just paint the entire body of the model Regal Blue (including the gem stone on the chest, the ribbons & the belt buckle on the Exarch), or should I avoid painting those areas. It just seems tedious to paint around these smaller details that's all.
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Unfortunately, like most things in painting, it depends. It's going to depend on what colours you're working with. For example, if you primed a model white, then had to paint most of it a dark colour, but wanted to paint details yellow, i'd say yes, try to avoid them..
Having just done 16 dire avengers in trad. colours though, go ahead and paint the entire thing regal blue, then highlight like the article says. it'll save you a lot of time, and what you can always do if you need to paint a light color on details (like gems) what i'd recommend you do is just hit the gem with a solid coat of black before you build up the gem, in essence repriming it before you paint up the gem.
most of the time its ok to go over the details and then work them back up afterwards. It's always easier to paint raised details cleanly then to paint the sunken parts of them.
i agree with King. I actually painted according to that guide just to test it out, and was very pleased with the results.
I avoided painting those while i put on the regal blue, however since the model is primed in black it doesnt really matter, all your doing is putting a lighter color over it, which most paints will cover as good if not better then the black, so youll be fine. If your worryed about how the blue will affect the brown top color (that is the color i used, snake bite leather i beleive) you can paint a darker brown over the blue to 'build it up' as king put it. quite frankly the more colors you have under the top coat will make it look deeper and that makes it really stand out.
a perfect example is how they do the white in the guide, if you follow it, you apply many layers of watered down white over the ice blue, and it really 'pops' as the color.