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I'm looking closely at the armored bone-plates on many of the tyranid models in the back of the nid codex and I really like the streaky shading they have going on at the edges, especially on the larger bugs. Does anyone know how they achieved this? I was thinking about getting a toothpick and scratching is across the edges with some paint on the tip. I'm curious on how the professionals do it so I can apply it to the chitin plates on my vespid.
You can do it by painting a nice dark base color and then painting a series of lines in successively lighter shades until you get to your lightest color. You want to leave some of the dark showing through even if just a little bit. This will give you the look you seek.
I have done a similar effect on some plague marines I have worked on - not quite the same but the concept is sound.
The green on the power armor was painted using this technique. The difference you would use would be to keep the lightest parts at the top of the ridges... if that makes any sense...
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like the wayyou painted ur marine.
and yah, i wonder if getting micron pens and doing this technique would be good too? maybe more stroke control with the lines? probably wouldnt blend as well. meh, they are still good for blacklining.
Wow, thanks a lot I think that'll really help me! I'm still not sure if I want to try it in red green or purple but we'll see how it goes.
+rep both of you.