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Ok, having never painted a model this large im hitting major speed bumps! first of all, the photo is very WIP and i know that once shaded/highlighted itll look better, but right now it just looks garbage and im not sure what to do about it!
I dont like the big brass patch across the front, so ill be adding green into parts of it, trouble is theres already so much green! Should i introduce another colour? And how do i go about highlighting something so darn big! Area highlighting was easy enough on rounded surfaces, but these big flat ones are causing me a headache! Anyone got any advicee for me?
(the two marines are how the colours look when finished)
I know its not very realistic looking but one way I like to highlight a large surface is to start with a dark base color and using very watered down paint - add highlight colors going inward to the center of the area blending the color layers together. Using thinned down paint keeps the layers translucent which helps blending them in. Basically this way it will be darker towards the edges and lighter as you go inward...
Here is an example of what I am talking about.
Like I said not realistic but I think it looks cool. Not to hard to do either... Just need patience.
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Like slorak said, you might be able to do the large area highlighting, which could look real good, but it might be a bit tricky working out where you are going to highlight too.
I think working up to some of the major corners would work. Like next to the lights and the front of the track guards. Anywhere there is a major change in angle on the plates.
I would think a good place to start would be to shade in the recesses of the green with a wash, or something similar as well. of like turquoise with scorched brown, or a bit of chaos black.
I would definitely introduce the red that you have used for details on the marines into it somewhere. Las cannon muzzles, bolter cowlings, etc.
But I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
As solo said, definitly add in a bit of red if you want it to match the rest of your army.
Also, remember it is chaos. It dosn't have to look neat and tidy.
Hey! Look at the little.... Oh ****!
I think people have given you good advice. I would say that there are a few things you could try. If you don't like all that brass on the front you could try painting the weapon casing of the heavy bolter green too. Also as you paint things like the headlights the Land raider will become more colourful.
I think if you want to do add another colour you could try using black. Black will work well and can be added to smaller areas to balance the colours. To do that green you could try to drybrush it. Often on larger models you will find that you need to use either more colours or be more subtle about it.
If you just use your standard highlight on a model that size it will stick out. This is because you will have so many large blank areas of green that normally on your smaller models have no chance of getting in your face. I suggest you try to add another colour that in brightness terms in between your normal green and highlight. Add some of this to very carefully add some colour. You will find your final colour looks less stark and blank then.