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Hi, I finally bought a Vampire Counts Black Coach and I am planning just now the color scheme for it.
My main problem is the wood color: I would like to paint it as it was made of ebony, not just "black".
What is the best way to recreate for example "blue reflexes" when the light hits the coach.
I'ld start with scorched brown, highlight with fortress grey and shade with a wash or two of chaos black.
That's all in theory though, I can't vouch for the actual results.
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Well, first off, black white is never solidly black, it has little lines running through it, little veins. So I'd start with a black base coat and over this paint a really darkened brown, then over this in a slightly lighter dark brown the veins. When this is done add a lot of glimmer spots to suggests it's shiny wood.
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Ebony doesn't really have much discernable grain at all. So start with a deep black, maybe mix a tiny bit of scorched brown with chaos black. It polishes up very nicely though, and ends up quite shiny, so paint a lot of quite strong highlights on it.
If you really want to do some grain, I'd suggest getting a very old brush, mixing in a tiny bit of bleached bone with your original mix, splaying the fibers of the brush out, and drybrushing with that (one or two strokes per panel, to get grain, rather than highlights).
More info on ebony, and a picture, here.
Exotic Wood Online - Ebony Lumber
EDIT: Damnit, necroposted, sorry .
id suggest :
Scorched Brown all over
Highlight with 50/50 scorched brown/codex grey
wash with 50/50 brown ink/chaos black
repeat wash until it look pretty.
Not really a massive necropost, not like some I've seen...
Interesting topic this one.
I wonder why I didn't see it first time round.
Looking at that wood, what I'd suggest is working up from a black base coat by adding tiny amounts of Dheneb Stone, with some blue added in to the mix.
Then, wash the whole lot dark blue, and finally another wash of black.
You might need to re highlight a few bits and pieces if that comes out very dark though...
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