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    Painting/Coloring advice

    Hello all. Bit of a 2-sided question here.

    I’ve been collecting and painting space marines for several months now, and only in the last few weeks have I been bothered to convert any of them. The whole chapter is DIY, and so has a bit of a night fight/assault/infiltrate theme going on, with all models based on snow, each in codex grey armor with lich purple and hawk turquoise markings/etc. Now I have a custom commander unit with a custom power weapon – a scythe.
    Naturally there is a lot of fluff behind my chapter and my new unit and this is what's causing my problem. I have been racking my brains and throwing paint everywhere trying to work out the best coloring to use on the blade of the scythe but to no avail. I want the blade to be dark, yet (as my fluff describes it) “awash with arcane energies” and I’m having a little trouble getting a dark blade with a darkish ‘energy’ to look right (I don’t really want a bright energy field over the blade, as i feel it would be a bullet-magnet in night fighting). Any ideas on the coloring or advice would be highly appreciated here!

    On the other side of this problem, is how to paint it. Until recently I have only ever painted ‘nids, and their lack of any ‘energy’ fields and such never left me needing to paint ‘energy’. A blend is relatively straight forward, as is layering different shades, etc, however my attempts on other marine's power weapons never seems to give a true feel of raw energy. Instead it comes off as a bit of a glow. If you have any tricks you would like to share here, that would really help.


    Of course I will be posting images once the model is painted up!

    Thanks in advance!

    CR



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    Get some colour shifting paint.

    - It's a clear coat paint with little tiny prism shaped crystals in it. If you paint it over black it bends the light and the "Black" then becomes a different colour depending on the angle you view it. You can buy it at most stores that sell car paint.

    - The stuff tends to come in spray cans so you simply spray it on some cardboard until you have a small puddle of it an then apply it to the weapon with a brush.

    - You can get it in different colours as well. The best I can think of is a bottle I have shifts from a dark purple through to a dark blue depending on the angle your viewing it at. It really gives a nice look to the weapons and not many people seem to do it.

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    A dark blade with dark energy?

    Maybe, make the blade black, and dark red, or a blue for the energy. Some colors when put next to black, can look and seem darker.
    Last edited by Thunderbound; June 25th, 2008 at 14:57.
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    Why not paint the blade as normal (Boltgun Metal) and then use all the inks you have said and the new washes? Blue Ink, Black Ink, Red Ink, Red Wash, Blue Wash, Purple Wash and Ink...

    In the end you will have a very nice result...
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    you can try to paint lightning streaks on the blade with blues and purples, making the brightest colors appear at the tip.

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    Shadowmant, that sounds great. I didn’t realize you could get that type of paint in an aerosol, I thought it was only available as professional lacquers/paints that vehicle sprayer's use in large quantities. I'll definitely keep an eye out for that over the weekend!

    Tsele, I'll have to sort out a couple of inks for that (I only have black and brown, seems to be all I ever use!). Your idea sounds a little time-consuming, but it would give a unique look to each model, so I'll give your idea a try later this weekend on a test model. If it comes out OK, then I’ll use it to re-do the models I’ve got made up with power weapons already, saving the color-shift paint for the HQ.

    Thanks for the advice all. Much appreciated! Now i just need payday-friday to come all that much faster... hehe

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    I was thinking lighting bolts too, or very extreme edge highlights on the edges fading to the dark base color very quickly.

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    As has been said before, lightning streaks could be good. I'm just in the middle of painting up a sword with dark(ish) blue lightning on it. I'll put up some pictures when I find the cable for the camera...

    Watch this space.

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    Last edited by Captain Axyrus; June 25th, 2008 at 18:55. Reason: Putting in the pictures
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    Paint it white, followed with dark purple and black. Should give you a nice dark "power" weapon with white core.

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    I think I accomplished something similar to what you are looking to do on my Chaos Terminator Lord...

    Here is a link with some pictures of the steps...

    http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ml#post1030328

    Basically I started with the weapon blade a medium grey color, then I brushed on some fine lines in an "electrical" pattern with white. Using a purple ink glaze I glazed the surface. It took a few coats of glaze to get the look I wanted. I then went back over the blade with more "white electrical" lines and glazed them red. Once dullcoated the shine was removed and you are left with a dark blade with "electrical" energy coursing through it. Looks pretty cool.

    I used a very similar technique on this Grey Knight figure...



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