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I have this problem with painting my models. I just don't know how to shade or highlight a black surface properly so it dose not look like a regular base coat. I have been fooling around with highlighting with blues, But the overall surface still looks flat. Any help?
I use Codex Grey for hightlighting, you don't want much or your going to make the overall "black" object look Grey. Also you don't really need to shade black, as an example you you stick a black object half in the shade and half in the sun, dose the black in the shade get any darker? So as a conclusion: i think that you will need to fool around with codes Grey or any other darkish Grey colors, i would have to see a picture of what you are painting to be more specific.
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hey, i hate to keep bringing up my models, but i think my commissar has a decent "black" leather to it.
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what i did was basically use 6-7 different shades of greys, starting with straight black, and then adding little amounts of codex to it
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Work up from black to 50/50. Chaos Black/Codex Gray. Then, howeverm, it may look a little chalky and not truely black. So give it a wash of black ink, thinned down using 1:1:2 Black Ink:Washing Up Liquid/Water (iirc thats the right combo, you may want to experiment a bit)
Applying this should remove the chalkyness and give an overall blacker (darker) finish, with the WUL removing any blotchyness for a smooth finish by removing the surface tension.
Also, if you have 2 ''Black'' areas next to each other, you can make one look even blacker by highlighting the other, Ive seen this done with a LotR RingWraith, its cloak Black/Grey then blackened as abovem and its horse just Black/Brown. The lighter brown makes the darker grey look even darker.
Im no pro painter, but I hope this helps
I just chuck some Kommando Khaki in the mix and it highlights up nicely.
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You needn't use grey. I find tinting with another colour works quite well. I'm quite partial to blue-black.
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For quick and easy blacks, try:
Paint the entire surface Adeptus Battlegrey (the foundation dark grey).
Block out some rough highlights with Codex Grey.
Wash the area with Badad Black, to get back some 'shading'.
Glaze the surface 2-3 times with thinned down Badad Black, until you are happy with the darkness of the area.
I was helping someone do thier commisar like this in my FLGS the other day, and it looked pretty good for a 30min job.
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the best way to get lively black is not to use black at all.
remember there is no black in real life.
however, since its quick and easy black is a good foundation.
add a hint of purple/blue/red to the black to break the dead shade a bit.
for instance, leathers dyed black actually arent black at all, theyre usually a very dark and heavy blue or purple.. in rare cases green.
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Seriously, if it can be done in a BRIEF post (don't mean to hijack here), could you elaborate a little bit on this? I think I know what you mean by that, but rather than attempting to explain what I THINK I know, I'd rather hear the "correct" version.