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Okay, so I've started painting my Warriors of Nurgle. My list calls for a large number of Marauders. Now, I hate painting these guys just because they have a ton of exposed skin, and besides- who here like man-nipples? But mostly, it's the exposed skin.
The first batch that I did came out very lightly colored. I would like to rectify this situation and also make them look a little bit more menacing. To do so, I plan on taking a nice big cup of my used paint water (comes out to a dark nurgley-green/brown/black/ugly color) and DROWN my minis in it.
IE: dropping them in headfirst, metal, flesh, and all.
Around my local group, it is decided that this would likely result in really darkening the models, but also getting the effects of an inkwash/glaze combo, giving the whole model a greenish tint.
My question: is that what you guys think would happen? A subtle, all over greenish hue? Or would I simply be painting the models green? Would this method look good do you think?
I honestly don't know what will happen. I would get something you don't want, maybe a shield or weapon. paint that up and dip it in. This will give you an idea and you won't sacrifice any of your hard work. Let us see what happened please!
The Great Plague meets The Devourer of The Galaxy. What does that make us?
used paint water will be too diluted and there will be little effect
mix some paint with a little bit of water and dip your miniatures in - this way you can pick the right color. always go darker rather than lighter, because the water will dilute it greatly.
after you have dipped them, dab slightly with the corner of a paper towel or napkin to drain a lot of the water away or else the water drying on the models will create marks. the water will stay in crevasses and give your models a darker tone.
i found a tutorial, but its technique is a little more extreme than mine: Bell of Lost Souls: TUTORIAL: Dipping Orks!
I plunked my Scar-veteran in water one time, 'cuz I was trying to get rid of the paint. It wasn't happening, so no worries of your paint dissolving. Methinks that it would probably give them a slight tint, but yeah, just get yourself some washes.
The main problem with just dipping it in the water is that, once you pull it out all the water & colour will just run off....negating the exercise altogether...
If you get the chance, there is an 'Eavy Metal plaguebearer in the new How to Paint Citadel Miniatures book which has been done with the three washes previously mentioned. Not sure on the page, but I think it is in the Washes showcase section. Looks great and shows how you can combine the three.
Thanks guys. I had a talk with one of the painters at my local shop and he practically yelled at me for even attempting to "dip-and-flick" after seeing the quality of my painting. He also suggested washes, but- being the headstrong teenager that I am, I went and tried my method first.
As it turns out- the green paint-water IS way too thin. Adding green gave me the glazing/tint that i wanted, but didn't darken the model, or get into the cracks. FAIL
I will just have to work on some inking... you say heavy-metal used Green, Brown, and Purple??
Ye 'Eavy Metal used the Thraka Green, Devlan Mud and Leviathan Purple to get the job done...
But the key is to experiment and hey, you did it anyway, nothing wrong with that...keep pushing the boundaries...
I think inking would give you too much of a shine, so the new washes are ideal...as an example I added Asurmen Blue to Boltgun Metal and got a really nice steel metal colour...