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Hey I was wondering what would be the best way to paint a power weapon. I just recently had a brainstorm and thought about putting a very thin wash of lightening blue on the blade of a power sword. I'd like to know what you guys think of this and how you paint your own power weapons. Thanks.
I paint all my power weapons the same way... to represent that they are power weapons.... I paint them faded from red to orange to yellow to white.... wait a bit and ill post pictures.
I had this long signature made up, but I didnt like it...
This depends on what you want the power weapon to look like. I found inks to be extremely useful for this.
There are generally four types of power weapon paint schemes:
1. Painted in a fiery color, the brighter the closer it is to the tip of the sword. Usually it's blended from dark red to light yellow or even white
2. Green, blue or red, dark center, glowing edges
3. Like 2, but with additional lightnings crackling around the slightly darker blade
4. Dark or black edges, glowing center.
I used to use #3, but it's a pain to paint as the lightning requires a lot of practice in order to look realistic.
Therehowever is an excellent example of #4 on coolminiornot, i just love it. Since i saw it i paint my power swords this way too:
I use only the basic blue glow from inside an obsidian blade though, not all those sparks.
I paint mine by priming the blade black or dark blue, then i blend it to white in the center of the blade, and finally i wash it with sky blue ink for a really intense light blue.
I use a simple technique to distinguish my power weapons from regular weapons in my army.
I first paint the weapon with a 50/50 mix of metallic sequin black and metallic aluminum. (Both paints are FolkArt Acrilics sold at Wal Mart). Then I drybrush with Chainmail and Mithril silver. The last step is the real kicker. I drybrush the same chainmail and mithril silver areas with Neon Green. This is an old Ral Partha Paint that I'm not sure is readily available anymore, however, I'm absolutely certain that some company out there makes a range of Acrylic Neon paints.
to paint my power weapons I paint it all bolt gun... then only paint the blade with the old cinadel metalic blue paint... or if it's a fist I paint all the knuckles metalic blue... lightning claws I fade from metalic blue to bolt gun metal... if I wanted to be realy creative I'd add fishing string/fiber optic around the weapons to make them look like they do in the books this technique is only for marines though... any other race I'd most likly paint it different.
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Thanks for the replies. I ended up painting the sword boltgun metal. Then i washed it with a really dilute lightening blue. The effect was great. You could still the original boltgun metal, but it had a hint of lightening blue. And depending on how the light hits it, the blue either stands out or remains a small tint.
That sounds interesting. Mind putting up a picture so i can see if it's a good way to add sparks? I've always thought painting sparks on the weapons look weird.if I wanted to be realy creative I'd add fishing string/fiber optic around the weapons to make them look like they do in the books
I try for NMM. I know it's a power weaopn, but to me, it looks like a sword or axe, so I paint as such.
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I liked the way the Eavy Metal team used to paint their powerswords, with those horizontal lines pulsing over the silver blade..
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Can you post of pic of what you are talkin bout. I think I have an idea, but i'm not exactly sure.