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I'm a novice painter trying to paint some tyranids that I have recently purchased, and I'm having a tough time painting their big claws. I'm trying to do the blend where the base of the claw is a brownish and it fades into a white/off white. You know the typical claw look. Can anyone tell me the best way to do this?
Ah. Your'e talking about fading. Back in the days when I still painted, I had two ways to go about this:
1) Paint one colour at one end, and before it's dried, apply the other colour at the other end. Now, using your brush, carefully blend the two colours into each other.
2) Apply one colour at one end, then allow it to dry. Then blend a little bit of the other colour into the first colour, paint it next to the first colour, and let it dry. Then do it again, each time blending a little more of the second colour into the first colour. Keep doing this, applying strip after strip of paint, until you have created the illusion of a perfect, smooth blend from one colour to the next.
Instead of painting the different shades of colour next to each other, it's often easier to paint them on top of one another, especially in small areas.
This approach is actually not as difficult and pain-staking as it sounds. You'd be amazed at how few layers of different shades you need to create the illusion of fading. Actually, it's often enough with just two different colours, especially on small things like scales.
I'd recommend approach 2. It's given me great results.
Thanks for the help.