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Hi im pretty new to modelling painting. I want to make the power armour of my sob white. What im wondering is in order to get a smooth white effect, should i prime black, then add a watered down layer of shadow grey and then a watered down layer of codex grey before i finally apply the white? Or would it be better to just start by undercoating white and then add the shading afterwards. (even though i want white armour i still want them to look a bit gritty hence i lean towards the black)
All replys greatly appreciated!
The first technique will make for a darker, almost light grey white, whereas the second will make it chalky white. I would go for the first, because the armor would be a bit gritty, and the shading is already there.
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On the other hand, I would recommend using white primer. I think it is much easier to darken, shade, and make dirty a white base color than it is to bring black up to white with smooth results. Both can be sone, I just think starting white and going dark is easier and quicker than the other way around.
With a white primer, you can use a thin wash to shade and darken. If it's not dark enough, just add another wash. Use the darkest color for black lining your mini's armor. Also, with white, the reds, yellows, flesh, and blues come out brighter and easier. Those too can be darkened with a simple wash if you want a more gritty look to them.
These guys were all done starting from a white primer:
I think this guy is pretty gritty even though he started with white:
White base with a bone wash and brown "black-lining":
Some unfinished DA completely based with white; you can see it is very easy to get dark colors over white, but not as easy the other way around.
Wolf, did you painted those? They are really well painted...
When in doubt, prime grey. That what I aways say.
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I agree with Wolf-Raider. Prime white, then wash with thinned paints or inks to get the shading, then highlight or drybrush again with white to really let the white color stand out. As far as which color to wash with, I find it depends on the look you're going for:
Bone white - wash with thinned brown ink, bleached bone, then skull white
Sterile ( Medical) white - wash with thinned blue ink, then thinned lightning blue, then skull white
Dirty white - Wash with thinned black ink, then thinned grey, then skull white
Hope that helps
And for brighter colors when you base with black, I always paint the area white first, then whatever color I want to use on top of the white. This gives a more vibrant and natural color.
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Thx for all the creative input! Seems like i should go with the white undercoat. Wicked painting btw wolfraider!! Well ill be off to paint